I am new to the stalking scene and I am gradually building up my kit. I would not like to spend a fortune on binos so I budgeted around £300. No doubt about the great Leica, Zeiss and Swarowski but the price bracket is x4 higher.
Most Nikon Monarch models sell for around £300. Although a 12x56 is the best on paper what are the views of the experts?
The weight doubles from an objective of x42 (0.6kg) to an objective of x56 (1.1kg). Will this be a real ‘burden’ on a stalk? Is x42 great for UK stalking?
Is x10 the absolute cut-off for bino magnification without a tripod? (magnifications available are x8,x10,x12)
To confuse the choice, a Monarch X, with alleged better optics, has just been released (but at almost twice the price).
I look forward for your opinions.