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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 15:01   #1
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Your Most Used Binoculars?

This is is something I was thinking about while having a discussion with another user... my best and favorite binoculars are very/rarely, if ever, my most used. Working as a biologist, I always have a pair of binoculars in my work truck, either for surveys or incidental observations, and these are by far a result my most used binoculars. Currently, that means my 8x42 Vanguard Endeavour EDIV are getting far more use than my 7x42 Ultravid HD, which I much prefer from an optics standpoint; however, one cost roughly 1/3-1/4th of the other, and so the Leica only gets used when I know it's not going to be a rough and tumble kind of birding day.

I know some others on this forum must be in this same quandary as me... Occasionally I will wonder why I spent as much as I did on binoculars that get used, maybe, 1/3 to 1/2 the time as a much cheaper pair, but then I'll compare the views and build quality, etc. and remind myself quite quickly...

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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 15:25   #2
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For daytime wildlife observing the most used bins are Nikon 8x30 EII. Easily carried, quick to focus and delightful viewing.

Also have favorites for backyard astronomy and general purpose.
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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 15:28   #3
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Hi,

that's a close call between the 8x30 E2 (sitting right beside my balcony door) and the Papilio 6.5x21 (which is currently my backpack pair while cycling to work).

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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 16:06   #4
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For the last couple of months the Swarovski CL Companion 8x30 B.

So easy to use with that new "eye box."!

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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 16:10   #5
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8x32 Conquest HD - bullet-proof, great multi-tasker with fast and precise focus, handy / compact and [nearly] as pleasing to use in most situations as my HT. My field survey bin as well as my travel bin most of the time.

I'm sure I've put thousands of field hours on the HD's since getting them.
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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 16:12   #6
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Nikon 8x30E2 with binobandit to eliminate straylight and make the view more “immersive”. Small, compact, wide comfortable view.

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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 16:31   #7
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Hell,

My Zeiss 8x32 FL. Of the three 8x32 binoculars, which I have ownned, the Zeiss, the SE and the Leica BN, the Zeiss meets my needs the best.

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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 17:17   #8
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I'm kind of like the OP. My favorite, best, and go to are the Maven B2 9x45 and the B3 8x30. Which one I use depends on what size fits the days use the best. However the most used over the past several years have been the Opticron Discovery WP 8x32. This is because its diminutive size fits in the saddlebag of the ATV I use daily during growing and harvest seasons. Next most is likely an Opticron Imagic VHD 8x42 which is right now my pickup binocular.
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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 17:27   #9
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If I'm walking around (especially with camera gear), it's the Kowa Genesis 8x33. If I'm mostly using binos or have the camera setup for focus trapping (so it's on a tripod and I'm free), it's the Zeiss HT 10x42. The Zeiss are always in my truck.

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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 17:36   #10
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My Svaro 10x42 - these are the only bins I own since my wife got my previous pair.

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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 19:24   #11
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My 8.5x42 SVFP, the 8x32 SVFP takes over as most used on long Summer evenings. these are my only two right now.
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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 23:53   #12
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Swarovski 8.5x42 ELSV late production pre-FP
Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket

These are my most-used and also my most-liked bins.

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Old Tuesday 19th March 2019, 03:30   #13
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Cabela's Euro HD 8x32 (Meopta Meostar)
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Old Tuesday 19th March 2019, 03:49   #14
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I use two the most when it really matters and those two are a Leica HD Plus 7X42 and a SV 8X32. Quite honestly I probably use the Leica the MOST. #3 is probably a tie between a FL 7X42 and a SLC 8X42.

It's hard to beat those three in the picture below...
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Old Tuesday 19th March 2019, 05:24   #15
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I use two the most when it really matters and those two are a Leica HD Plus 7X42 and a SV 8X32. Quite honestly I probably use the Leica the MOST. #3 is probably a tie between a FL 7X42 and a SLC 8X42.

