Posted 07 May 2004 - 07:29 AM
I'm looking to spend 200 - 300 (maybe a bit more if it's a really good deal), and ideally would like something I can hand hold (so for me that means 7-10x, and typically 40-50mm objectives) and an exit pupil of around 4-6mm.
That being said: here are a couple of "deals" I found:
Steiner Rallye 20x80's for $429 (outside of price and size, but looks like a really good deal)
Steiner Predator 12x40's for $270
Steiner Safari 12x40 for $219
Nikon Tundra 10x50 for $250
(I need to check coatings on these too - make sure I'm not getting a ruby lens or something odd like that...)
Any thoughts?? Recommendations on other models? (Nothing chinese please.....)
Posted 07 May 2004 - 07:33 AM
Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:31 AM
Anybody got some good recommendations?
Where are the Orions made?
Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:43 AM
Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:58 AM
Go to "Links to Bino Mini Reviews" find Nikon Action Extreme 10x50
Posted 07 May 2004 - 09:23 AM
Ed, I *think* I looked at a set of these in walmart - I have to admit, I wasn't really impressed - the field wasn't very flat, and the off axis performance wasn't all that great (they seemed a little astigmatic)... They didn't seem much (any?) better than the 8x56 oberwerks I owned. Plus, they had both Japan and China stickers on them - which made me think the optics were coming out of china. Maybe I was looking at a different version....
I'll check the link.
Posted 07 May 2004 - 10:29 AM
I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that you cannot have "flat field" and "good edge performance" AND a wide field of view. It's a compromise either way and from your previous comments it sounds to me that you are keener to have the former than the latter.
Although I do not particularly like them myself , Pentax DCF HR is a line that seems to get very good reviews for it's edge performance.
You get waterproofing , nitrogen purging , phase -correction and very good optics ( and a narrow TFOV ) with these for less than $300.
The 8 x 42 would me MY choice for "hand -held".
Others would prefer the 10 x 42 of course.
Check the specs out below , and good luck - Kenny.
Posted 07 May 2004 - 11:09 AM
Thanks for the suggestion Kenny, I'll check those out.