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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 19:10   #1
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Binoculars Poll - What format do you prefer ( 8x32, 10x50 etc. )

Another fun poll, this time which binocular format do you prefer.
With a limited number of options there will be a few omissions, but if you have a format not in the poll, please share it in the thread below.
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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 22:36   #2
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Andy,

You left out a few popular formats:

6x26 (Bushnell Custom)

6.5x32 (EO Kingbird)

7x26 (Bushnell Custom)

7x35 (Many Porros)

8x20 (Many pockets)

8.5x44 (Swift Audubon)

Also, the survey doesn't support multiple inputs, at least on my screen.

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That was really hard for me to answer....it's dependent on several factors as to which I'll head out the door with
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You ask “What binocular formats do you own” (plural) but it is only possible to choose one format.

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Would like to complete, but as mentioned, only allows for one entry. Perhaps it should be which binocular format do you use the most? Even with a fairly lengthy selection list, some would hopefully put down the nearest as it has to be limited in options.

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Like many I use a bit of a variety but if I had to pin down one particular format which I could use happily across the board and tbere could only be one choice it would be an 8x32.
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Like many I use a bit of a variety but if I had to pin down one particular format which I could use happily across the board and tbere could only be one choice it would be an 8x32.
I think 8x42 is a better all around format, but the lighter weight 8x32 is the one I use the most.

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I think 8x42 in real life is the optimum or 8x32 for "hobbyists". Owning some 10x50 (Docter Nobilem 10x50) myself I personally like this format most. Good during both day or night, good at long distance and very good optical quality - but heavy.
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I think 8x42 in real life is the optimum or 8x32 for "hobbyists".
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I think 8x42 is a better all around format, but the lighter weight 8x32 is the one I use the most.

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I go between 8x25, 8x32, 7x42 and 8x42 (I'll add to that my massive Fujinon 7x50 IF from time to time on certain occasions but these really aren't typical birding binoculars) for me the 8x32 represents the most versatility across the board (in the same way of thinking as size/weight vs overall viewing performance).

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The stats are interesting - we have mainly people who prefer something 7-8-8.5-10x40-42 and then the singular 8x32.

On the basis of this data, it looks like the model people here would really want is a zoom 7-10x42. Maybe that is the Duovid Leica should have made.

What would be interesting to know is the data for those who are not on this forum. In particular there are the marine, hunting, travel and safari, law enforcement and military markets and of course those who just own a binocular because it's something you're supposed to have in a family. and eg. bring to an outdoor event.

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With glasses I only use 8x42. I have the good Nikons plus a sport store 8x42. I can use an 8x32 I still have. All the rest, some 10x42s, are just to lend to people.

In my bike bag I may have a 8x25 for rare moments on bike. For the unexpected bird. I bird by bike also, with 8x42s.

My Nebraska 265 birds were all found with the Nikons or a scope.
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Huh?
I'll second that Kevin...
Mybe he is suggesting that if you 'only' use a 32mm you are not really 'serious'.

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What would be interesting to know is the data for those who are not on this forum. In particular there are the marine, hunting, travel and safari, law enforcement and military markets and of course those who just own a binocular because it's something you're supposed to have in a family. and eg. bring to an outdoor event.

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Edmund there a plenty of people like this who are members of this forum.
Birdforum members are a much wider bunch of folks than just hard-core birders.

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Troubador,

While I have no faith in either politicians or statistics, I can see the marine sites full of 7x50 glasses and no one here (zero, zilch, nada, 0% on the poll, at the time of typing) prefer using them => see above. From which I infer that we are not the place people who place priority on marine use do gather.

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Edmund,

I for one am not at all interested in a zoom binocular, far too fussy to use when birdwatching, aviation or general observation. I also use two other larger objective binos in addition to my go to 8x32, one of them being a x7.

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Looks like 8x32 is the most popular format for birding. 8x32 is perfect for most birders. You don't need an 8x42 99% of the time and 8x32's are much lighter and more compact. Also, there are a lot of 8x32 binoculars to choose from. Funny Zeiss has never made an 8x32 SF. Well maybe they will. There is definitely a market for it.
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The original survey was modified midstream to allow only one selection when it originally asked for multiple selections. Several folks commented on this, but, like me, were apparently stuck with whatever their first selection happened to be. Since 8x32 appears earlier in the list than 8x42, it may be that this biased the results in its favor. I noted on post #2 that 6x25, 7x26, 7x35, 8x20, and 8.5x44 were missing even though many famous birding binoculars have these configurations. Moreover, 19 of the 36 configurations that were included had zero responses. Finally, although the question at hand was "What binocular configuration do you prefer," the preference could be for any use, e.g., Birding, Hunting, Nature, Travel, etc.

I wouldn't be too quick to draw momentous conclusions here.

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The original survey was modified midstream to allow only one selection when it originally asked for multiple selections. Several folks commented on this, but, like me, were apparently stuck with whatever their first selection happened to be. Since 8x32 appears earlier in the list than 8x42, it may be that this biased the results in its favor. I noted on post #2 that 6x25, 7x26, 7x35, 8x20, and 8.5x44 were missing even though many famous birding binoculars have these configurations. Moreover, 19 of the 36 configurations that were included had zero responses. Finally, although the question at hand was "What binocular configuration do you prefer," the preference could be for any use, e.g., Birding, Hunting, Nature, Travel, etc.

I wouldn't be too quick to draw momentous conclusions here.

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I'll second that, Ed.
Conclusions based on such a small sample (88 voters) are statistically unreliable. Also many people use more than just one pair of binos, depending on the application. The survey should allow multiple choices, and it should be open for a much longer period of time to allow more people to vote.

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The poll is open for a year Peter.

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While I have no faith in either politicians or statistics, I can see the marine sites full of 7x50 glasses and no one here (zero, zilch, nada, 0% on the poll, at the time of typing) prefer using them => see above. From which I infer that we are not the place people who place priority on marine use do gather.

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Marine is only one category on your list and while I don't recall a lot of marine users on Birdforum we certainly have some. Very recently a member was explaining his use of 7x50s on the approach to harbours in his boat and how successful 7x has proved for viewing from boats. I don't know that we have a lot of law-enforcers either but we certainly have two and we have had wildlife tour leaders, professional biologists, a scientist retired from NASA, several farmers as well as business men and women. Since Birdforum has over 158,000 members it is not surprising that there are is a wide variety of folks in there.

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Looks like 8x32 is the most popular format for birding. 8x32 is perfect for most birders. You don't need an 8x42 99% of the time and 8x32's are much lighter and more compact. Also, there are a lot of 8x32 binoculars to choose from. Funny Zeiss has never made an 8x32 SF. Well maybe they will. There is definitely a market for it.
Could be. I have never found the ideal 8x32. Mine are Pentax. They weigh almost the same as my 8x42. I get a lot of bad weather birding parts of the year, though we DO have a large number of sunny days. on dark days I would not use my 8x32. But it is an old model, possible high end glass might be bright.
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Could be. I have never found the ideal 8x32. Mine are Pentax. They weigh almost the same as my 8x42. I get a lot of bad weather birding parts of the year, though we DO have a large number of sunny days. on dark days I would not use my 8x32. But it is an old model, possible high end glass might be bright.
Try an SV 8x32. I have a friend who lives in Nebraska and he said the weather lately is the worst he has seen it in 20 years.
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