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12/29/2019 3:34 PM
 
I am on the hunt for high quality smaller binoculars for my son's 8th grade graduation present.
My personal equipment is in the Leica, Swarovski, Schmidt und Bender realm so I have little experience with the mid grade optics.
I am considering something in the 7-8x 28-34mm range. I am willing to spend 200-500 dollars. I would like decent glass, and either North American or European build quality.

What is out there that fits this description?

 
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12/30/2019 3:09 PM
 
Honestly the Nikon Binoculars and Vortex Binoculars are very hard to beat. I have fancier ones in my kit bag, but prior to that Nikon served me well. Evan just switched from Nikon to Vortex to have a bit more magnification and they are nicer.

Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
 
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12/30/2019 8:34 PM
 

Ditto on the Vortex binos.  I bought my birdwatcher wife a Vortex 8x32 binocular and she loves it.

 
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1/3/2020 12:29 PM
 
I am going to need my arm twisted on the Vortex stuff. I hear too many people who love the Vortex warranty... because they used it more than once.
 
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1/3/2020 1:43 PM
 
I've had good luck with Maven products.
 
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1/3/2020 1:59 PM
 

Though not NA or European, I have had great luck with Pentax. Bought them on review by John Barness who said they were just a slight touch below the big names in glass quality etc. I haven't compared them but they seem very good to me. If you shop they are in your price range. Good luck and have fun looking.

 
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1/13/2020 12:13 PM
 
I have one vortex scope that has mostly lived in the safe so far since it didn't work on the gun I got it for. Evan has one, and it is mounted, but the rifle needed some work to get it functional. Evan has been carrying the vortex binos in his kit bag all the time for awhile. That is the sum total of my experience with vortex. My limited observation is there is a big vocal group of guys yelling how they are trash, but I don't really see many examples given, and when a concrete example is given it is the lower cost stuff. Like anything where a company has levels of quality lower quality are going to break sooner and higher quality may never break. There are far to many folks rolling around with vortex stuff for me to not take the vocal groups yelling with a grain of salt. I will go a step further and say that some of those folks have repped vortex when they were sponsored, derided them when they weren't, and then repped again once they were sponsored.

Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
 
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1/14/2020 4:43 PM
 

I went with some Stiner T824's  8X24 for my small bino's.  I got them for under $300.   The photo's on line had a "Tactical" label on them  but the one's I received just have a T824 label in the same location.  Traveled to Norway last summer with them, Colorado over the holidays, use them regularly.  Have not replaced my Ziess EDF's for hunting yet or my larger  8 X 40's but for small quality take along easly binoculars they get a nod from me.  I lost the front lens covers on a windy paddling trip and I was able to easly order a couple more.  Now with a dummy cord attatched.

 
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1/25/2020 8:14 AM
 
Longeye wrote:
I am going to need my arm twisted on the Vortex stuff. I hear too many people who love the Vortex warranty... because they used it more than once.

 

With Vortex, you get what you pay for. Vortex has a large product range, and a large price spectrum. The cheapest products are made in Communist China, the mid-range are made in the Philippines, while the high-end product lines are made in Japan (Razor) or the US (AMG).

Your required usage of the (astonishing) Vortex warranty depends on how much you're willing to spend.

I do not own any of their binos yet, unfortunately, just two Razor rifle scopes and both of them are fantastic.

 
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5/7/2020 8:43 AM
 
Thanks for the tips. Ive also been looking for binoculars for a metal detector gig. I regretted not having one on my last camping trip. Theyre definitely a must have survival gear. I can easily scout an area with a binocular before scouring the area with my metal detector. If your looking to get into the fun of metal detecting, I suggest you visit this website so youll know what metal detector to buy.
 
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5/7/2020 8:45 AM
 
Thanks for the tips. Binoculars are a must have survival gear. I regretted not having one on my last camping trip. I wouldve easily scout the area before bringing in my metal detector. If youre looking to get into the fun of metal detecting, I recommend you visit this website on what metal detector to buy.
 
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5/7/2020 11:09 AM
 
jellydonut wrote:
"I am going to need my arm twisted on the Vortex stuff. I hear too many people who love the Vortex warranty... because they used it more than once...."
 
 

I own multiple Vortex products, incl. a pair of Talon HD binos that I've owned for at least 6 years. I've never had to use their warranty once so far. 

 
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5/17/2020 12:50 PM
 
If you really want Euro (there aren't any U.S. binos currently that I'm aware of), I would also look used. People are always upgrading, and glass doesn't go bad. I have Zeiss Classic 8x30s that are still really good glass, and have seen used sets under $500. That's just one example.

Regarding Vortex, as has been mentioned they have a really wide range of glass. They are not all the same. I have a Razor spotting scope that I've been very impressed with, but probably wouldn't buy anything labeled Crossfire. I think their Viper line is in your price range and it's pretty good for the money. They are exactly in the middle of Vortex's product range at the moment.

If you are serious about getting something new that is not from somewhere in Asia, check out Meopta. Their top line binos are very well regarded, but you won't get them for $500. However, they are a far cry from Swarovski ELs in price.

https://www.eurooptic.com/Meopta-Meostar-B1-1-8x32-Binocular-499781.aspx
 
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7/22/2020 3:53 PM
 
Another vote for Meopta. I have the MeoStar B1 8x32 but hear the MeoPro is an excellent binocular in the $4-500 price range.

I will say I have a pair of 10x42 Leica Ultravid and can say the Meopta B1 hang right in there for much less money.
 
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8/31/2020 6:56 PM
 
You all make a convincing case for Philippine and better grade Vortex as well as Meopta.
Thanks for the input.

Are the Leopold binoculars no longer USA made?
 
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