New Binos - ?????

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Varmint Hunter, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2001
    I am interested in buying a new set of binos for general whitetail hunting, not longrange. I'm kind of set on something in the range of 7x42. My price range is $400 - $500. I'd prefder a pair with rubber armor and would take camo or black.

    What would you guys recommend?
  2. Willys46

    Willys46 Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Lots of Choices

    You are Kind of in the middle. If your spending that much most people would say, save your money a little longer and get a pair of Leica or Swarovski. You will end up buying them in the future anyway.

    In the 300 dollar range I would look a the Nikon Monarcs. 10X42. I think the compare very closely with anything in that price range. I have the Leupold 10X44 wind rivers and they have treated me well. But I bought my dad a new set for his b-day and I had to give the nod to the nikons. 2 reseasons--I thought the eye caps worked better on the Nikons, The leupolds would collaps when i put pressure on them. the other reason--I thought they had better color and clarity.

    Like I said, If I was looking in the 300.00 nikon. 500 range I would save for the Swarovski.

    Just a side not--go to a store that carries all the brands and check them out. They will all look the same in the store--take them out side and see if they will put them on the tripod for you. Then you can really focus on the clarity. just a thought, you can really see the diference on the tripod.


  3. crowsniper

    crowsniper Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2003
  4. dirtball

    dirtball Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    I have a whole shelf full of $200.00 to $400.00 binoculars, cause I kept telling myself that I could not afford a pair $1,000.00+ of binoculars.
    Until someone let me use a pair of 7x42 Leica's for a week. The light gathering capabilities and the ability to focus and look through brush is unbelievable. Get as LOW a magnification as you can because you get MORE light gathering ability and a larger field of view. I bought a pair of Leica 7x42 and loved them until some one loved them more than me and stole them, so I went and bought a pair of Swarovski 7x42, optically I can't tell the difference, it depends on personal preference as eye cups focus knob etc.
    Bottom line, save you $ and buy good glass. You won’t regret it.
    Hey Christmas is comming!