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Recent content by follerma

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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Sooo ... my quest has come to a close. Surprisingly (even for myself), I have not settled on a compact 8x32 but on a 10x42, the Vanguard Endeavour ED II 10x42, to be exact. Here are my thoughts on this sweetie. Height and weight Of course, I knew beforehand that these binoculars were bigger and...
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Here my thoughts on the Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 Size and weight The Monarch 7 8x30 is really very small and light. I have not verified the official information, but a few grams or millimeters more or less don't matter here. You can take it with you practically anywhere, and you can hardly feel...
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    I promised to keep you updated. The first of the binoculars on my shortlist that I tried have been the Bresser Pirsch ED 8x34. So here we go: Size and weight I haven't measured either, but the binoculars have the compact dimensions and light weight that I expected. This ensures that you...
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Thanks everybody for all your helpful insights and opinions! I will keep you updated if and when I make some progress.
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Thanks, normjackson! Well, the good thing is that I can test the Nikon M7 in a store in my city. I did actually look through it once, but that's a while ago when it wasn't on my shortlist yet and I didn't really know what to look for. So, for example, I didn't do the glasses-on-glasses-off test...
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Oh, that doesn't sound good at all. Sorry to hear the hassle you have with them. This is not the first voice raising concerns about their QA. I guess the Vanguards may be the first to leave my shortlist. Sounds too risky in the long run.
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Thanks! For Kite it's the Ursus models that are in my price range, for DDoptics it's the Kolibrie series, both of which have an 8x32 model. Neither of the two models have ED glass (I know, I know, it's not really a must and much of the talk about it is marketing) and my impression, especially...
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Thanks for the input! These didn't make it on my shortlist for the same reason as the Travellers: I can get them for at least 389,- € only here in Germany. (The're available via the same reseller as the Opticrons, so no competition.) I had considered them, but alas ...
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Yes, I have been looking through other binoculars and did not have that edge blur problem. So yes, the binocular is the culprit. But I am aware that I will never have the same view as somebody with less funny eyes. Addin to all this is that my right eye is worse than my left, so the edge blur...
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Thanks Ratal for the input! Actually, as per I had the Traveller on my list even before the Explorer, but unfortunately I can only get them for 429,- € here in Germany, which is simply beyond my budget. Do you (or does anybody here) know, how the Travellers compare to the Explorers? On paper...
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Dear fellow birders, I am having a hard time deciding which pair of binoculars to get next. My background: I enjoy occasional, but frequent birdwatching. I seldom go out exclusively for birdwatching (I may do so once a month or so) but whenever I go out for whatever reason (e.g. with the dog...
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