Thanks for your input.If the stores you have easy access to have the Canon 8x20 IS, I suggest you try it out also. Personally, if I were to go on a once-in-a-lifetime or thereabouts Safari, I would only take image stabilised binoculars along. So would my wife.
Thanks for your input Philipp. Have you had a chance to try out the SFL 8X30's? I will let you know if they worked for me.@MikeBR
I have the same problem. I need at least 17-19mm eye relief (sometimes the ocular lenses are too far recessed which costs one or two mm of effective eye relief) to see the whole FoV with my glasses on. So far I didn't find many binos I can use with glasses, even though many manufacturerers, including well known names like Nikon, claim particular binos have enough eye relief, it is often not the case. And something like a Kite 16x42 will have very little eye relief. As a rule of thumb -- less magnification will often have more eye relief. So an 8x42 will usually have better eye relief than a 10x42 of the same model.
So far I only found one 8x32 that worked with my glasses, which is the older, discontinued Meopta Meopro HD 8x32.
Based on all of this, I’d say to at least check the Curio 7x21, because you will never ever leave them behind due to either weight or bulk, and the bright, crisp image is also accompanied by a quick handling binocular with very smooth focus.I also saw the Curio 7x21 but couldn't quite find the advantage of them over the CL Pocket 8x25 (except slight price difference).
I will try these out in a local store, but wanted to get some feedback first as I trust random people on the internet a lot more than a sales person in a shop.
I really want to get something light/compact as else they will just stay at home with the Nikon's and that would be a shame. But I also don't want to regret an expensive purchase if the image quality would dissapoint.
Psst -- don't telly anyone, but "alpha" is just a made up term. Strictly speaking it just applies to the one single best binocular there is. Since 3 companies are considered the best, Leica, Zeiss and Swaro, the "alpha" of each company is:
Zeiss Victory SF
and Swaro NL Pure.
All of this should be in the birdforum banner. Normally I'll cut quotes down to just the main point I'm responding to, but in this case I just had to bold my favorite part while leaving the first and last intact as well. One of my favorite posts of the entire forum to date.Small and light “mini-binoculars” are great, as long as you understand and accept the necessary compromises.
All binoculars involve compromises ….. you just have to decide how many and which ones you are willing to live with.
(more expensive optics involve fewer compromises)