[CT Birds] Binocular Q

Mardi Dickinson mardi1 at optonline.net
Sat Apr 3 22:56:10 EDT 2010

Hi Brian et al,

All the ones your thinking about are fantastic high end Binoculars.  
Places to buy your optics as mentioned before in CT hands down are;  
The Audubon Shop in Madison 203-245-9056 and The Fat Robin in Hamden  
203-248-7068. They will always take care of you for anything you need  
and let you look through them to compare. These folks are very forth  
coming and will always tell you the truth from the get go about a  
variety of optics!

For many years like you, I had been using 8x42 B&L Elites. Wonderful  
Binoculars. I use them now for my back ups. I now have a pair of Leica  
8X42 Ultravid HD that I bought when they first came out and I LOVE  
them and can't say enough about them! I have NEVER looked back once  
period! If the terminology is correct the Leica has a higher eye point/ 
eye relief than the B&L Elites. Meaning your eyes are closer when  
looking through the Leica's than the Elites.

I too have small hands and my eyes are close together so I like how  
Leica can really squeeze the eyepieces together so they line up with  
my eyes. Most of the ones you are looking at do too, along with other  
points I will be making. They fit very comfortable in my hands, they  
don't fog up in the rain, due to the type of new coating on them  
(which by the way is not bs). There super rugged and balanced well. As  
an optics gal and a very technical photographer and am incredibly  
picky about sharpness, and the color of light. These babies are tack  
sharp with outstanding detail and the color is true to what you see.  
That for me was the answers I needed.

The 8x42's are a great middle of the road for me. I love the 42's  
bigger eye area. You can see more come in & out of field. I didn't  
want 7x42, not enough power, bright, although great for lightness,  
watching butterflies, carrying around other equipment including  
camera's. 10x42's to powerful, on boats are great, but heavier, not  
bright enough in low light situations. Also think about what else you  
are going to be carrying along with your Binoculars and how much  
weight you are willing to carry around. Or., Hire or find a sherpa!

As Don has mentioned the 7,8X32's series of any bino's along with the  
Minox, is also a great Binocular and absolutely gives a great field of  
view., plus they are lighter. I would certainly do the exercise in  
comparing them with all the 42 series of bino's though. I have always  
said I would love to also have a pair of Leica 32's for traveling if I  
had to really go light and space was an issue.

They are all fantastic Binoculars and Manufacturers. It's just a  
matter of trying them all out to see what feels the best in your  
hands, looking through them, sharpness, color balance and the weight.   
After all is said and done its about what is right for you.

Mardi Dickinson
mardi1 at optonline.net

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