i have a pair of docter nobilem 8x 56's with a 50ish afov that i absolutely love. narrow? yes, but it's a near perfect fov and wonderful in low light and the night sky. nearly every star is a point of light, if a little skewed towards yellow. i aslo have a pair of astroluxe 18x 70's with an expansive 70ish afov that is just as wonderful for different reasons. the field edges are not sharp. it has a fair amount of false color but the sweet spot is large and very sharp. they are a joy to use on the night sky and at the ocean. i don't even mind the i.f. at distance as the refocusing needed is minimal if at all. i really enjoy 8x 42 meopta b1+ because it does so many things well.I could go on and on all night but I would like to hear what others opinions are. What optical abberations bother you? What matters most to you when deciding if you like an optic?
so i guess i'm a binocular chameleon when it comes to priorities. i want to be able to appreciate the designers intent. my uses are varied so a wide variety of instruments appeal to me. for some time i could never imagine how a 10x 50 binocular could offer a $5000 view. then i looked through a friend's pair of wx's. nikon seems to have prioritized every optical parameter and threw cost and size to the wind. and it shows! holy smokes!! it was like naked eye viewing with the world 10x closer! i could sit on my friend's porch and look though those wx's forever. at night i pass my $280 oberwerk 10x 50 ultra's around to my astronomy students with a little less anxiety than i would a pair of wx's. they offer wonderfully sharp views in an incredibly reliable package. my daughter refuses to carry binoculars unless they are the size of an altoids box. so her binocular of choice is the curio. i really like them too. so my priorities are somewhere between expensive to not so expensive, huge to tiny, color free flat field to a mix of aberations, porro and roof, i.f. or c.f., ... . but i do want them all to have a pretty sharp sweet spot. hmmm, unless they are really inexpensive and give good enough views to hold a person's interest. so yeah, those are my priorities.