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Your Favourite Binoculars, Which Brand Poll (1 Viewer)

Your favourite pair of binoculars - which brand?

  • Leica

    Votes: 49 16.2%
  • Nikon

    Votes: 29 9.6%
  • Swarovski

    Votes: 81 26.7%
  • Zeiss

    Votes: 67 22.1%
  • Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb

    Votes: 8 2.6%
  • Opticron

    Votes: 8 2.6%
  • Hawke Optics

    Votes: 8 2.6%
  • Pentax

    Votes: 2 0.7%
  • Kowa

    Votes: 4 1.3%
  • Meopta

    Votes: 6 2.0%
  • Minox

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Swift

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • GPO

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • RSPB - Vking Optics

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Canon

    Votes: 6 2.0%
  • Vortex

    Votes: 7 2.3%
  • Leupold

    Votes: 2 0.7%
  • Zen Ray

    Votes: 2 0.7%
  • Other

    Votes: 18 5.9%

  • Total voters
    303
  • Poll closed .

Birdforum

Administrator
Just an informal poll about your favourite go-to binoculars, which brand are they?
We cannot possibly have options for every brand, but if you vote 'others' feel free to post to tell everyone which brand they are.
The thread is open for comments
 
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justabirdwatcher

Well-known member
Many on that list are not manufacturers, they are re-branders of Chinese or Japanese OEM's.

Good thing he didn't ask about manufacturers then, only brands. ;)

I voted "other" because my most used pair is a pair of Cabelas "brand" Outfiitter HD's that from everything I can gather, were made by Kamakura in Japan.

If price were no object and I knew I'd never leave my binoculars somewhere and forget them or have them stolen, I would answer differently. LOL
 
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james holdsworth

Consulting Biologist
Good thing he didn't ask about manufacturers then, only brands. ;)

I voted "other" because my most used pair is a pair of Cabelas "brand" Outfiitter HD's that from everything I can gather, were made by Kamakura in Japan.

If price were no object and I knew I'd never leave my binoculars somewhere and forget them or have them stolen, I would answer differently. LOL


Sure, after the poll was edited to remove the term ''manufacturer'' from the original thread title question.;)
 

Alexis Powell

Natural history enthusiast.
United States
Considering that many members of this forum own a number of binoculars, and that most owners of multiple binoculars also own bins of different brands (since binoculars impose no barriers to brand disloyalty, unlike e.g. cameras, with their often proprietary mounts and accessories) this poll question seems likely to yield uninformative incomplete (verging on inaccurate) and thus misleading results. I own bins of many brands, but even narrowing to my currently most-used, I'm still left with a toss-up between Swarovski and Zeiss.

--AP
 

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
Zen-Ray 8×43 ED3 .... yeah that's right folks - the classics ! :D

A bit misleading to call them my "favourite" go-to bins .... they're my 'Only' bins ! :-O

Always open to something better .... nothing really sufficiently floats my boat or tickles my fancy - yet :) :cat:



Chosun :gh:
 

Roadbike

Well-known member
I voted for one brand. However my favorite bins are better defined by size and design than brand name.
 

PaulieDC

New member
Shopping for my first pair, no idea what to get. I clicked View Results to see what people liked, and it wouldn't show until I voted. Having no clue I selected Bushnell because I think I saw that brand in Field & Stream in 1978.
 

ceasar

Well-known member
Why isn't Maven there? Are they in the "other" section? Why?

Hard telling! If you have already voted in the poll you won't have access to see what "other" brands were entered in the "Other" section.

Anyway, that is what happened to me. Maybe there is a way to find it out?

Bob
 

CharleyBird

Well-known member
Most ergonomic fit: Steiner Discovery XP
Most appealing view: Leica UV+ 7x42
Choice for a tripod: APM high magnification (it's what binoculars are about)
Most used: probably vintage Nikon DCF 9x30 (one pair in glove box, other by sofa to look down garden)

Favourite voted for: (Leica) 7x42. Hard to fault them and so easy to use; ergonomic, smallish, lightish, with an easy view. Have been carrying them everywhere on a coastal holiday at the moment
 

42za

Well-known member
My current hands down favourite binocular is a 1994 Vintage Zeiss 7 x 45 Design Selection Night Owl T*P* , I had the good fortune of finding an example in pristine condition.

:king:
 

chris6

Well-known member
Slack in the Focus Action

Focus control is needed all the time but slop free action seems hard to find, so Nikon.
 
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