Re: Good Low Light Binoculars
RT, I don't know how much performance or durability you can reasonably expect out of a hundred buck bino, but maybe it's good enough for you.
Exit pupil will be 4.2mm, which is far less than ideal for maximum light transmission (7mm being the goal per earlier post).
The only B&L product I'd consider, based on your original post, is their 'Elite' series, which is a lot more money, but you get what you pay for. The price of the gear is incidental when you factor in all the time and trouble involved in hunting or any kind of serious shooting endeavor. To borrow a phrase from B.A.T. Machine (who make top quality rifle actions): buy the best and cry once.
If you're going to lower the bar to $100 optics, then there's about a gazillion (mediocre) choices. No offense, just the way it is. And just about any bino seems pretty dang clear in the store. The real comparison would be at dawn/dusk, looking out over a potentially 800y shooting area, in what could be very nasty weather, maybe dropping them out of a stand on occasion, vs. checking out the cashier babe standing 25 yards away under fluorescent light.
[ 12-12-2003: Message edited by: Nate Haler ]
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