Favorite Binoculars?

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by Blackcloud, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. Blackcloud


    Dec 20, 2019
    ASIDE FROM THE BIG THREE what are your favorite binoculars? My personal favorite is no longer made. The Brunton Eternas. I found them very clear, ergonomic and rugged. Only complaint is the cheapo case they came in. Cured that with a Bino Rain Wrap hooked up to Crooked Horn harness.
  2. JB in SC

    JB in SC Basic Member Basic Member

    May 19, 2001
  3. tesselata


    Jul 10, 2007
    I would Go for:
    10x42 victory SF or Conquest from Zeiss. Not cheap but Zeiss is The best You can get.
    If You have a stromg neck perhaps The leika duovids(Heavy)
    Hope that helps
    And don't cry about The prices
  4. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Who are the BIG THREE?
  5. Blackcloud


    Dec 20, 2019
    Swarovski. Zeiss and Leica. There are also other top end optics from Europe like Meopta. Minox, Docter......
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  6. Blackcloud


    Dec 20, 2019
    Like I said EXCEPT the big 3. Had a pair of Swaro SLC's Have used Leica and Zeiss as well. Unless you spend days upon days staring through them you won't notice much if any difference. Even Zeiss has recognized the need to fill the gap and offers their Chinese manufactured Terra series so that the avg person can have Quality German glass using the Zeiss name.
  7. WhitleyStu

    WhitleyStu Keep'em scary sharp!!! Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 8, 2006
    Been using Canon IS binocs for several decades. Started with 15x45s then switched to 18x50s. Recently bought a second 18x50.
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  8. Blackcloud


    Dec 20, 2019
    They make some great IS binoculars. Great for detailed birding.
  9. Kas99

    Kas99 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 9, 2017
    I've been wanting a pair of the Swarovski CL pocket binoculars for a long time. They are perfect for the woods and fields of PA.
  10. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    Ive never heard of this big 3 thing, but I like Leupold binoculars. They are a good deal that you can find on sale often. I hear alot about Vortex binos but I havent been super impressed with the ones Ive looked through. Theyre ok, but when you can get Leupold cheaper or about the same price, I have passed on the Vortex stuff every time. I have thought about getting Zeiss, but I dont really have any spare organs laying around to sell so I havent bought any.
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  11. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    My go to these days are MAVEN B.2. These are very very good!
  12. Blackcloud


    Dec 20, 2019
    I haven't been impressed with Vortex either. I'll be honest and say I haven't used them in the field but I wasn't impressed looking through them at the LSPGS. They felt less than stellar in build quality and the optics weren't "eye grabbing" in any way. IF I was going with euro glass I would select Meopta Meostars in todays market.
  13. Wicked Sharp

    Wicked Sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    I’ve had good results using a Leupold Mojave for several seasons. They are relatively lightweight and clear in all weather conditions, so far. There are better binoculars..., but not at a similar price point.
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  14. E40

    E40 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    I have a small pair from Pentax that I love for my hunting bag. Then a pair of full size Nikon's, 8X40 (?) for the truck and at home.
  15. MTB


    Jun 23, 2019
    My Nikon Aculons have been fantastic for me. I have several 10x25 pair and a 7x35 pair. They have been hunting, hiking, and traveling with me for the last 10 years or so.
  16. ferider

    ferider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2018
    I have a fairly small selection, my eyes are too wide apart for most binoculars. So I once traded a camera lens against a Leica 10x50 .... have never looked back. I know you said aside from the BIG THREE, and they are not cheap .... but it's money very well invested when you actually use them for more than a couple of minutes, IMO.
  17. Beisser


    Jul 3, 2006
    Steiner binos a pretty good for the price
  18. Plainsman


    Apr 5, 1999
    I have been using a pair of Bausch & Lomb 10 x 50s since 1991!
  19. Pilot1

    Pilot1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    I like my IOR Valdada military 10x50 Binos. Made in Romania with German Shott glass.
  20. Grandpa Peter's and Grandma Betty's

    Grandpa Peter's and Grandma Betty's KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 5, 2016
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