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Rem700CDLSF3006
December 30, 2013, 09:52 PM
I am going to need to get a new pair of binoculars before next hunting season.
My old pait of Bauch& Lomb the focusing has broke.Who make a good pair for under 300.00? Also which do you prefer between porro and roof

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Arcticfox
December 30, 2013, 10:42 PM
Nikon makes a nice set. Trailblazer 8x42 for under $200.

22-rimfire
December 30, 2013, 10:50 PM
I like the Nikon Monarchs quite a lot (8x42) which run $300ish. They also have the 10x version. My favorite woods binocs are an inexpensive pair of Leupold Yosemite (6x30) which run about $100-$120. I use them quite a lot and keep them in my vehicle almost all the time.

There are a lot of choices in the $100-$300 range.

witchhunter
December 30, 2013, 10:57 PM
Leupolds are all I have ever owned. There are lots of good glass out there though, I am just old school. 10x for out here in the west, 8x for back east. When you are comparing, try to use them in low light, not in Cabelas, go at night and take em outside!

Lloyd Smale
December 31, 2013, 06:53 AM
another vote for nikon. I have a pair of monarch 5 and they are excellent binoculars for around 300 dollars.

skoro
December 31, 2013, 08:22 AM
Who make a good pair for under 300.00?

I like these two...

http://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Elite-Custom-Compact-Binocular/dp/B00165FT7C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388495927&sr=8-2&keywords=bushnell+elite+binoculars

Very compact and lightweight with excellent glass. You'll hardly notice them when you're out scouting/hunting.

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-10x30-IS-Ultra-Compact-Binoculars/dp/B00004THDC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388496090&sr=8-1&keywords=canon+10x30+binoculars

More money, more weight but outstanding performance.

Buzsaw
December 31, 2013, 09:39 AM
Brunton Echo or Nikon Monarch for a little more dough

zooski22
December 31, 2013, 09:52 AM
Check out vortex. Great pair of binoculars at a very affordable price and an amazing warrenty. Cant go wrong with vortex optics.

Vol46
December 31, 2013, 01:24 PM
I have some older Nikon 7x35- stay focus plus II, clear, sturdy, & don't tire your eyes when glassing for longish periods. I also have Steiner Predators - they may be priced a little higher, but they are excellent.

gamestalker
December 31, 2013, 05:24 PM
I have long used nothing but Leupold, but this year my Son's introduced me to Vortex and things might change. I tried their binoculars, spotting scopes, and rifle optics this year, and I think it's really good stuff. And they don't cost as much as Leupold, and they stand behind their product 100%.

GS

Bobson
December 31, 2013, 10:10 PM
And [Vortex] don't cost as much as Leupold, and they stand behind their product 100%.
For the sake of clarity, doesn't Leupold also have an "any reason, anytime" warranty - just like Vortex?

I'm not trying to endorse one or the other, but I was under the impression that Leupold optics have a superb warranty.

abijohn
January 1, 2014, 12:34 AM
Maybe its because I am in the great NW, but always went with Leupold, never a problem, but if there was the warranty is no BS. Keep an eye out for sales, you can get some real good glass at a very reasonable price, you have some time till next huntin season.

REWTEX
January 1, 2014, 11:48 AM
I have Steiner military and marine binos and am very pleased with them. They are great for their price tag.

Rem700CDLSF3006
January 1, 2014, 05:35 PM
Does anyone know anything about the Leupold Mojave's

dtalley
January 1, 2014, 09:06 PM
I just purchased some Nikon Monarch 3 in 10x42 and I am really impressed by them. I think they were around $300 or a tad over. But they are my first quality pair of Bino's after having Bushnell Auto Focus that were sad compaired to the Nikons

retrieverman
January 1, 2014, 09:28 PM
I bought a slightly used pair of Zeiss Conquest 12x45 binos for $400 earlier this fall, and they are the best I have ever looked through.

Cocked & Locked
January 8, 2014, 10:02 AM
I like the Nikon Monarchs quite a lot (8x42) which run $300ish. They also have the 10x version. My favorite woods binocs are an inexpensive pair of Leupold Yosemite (6x30) which run about $100-$120. I use them quite a lot and keep them in my vehicle almost all the time.

There are a lot of choices in the $100-$300 range.

I agree on the Leupold Yosemite 6x30. After years of hunting with older Bausch & Lomb and Bushnell binoculars ranging from 7x28, 7x35, and 10x50 I bought the Leupold Yosemite 6x30 ones. I did that based on all the positive reviews I read about them.

It was like a new world had opened up mid-season in the area I hunt. Great clarity and bright at dawn and dusk...amazing.

Bwana John
January 8, 2014, 03:23 PM
Nikon Monarch ATB 10x X 40mm.

zoom6zoom
January 8, 2014, 06:11 PM
The prisms inside binoculars turn what would otherwise be an upside-down image right-side up. There are two main types of prism systems used in modern binoculars: porro prisms and roof prisms.

