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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations for binoculars
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:03 pm 
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Yes I have thanks Toddy, and I'm very happy with them.
I am no expert, but they do what I want them to.
They are nice and light, and very good for birding, which is mainly what I want them for.

Can't wait to get back to Kruger, to look for my Crested Barbets, Woodlands Kingfishers, Rollers and Bee Eaters!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations for binoculars
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The only recommendation I can add is: get one for your travel companion as well. :) :)

(Just in case you miss that moment when the Bateleur catches it prey because it is not your turn with the binoculars)

In our family my wife uses a (Bushnell) 7X35, while I opted for a 10X50.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations for binoculars
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So Val you've got new binoculars,let me know if you need any advice on your new birdwatching scope.
I can give you some good advice,at a price :hmz:.The advice will have to come after our trip to KNP as we
leave this wednesday.
Enjoy your new bins.

Take care wherever you are.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations for binoculars
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I have another opinion about size and weight of Binocs.
I owed Bushnell, Tasco, Pegasus and some unknown brands, from 10X25, 7X50 and 8X40.
My experience is that the smaller (less weight) they are the more they shake in your hands.
It is like shaking around a bag of feathers compared to a bag filled with lead.
I now have a Steiner 7X50 which is quite heavy, but it is stable in my hands

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations for binoculars
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That's fine for a strong oke like you Rooies, but I have very painful arthritic wrists, and therefore I have no option but to have lightweight bins these days. :cry:

We have a really good pair that we inherited from my father in law, but they are way too heavy for me, so my SO will continue with those, and I'll stick to my Bushnell Falcon 7x35s, even if I have to do "the hippy hippy shake"! :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations for binoculars
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As suggested by many, go to a reputable dealer, check out everything (take them outside for a 'test drive') check what is in your wallet, and buy.

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 Post subject: Binoculars for kids
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So with our upcoming trip getting very close I still want to get the kids their own binoculars....where can I go look?

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 Post subject: Re: Binoculars for kids
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Hi Magriet,

You will find binoculars at most photographic shops or shops that sell outdoor gear - not sure if it is allowed but here are some names - Makro, Dions, Game, Cape Union Mart - and all the store similar to that.

One comment - buy the best you can afford - using Binos all day can cause eye strain and I know of several people that get nausea (like being car sick)

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 Post subject: Re: Binoculars for kids
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I would say visit shops which sells camera's.
I would suggest ask for small 10*25 ones as I find them perfect for kids.
My Dad bought them for me when I was a kid and still use it as I have had many special sightings through them.

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 Post subject: Re: Binoculars for kids
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We found a cute set with a small binoc 4x30 I think and 2 walkie talkies and a flash light for R180...

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 Post subject: Re: Binoculars for kids
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We found that after the age of about 10, our children wanted 'proper' binoculars.

We also realized that each person needs their own, because of various reasons*.

We borrowed them from friends who were prepared to lend them. Each child was responsible for their pair, and told that the alternaive was sharing, so it worked well.

various reasons*
'he/she is taking too long'
'by the time I got them, the lion/leopard/cheetah was gone'
' I need to adjust them for my eyes'

and most importantly, the fistfights stopped......

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations, Info/Advice for Binoculars/Spotting Sco
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Hi All

This is a question for the Bushnell Fundies out there?

Which binocs are better for wildlife viewing and what is the major differences between the 2?

1) Bushnell Natureview 10x42
2) Bushnell Trophy XLT 10x42

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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