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Anyboyd know where to get good binoculars cheap??

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by glockrock, Apr 15, 2005.

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  1. glockrock

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    What size are you looking for?
     
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    I've got two different size Bushnell binocs and am satisfied with both of them. Like most Bushnell products, the price is very reasonable for the quality of the product.
     
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    Try Cabelas online, or Cheaper Than Dirt, they usually have some good inexpensive stuff.
     
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    Great binocular finds

    While picnicing in an abandoned elk camp up on the side of a mountain I found a nice set of Bushnells hanging on a tree limb stub about 6 feet up. They had been there all winter and only a slightly fogged lense which has since cleared and are very handy. Thank you very much.

    Don't know as you would find a ready supply there tho it might be worth a try. No possible way of locating the owner. Then again it was a designated picnic area and there are a lot of tree squeezers, Bird watchers, Hikers, Hunters that pass thru here. :)
     
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    Ebay!!!
     
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    Try SWFA and check for sales. Sierra Trading Post occasionally has high end binocs and spotting scopes at very low prices.
     
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    Cabelas, Cheaper Than Dirt, or Sportsmans Guide.
     
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    I got some 10x40 Bruntons on sportsmansguide.com that are quite nice. Clear and bright.
     
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    They pass out the binoculars after they give you the free lunch.
     
  14. Majic

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    Good binoculars and cheap don't go hand in hand. In optics you do get exactly what you pay for.
     
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    I picked up a pair of Russian Tankers binocs (10X42) off of ebay for around $100. They have decent optics (supposedly made off of Zeiss machinery that was liberated in WWII), inidivually focued oculars, but they are heavy.

    If http:///search.ebay.com/binoculars_W0QQfsopZ1QQfromZR3QQsacatZ28179 aren't them they are the same thing as.
     
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    i dont know, but i been told- that most binocs, like everything else, are made in China. that person said the ones that are no names/made in China types are good units. recalling WWII, Japanese lenses were better than any U.S. manufacturer could produce, so those in my family that served in the Pacific said. more ppl wanted Japanese binocs than wanted swords, something useful.

    one thing they must be is well colimated, otherwise you get a headache from hell if you use them for long. the German stuff is top drawer, but a staggering price. i have chinese and they do what i need, which is ocassional use. bird watching, girl watching, neighbor watching, whatever. sportsmans guide had some eagle brand on sale a few weeks ago. best to buy with hands on. ask to take them outside and use them. offer ransome if you do not come back. most stores will allow it. if anything is wrong, bring them right in and swap for an identical pair. if those are NG, switch brands.

    the more expensive they are, the more thieves want them. german glass excels by reason of undergoing rigorous inspections as they go down the line, and you pay for it. i would always be fearful of losing them thru breakage, theft, or dropping them overboard. i am careful of what i have, but if lost, i will get some more. worst loss would be being deprived of their use for a while.

    hands on if you can.
     
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    Take a look at IOR Valdada binoculars. Good value for the price but the are heavy. They compare favorably to my Swarvoski binos.

    Bob
     
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    What is the upper price limit of your definition of cheap?
     
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    I will say simply the best under 200 dollar binos are the stiener military and marine 8X30 I have seem them as cheap as 149 and at that price they are a steal. I have compared them to many glasses and only a few compare, and fewer still exceed. The main reason these are cheaper is that these are direct military issue and are NATO standard issue.. and the volume is incredible. it may be the worlds most produced bino of quality.
    seriously I have done side by side with leica, nikon, zeiss, pentax leupold, and brunton, and only a pair by leica and one pair by zeiss were better. and both had price tags that matched the stieners...if you moved the decimal point over, 149 vs 1499!!! try them you will see. when i went to the PGA a couple of years ago, I was able to watch balls off the tee from one hole away. nearly 1100 yards and clearly see a golf ball. My son few years about kicked mine off a landing by accident and the stieners held up.
     
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    pete f,

    What are some good sources for those Steiners that you mentioned?

    brad cook
     
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    I had a pair of these for about 10 years now, since I got mine as a gift from my Sister! Thanks Sis....and agree with Pete on these for overall value for the price.
    The Predators are great hunting bonc's, they will make a deer stand out in the shadows....but are only good for hunting....

    This is a quote on Optic Talk about the predators:

    I own the 8X42 Predators and this past elk season in Idaho i was hunting with a group of guys that had the Leicas and Zeiss Binos. We were all glassing a hillside and with the Predators the elk in the shadows stood out like the nose on a face. so i tell everyone where the Elk are and nobody can see them. So we switch out Binos. and boom i cant see them either with glass that is more than 2 times more money than the Steiners. Everybody took turns looking at the elk through the steiners.
    and the shock was very apparent. I cant wait to see how many show up next season with the Predators

    Saw Military Marines used too in the Shotgun News, too, can't remember the Company either....but they were $119....too...I think....
     
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    What makes the Predators a hunting-only optic? Are the various types of predators all the same quality or should one stick to the $700 versions instead of the compacts/Military marine Style?
     
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    Pentax 8x43 DCF SP. This Pentax line plays with the big boys at half the price. The DCF SP “Superior Performance†binoculars are lighter and clearer than the DCF, and have super-hard lens coating, almost impossible to scratch. Very reasonably priced. Go to NexTag, etc., and search for the best price. It's likely to be at an online camera store.
     
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    Yammy, the difference in the predators is that they have a built in filter coating that enhances the browns and reds of typical game animals while muting foliage etc.. instead of being clear optics like the military marine thus aiding in the glassing and giving a great add on for cost :D
     
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