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    Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32 versus Nikon Monarch 7 8x30?

    I thought Nikon had the same warranty - repair or replace. Has that not held up in practice?
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    Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32 versus Nikon Monarch 7 8x30?

    Thank you, specifically how does the Stryka S7 8 x 30 compare optically with the Nikon Monarch 7 8 x 30? That's my reference lightweight bin.
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    Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32 versus Nikon Monarch 7 8x30?

    Have you heard reports of bad Stryka models? Which problems have you heard about / would you look for?
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    Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32 versus Nikon Monarch 7 8x30?

    Great roundup, thank you for sharing, but the Diamondback 8 x 32 featured in the review is the non-ED version.
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    Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32 versus Nikon Monarch 7 8x30?

    I've got the Nikon Monarch 7 8 x 30 as my lightweight binocular for backpacking and kayaking and very happy with it. A friend is looking to pick up a similar lightweight binocular and another one I know of in the same weight class is the Vortex Diamondback HD 8 x 32. How does the Diamondback...
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    Best winter foods for finches, tits, cardinals, thrushes, sparrows

    Putting up feeders in a Northeast backyard for winter and would like to focus on small birds such as finches, tits, thrushes, sparrows and cardinals. If I had to choose 2-3 foods to focus on for a wide variety of small birds + cardinals, which foods would you suggest?
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    Best DIY & Commercial Winter Roost Boxes for Finches, Thrushes, Sparrows, Cardinals

    Best DIY & Commercial Winter Roost Boxes for Finches, Thrushes, Sparrows, Cardinals Not sure where to best post this. I'd like to put up weather-sealed and insulated roost boxes in my parents' New York backyard garden. Looking to provide shelter to birds in the size of finches to sparrow and...
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    Your Favorite Feeders, Commercial and DIY

    Since I'm already doing improvements and renovations on my parents' house in New York, I'm also making the backyard garden even more bird friendly by adding some evergreen shelter, feeders, water and winter roosts. What are your favorite commercial and DIY feeders? Primarily interested in...
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    Minox BV 8x25 BRW & Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 and previous BV II model?

    Thank you David. I found out from Minox that the BRW is the newer model. I haven't yet had a chance to look through a pair but should soon. A hiker friend brought it up as his lightest weight option. I love the Monarch 7 8x30, which offers a nice bright image for the 15 oz weight, which is why...
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    Minox BV 8x25 BRW & Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7 and previous BV II model?

    Appreciate feedback on the Minox BV 8 x 25 BRW as a lightweight compact binocular for wildlife watching. Specs of BRW at Minox: http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=bv_line_technical_data&L=1 1) How does the Minox BV 8 x 25 BRW (model 62059) compare with the previous model Minox BV II 8 x 25...
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    Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 - Any current issues? Excellent in demo

    A few months ago a friend and I had the opportunity to demo the Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 alongside other 8x32 models including the Zeiss Terra ED, Vanguard Endeavor II, Leopold Mojave, Meopta Meostar, Vortex Viper, a Kowa model as well as a Nikon Monarch 7 10x30 side by side. This was at B&H photo...
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    Best Micro 4/3 Cam and Lenses for Wildlife Photography & Max Zooms for Micro 4/3?

    I'm looking at both Micro 4/3 and Superzoom (Bridge Cameras) formats for a camera that's lighter and more compact than DSLR's. From what I've seen so far, it looks like: 1) You get larger image sensors, better image quality and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses and better video as well...
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    Best Superzoom (Bridge Cam) for Bird & Wildlife Photography?

    I'm looking to pick up a lightweight camera for wildlife photography while backpacking, hiking and kayaking. Looking for a very capable optical zoom and preferably a larger image sensor. An optical view finder or electronic view finder would be nice but not absolutely necessary if image...
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    Best lightweight 8 x 32 & 8 x 42 binoculars in these price ranges?

    Monarch 7 8x30 and Vanguard EDII I've read and heard a lot of good things about the current Vanguard EDII. For purposes of this thread/use, where I'm looking for lighter weight binos in a given price range, the Nikon 8 x 30 and Vanguard ED II look like great choices, with the Nikon having the...
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    Best lightweight 8 x 32 & 8 x 42 binoculars in these price ranges?

    Phil, he's not a "professional" - he IS a professional - a world class professional ornithology researcher and environmental scientist with a lifetime of birding experience and for quite a few years has been using only the very highest end equipment. However, that doesn't mean he has evaluated...
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    Best lightweight 8 x 32 & 8 x 42 binoculars in these price ranges?

    Nikon Monarch build quality My primary hesitation with the Nikon is that I checked with a professional bird researcher I know with many years of experience and he said he found Monarchs tend to fall apart after a few years whereas Zeiss (as in Terra ED) in general has much better build quality...
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    Zeiss Terra ED vs Nikon Monarch 7

    Zeiss Terra ED 8x32 and Nikon Monarch 7 8 x 30; Monarch build quality Swedpat, these are exactly the bins I've been comparing as well. I'd really appreciate any feedback comparing them. My primary hesitation with the Nikon is that a professional bird researcher I know with many years of...
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    Zeiss Victory SF & Swarovski EL comparison?

    Zeiss Victory SF & Swarovski EL & Nikon EDG comparison? For anyone who has tried two or all of them, how do the similarly priced Zeiss Victory SF, Swarovski EL and Nikon EDG compare in terms of optics, image quality and ergonomics/usability? Also, at this class of optic, is there any difference...
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    Best lightweight 8 x 32 & 8 x 42 binoculars in these price ranges?

    Trade off between Magnification (detail) and Light Phil you have been super helpful as have man others on this thread. I'm just trying to quantify differences between the M7 8 x 30 and 10 x 30 in measurable terms. "Does not provide a good enough view" on it's own doesn't mean anything...
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    Which Swarovski model is this in the photos?

    LOL how is that possible if they say "Swarovski"?
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    Which Swarovski model is this in the photos?

    Which Swarovski model is this birding researcher using? The Swarovski EL? 8.5 x 42 or 10 x 42? Side view: http://bit.ly/1IY4fTI Top view: http://bit.ly/1RmAbVt Another top view: http://bit.ly/1bEXbxY
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    Best lightweight 8 x 32 & 8 x 42 binoculars in these price ranges?

    Thank you, any way to find out what size is needed for the 10 x 30? Also where can I find objective lens covers that stay attached so you don't lose them, and find out which size is needed? Like these...
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    Best lightweight 8 x 32 & 8 x 42 binoculars in these price ranges?

    Opticron Eye Guards for Nikon M7 10 x 30? Size? Where to find? Eye shields worth it? Hi Paddy, what did you mean by "get them fitted"? Also, are you talking about these: http://www.opticron.co.uk/Pages/bino_rainguards.htm Did a search for Opticron eye guards and all sorts of stuff comes up...
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    Nikon Monarch 7 10 x 30 and 8 x 30 - appreciate your thoughts!

    I'm evaluating lightweight 8 x 32 and 10 x 32 binoculars for wildlife viewing and route finding while hiking, backpacking, kayaking, skiing, cycling, etc. (have a thread going in the General Bino Forum on Best lightweight 8 x 32), and the Nikon Monarch 7 10 x 30 and 8 x 30 are very attractive...
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    Best lightweight 8 x 32 & 8 x 42 binoculars in these price ranges?

    Doubt the covers will add 2 1/2 ounces to the Nikon M7 weight. Maybe 1-1.5 oz, unless they're very heavy duty. I agree most people won't notice - unless they care very much about what they're looking at and you educate them on the image differences - no different than with many other tools...
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