Re: Which new binoculars??
Leica are the best, but not in your budget.
Zeiss and Swarovski have excellent optics, but i have had problems with models from both fůgging internaly.
Look for a pair of used Steiner Night Hunters or some from the marine / military series. I have a pair of Steiner 7x50's that i have used for nearly 10 years now, Ive used others on loan or test in between,but these 7x50's have taken huge amounts of abuse, have never failed, are water tight, field tough and are my favourite bino's, opticaly they are as good as either zeiss or Swarovski, i know because we have tested them. Make sure you get a waterproof set and not a water resistant set. A Steiner did produce a cheap line for a contract they had that where only water resistant, (was a mil contract for a very dry country).
The Night hunters are water tight 100% asare the Military Marine series. take a look at the steiner web site as all the info is available there.