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We are thinking of buying  a new pair of binoculars and have no idea what is available on the market  (UK or France). Can anybody give us some ideas as to what is a good buy. We don't want to spend a fortune.

Cheers Mrs Postie

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I think it depends on what you want them for. I have a pair 0f 7-20 x25 by Praktika which are ideal for carrying around, bird-watching etc. I also have a pair of 15x70 which are so large & heavy that it is almost impossible to hold them steady -  I have them on a tripod (for looking at the sky, moon, stars etc.).

M

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Thanx very much for the replies. We used to have a pair of Vivitar 40 x 7 roof prism (excellent binos) but unfortunately we lost them. They were perfect for bird-watching, light and manageable. Japanese optics seem to offer the best value for money, looks like we'll have to shop around a bit.

Mrs Postie

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The answer to your question first depends on how old the user is. Then what you want to use them for. This is not a flippant reply but it is all explained in a book called "Choosing, Using and Repairing Binoculars". I bought a copy and an excellent pair of binos on ebay from a chap who specialises in sourcing second hand binoculars. It would be worth your while dropping him an e-mail. I just had a quick look and found a current auction going on at Ebay. You can buy directly from him
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I had a quick look on the Net for some prices of Bushnell etc etc. & ended up on Amazon.com . A pair of Bushnell Natureview 8x42 in the  -  US $109   at Amazon UK  -  £176   &  at Amazon FR  -  199E. What is this, RIP OFF EUROPE?    [:@]  Thank you all for your input, I will contact your man Mik but I may end up asking a friend to send a pair over from Obamaland!
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Personally, I like the Opticron binos ( I havethe 8 x 42) and also the Swift ones. Definitely a case of "you get what you pay for". These may be too expensive for you.

But, it is the kind of thing that if you spend enough and look after them, they may well outlast you.

I would recommend going to a shop and trying them out as opposed to buying on line as you might be surprised what fits around your eyes and what doesn't. I had a good look at some very expensive binos and while the quality was obvious, I couldn't get them anywhere near my eyes! Maybe I've just got a weird face.

It all depends what you are going to use them for. I use mine mostly for nature/ birdwatching.

Danny

 

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Thanx Danny, yes I would never buy online without first physically checking them out, for fit, clarity etc. I'll also check out the brands you recommended, we'll be using them for the same sort of things as you.
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