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Old Wednesday 11th December 2013, 17:55   #26
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Thanks everyone for your help and advice. I decided in the end that magnification perhaps wasn't as important as weight and quality of the optics, so my final shortlist was the Viking MD and the Vortex Raptor.

I fancied a porro based one because of the enhanced perspective they give BUT I didn't like the relatively long minimum focusing distance of the Vortex Raptor. On the other hand the Viking MD (roof prism based) has a relatively short warranty and I don't know it's spec for relative brightness and twilight factor.

In the end, I've chosen neither. Due to the kind help of one of the forum contributors I've purchased a 2nd hand Bushnell Elite 7x26 which I think offers the best overall compromise - it's a reverse porro with good 3D perspective, with excellent optics, decent enough FOV, good minimum focusing distance and a lifetime transferable warranty. The only downsides are low light performance, but sounds like it is good enough for our needs and excellent for a compact; and it's not waterproof - but that means we only need to take a little extra care.

If I find the Bushnell is not the one for us after all, then I'll re-sell it and refer back to the advice here. No doubt I'll end up getting a 2nd pair some time in any case.
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Old Wednesday 11th December 2013, 18:08   #27
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That's a nice compromise. More compact, too.
Handy if you don't have a pocket size you love yet.
I'm hoping I find a 2nd hand 7x26 Elite myself some time soon.
OR...perhaps the older Custom.
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Thanks everyone for your help and advice. I decided in the end that magnification perhaps wasn't as important as weight and quality of the optics, so my final shortlist was the Viking MD and the Vortex Raptor.

I fancied a porro based one because of the enhanced perspective they give BUT I didn't like the relatively long minimum focusing distance of the Vortex Raptor. On the other hand the Viking MD (roof prism based) has a relatively short warranty and I don't know it's spec for relative brightness and twilight factor.
For the sake of completeness the brightness or luminosity can be found by dividing the aperture by the magnification and then multiplying by 2. For the Viking 6.5x32 MD it is 9.85, and for the Bushnell Elite 7x26 it is 7.45. The higher the factor, the brighter the images viewed will be in lowlight conditions although clearly the quality of the lenses and coatings are crucial. Twilight factor is the square root of the product of the diameter of the objective and the magnification. Both are clearly daytime binoculars.

I wouldn't get too hung up on warranty periods in this price bracket. In five years the market will have moved swiftly on with higher perceived values competing in lower price brackets and no-name brands still having very little residual commercial value when offered for sale as pre-owned. Even so in buying well you can obtain an item that will probably last for decades in good working order.

Hope you enjoy your compact, it's a nice choice.
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