[CT Birds] Binocular Q
jmrcnslt at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 4 08:54:27 EDT 2010
I'll echo this e-mail. I drove from Mansfield Center to Hamden last year. Jim let me try several pairs of bins before I chose a pair of Vortex. He carefully explained the differences in each of the pairs I tried. He even let me try the $1,000 pair! I settled on a cheaper model but am happy with them. While I was there I picked up other necessary (ha ha) bird items like a new wren house a squirrel baffle along with a new hummingbird feeder. Things I just couldn't live without.
> From: b.webster at hotmail.com
> To: mardi1 at optonline.net; snaketat at cox.net
> Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 04:42:16 -0400
> CC: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Binocular Q
> I would also like boast for The fat Robin in Hamden. Jim and Carol were more than welcoming.... even after I broke vertical motion bar off inside! They (as are Audubon Shop) can find the best quality to any budget.
> I was lost until Jim set me up with a scope and tripod that was both very god quality, and a decent price (as decent a price optics can be!!)
> Brian Webster
> Stratford, CT
> b.webster at hotmail.com
> > Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 22:56:10 -0400
> > From: mardi1 at optonline.net
> > To: snaketat at cox.net
> > CC: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> > Subject: [CT Birds] Binocular Q
> > 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.
> > Cheers,
> > Mardi Dickinson
> > Norwalk
> > mardi1 at optonline.net
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