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Old Tuesday 21st March 2017, 18:13   #26
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Old Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 03:53   #27
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As my title says. I originally started looking at the Nikon M5 8x42, but then I started reading about the M7 with its much wider FOV, was set on it, finding this forum, now looking at the Monarch HG! For a beginner who's looking at southern california birds like meadowlarks, sparrows, pipits, warblers, and goldfinches is the Monarch 7 good enough? I notice the light transmission is better with the M7 vs MHG, but the almost everything else on the HG is better: less CA, less distortion, Japan vs China made (I shoot Nikon full frame DSLRS and I can easily tell the difference between my Japan lenses vs China ones).

I'm a buy once, cry once kind of guy so I want one that will satisfy me for some time....

Also what about image stabilized binos? I like the VR feature on my Nikons...
Good glass is always preferable there is no such thing as overkill for a beginner.

everything has to do with budget and perceived value. For me I can never use lower end optics, as I am a bit too fastidious for anything short of perfection. Even at the flagship alpha level I am still complaining but if stuff doesn't bother you don't go looking for them. It is a can of worms you don't want to open unless, you enjoy being annoyed. sometimes even with deep pockets problems cannot be solved.
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Good glass is always preferable there is no such thing as overkill for a beginner.

everything has to do with budget and perceived value. For me I can never use lower end optics, as I am a bit too fastidious for anything short of perfection. Even at the flagship alpha level I am still complaining but if stuff doesn't bother you don't go looking for them. It is a can of worms you don't want to open unless, you enjoy being annoyed. sometimes even with deep pockets problems cannot be solved.
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Thanks for all the replies folks, I've just ordered a 8x42 MHG. My 7 year old also wants in some of the action so I ordered a M7 8X32 for him. It'll also serve when I want to travel light when going on a cruise etc...
Great advice, Joe...Looks like it has been already taken!

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