Originally Posted by DocB
Hey Bruce, What's the +/- on 12x50 vs 12x60 and 15x56? Appreciate the input. DocB
IMO, they all have too much magnification for handheld viewing. A good tripod and 2-axis head like the Slik SH-707E, or better, the Jim White, would make all of them good choices for long range glassing. 12x60 would have the brightest image in low light, followed by 12x50 and then 15x56.
The minimum inter pupil distance may be too large for some people on the 56 mm and larger binos. Check them out in person if your IPD is small.
For me, 15x56 binos seem to be the best compromise between magnification, field of view and low light performance for long range glassing. I can sit for at least a solid hour glassing without fatigue using my Swarovski 15x56 binos and Slik tripod head.
I currently use the MeoPro 6.5x32 binos for the trail and low light glassing.