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New binocs?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by vmeter, Apr 23, 2013.

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  1. vmeter

    vmeter TS Member

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    Looking to purchase some binoculars in the 400 to $500 range. Looking at leupold mojave. Thought maybe you guys would give some input on them, or different brands for the same money. Maybe a comparison website for binocs. Thanks.
     
  2. blizzard

    blizzard Active Member

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    I really like my Leupolds. Totally happy with them for the money.
     
  3. jdhog

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    lOOK AT THE Vortex brand they are very nice and life time warrenty.
    jdhog
     
  4. dk

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    I second the suggestion for the Vortex brand. They are clear out to the edges.
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  5. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Best bang for the buck---Nikon's. I have the 10 X 50 Tundra Model. Clear up close or far away.
     
  6. HSLDS

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    I typically hunt with Zeiss.

    Had a chance to pick up a set of Nikon Monarchs for next to nothing so I got them to leave in the truck. They are pretty good for the buck (used set cost me about $75).

    Side by side the Zeiss will win, but the price difference (just under a hundred to just over a thousand) makes me think twice.

    I am basing this comparison on low-light usage and clarity, which seems to be the real test of optics.
     
  7. Patrick Haskins

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    I bought the Leupold Mohave after comparing them with other models in the local Cabelas. I have used them for several years and they are as clear with no distortion. I compared them to all the best and they were comparable to my eyes.
    Pat
     
  8. Zoom.Golly

    Zoom.Golly Well-Known Member

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    vmeter - I have a pair of American made top-of-the-line 10x35 Bausch & Lomb. Nothing made in the USA today like these.

    Check p.m.
     
  9. vmeter

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    Thanks for all the input and the offers. I just bought a slightly used mojave pair for $300.
     
  10. Pocatello

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    I have two pair of hunting binoculars. The first is a 9x35 Bausch & Lomb Zephyr I bought in the late '70s. The second is a 10x40 Leupold Cascade I bought about ten years ago. When I go hunting nowadays I wear the Leupold and take the Bausch & Lomb as a backup. The reasons:

    1) The Leupold is waterproof and fogproof, the Bausch & Lomb is not;

    2) I can use the Leupold while wearing my glasses, but not the Bausch & Lomb, even with the shallow eyecups;

    3) The Leupold seems a little better optically to me.

    Both are reasonably light and rugged. I use a chest harness on each instead of a neckstrap.

    I have a pair of compact Nikon I keep in the truck. One son liked it well enough to use on an elk hunting trip with me instead of the B&L. In my opinion, it is not nearly as good as either the Leupold or B&L. I also got a pair of Burris binoculars that came as a free add-on when I purchased a Burris scope. It was not nearly as good as the Leupold or B&L, but neither was the scope as good as my Leupold VariX-III. I gave that pair to a nephew.

    The outfitter I go hunting with uses Swarovski binoculars and spotting scopes. He swears by them, and is amazing at spotting game, but that's how he makes his living after all. I would find it hard to justify the additional cost over my Leupold (including my spotting scope, an old Leupold compact 20x50).
     
  11. kenf

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    Before you buy, look at the Vortex line- extremely good glass for the money.
     
  12. vmeter

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    I may have made a big mistake. I asked for all your advice, but forgot to say i just started wearing glasses.
     
  13. brdslayr

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    Found these on local craigslist today. Been wanting the best for some time. $900 hurt a little but it was a lot less than new retail. Jw
     
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