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Which 10x42 binoculars are you using the most? (1 Viewer)

I wanted to title this thread "Best 10x42 binoculars 2022" but best is subjective because people put different levels of importance on different factors. So "which 10x42 binos are you using the most?" seemed like a better compromise to avoid a flame war.

There's old best bino threads out there but they don't include new releases like Zeiss SPL or NL Pure in some cases.

I'm particularly interested in hearing about transparency / depth of field / color.

Thanks for your thoughts and opinions.

Mike Crawley

Emeritus President at Burnage Rugby Club
10 year old pair of Swarovski ELs - it’s an easy choice as I only have one pair of 10x42 binoculars


Retired Somewhere
United Kingdom
Meopta Meostars HD 10x42.
Found by accident one day in a shop, and so good that I see no need to change.... even though I'm a huge Ultravid fanboy.
Pures are incredible but too clinical for me.
Sold my Nikon SE's a while ago..... probably shouldn't have done that really :unsure: :cry::mad:


Well-known member
United States
I did use a 10x42 EDG, but the fit and feel of the Noctivid was better for me. The EDG is on semi-permanent loan to a birding friend.
Since I'm comfortable with the Noctivid, its kept me from being tempted by other possible 10x42's which I'm sure are equally good, and perhaps even 'superior', at least on paper.



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Like many others, I don't use the 10x42 format that much, but I'm perfectly satisfied with the Monarch HG 10x42. Field of view, eye-relief, weight, resolution and sharpness, and color rendition suit my needs.

Ted Y.

Forum member
Steiner 10x42 IF, a Porro model
  • large FOV
  • interesting DOF
  • easy to keep in equilibrium (it is shorter than Nikon Porro binoculars)

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