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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 20:34   #1
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Budget 8x30 recommendations

Hi,

I'm looking into getting my wife some binoculars as a present. My budget is 100ish, but this is somewhat flexible. She will probably want something as compact as possible, but having looked into it, it seems that 8x30/32 provides a substantial step up in quality from 8x25, so I hope this will be an acceptable compromise for her.

I've just spent a bit of time trawling the forum, and some recommendations I've found (all of which push the budget a bit) are:
Hawke Frontier ED 8x32 (135)
Nikon Prostaff 7S 8x30 (149)
Opticron Discovery 8x32 WP PC (149)
Pentax AD 8x25 WP (109)
Bushnell Natureview 8x32 (110)

I can see that these brands have cheaper models (opticron oregon 4, bushnell powerview, etc.) but I don't really know how different they'd be in use..

Any thoughts or recommendations much appreciated.
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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 22:58   #2
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sightron-...wAAOSwMapbZY7R
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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 07:16   #3
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Igc,

It's never easy to predict what binoculars will suit someone you've never met and know nothing about. Some of those models will be sharper, have better colour or work better with glasses than others for example, but those characteristics will be more or less important to different users. If I had to pick one from that list on the basis of popularity with forum members I think it would be the Opticron Discovery. The Sightron that Dennis mentions might well be sharper but not readily available here and certainly not at US prices. You can occasionally find the Kenko version here, but it's somewhat over budget, and the Pentax 9x32 version is even more expensive.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kenko-8X32-.../dp/B004DYQRME
I should point out my wife didn't like ergonomics of the Fujinon version I had for review.

I rather liked the Nikon Prostaff, but it does have a rather narrow field of view and wouldn't work so well as the Opticron with glasses.

Most of those models and many more will be at Birdfair at Rutland Water this weekend. I guess it would be a couple of hours drive for you but there really isn't a better opportunity for your wife to try out what's available. It's a huge show with plenty of other stuff on offer.
https://birdfair.org.uk

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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 08:15   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. The idea is to make the present a surprise (and unfortunately a 2 hour drive to check them out is not possible for me at the moment) but I'll keep the receipt. The only binos she's used before are very cheap compact ones, and we're not serious bird watchers, so I think whichever option will feel like a substantial upgrade!

I like that the Discovery you suggest seems to be particularly compact. Do you know much of the Opticron Oregon 4? They seem quite well reviewed as well (and closer to my intended budget!)
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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 09:43   #5
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Do you know much of the Opticron Oregon 4? They seem quite well reviewed as well (and closer to my intended budget!)
Sorry, I've not tried the Oregon 4 yet, but there will be an opportunity at Birdfair. It's nice to see it's phase coated. A couple of specifications to note are that the eye relief is 8x32 is only listed as 15mm which might well be a problem if your wife wears glasses and it's a 100g (4oz) heavier than the Discovery.

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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 22:18   #6
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Another model worth considering is the RSPB 8x32 WPG, on sale down to 145 from 195. Details here: https://shopping.rspb.org.uk/rspb-bi...e=&Position=15
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Old Wednesday 15th August 2018, 10:54   #7
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Hi,

I would probably take the Optocron Discovery in that case... reviews read ok, ER is good and its weight and size (or rather the lack of) will surely be appreciated.

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