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    Default Good value 8x or 10x Bino's???

    I was wondering what options are out there for 8 or 10 power binoculars in the $200 or less range. Don't have alot of money to throw down and just curious whats out there. I want to use them for glassing while hunting. Will this range be too hard on my eyes for a full days use? Any opinions welcomed please. Thanks, schmidty

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    I would try and find some used Pentax DCF SP's or some Nikon Monarchs. The Pentaxes have a lifetime warranty and I think the Nikons are 25 years.

    I sent you a pm.

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    I got the Nikon 10x42 binos when I was in the desert. Get them if you can. They work great, really clear and bright, outperformed the optics we were issued. They're almost $300, but it's well worth it if you can make it happen. The only shortcoming is the fact that they don't have soft eye cups. But really great binoculars for the money.

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    My Pentax DCFs worked real well in PWS rain last week, in daylight and low light. They seem as clear as my partner's Zeiss binos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jklingel View Post
    My Pentax DCFs worked real well in PWS rain last week, in daylight and low light. They seem as clear as my partner's Zeiss binos.
    Yup, This is the Pentax secret. If the DCF SP's sold for 1500-2000 bucks a pair like the Zeiss or Swaros they'd probably sell twice as many!

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    Default A little out of your price range.................

    but I bought the Leupold Wind River Cascade 10x42's and am very pleased with them.Leupold quality and lifetime warranty (even transferable if you find a used pair)Very bright and clear,light and compact.They dont weigh very much so when you put them on one of those bino harnesses you can hardly tell they are there.They cost about $275-300 depending on where you look.

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    I have used a lot of the "good ones" both hunting and on the water. My swaro's went overboard not too long ago so I started looking for a decent pair of "disposable" Binos. What I chose was the Nikon Action EX 10X50 6.5 degree. I LOVE THEM!! I use them all the time now. I can afford to have a set in the boat and a set for hunting.

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    Went today and tried out 3 pairs. I would rank them like this...

    1. Leupold Cascade 10x42
    2. Pentax DCF SP 10x42
    3. Nikon Monarch 10x42

    The problem I have is that the Pentax didn't get a fair shake. They were at a gunshop and the other two were at sportsmans so the light and all the conditions weren't the same. Hard to say that they aren't as good when they didn't get fair comparison.

    The pentax's kept blacking out on me even with the eye cups all the way out, but the gun shop was darker than the other places. I was looking out the doorway but I really didn't expect to be blacked out when it was only 5 PM and it wasn't that dark outside, just a little overcast.

    The Nikons were blurry around the edges, the Leupolds were not (by my eyes) so if I was going to buy right now I'd get the Leupolds. I really wish sportsmans would get a pair of those pentax dcf sp's so that I could find out just how biased the conditions made me.

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    Are you in the Fairbanks area? If so, shoot me a pm and you can come and check out my 10x43 DCF SP's. Mine are nice and bright. I really like them. The Pentaxes have 18mm of eyereleif. Having the eyepieces backed all the way out puts you at the max eye releif. It doesnt't take too much to move them at the wrong angle and get blackout. If that's what was happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmidty_dog View Post
    I was wondering what options are out there for 8 or 10 power binoculars in the $200 or less range. Don't have alot of money to throw down and just curious whats out there. I want to use them for glassing while hunting. Will this range be too hard on my eyes for a full days use? Any opinions welcomed please. Thanks, schmidty
    Schmidty,
    We have a few binoculars from trade shows at you should consider that are excellent values and quality:

    Zeiss Show Samples:
    #523009 Diafun 8x30B MC $289.99
    #523020 Diafun 10x30B MC $319.99

    Minox Show Samples:
    #62147 BL 8x42 @ $239.99
    #62148 BL 10x42 @ $249.99

    #62149 BL 8x32 @ $219.99

    New
    Pentax 8x42 DCF HR II @ $199.99
    Olympus Magellan 8x42 EXWP 1 Binocular @ $189.99
    Olympus Magellan 10x42 EXWP 1 Binocular @ $199.99

    Mint like new Nikon Refurbs:
    #7245 10x50 Action Extreme @ $99.99
    #7513 8x36 Monarch ATB @ $179.99
    #7515 8x36 Monarch ATB Camo Dream Season @ $189.99
    #7516 10x36 Monarch ATB Camo Dream Season @ $199.99
    #7435 10x42 Monarch ATB Camo RealTree @ $239.99
    #7411 10x35 E2 @ $299.99
    #7518 10x56 Monarch ATB @ $259.99
    #7521 10x56 Monarch ATB Camo Dream Season @ $299.99

    Please feel free to call me to discuss optics and see http://www.cameralandny.com/demos.html for a full list of demos



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