Opticron

alphaburner

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#1
Hi All,
I've decided to improve the binoculars I already use. Since most of my stalking is in low light (Fallow) I want something that performs well in these conditions. I have no access to try good quality bins as there are very few shops carrying Swarovski, Leica and Zeiss over here. I saw a pair of Opticron Imagic BGA 10x42 for sale. on line, and wondered are they any good.

I can (once I have my 30 posts) always wait and do a wanted ad for a second hand set of Swarovskis or Leicas but I don't think I'll ever be able to splash out on new.

Cheers AB
 

stalker.308

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#2
If its fallow you're after the swarovski leica are the way to go. How often I spot my fallow before first light because of my swaro bins which enables me to get in front of them and get in the right place for a shot.
 

Kalahari

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#3
I bought a pair of Oticron 7 x 42 for my wife and I am really impressed by them. Not a long way off my 7 x 42 Dialyts. Not looked at the 10 x 42 and that might worry me a bit as they have a smaller exit pupil.

David.
 

Spix

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#4
The most recent 7x42 from Opticron was the Opticron Imagic BGA SE 7x42 which had dielectric prism coatings, a nice light binocular. Quite a few people use them for stalking.

A 7x42 will give you a 6mm exit pupil, compared to just 4.2mm of a 10x42; a better view in diminishing light if your eye pupil can accomodate it. S.
 

alphaburner

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#5
So 7 x42 or 8 x 56 gives close to the optimum performance in low light? The opticron sale also has 8x32s going at a great price. I think I'll wait, fill the piggy bank and buy a decent set.
 

Rake Aboot

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#6
Go the little extra and get the BDA far better.

Opticron are superb, I`ve been using them for years and they are an utter bargain compared to some.
 

alphaburner

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#7
Go the little extra and get the BDA far better.

Opticron are superb, I`ve been using them for years and they are an utter bargain compared to some.
Still undecided. I've spent most of the morning looking at similar discussions and the majority of the advise is buy higher end optics like, Swarovski, Leica and Zeiss. My real problem is not being able to try and having to rely mostly on reviews. I'm happy enough to hold off, save a little more and buy an expensive set if they do a better job.

Binocular discussions seem to be very like the "whats the best caliber" threads.:banghead:
 

Yorric

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#8
While you're saving up for some top line bins, maybe buy an old pair - the Russian Tento, Zoms, Zenit & Gnu marks were all optically excellent. They can be bought for low money & although not fully waterproof they have very good glass with excellent coatings.
The Ruskies took a lot of the German optics industry machinery at the end of the war & used it & the know how to produce the glass. It shows - the quality was right up there with the premium brands - only the cases/mountings were a bit lower quality.
I still have my Tento 7x50 pair that I bought new for £27 about 25 years ago & they are as nice to look through as any of my expensive modern ones. They are much better than the low-mid price ranges that are sold for up to £150 nowadays.
Look out on line & in second hand / charity shops as they turn up quite regularly.

Ian
 

Kalahari

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#9
Saw a pair of Zenit 7 x 50s in excellent, almost mint condition today in an auction. The nearly went for a fiver but I thought that was scandal and pushed the buyer up to £25.

David.
 
#10
Still undecided. I've spent most of the morning looking at similar discussions and the majority of the advise is buy higher end optics like, Swarovski, Leica and Zeiss. My real problem is not being able to try and having to rely mostly on reviews. I'm happy enough to hold off, save a little more and buy an expensive set if they do a better job.

Binocular discussions seem to be very like the "whats the best caliber" threads.:banghead:
Buy top end if you can,but not everybody has that kind of cash to spend on binos Opticron are very good for the money and their top of the range models, compare well with some top end names.

As a pro stalker I have been using Opticrons for years, for stalking purposes they do fine , and find them superior to many similar priced binos.
 

kuwinda

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#11
I have a pair of Opticron 7x42 and also Swarovski 7x42, which I only bought cos I scratched the coating on the Opti's and got a lot of "flare" when close to the sun. They were hard used though and otherwise without fault.

A couple of years ago my wife and I conducted an experiment when sitting at the bar in Nanzila camp in Kafue, Zambia. We (beers in hand of course) spent half an hour as the sun went down looking up the vlei at the waterbuck to see which lost vision first - result? No difference.

I would highly recommend Opticron. I do currently use the Swaro's several days each week but always have the Opticron in hand just in case.

As to magnification/objective size I would say that is quite personal but (speaking personally) I highly favour 7x42 - as you can see from my choice of glass, and for the same reasons folk above have said.
 

Lakey

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#13
I have used Opticron BGA 10 x 50's for the last 18 years or so, and I now have two pairs, and also have a pair of 8 x 42 BGA as well (which I keep in the car). Recently a very close friend passed away due to a brain tumour, and before he died, he gave me his pair of 10 x 42 Swaro EL's, as he knew I would appreciate them, and look after them. I have done an extensive comparison, and whilst the Swaro's are Better, they are not that much better,certainly not £1000 better. If you buy top end Opticron, you wont regret it, and you will save yourself a huge amount of money compared to the top £'s bino's.
 

alphaburner

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#14
I was looking at Opticron mainly because of the Uttings sale. But they have only have the 8 x32s and 10x40s reduced by ~ £180. I'll keep an eye out for the 7x42s while squirrelling away some more cash. It will give me more options when it comes time to buy .
 

james22250

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#15
I bought a pair of Opticron 8x32 Adventurer WP bins last year, brand new, for £45 in the box with the strap, lens covers, etc,(a display model), size and looks wise nearly identical to my Leica 10x42 Ultravid's,however they are a lot lighter to carry, worry about knocking, leaving in the car, and dare I say it on a day out walking less worry lending to the wife!!!
However, there is a reason the Leica's are the price they are,get a pair of both if you can is my advice.
 

webley22

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#16
I have the BGA 7x42 very good bincoulars in low light, not far off my Khales 8x56 scope at dusk. I got mune from Wex Photographic who do good deals sometimes.
 

alphaburner

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#17
Well it's nearly decision time. I have narrowed it down to Opticron (Verano 8x42 or imagic 7x42), Vortex Viper 8x42 or lastly a second hand pair of Swarovski 8.5 x42 EL . Price for the first two around £400 and the swarovski £1000. Finding it hard to pull the trigger but £600 is a big difference.
 

Richard-gun

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#18
Well it's nearly decision time. I have narrowed it down to Opticron (Verano 8x42 or imagic 7x42), Vortex Viper 8x42 or lastly a second hand pair of Swarovski 8.5 x42 EL . Price for the first two around £400 and the swarovski £1000. Finding it hard to pull the trigger but £600 is a big difference.
Have you tried Ffordes Photographic? I noticed they have Opticron Verano 8x42 @ £339 Or if you wanted to stretch the budget a bit Leica Geovid rangefinders in 8x42 and 8x56 @£1499 I'm tempted but just couldn't justify it!!
 

Rake Aboot

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#19
Bought my Opticron BDA`s from Ffordes for around £500.

Trust me, they are well worth that, and more. I preferred them to Ziess at 3x the price and only really saw the extra money in the top end Swaros.
 

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