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What binoculars do you use?

Discussion in 'Animal Photography' started by nanoboy, 14 Feb 2015.

  1. nanoboy

    nanoboy Well-Known Member

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    I have an ancient-looking 10x50 Bushnell Legacy, and I am contemplating upgrading. The Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 has caught my eye.

    What binoculars do you use, and would you recommend it?
     
  2. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    I was using a Saxon 10x21 that was waterproof and fogproof (until I dropped them in Uganda).

    Now I'm using a pair of Nikon 10x21 and I'm quite happy with them. The next pair I buy will be a 12x.

    :p

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  3. gentle lemur

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    I use Viking GR 10x45. I bought them from the RSPB shop at Loch Garten where you can compare the binoculars by watching the ospreys through them :cool: Try before you buy is always good advice!
    This pair was recommended to me by a very nice Scottish sales assistant because I wear spectacles and have deep-set eyes too and this model has a particularly long eye relief (as it's called). They work very well for me.

    Alan
     
  4. jbnbsn99

    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

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    I've got Nikon 8x42s. A little bulky for birding, but good image quality.
     
  5. nanoboy

    nanoboy Well-Known Member

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    8x42 is bulky? Isn't that the most popular size for birders? You should try my 10x50 WWII-style bins for bulky! :D
     
  6. nanoboy

    nanoboy Well-Known Member

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    21mm? Does that let enough light in? And wouldn't 12x be difficult to keep steady without a tripod?
     
  7. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    It lets in enough light for me. I don't want anything bigger because they weigh so myuch more, and they get in the way of my camera. As for keeping steady - I'll let you know when I get one!

    :p

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  8. lintworm

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    I am using a Bynolyt Tern 10X45, which is good quality, robust and really waterproof. I would recommend this brand in general, though I do not know how availability is outside NL ;).