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kenbo Wednesday 8th June 2011 11:49

buying binoculars
 
Helo everyone.
I have recently taken pu birdwatching, and now need a decent pair of bins.
I've been looking at "Optolyth touring 10x40" on ebay, never heard of these are they any good (and what should they cost) or does anyone have other sugestions.

Thanks Kenbo.

KC Foggin Wednesday 8th June 2011 11:51

Hi Kenbo and a warm welcome to you from the entire staff here at BirdForum :t:

You'll get more feedback on your question if you ask it in the Binocular section of the Forum which can be found on the main Forum tab.

Kits Wednesday 8th June 2011 21:10

Welcome to Birdforum! I am sure you will find lots to interest you here, and I hope that you enjoy your visits.

willito Thursday 9th June 2011 13:00

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Originally Posted by kenbo (Post 2162853)
... or does anyone have other sugestions.

Hello and a warm welcome to this fascinating world.

It'd be interesting to have a rough idea of your budget allowance to make a useful suggestion.

Anyway, for the US$ 300,- range I'd say the best you can get are the Nikon Monarch, either 8x or 10x42.

captaincarot Thursday 9th June 2011 13:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by willito (Post 2163686)
Hello and a warm welcome to this fascinating world.

It'd be interesting to have a rough idea of your budget allowance to make a useful suggestion.

Anyway, for the US$ 300,- range I'd say the best you can get are the Nikon Monarch, either 8x or 10x42.

other than you would pay 300 i.e. around $500 for them here, the after sales service would be appaling to non existant and you could get a hell of a lot better bin for the money over here from different manufacturers.
as far as nikon are concerned the exchange rate of the pound to any other currency is 1 to 1

willito Friday 10th June 2011 12:55

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Originally Posted by captaincarot (Post 2163708)
other than you would pay 300 i.e. around $500 for them here, the after sales service would be appaling to non existant and you could get a hell of a lot better bin for the money over here from different manufacturers.
as far as nikon are concerned the exchange rate of the pound to any other currency is 1 to 1

Well, it's true also here that Nikon doesn't seem to be overly interested in making huge sales. The same 10x42 can be purchased locally for an equivalent to US$ 680,- (!!) But fortunately direct import from e.g. US is a very easy option and the taxes involved are pretty reasonable I'd say. I don't know how this is overseas, but anyway all these are plain commercial issues, nothing to do with Nikon optics quality. I've had several chances on the field to compare my Monarch with Leica, Leupold, Swaros and things like that and honestly can still afford the feeling to have got far more than my fellows for my pennies.


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