It's hard to beat those three in the picture below...
Same here, 7x42 UV HD+ is my most used allround binocular.
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Old Tuesday 19th March 2019, 10:35   #16
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My 'best' binocular is also my most used - FL 8x32. I've got the Pocket 8x25, but i figure that will get more of an airing in Spring/Summer when the light improves.
A Nikon 8x30EII is lovely on a nice dry day, and i rarely take 8x42s out at all anymore. I've probably got the pupil dilation of Lee Van Cleef in a face-off.
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Old Thursday 21st March 2019, 12:50   #17
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Sadly my least favorite. Vortex crossfire 8x42. It's the only one that gets left out around the house (small kids can and will break anything) on account of the warranty. My nice ones are put away carefully and taken out when I have something I know I will need a bino for.
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Old Thursday 21st March 2019, 13:19   #18
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Hello,

From the previous posts, it seems that 8x30/33 are favoured by almost half. If anyone named two, I counted that as a half, so I count 8 out of 17.This small sample is counter to current wisdom that the 32mm binoculars are unpopular. Of course, I count eleven North Americans and one post by someone who spends time in Barbados, which might skew results to the smaller objective.

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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 00:07   #19
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My favorite and most used birding binocular is SF 8x42. When I travel or if I am out and about where birding is not the primary activity I take the Victory 8x25. I probably spend more hours looking through the 8x42, but I have the 8x25 with me much more often so they get a lot of use too.

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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 06:22   #20
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My Opticron Verano BGA HD 8x32 Binoculars are always in the car and get used daily between work appointments. My 8x42 SLC get taken out when I am going birding and are not likely to get stolen by a car break in.
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 07:01   #21
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Since I'm still in, ahem, the endless search for the perfect binoculars (starting to discover I'll never get there, since such a thing doesn't seem to exist ), I use the most the one I'm trying at the moment (or in love with at any given time). It's been the 8x30 EII for quite a while, but over the last weeks I just love the 7x42 Zeiss Victory FL and can't help using it every single day. Even if it's a bit bulky, the image is so addictive that I just have to use it.
I have to say I was really impressed with the Nikon Action EX 7x35... How do I know this? Because it was the one I mostly used for a while.
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 11:56   #22
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My Opticron Verano BGA HD 8x32 Binoculars are always in the car and get used daily between work appointments.
My most used for the last couple of days should have been an Opticron Verano BGA HD 8x32 as well, which I ordered off e-bay. Unfortunately it's sat in the collection shop right now (I selected "click and collect") and the shop owner won't give them to me as I don't have a code that ebay should have sent. So while I can see the box with my name on it and have paid for it I can't have it despite showing ID...very annoying.... rant over - LesR you just tipped me over the edge with listing it as one of your most used. I'm very keen to have more time with it. Most used currently therefore is Nikon 8x30 MHG.
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 22:18   #23
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Lots of common ground with bins, sizes and usage strategies in this thread.

My current lunchtime at work, walk around pair are the Nikon MHG 8x30. I've also been painting at lunch from time to time, so they've got pastel dust on the barrels, as I still try to spot the occasional birds while I paint. I might use them about 4 times a week at work, but for short spells... 20-30 minutes.

For weekend, multi-hour birding, it has been the Leica Noctivid 10x42 for the last 3 months. Edit:
After 3 months of regular weekend use... maybe 70 hours or so of hiking and birding 3-4 hours at a time, the only thing I notice is that the focus tension goes up as I near close focus. The rest of the focuser travel is smooth Other than that it is just a workhorse with a view I really enjoy. And, as a glasses wearer, the eye relief works perfect for me.

I do have some other bins set out in different rooms in the house, and look through some of them almost every day.... You don't want 'em to feel neglected!

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Old Saturday 23rd March 2019, 13:47   #24
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Nikon 8x32SE and Vixen Foresta 7x50 second most used.
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Old Saturday 23rd March 2019, 14:34   #25
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Nikon 7x20. Because they are so small I can bring them everywhere I travel, even when I don’t need them. But since I land up having them on me , they get used all the time. Plus I’m impressed with the glass.

If I had a choice I use the Nikon 7x35 all the time for its crazy 9.3 degrees field of view. But they are just to big to travel with even if you have a backpack on.
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