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What binoculars?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:06 am

Wife wants a pair of decent binoculars for bird watching in our garden. They need to be reasonably light as she has very small wrists, also I don't want to spend much, no more than £200 or so.

Happy for a second hand pair if eBay comes up trumps.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Strawman @ Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:26 am

Approved by Nato no less, so when that thousand yatd stare doesn't quite cut it you can break out these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Strathspey-ne ... 56710a14e1
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Paul H @ Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:50 am

I got (an older version) of these for the m-i-l for 'bird watching in the garden'. They're very good for the price imo

http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/binoculars- ... ulars.html
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Turntable @ Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:27 am

I insist you buy these
http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/261751123066?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368

I recently got a pair (and they were much more expensive- that link is much cheaper than elsewhere)
They are fantastic quality and a pleasure to even sit and hold plus the lenses are superb. I feel certain you won't get much better for £200
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by tanglerat @ Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:03 am

My poacher-spotters are Steiner Firebird 8x30. They're approaching fifteen years old now, live permanently on he car and are supberb.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Käsemeister @ Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:12 pm

Some lovely lightweight Swaros around.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by foo @ Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:22 pm

Käsemeister wrote:Some lovely lightweight Swaros around.


Too right, get some Swarovskis if you can.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Käsemeister @ Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:50 pm

Given the range she'll be using them, some pocket Zeiss would be more than adequate. No need for anything bigger. But knowing her, the Swaros would be more popular.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:22 am

Will look into (ha!) all of those, thanks

I'll let you know which one I go for and perhaps even a little review if she likes them.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by minimoog @ Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:35 pm

I really like my Opticron SR.GA bins. They're porros though so perhaps not light enough?

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-opticron-sr-ga-8x32-zwcf-ga/p15225
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Strawman @ Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:53 pm

minimoog wrote:I really like my Opticron SR.GA bins. They're porros though so perhaps not light enough?


They are claiming 160g which is pretty light most of the others have been in the 500-600g range.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by minimoog @ Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:11 pm

Strawman wrote:
minimoog wrote:I really like my Opticron SR.GA bins. They're porros though so perhaps not light enough?


They are claiming 160g which is pretty light most of the others have been in the 500-600g range.


Weight is 546g. 160 is the width in mm.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:42 pm

Turntable wrote:I insist you buy these
http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/261751123066?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368

I recently got a pair (and they were much more expensive- that link is much cheaper than elsewhere)
They are fantastic quality and a pleasure to even sit and hold plus the lenses are superb. I feel certain you won't get much better for £200


Which ones were they TT, need to buy a pair for her birthday.

Any fresh views (ha!) on the above?
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Me. @ Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:11 pm

The most common thing I find left in cars I buy.........I have about six pairs.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Turntable @ Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:49 pm

I think it is these:
http://www.cameraking.co.uk/Steiner+Wildlife+XP+10x26+Binocular.html

Mine are definitely steiner wildlife but not quite sure of exact model
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:20 am

Turntable wrote:I think it is these:
http://www.cameraking.co.uk/Steiner+Wildlife+XP+10x26+Binocular.html

Mine are definitely steiner wildlife but not quite sure of exact model


Thanks, they look perfect.

I looked at the Swarovskis and they are a hell of a price for something the children are likely to get hold of.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:00 am

Turntable wrote:I think it is these:
http://www.cameraking.co.uk/Steiner+Wildlife+XP+10x26+Binocular.html

Mine are definitely steiner wildlife but not quite sure of exact model


Ordered, thanks TT
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Turntable @ Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:08 pm

Excellent. Look forward to their arrival.
I like them much more than you should like binoculars, due to their heft and build quality. I trust you will also be pleasantly surprised.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:48 pm

Turntable wrote:Excellent. Look forward to their arrival.
I like them much more than you should like binoculars, due to their heft and build quality. I trust you will also be pleasantly surprised.


They are excellent, I'd recommend you to anyone looking for recommendations for binoculars.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Turntable @ Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:21 am

Deuteronomy wrote:
Turntable wrote:Excellent. Look forward to their arrival.
I like them much more than you should like binoculars, due to their heft and build quality. I trust you will also be pleasantly surprised.


They are excellent, I'd recommend you to anyone looking for recommendations for binoculars.


I missed this. Glad you like them.
We could be binocular twins and go on watching expeditions.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Il Duce @ Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:58 am

Turntable wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:
Turntable wrote:Excellent. Look forward to their arrival.
I like them much more than you should like binoculars, due to their heft and build quality. I trust you will also be pleasantly surprised.


They are excellent, I'd recommend you to anyone looking for recommendations for binoculars.


I missed this. Glad you like them.
We could be binocular twins and go on watching expeditions.


If they were any good you could just stay at your respective homes and then look at each other through them and wave.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Turntable @ Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:21 pm

Holy thread resurrection.
I lost my Steiner Wildlife binoculars on my Guyana trip.
I say 'lost' but I mean my sister has them and is pretending she hasn't because she knows she has put them somewhere that she will have to turn the house upside down to find. Ive pushed and pushed and she has become entrenched in her position that she doesn't have them. Obviously we at CTF all know she does have them.
So I need to buy some new ones and when they eventually turn up either
1)I will make her have a massive guilt trip and tell her how much I had to pay for replacements or
2)I will have had them all along and I will never mention it to her again. IN fact I will maintain I never found them and had to buy new ones because deep down she also thinks she has them. The bitch.

Anyway, seeing as I am starting again, any better suggestions than Steiner Wildlife? I feel I have to at least explore the options. Anyone use the Leica versions of that size? Worth extra money?

Oh, and one more thing that I am delighted about. I couldn't find the Wildlife ones for less than £250 but when I resurrected this thread, the link I posted in here still works and has them for £215. I am so pleased with myself I could wank myself off.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Strawman @ Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:30 pm

Swarovski are among the best

https://uk.swarovskioptik.com/birding/el-c210110

You can buy them 2nd hand then tell your sister you bought them new

https://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Swarovs ... 35779.html
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:58 pm

I've got some Canon image stabilising ones that I've had for ages and are brilliant. These ones I think: https://slrhut.co.uk/product/ID12C35/28 ... 4uEALw_wcB

Ironically, these are the ones I loaned you years ago and you were adamant you didn't have for ages and them shamefacedly returned them! :laugh:
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Turntable @ Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:07 pm

:biglaugh:
Is this your way of saying that you have my Steiner wildlifes? Are you getting in first with a 'remember when you did X'?
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:55 pm

I was laughing now the binocular is on the other eye and your sister is now playing your role of pretending not to have stolen things.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Turntable @ Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:51 pm

Strawman wrote:Swarovski are among the best

https://uk.swarovskioptik.com/birding/el-c210110

You can buy them 2nd hand then tell your sister you bought them new

https://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Swarovs ... 35779.html


It's really weird. I cant take them seriously as a brand because I associate them with chavvy jewellery and tacky ornaments.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Käsemeister @ Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:52 pm

They make excellent optics and medical equipment. The jewellery is almost an afterthought.

My parents are avid ornithologists and both have green Svarowski things which are superb. Bloody pricey though.
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Turntable @ Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:57 pm

Käsemeister wrote:They make excellent optics and medical equipment. The jewellery is almost an afterthought.

My parents are avid ornithologists and both have green Svarowski things which are superb. Bloody pricey though.



I am so easily persuaded. Incoming!
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Re: What binoculars?

Post by Strawman @ Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:10 pm

>Reasonably excited to see what you bought<
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