Thanks for both links, I will read through them.Hi,
as for people who tried the Sightron, you might find a few in this thread - it's only 79 pages long...
In my never ending quest to find the perfect binocular I have ventured far from the mainstream binocular market. The company name "Sightron" will carry little recognition for most birders but those in the US hunting population are very familiar with their optics' products as they have been...www.birdforum.net
Regarding downsides - yes, a pair of 200€ bins will have downsides - as do alpha pairs for 10 times that.
But if a lot of people on this forum have bought them and did not complain, it was good enough to go birding with them. It is not going to be an alpha, though.
PS: for Kenko try the following if you can read german: https://www.juelich-bonn.com/jForum/read.php?9,450251,450278#msg-450278
I just found that the kenko has a minimum focus of ~3m
That's actually a bit of a downside for me because she would also use it to look at close distance. We have a green balcony where many birds pass by every day, sometimes while she sits outside 1.5-2 meters next to them. And it would be cool to be able to use it also in these situations to get a close up view.
You guys helped me a lot already with bringing my focus away from 8x42 towards 8x32. I think for the intended use the 42 is not necessary and the smaller x32 will habe advantages in being cheaper, more lightweight and generally having a wider fov.
I will read through the links you guys linked for me.
But I also look still at other options.
- Hawke frontier hd 8x32 (bit out of price range but it looks really promising)
- Vortex diamondback hd 8x32 (light, small, sturdy, wide fov, great warranty)
- viking kestrol or merlin (look really promising but would have to order from the uk which comes with several issues like custom fees or warranty)
- Kenko 8x32 (great recommendations here and in other forums, seems to be sturdy, plastic components compared to the others in magnesium and metal, cheap accessories, warranty service?)
Not easy to decide especially because I can't try them out.
One other downside to the kenko is that there a re no official testresults for it. The others are easily findable in several test magazines/ websites. I think that might be better for someone as a gift to get something that is not an insider underdog.