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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by annapangolin » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:18 am

There are some fantastic cheap binoculars by Nikon and Bushnell.
Having spent rather more than $100 on my Swarovski's, it's always slightly depressing to look through some of the cheap lightweights and find they're nearly as good!

Rather than a big heavy pair of 10x50, I'd go for a much smaller pair.
8x32 or 8x42 is ideal for a safari and much more manageable.
As a field guide, I wouldn't trade my 8x32 for anything, ever.

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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by Rooies » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:23 am

It depends on where you are going to use them.
For driving around, the heavier 10X50.
For hiking 8X25 as mentioned by anna.
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:33 am

Just like cameras, binoculars have improved and lessened in price substantialy.

If you are going to buy in South Africa, Bushnell is a sound make and very reasonable.
My eyes are not so wonderful and I find the 10X50 better.
It tends to let in more light.
I can understand that it could be rather a weight if long distances have to be covered.

I would not buy in the Park.
The prices are a bit steep and I have been disappointed in Tasco, which seems to be the main brand sold in the Park.
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by suebfly » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:42 am

I bought a new pair last year and there are sooo many options and everybody has a different opinion and suggestion -
all very helpful but it does get very confusing.
I suggest that you find a retailer who has a large variety and go and try out as many as possible and spend some time doing this -
I went back time and time again and walked up and down the pavement outside the shop trying them out until I found the perfect pair.
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by saraf » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:38 am

A good pair of binoculars can really make your trip but they are a sizeable investment so look at a pair you'll be able to use at home as well.
You'll find some good advice here. Good luck and have a great trip.
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by ekoppen » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:17 pm

Hello Buster girl. I have been very pleased with the Nikon Eagle View Zoom 8-24x25 Compact Binoculars, $179.99 at Dicks Sporting Goods Item Number: 13217297, I especially like the zoom feature, low magnification for scanning and locating, higher power for up close detail. Compact, good for all around use

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13217297&cp=4406646.4413993.4414966

Most important, a camera with at least 12X zoom, 20X even better
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by Fankie » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:40 pm

Hi Bustergirl

I know that they aren't exactly low budget, but my experience is that you get the best results with image stabilized binoculars.

I have a Buschnell 10x50 as well as a Zeiss 8x24 and they just don't do the trick for me (maybe its the shakes ....) :redface:

Keep in mind that IS binoculars are a bit heavier than the every day type, but the brilliant image results more than makes up for it.

Personally I use a Canon 12 x 36 IS II, and they're just the greatest. You get clear and vibration free images for minutes on end - simply brilliant!

You could also try the Canon 15 x 50 IS - depends on your budget.

Hope this helps.

Enjoy your trip with whichever binocular you use.

Fanki

PS - If you want to take home great memories of your trip, it will also make sense to bring along a decent autofocus Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR) with at least a 70 - 300mm tele-zoom lens. Minimum 12MegaPixels, more is however better, allows for a bit of cropping etc during post-editing.

Messing about with the basic point and shoot units (even if they promise huge amounts of MegaPixels ), almost invariably results in huge disappointment once you get home and you realize that the pictures are out of focus, fuzzy, poorly defined and totally impossible to fix even with decent to excellent photo editing software.

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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by vanderw » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:03 pm

Have a look on amazon for a range called Steiner.
Best Binos that I have ever had at a decent price.

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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by mel123 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:57 am

Josh of the Bushveld wrote:I can't recommend my Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42mm enough! They're fantastic value for money.

I have the same binoculars and they are simply fantastic!

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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:15 am

I was going to recommend a pair of bins based on our (excellent) experiences with it.
Look up a link, but I see that not only are the optics among the best to buy, but they will be the cheapest too! :shock:

Have a look at Bushnell Natureview 8x42 Roof Prism Binoculars.

At $119 that is an absolute steal! :shock: (I payed double that....)

Lightweigt, sharp as a surgical knife, powerful (GP sees more than me with the 100-400 lens), perfect bins.
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by Brummie » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:41 am

Seems like a few people recommend Bushnell (who are american I believe :lol: )

I have their 12x50 model which has a quick focus twidget, which I find really efficient.


http://www.bushnell.com/products/binoculars/powerview-porro-prisms/131250/
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by Rooies » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:01 pm

vanderw wrote:Hi. Have a look on amazon for a range called Steiner. Best Binos that i have ever had at a decent price.


vanderw, it is the first time someone mentioned Steiner :clap:
My wife bought me a pair in Dubai and I can tell you, it is the best binoculars I have ever owned.
German made, excellent optics and almost shock proof.
Much cheaper than Zeiss, Leica and Swarovski.
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:21 pm

I have the same pair as Brummie and am thrilled with them.

'12' gives you just that little further clear view.
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:34 pm

Best advice is to go to a good store, with knowledgeable staff and try out a few pairs and see what you like. What feels better, which look the best etc.
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Re: Recommendations for binoculars

Unread post by Crested Val » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:41 pm

Are they very heavy Brummie/BB?

I have arthritic wrists, so need a fairly light pair.


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