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  1. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    Like Steve Babbs...I can afford a pair of Noctivid and not sacrifice anything either. The Hawks he mentioned are great , as well as the Opticron Travelers. One can find some great bins for under that $500 mark. It does pay to look thru them and decide upon yourself which is best though as all of...
  2. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    Looks good to me...as you came up with a solid list that fits your tastes....Now I am pretty anal when it comes to buying optics (bins, scopes, camera's and lens etc)...and I find myself making a matrix with each category, giving 'weight' to each category based upon how I feel that particular...
  3. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    I think it goes well beyond 'size and weight'.... To me there are a few key things to and ideal birding binocular (these are mine and yours will differ)...But I regard: An easy smooth focus wheel that is not clunky (Many Swaro's don't cut it here). This makes following birds and quickly going...
  4. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    I have a pair of 10x42 Talons if that suits your fancy...
  5. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    When I first started birding with my ($69) Bushnells in the 1980's... I was 'wowed' by the view as I compared the binoculars to my Dad's old WWII binoculars .... So what is 'unknown' for many by not looking at any binocular better than their own, remains unknown until they look thru a better pair.
  6. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    I like what you stated here 'the practical value of, and indeed the pleasure in handling, something well built (mechanically) should never be underestimated.".... To me, part of birding is the pleasure of birding. I can always 'find' a bird with any binocular, and while I can't always observe...
  7. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    I have an old pair of Porro's.... The one thing that stops me is the 'ease of birding' ...focus wheel quickness etc..... I never use them. I don't have the SE so can't speak to it, but when looking at a birding binocular, speed and ease of focus is 'huge to me'... How are the SE's...? Just out...
  8. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    My strong suggestion then is to never 'look' at an Alpha thru your own eyes, or you will never want to go back 'down'....If you want a mid to low-priced binocular, concentrate solely on looking at that price point in the stores and don't allow yourself to even look at an alpha or you might be...
  9. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    Like others...I started in the 80's with a cheaper pair....loved it, got into birding. Then just started 'looking' and found like YuShan implied that better binoculars get one 'blown away'...I was no different as better bins provided better contrast, color, ease of use etc etc. Those intangibles...
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