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Old Friday 21st July 2006, 16:02   #1
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Bins advice welcomed

New Member Ian Garnett would welcome advice on selecting and purchasing a good pair of Bins for Birdwatching.

The RSPB website advises 8 x 30 (or 40) with good close focus, small turns of 'wheel' to adjust focusing, light weight, rubber coated, image clear to very edge of lens, price 50 +

Any comments on this 'buy list' or your best buy recommendations for the purpose of birdwatching would be most appreciated.

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Hi Ian and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum

Have a look in our Optics section of the Forum. There are plenty of good suggestions in that section and if you don't find exactly what you are looking for, just start a new thread in that section. Enjoy!
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You did not say how much maximum you want to spend. Try some 8x40 porro prisms, like Opticron or Nikon Action, in a store. If you do not like them, then try roof prism models, 8x30, 8x36, 8x42 are typical. Lots of models and brands. Look for brightness. If you look through a 10x pair, you can usually see that they are dimmer. Some models OK at 10x as well. But most are more money.

Look for a good unit as well, as the one in the box may have minor faults. Alignment is often a problem in cheaper bins. Try them at home, if your eyes hurt, take them back. Demand a new pair of same model.
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Old Friday 21st July 2006, 18:50   #4
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The RSPB advice sounds pretty sound to me. You might want to consider waterproofing as well though - when you start out you might not think you're gonna go birding in the rain, but you'd be amazed what you'll do once the bug bites.

50 is definitely a minimum for a good pair. I started out with a 20 pair from Jessops which lasted me about a year until I tried a decent pair and realised how poor they were!

There are some great pairs for 100+ though. Everyone on BF raves about Nikon Sporter 8x32 (search the forums and you'll find loads of recommendations) - I tried them once and was pretty impressed. Warehouse Express (see ad at top of the page) are still selling them for 99, which is an amazing price for a pretty decent pair pair of roof prisms. Also look closely at Opticron, who do very good value bins throughout the range.

If you can stretch to 300, my personal favourites are the RSPB's own 8x32 roofs - I've tried them a few times and thought they were top class, optically the match for my own Leica Trinovids.

Having said all that, you really do need to get stuck in and test a few pairs - find a decent retailer or head to Bird Fair in August at Rutland.
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Thanks for your help

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Hi Ian and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum

Have a look in our Optics section of the Forum. There are plenty of good suggestions in that section and if you don't find exactly what you are looking for, just start a new thread in that section. Enjoy!
Hi KC, Merci beaucoup for your advice on selecting my first 'serious' pair of bins.

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