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Nikon Aculon A211 10x50
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 5 mm, 11.8 mm
20 Reviews
$217.00
Nikon Action EX 7x50 CF
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 17.1 mm, 7.1 mm
9 Reviews
$278.00
Nikon Prostaff 5 12x50
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 15.5 mm, 4.1 mm
5 Reviews
$418.00
Tasco Focus Essentials 7x35
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 5 mm
$109.00
Nikon Prostaff 5 10x42
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 4.2 mm, 15.2 mm
4 Reviews
$309.00
Nikon Sport Star EX 10x25 DCF
Multi coated, Roof, 13 mm, 2.5 mm
18 Reviews
$129.92
Zeiss Conquest HD 10x42
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 4.2 mm
4 Reviews
$1,749.00
Bushnell Legend M Series 10x42
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 22 mm, 4.2 mm
4 Reviews
$889.99
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Steiner Safari Ultrasharp 10x26
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 3.1 mm
$269.95
Fujifilm FMTR-SX Polaris 7X50
Multi coated, Porro, 7.1 mm
$1,099.00
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Zeiss 8x25 Terra
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 3.1 mm
$699.00
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Zeiss Terra ED 8X42
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 18 mm, 5.3 mm
6 Reviews
$799.95
Tasco Waterproof Sierra 10x42
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 4.5 mm
$159.99
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Pentax ZD 8x43 ED
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 22 mm, 5.4 - 5.38 mm
2 Reviews
$1,959.00
Vortex Raptor 8.5x32
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 3.8 mm
2 Reviews
$299.99
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Nikon Aculon A211 16x50
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 12.6 mm, 3.1 - 3.13 mm
10 Reviews
$238.00
Leica Noctivid 8x42
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 5.25 mm
$3,889.00
Bushnell PermaFocus 8x25
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 3.1 mm
15 Reviews
$129.99
Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 5.25 mm
5 Reviews
$1,688.99
Vortex Razor HD 10x42
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 4.2 mm
11 Reviews
$2,149.00
Zeiss Victory Carl HT 10x54
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 5.4 mm
$3,895.05
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Olympus 10x25 WP II
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 2.5 mm
3 Reviews
$179.99
Nikon Aculon A211 8x42
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 12 mm, 5.3 mm
13 Reviews
$168.00
Nikon Aculon A211 10-22x50
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 5 mm, 10x: 8.6 mm
10 Reviews
$304.10
Kowa BD-56 XD 10x56
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 5.6 mm
$909.99
Pentax UP 8-16x21
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 2.6 mm
2 Reviews
$209.00
Nikon Prostaff 7S 10x42
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 4.2 mm
7 Reviews
$349.00
Olympus 8x42 EXPS I
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 5.3 mm
3 Reviews
$279.00
Nikon Aculon A211 10x42
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 11.6 mm, 4.2 mm
7 Reviews
$178.00
Nikon Aculon A211 7x50
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 5.3 - 7.14 mm, 17.6 mm
7 Reviews
$158.08
Canon 18x50 IS
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 2.8 mm, 15 mm
9 Reviews
$2,102.45
Bushnell Powerview 10x50
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 10 mm, 5 mm
14 Reviews
$169.00
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Rubber Monkey
Bushnell Equinox Z Digital 4x50
Multi Coated, 12.5 mm
$1,078.99
Vortex Viper HD 10x50
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 5 mm
4 Reviews
$1,538.99
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Vortex Vulture HD 15x56
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 3.7 - 3.73 mm
3 Reviews
$988.99
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Zeiss Conquest HD 10x32
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 3.2 mm
2 Reviews
$1,399.00
Zeiss Victory 10x45
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 54 - 76 mm
$6,155.08
Vortex Razor HD 8x42
Multi coated, Prism Binoculars, 5.2 - 5.25 mm
11 Reviews
$2,099.00
Kowa BD-56 XD 8x56 Prominar
Multi Coated, Prism Binoculars, 7 mm
$899.00
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Binoculars Buying Guide

Whether you call them field glasses or binoculars, you are describing the two special lenses that are allowing you to see something (located a great distance away) at an up-close view. All binoculars produce the same result, but not all are alike.

If you are interested in buying a pair of binoculars you should take some time to ensure that you are choosing the best pair for your needs. Ask yourself what you hope to do with them, and you will find that there are many further factors to consider.

The Types of Binoculars

Today, most consumers can access several different types of binoculars, but the greatest differentiation begins with size. There are the "compact" and the "standard" binoculars. These are exactly as they sound with the compact models being much smaller and lighter in weight, and the standard size being larger and heavier.

What's the difference between them - apart from size and weight? Usually, the standard binoculars are those that can provide truly optical views, while some of the compact models offer only "digital" views. For the most part, many binoculars still rely on the glass or optics to provide their zoom functions.

The Features

This leads us to the need to talk about the various features that are available in most binoculars, and which should be a major point of consideration for those shopping for binoculars.

The first thing to consider is the amount of "zoom" the binoculars have. Quite often this is described by the use of a number followed by the letter "x" in the model name. For example, the Nautica 7x50 offers a 7x magnification of the subject and feature 50mm lenses to help with the zoom.

Magnification is how binoculars make things appear much closer than they are, and usually the higher that the lenses are able to magnify (such as 10x) magnification, the less stable the view. So, the bird being viewed through the binoculars using the fullest magnification may be hard to keep in the field of view because of the use of this function. Thus, many binocular makers include a tripod mount on the bottom of powerful models.

We mentioned the lenses, and that means we need to speak about "aperture". This is not the same as the aperture of the lens on a camera but is instead the size of the diameter of the lenses on the binoculars. Though most binoculars have a cone-like shape to each of the eyepieces, the aperture is the largest area of the lens. The most common ranges are from 20mm to 60mm, and the larger the opening the more light available to the viewer.

The aperture of the lenses also has to do with the size of the field of view. Obviously, a pair of compact binoculars will tend to have a limited field of view (often little more than 20mm), but the binoculars with the 50 to 60mm lenses tend to have very wide ranges.

The control of the image seen through the binoculars is accomplished through the focus function on the binoculars. There are two styles available - the individual focus, which is what is commonly used in "marine" models and which give very precise focus by allowing each eyepiece to focus individually. Then there is the diopter control which accomplishes a generally clearer image by attempting to create a balanced view through each eyepiece.

Pricing

Because binoculars are optical equipment it is not likely that you are going to want to invest in "cheap" models. Though there are some very reliable sets of compact binoculars that can be found at relatively low costs, for the best experience, it is best to begin by searching first by the desired features and then by the price.

For example, we would recommend that you choose the type of binoculars you prefer. For this illustration, we'll say that you prefer a standard sized pair. You must then determine if you want a lot of zoom or a moderate amount. We will say that around ten times is required. You then have to consider the aperture, which means choosing based on what you will do with the binoculars.

Consider that someone who likes to watch wildlife will want a wider field of view along with a good zoom. This might mean a pair with 10x50 that uses the diopter control for focus in order to really focus quickly on animals or birds at a distance.

Only after narrowing it down to these factors should the options get sorted by price. Look also for feedback from other owners since this is very valuable information too. There are many excellent binoculars at remarkably affordable prices, but it is always best to begin the selection process with a bit of clarification about what you need.


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