Porro-Prism Binoculars
Each barrel of a porro-prism binocular contains two right-angle prisms. They are offset from each other, which requires that the objective lenses be spaced farther apart than the eyepieces. Thus, porro-prism binoculars are bulkier than their roof-prism counterparts. Optically, however, porro-prism binoculars usually perform better, because the prism design requires less strict tolerances. That makes them easier to manufacture, so they cost less. Also, porro prism binoculars yield a more stereoscopic, or three-dimensional, image.

Roof-Prism Binoculars
The prisms in a roof-prism binocular overlap closely, allowing the objective lenses to line up directly with the eyepieces. This results in a more streamlined, compact, and often more lightweight binocular than equivalent porro-prism models. But roof-prism binoculars are also more difficult to manufacture, so they cost more. Roof prisms lose slightly more light to reflection than porro prisms - a disadvantage for astronomical use but not a concern for daytime terrestrial viewing. Well-made roof-prism binoculars can provide optical performance nearly equal to, but not better than, porro-prism binoculars.

Prism Glass
Most optical prisms are made from either BK-7 (borosilicate) glass or BAK-4 (barium crown) glass. BAK-4 is the higher-quality glass and yields brighter images and better edge sharpness. It is also more expensive.

JJHACK
January 8, 2014, 09:10 PM
I bought leica 10x42s 25 years ago.

I don't own any hunting items today that I had then. Warm coats' boots, knives, rifle, vehicles, nothing.

A high end set of great bino's will be with you the rest of your life. 300 bucks every 7-10 years for glasses is not lower cost, you still end up with lower quality, for the whole time. For the same amount of money you can buy alpha glass and get the great use for decades into the future.

Lloyd Smale
January 9, 2014, 07:48 AM
JJ i would be the last one to bash top end glass but just cant afford a 2k set of binoculars anymore since im on a fixed imcome now. I guess i have to ask why my monarch 5s wont still be useable 10-15 years down the line. I know there not as good as the set your using but i get by with them. Ive also got a set of stieners that cost near twice as much and show me nothing over the nikons.

JJHACK
January 9, 2014, 08:44 PM
Camera land has meopta 10x42 glasses for 700.

They are in the demo category, full warranty brand new but the box was opened in the store.

The compare easily to ziess optical quality, but are much better made. Far better made then swarovski, about equal to leica in construction.

Search ziess vs meopta. You will see the reviews rave about meopta, rumor has it that meopta makes lots of glass for the big 3 optics companies.

When they release the 8x32 HD version I will be in line for the first pairs to arrive from Europe!

Pete D.
January 10, 2014, 06:06 AM
Take a look at Canon IS 8X25 binos. They are, though, $40 over your budget.
Worth every penny. Superb optics, light weight, compact, and....when you press the image stabilization button, the image just stops moving. That fact alone is worth extra power and wider objectives.
I have a couple of pairs of IS binos (as well as ten other sets from Bushnell, through Leupold, to Swarovski ELs) and I would buy nothing now other than the IS type.

balderclev
January 12, 2014, 04:55 PM
I have Steiner military and marine binos and am very pleased with them. They are great for their price tag.

+1 on Steiner. Great for hunting as they are autofocus. The predator series is around $300 and are great. I have the 12 power.

Rem700CDLSF3006
January 12, 2014, 08:49 PM
anyone have experience with Zen Rays

Lloyd Smale
January 13, 2014, 09:18 AM
no experience with them but any research on line into it will not show a single owner not happy with them and many tests rate them best bang for the buck

Rem700CDLSF3006
January 13, 2014, 06:04 PM
yes Ive saw great reviews on them if it just was'nt China

IdahoSkies
January 14, 2014, 02:02 PM
Another +1 on the vortex's. I am going to get a pair of 6.5x32 Raptors soon. they had the best views even when compared with a number of 8x42s. (YMMV). Vortex has a no questions asked warranty and have some really good glass.

I have also heard good things about Zen Ray. For under $300 you are just on the edge of when a roof prism might be in your price range. Much below that a a good porro will actually better because you wont get ED glass, and it does make a difference. I have heard a lot of folks like the Nikon Monarch line, but before you punch your ticket, look through them and compare them with something else, like a Diamondback Vortex, or a Zen Ray if you can find them. My past experience has been that Nikon and Bushnell have really some nice feeling and externally looking binos, but when I compared them to others, the glass just did not add up to some of the others now on the market.

Rem700CDLSF3006
January 14, 2014, 06:21 PM
if everything goes well ive picked between the Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 The vortex viper 8x42 the Bushnell Elite 8x42 Sightron S III LR 8x42 Zen Ray prime 8x42 Leupold McKinley 8x42

Lloyd Smale
January 15, 2014, 08:59 AM
or of those id probably go luepold Mckinleys. Never had a set in my hand but the reviews on line rave about them. If i was going to buy a new set today there probably what id give a try.

TEAM101
January 22, 2014, 10:08 AM
I have a pair of Brunton binocs that rival binocs many times their price. Excellent clarity.

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