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Decent inexpensive binoculars
Need some advice we are in our home in Florida and I left my Leica binoculars in our Tennessee home.My wife wants a decent pair to leave here to be used mostly for watching birds and wildlife. I’m thinking in the 10 power range any suggestions will be appreciated.Lewis
Minox 8x44BL are way better than their pricepoint suggest. Not sure if they make em in a 10.
Call Doug at cameraland. He has 20 percent off GPO. Really good prices on that glass.
I have a pair of Leupold McKenzie binocs that are extremely clear and durable. I think they were $159 new. Very impressive for the price.
Vortex Diamondback 8x42, get light transmission with very good FOV. Should be around $200.
X2 on Minox.........x2 on calling Doug at cameraland ! He will definitely get you set up right.
Minox, Styrka, Steiner, Leupold Mojave. All make very good 10X optics for the price point.
Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 for $299.
I second what Maxracx (i think I spelled that right) said.
I got a pair of Nikon Aculon's as an anniversary gift at work. Everyone that uses them comment how clear they are. They are 8X but I know they come in 10X as well. When you say decent and inexpensive and only for bird/wildlife watching, I would check them out. They also sell them at Walmart, so she can try them out before buying. They are around $100.
Vortex 10X42 Diamondbacks.
take a look at Hawke optics I recently bought a scope & bino's & am happy with the quality for the $
Nikon Monarch, one of the best values in the market.
A lot of people find steadying a 10X to be difficult. An 8x42 will give plenty of magnification and low-light capability.
Agree with the Nikon monarch suggestions.
Ive got a pair of these Bushnell H20 binos at my hunting cabin. I use them to look out the front door to just watch. They are pretty clear and if they get stolen, I have not lost a great deal of cost. I caught my on a special Cabela's sale on day for $29.95 and figured I could not go wrong. My hunch was correct. Will be had for find another this deal this good but Optics Planet does have a good price on the binos for none super serious use.
Look at the C Series, Maven’s
Enjoy your FLA!
Best advice I ever got with optics was this...
"If you don't spend at least $250, then you might as well not spend any more than $50."
Thanks all great feedback Lewis
While more popular with bird watchers, you may want to look at Vanguard Endeavor or Spirit ED’s. Pretty good glass for the money.
One man`s decent and inexpensive is $75....another`s is $750. I personally like the mid range Leupolds for "house" binos.
Agree with Nikon Monarchs. Most underrated glass out there IMO. There's not a huge difference between the better Vortex glass and Monarchs.
maven .I think they are out of lander wy. my wife loves hers
Styrkas hands down about 280.00
For bird watching in particular the Nikon Monarchs are rated high for true color rendition.
I just bought vortex diamondbacks from Cabela’s for $140. Very impressed for southern bowhunting
I just got a pair of Maven B.1s. They are a little pricey in the 10x ($950) but they compare with a swaro or high end leupold.
They also have the C series, which is in the $300 range.
I don't know your definition of inexpensive or decent. 8-10 years ago , I bought some 8 x 42 Kahles. I think the glass is made by Zeiss. At the time they cost about $650. I have more expensive glass, but I've been very happy with these and regularly hunt with them.
For the 200 - $300 price range, either the Vortex Diamondbacks or the Nikon Monarchs are hard to beat. IMO - the Diamondbacks are going to be a little cheaper than the Monarchs but I give the nod overall to the Monarchs...
A few years ago, I gave a friend a pair of Diamondbacks that I had picked up cheap - he likes to hunt but has always had REALLY crappy glass (think 30-50 crappy) - he was so excited with them you would have thought I gave him a pair of $1500 binos... Just depends on your budget I guess...
Both my wife and I carry Leicas while hunting what I’m going to get is a pair to leave at our Florida home.A lot of options here and as always the Bowsiters came through thank you all.Lewis