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    The best binoculars?

    I am looking to buy a pair of good quality binoculars and am slightly torn between which to buy. I have tried Swarovskis and Leica Geovids and was very impressed by both, however I have been told that Kahles are pretty good . Does anyone have any experience of using Kahles or any of the other makes

    C

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    I have a set of 8x42 Kahles and I think they are a match for swarovskiis anyday. I have used swarovskis on 3 separate occassions and they are a fantastic bino obviously but I could not tell the difference or where the extra money was.
    Very impressed with them and they are cheaper too!! Win Win....

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    If you can find a dealer go and have a look through some Steiners...after all ocean liners, US Marines, coastguards etc etc can't all be wrong. I had a pair of Military Marine 7x50's which fell off the back of a marine...awsome bit of kit but sadly lost. I've also got a pair of 8x30's which are great.

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    I have a pair of Swarovski EL 10x42's, absolutley fantastic in poor/last/first light.

    I have compaired these to other makes and even lower powered Swarovski Binos but can't match these for performance.

    As I'm sure you will hear over and over, get the best you can afford once, then never need to buy again.

    Good Luck,

    TJ

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    Swarovskie now own Kahles so would have thought the differences are more down to the ergonomics. All are very good. I use a pair of Zeiss 7x42 BGAT Classics - and you would have to shoot me first before I gave them up - I like the weight and balance as opposed to the more compact Swarovsky's but each to his own.

    Most people trade up to these and you rarely find second hand.

    Also have a look at Doctor Optics and Meopta's if you are on a tight budget - but a decent pair of bins will last you a lifetime and thus the extra 200 now, whilst will hurt actually is a small price to pay over 30 years use.

    All will be good in good light. With a stalking binocular you are looking for high definition in poor light.

    Probably the best test is to try and compare several at around dusk and see which ones will resolve stonework, roof tiles or leaves or bark on trees. Look into the deep shadows.

    If you go to one of the fairs - the Game fair etc, you will have the opportunity to look at several brands - best if it is really dark and gloomy rather than bright and sunny!

    Ultimately it will come down to personal choice and what suits your own eyes and don't rush your choice.

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    Hows about this

    How about these for saving some cash

    http://www.scottishgamekeepers.co.uk...num=1213972816
    OR
    http://www.scottishgamekeepers.co.uk...num=1213691556

    These are no mine, i have Swaro EL's but the Liecas are quite something as well.

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    Re: The best binoculars?

    Quote Originally Posted by chrismac78
    I am looking to buy a pair of good quality binoculars and am slightly torn between which to buy. I have tried Swarovskis and Leica Geovids and was very impressed by both, however I have been told that Kahles are pretty good . Does anyone have any experience of using Kahles or any of the other makes

    C
    Theres a bit of difference in prices between Swarovski/Leica & Kahles
    Its already been said tho, buy the best you can afford, if moneys no object have a look through the Leica 8x42 HD Ultra, something else & better than my Swaro's IMO

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    I have inherited a pair of carl zeiss binoctem 7x50 . the date plaque on the leather case is 1974. they are still bloody good. had them from my late father in law. i am after some rubber eye pieces and a good padded strap if any one has any ideas.
    jonathon

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    binoculars

    i have used the zeiss BGATS 7x42 for 15 years or so outstanding binoculars , but i bought the leica geovids some time ago i am a zeiss fan but the leica are so handy with clients range finder is just there ,the best way to put it. i sold my leica 1200 s and now have a pair of five year old 7x42 BGATS for sale very clean

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