I have a pair of 10x42 Talons if that suits your fancy...
Whatever price point you decide on, make sure the binocular will work for you. For example, eye relief is an important item to consider for people who wear eyeglasses but is not as important for people who do not wear glasses. Then there is magnification: if most of your birding is done at close range, a 7X or 8X may be a good choice. But if you often observe more distant birds like hawks, waterfowl or shorebirds a 10X may be a better choice. Then you need to consider the size and weight of the binocular. What are you comfortable carrying. Some relatively low cost binoculars can perform reasonably well. I have an 8x42 Nikon Monarch 5 that I purchased for $230 that has good image clarity and the long eye relief (19.5 mm) that I need as an eyeglass wearer. The field of view of the Monarch 5 is a bit narrow at 330 feet but I think there must be an engineering trade off between eye relief and field of view as the binoculars with the larger fields of view tend to have shorter eye relief. This seems to be a particular issue with 10X binoculars. (I’m in the process of researching 10X binoculars as much of my birding involves shorebirds and waterfowl and 8X is just not quite enough magnification. You will likely get better glass as you move up in price. Just make sure that the binocular’s specifications fit your needs. Good luck.Hello, I'm new to the forum. I'm a relative novice and bought a pair of Viking Badger bins last year. They've been great in getting me outside and looking but they obviously have there limitations as they only cost £90.
I'm wanting to upgrade but was wondering at what price point is the best value. I'm happy to spend quite a bit more but realise as with most products there can be limited gains despite huge price differences.
What would real world differences be from say a £500 to £1000?
Does anybody have any recommendations within that price range. So far I've looked at GPO Passion and Hawke Frontier in 8x42. Should I consider any others?