3. You generally get what you pay for
This might seem pretty obvious, but itís worth stating nonetheless. The more you pay, the better binocular you get, both in terms of build quality and optical performance. Although there are some notable exceptions you are unlikely to find a new binocular at what looks like a bargain price that can compete with the best available. However, what is less commonly known is that above about £300 performance of binoculars increases only marginally
. Gone are the days of having to fork out top prices just to get an acceptable view. There are now plenty of binoculars at reasonable prices that many people would be happy to own for decades. Improvements in optical performance are most apparent between £50 and £300. Above that figure, many people would be surprised at how small a difference there is between the top priced binoculars costing £1,000 or more and those priced at less than a third of that. It is only in what I call critical viewing situations, such as in very dull conditions or in strong lateral sunlight, that the most expensive binoculars demonstrate their superiority. On a sunny day those comparing the high end binoculars with the budget ones might wonder why people would part with so much money for such little gain.