Binoculars... what to get?

Mustelid

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I've been looking forward to buying a decent pair of binoculars for quite some time and since joining this site I've looked at a few options.

I've spoken to a couple of members who have Swarovski 8.5x42 el's for sale for between £800 and a £1000 and I've also spoken to Uttings who have £200 off a pair of Swarovski 8.5x42 el swarovision at £1564. Some have told me that the new Swarovskis with swarovision are considerable superior, but are they £500 plus notes superior?

I also liked the Zeiss binos at the CLA, the Conquest HD for around £700 and the Victory HT's that Uttings are now doing for £1284 with a discount.

Thoughts on what's the best buy appreciated!
 

Pointer

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If you buy from uttings type 'optics200' into the promotion code and receive a further £200 off. Hope that helps, certainly did with me last week.

Cheers

P
 

caorach

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You need decent binos. However, unless you have infinite funds then spend the money on binos adequate for your use, rather than with the best marketing department and magazine adverts, and then spend the rest of your money on going stalking. There are lots of less expensive binos which are more than adequate for UK stalking, Minox are a favourite of mine but are far from the only option, and that will leave you with £1k in your pocket, compared with the Swaro ELs, that you could spend on some stags or red hinds in Scotland. The gadgets count for nothing in the long term, but the memories and good days out are all you get in life.
 

Essexsussex

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You need decent binos. However, unless you have infinite funds then spend the money on binos adequate for your use, rather than with the best marketing department and magazine adverts, and then spend the rest of your money on going stalking. There are lots of less expensive binos which are more than adequate for UK stalking, Minox are a favourite of mine but are far from the only option, and that will leave you with £1k in your pocket, compared with the Swaro ELs, that you could spend on some stags or red hinds in Scotland. The gadgets count for nothing in the long term, but the memories and good days out are all you get in life.
Sage advice there Caorach
 

jcampbellsmith

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I've been looking forward to buying a decent pair of binoculars for quite some time and since joining this site I've looked at a few options.

I've spoken to a couple of members who have Swarovski 8.5x42 el's for sale for between £800 and a £1000 and I've also spoken to Uttings who have £200 off a pair of Swarovski 8.5x42 el swarovision at £1564. Some have told me that the new Swarovskis with swarovision are considerable superior, but are they £500 plus notes superior?

I also liked the Zeiss binos at the CLA, the Conquest HD for around £700 and the Victory HT's that Uttings are now doing for £1284 with a discount.

Thoughts on what's the best buy appreciated!
I wish I had had the money to buy the Swarovski 8.5x42s sooner. I went from always having deer pointed out to me by the stalker to actually starting to spot deer first. If you can get a second hand pair that meets your budget, go for them. Keep in mind the excellent after sales service from Swarovski. Also that good glass holds its value.

Regards

JCS
 

Markfox

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If your prepared to spend that kind of money I'd want Range finding on them as well


Don't forget Leica they are a fantastic bino

I've got 10x42 RF baught S/H much cheaper and they are fantastic
 

tuck1

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There is some good advice above, the gap between the "premium" brands and some other names is shrinking all the time. Get to somewhere where you can actually try some, like a bird reserve or similar, you might be surprised what you end up with. This is a perfect time of year to buy, the light is poor and he days are short, get to a shop around closing time and try a few.
 

private fraser

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Someone was telling me that birdwatching forums are a good place to look for second hand bins.
They are often chopping and changing and good deals can be had.
Prob best to avoid saying what you want them for though.
:)
 

stephentri

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Someone was telling me that birdwatching forums are a good place to look for second hand bins.
They are often chopping and changing and good deals can be had.
Prob best to avoid saying what you want them for though.
:)
Hi I got a pair of minox HG second hand from one of the bird watching sites for £350 good binoculars looking through them and my mates swarovski the only difference is the swarovski have a slightly wider field of view.
 

RED-DOT

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I sold a Swarovski item for £900 and had to peel the £575 price sticker off the box.
Ten years use never aged or worn it so chew that one over?
 

NickyA

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I have a pair of Meopta 10 x 42 HD's that I bought from the Meopta factory in August of last year last year for a friend of mine who unfortunately got laid off from work whilst I was away and then couldn't afford them. I'd like back what I paid for them, which was about 20 less than the UK price and they have the 30 year guarantee.

They owe me £712.50

Nick
 

Cloudhopper

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I was in the market for a new pair of binos at the beginning of 2010. Went into to London Camera Exchange on the Strand, tried some Steiners and a few others. They also had a secondhand pair of Zeiss Victory 10 by 42s. I remember the light was fading and I tried them out by looking down the street. The difference, to my eyes was fairly obvious and needless to say, I walked out of the shop with the Zeiss.

Try and find some quality secondhand if you can, they are about. Buy quality and cry once!
CH
 

Taff

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Had a look through the Meopta 10x42hd very good, as good as a Swaro, and as they are owned by swaro you would expect that.
 

Essexsussex

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i do a bit of stalking, def not as much as a lot of the experienced guys on here, but equally I am no armchair expert, I probably get out once every two or three weeks in the season and I stalk hinds a couple of times a year, and have done for a year or two.

i have minox bins which at the time seemed more than I wanted to pay on yet another hobby, and Edgar bros and lisenfeld scopes. All at the budget end of proper kit if you know what I mean, when I could afford better but simply don't want to afford better.

Everyone told me to buy expensive bins and scopes, and maybe I don't know what I'm missing, but I don't forecast doing this crying everyone talks about anytime soon. If you are genuinely going to be doing a lot then these things are probably justified. If not then I would think what the opportunity cost is. If it's stalking then I would personally opt for the stalking.

what is true is that the expensive stuff has historically held its value - will the newer high end stuff? Probably but those who use it keep telling me it's not what it was.

each to their own but I get plenty out of my stalking with this gear and don't ever get frustrated by it (yet). Just the opinion of a hobby stalker who needed bins a couple of years ago.

Edit:with apologies to the OP who clearly said he was looking forward to getting a good pair and has probably therefore been through this thought process.
 
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Taff

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I must admit most of my stalking is woodland so I never use a pair of Bino,s, on the fields If I spot a deer, I look through my scope, ( I know I will fail my dsc1 :lol:).
 

Mustelid

Member
i do a bit of stalking, def not as much as a lot of the experienced guys on here, but equally I am no armchair expert, I probably get out once every two or three weeks in the season and I stalk hinds a couple of times a year, and have done for a year or two.

i have minox bins which at the time seemed more than I wanted to pay on yet another hobby, and Edgar bros and lisenfeld scopes. All at the budget end of proper kit if you know what I mean, when I could afford better but simply don't want to afford better.

Everyone told me to buy expensive bins and scopes, and maybe I don't know what I'm missing, but I don't forecast doing this crying everyone talks about anytime soon. If you are genuinely going to be doing a lot then these things are probably justified. If not then I would think what the opportunity cost is. If it's stalking then I would personally opt for the stalking.

what is true is that the expensive stuff has historically held its value - will the newer high end stuff? Probably but those who use it keep telling me it's not what it was.

each to their own but I get plenty out of my stalking with this gear and don't ever get frustrated by it (yet). Just the opinion of a hobby stalker who needed bins a couple of years ago.

Edit:with apologies to the OP who clearly said he was looking forward to getting a good pair and has probably therefore been through this thought process.
No apology needed, it's good to get different points of view.
 

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