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Old Saturday 30th July 2005, 23:39   #1
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World's best hand-holdable binocular?

I went round to a local dealer today to pick up an astronomical eyepiece I had ordered for my Zeiss Diascope.
The salesman was probably bored with selling eyeglasses (the shop is primarily an opticians) and offered to show me some astronomical binoculars, among them the Fujinon 10x70 FMT-SX2.
They were absolutely brilliant with a 7mm exit pupil (and reputedly 95% transmission), a very easy view, excellent edge to edge sharpness and a price of under €800.
What a pity that individual focus and a weight of about 2kg makes them rather unsuitable for birding!

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Old Sunday 31st July 2005, 18:49   #2
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indeed, at 2kg they are twice the weight of some scopes!!! - wouldnt recommend them for prolong viewing. they would have to live on a tripod to be of any use.
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Old Sunday 31st July 2005, 19:37   #3
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Salty,
I'm not generally a fan of 10x bins but the weight actually contibutes to a very stable hold - just wouldn't like them hanging round my neck for hours!
There is a 16x70 version, which is also excellent but this would, of course, need a tripod. The 16x mag. is a bit low as an alternative to a scope and then again there's the problem of individual focus.

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Old Sunday 31st July 2005, 23:00   #4
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John, I have the Leica 10X50 Trinovids and have carried them from before sunup to after sundown in the mountains of Montana elk hunting. Their 41 ounces of weight has never been a problem for me. I never have them hanging from my neck; instead I use bino suspenders and never even notice them.
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The Fujinon 10x70 FMT-SX2 is undobtedly one of the best porro binoculars on the market, but more suited (and intended) for mounted astronomical and long-range terrestrial use than for birding. A good, smaller alternative, might be the newer Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX, though it too is an individual focus model, with IF used by Fujinon primarily for reasons of waterproofing.

Of the very best of the best in porros, there are few to match the Fujinons or Nikon Superior E glasses, the 8x32 SE being at the top of the porro birder list IMO.

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I did not want to suggest that the 10x70 Fujinons could be a serious choice for me or any other birder. We all have to make compromises on optical quality, ergonomics, weight and cost and for me the best compromise was the Swaro 7x42 SLC, with which I'm still very happy.
However, the view through the big Fujinons just blew away everything I have ever looked through, including the 10x50 FMT-SXs.

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I did not want to suggest that the 10x70 Fujinons could be a serious choice for me or any other birder. We all have to make compromises on optical quality, ergonomics, weight and cost and for me the best compromise was the Swaro 7x42 SLC, with which I'm still very happy.
However, the view through the big Fujinons just blew away everything I have ever looked through, including the 10x50 FMT-SXs.

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If you get the chance, take a look through the Nikon 10x70 Astroluxe too. It's the most perfect image I've ever seen in a binocular (even compared to the best of Zeiss and Leica). Then look through your birding glasses and despair !
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