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Binoculars 8x40 or 10x50 which to use for birding

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2017, 10:03   #1
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Binoculars 8x40 or 10x50 which to use for birding

Dear fellow birders
I have got two pairs of binoculars as above
Please can anyone advise which is best for me to use for birding.
The latter pair are, of course, somewhat heavier/bulkier than the 8x40 pair
Yours with thanks
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Old Sunday 3rd December 2017, 10:40   #2
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Helo Kasfig,

You have answered your own question. The bulk of the 10x50 is a major disadvantage, although its greater light gathering ability would be useful in twilight.

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2017, 17:02   #3
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Dear fellow birders
I have got two pairs of binoculars as above
Please can anyone advise which is best for me to use for birding.
The latter pair are, of course, somewhat heavier/bulkier than the 8x40 pair
Yours with thanks
Why not use both depending on where/what type of birding you are doing. If you are out and about in general or woodland birding the lighter weight of the 8x40 is obviously the best bet. If seaatching or longer distance reservoir watching the 10's win out. Higher mag, wider field of view and more light collection. Also in this type of situation the extra weight is often not an issue as you will be supporting them resting your elbows on a hide shelf. Personally i would keep in the boot of the car and use whichever fits.
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Old Monday 4th December 2017, 19:47   #4
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Dear Pinewood : Thanks for your useful insight
Paul: What a lovely suggestion: I am going to do just that: I never thought to use both!
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