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Binocular bargains (4 Viewers)

Kevin Purcell

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So I was lucky to get in on the Pentax DCF WP for $50 deal this weekend. But I felt for the people who missed it.

http://birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=124195

So I started this thread.

Consider this thread to be like the "binocular ramblings" thread as an ongoing thread to share the "best deals" you've found on the net. Bookmark it so you can find it when you need to post a bargain.

Please give
  • the name of the product
  • the price
  • shipping cost (especially if free)
  • Any other comments (e.g. if you've dealt with those folks)
  • a link to the product on the web site site to follow up

Caveat Emptor. You can check comments and ratings of online resellers at

http://www.resellerratings.com/

Beware those in Brooklyn, NY (there are a couple of good ones but they show up at reseller ratings).

And to be clear: I have no relationship with any of the deals I post. This is just trying to help other binouholics get their fix.
 
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Kevin Purcell

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So I kick the thread off with

Celestron Ultima DX 8x32
$79.95 with free shipping

http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=CT8X32PR

Very sharp, if a bit heavy mid-sized porro (30oz, a lot of that is in glass)

I reviewed the one I have in my Budget Bins thread. It's very sharp, bright, wide FOV with excellent eye relief. Certainly in the $300+ roof range in optical quality. And this is $10 less than Eagle Optics.

I've never dealt with buydig.com
 

Kevin Purcell

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Kevin Purcell

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sample list
http://www.samplelist.com/
I have not bought off the list, but have dealt with SWFA, they are OK

there is a zeiss conquest 10x30 for 400 among rifle scopes etc.

Even better along the bar at the top of the page (below the header) you can cut that choice down to just seeing particular items e.g. the bins (or seeing the last n items added to the list) by clicking on a link. So you don't have to wade through lots of sights that you have no interest in.

e.g. bins only and see the bargains you missed ;)

http://www.samplelist.com/default.aspx?prod_type=2&hide_sold=False
 

Tero

Retired
Yeah there is all kinds of stuff there. Be careful with warranties, read fine print etc.
Leica 8x42 Ultravid BR...might be able to reach one of those one of these years. I have teenagers. One is just now spending a lot traveling. Plus both have braces. :'D
 

Kevin Purcell

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Best price I've seen for the Swift Eaglet 7x36 $329 with free shipping

http://www.adorama.com/SW825.html

The only thing to check is to verify it has the CFT (Cold Fusion Technology == cold deposited dielectric mirror) coatings (i.e. it's the current version) and not the previous version which would make it rather less of a bargain.

http://www.swift-sportoptics.com/products/binoculars/825

Comments on the previous version

http://www.betterviewdesired.com/Swift-Eaglet-and-Nikon-Action-Egret-II.php

SteveC has commented on the current version on the forum.

I see Adorama claim it has ED glass. Not sure that's true. Not mentioned at Swift Optics and they would know ;)
 

Steve C

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Kevin

If the picture of the Eaglet on the adorama link is correct, that is not the CFT version. Swift always used the pictured fold down eyecups untill the new CFT version. That is when they began to use twist up eyecups.

Also below Swift Eaglet on the objective barrel it clearly states CFT prisms. The CFT is bold and would show in that photo.

They do not use ED glass. The Eaglet was developed for and still sold mainly to Law Enforcement Agencies (used by SWAT teams a lot apparrently) and is built to the same original bid specifications which have not changed since the binocular was introduced. They were able to use CFT coatings because the change was OK'd by contract negotiations. Turns out that monkeying around with eye pieces and fov would cause hasssles with their contract.
 
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Kevin Purcell

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Eagle Optics has added a group of Vixen bins to their Hot Deals page: 3 porros and 1 roof.

Vixen Foresta 8x32 DCF Roof Prism Binocular for $269 shipped
Light at 16.4 ounces but rather narrow 6.4 degree FOV, short ER (13mm)
http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=5142

Vixen Foresta 8x32 CF Porro Prism Binocular $199 shipped
The specs reported for this are wrong (including weight are those of the roof above). I've let Eagle optics know.
http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=5141

Vixen Foresta 8x42 CF Porro Prism Binocular $229 shipped
Good ER, 7.5 degree FOV.
http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=5140

Vixen Foresta 10x42 CF Porro Prism Binocular $229 shipped
Good ER, 6 degree FOV.
http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=5140

I have a previous generation of these Vixen Foresta 10x42 bins sold as the OEMed Eagle Optics Raptor 10x42. I really like them especially for $90 shipped.

You can also get these from Vixen North America (but as an "all sales final" deal and the prices are now rather higher). But I think the 42mm porros are previous generation (different "Swift 820" like enclosure).

http://www.vixenamerica.com/Product...or_Cat=BG-FR&Short_Verbose=Foresta+Binoculars

I've not compared the smaller models but I suspect the Celestron DX Ultima is the better bang per buck (it's a very good bin)
 

Kevin Purcell

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BH has an amazing deal found by tingjunkie

http://birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=1301999#post1301999

Bushnell 10x42 Excursions plus Bushnell iPod speakers for $99 and free shipping.

The bins go for $164 and the speakers with dock go for $150. Weird.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/481019-REG/Bushnell_270011_10x42_Excursion_Binocular_.html

Slightly less amazing but interesting

Used Kowa 8x32 BD32-8 Roof Prism Binocular for $289 + shipping

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/800599414-USE/Kowa_BD32_8_8x32_BD32_8_Roof_Prism.html
 

Tero

Retired
Most of the Excursions are worth a shot, except not the 10x28, it was awful, and the 10x36 I have no clue if any good, but to me not even interesting. Probably just like Monarch 10x36 which I do not like. You are a little safer with the 8x Excursion to get something you will like.
 

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