Ok I'm looking for a new pair of bino's in either 8x or 10x - I just looked at the leupold Cascades and Arcadia's, the Redfield rebels, The Nikon Trainlblazer and Monarch and the Vortex Diamondbacks.
The Nikon diopter adjustement is difficult to adjust but the FOV is good and bright.
The Vortex was nice the diopter adjustement was good and lockeds in nicely, the glass is decent but brite
The Redfield glass was nice, the diopter adjustement was good but prone to being bumped and they were the heaviest inexpensive also
The Leupold Arcadia's glass was nice, the diopter seemed a little "clicky" and possibly prone to being bumped
The Leupold Cascade's glass was a touch nicer than the Arcadia's the diopter adjustment was solid FOV seemed better than the others
The Nikon Trailblazer was cheap $ glass was ok FOV looked pretty large but diopter was an issue as stated above
The Nikon Monarch ATB was very bright and clear FOV was good but back to the diopter hassle
I'm open to suggestions, price does play a factor everything here had a range of $129 - $339 with most around $250-$260. I don't think going much higher in price (say up to $400-$500) Will make much of a difference for what I will used them for to warrant the price jump.
I will use these for both bow & rifle hunts where most of my viewing will be 300 yds or less but with the occasional 400 yrd view. Obviously the 8x will be a better FOV and usually brighter but the 10x will have its obvious pros giving me a "closer view" but slightly dimmer.
Do I look for something with a larger objective and higher power? Do I stay with the 8 or 10 and maybe a larger obj?
If anyone has an opinion or suggestions I'm open to every school of thought.