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    Affordable good binos for High desert Mule deer

    We try and hunt Northern California Xzones Nevada and Idaho routinely and would like to get some quality binos.

    I know you get what you pay for but Swarovski and the others that are $1000 and up just are not in the cards right now. I know some of the upstart companies have some good stuff as well as some that have come out with some budget minded stuff made with cheaper labor

    I am thinking I want 10X42s

    Highly considering ZenRays, The new Zeiss and anything else in that $400 price point

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    I would give a good look to the talons by vortex. Seem close to your price range and really good bang for the buck! I sent ya a pm also.
    http://www.solooutdoor.com/ Contact me for used optic specials!

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    Do some research on these. They also have a 50 dollar rebate right now.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_10_5x45.html
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    Could try out a pair of Minox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ando_31 View Post
    Do some research on these. They also have a 50 dollar rebate right now.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_10_5x45.html
    A buddy of mine got these and they seem pretty nice. Watch Camofire, I think he paid $270

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    Up until last year, all of my binoculars and spotting scopes were Swarovski since the mid 1990's. Last year I ordered a Vortex Razor HD spotting scope, later Vortex Talons for a son's graduation, and today Vortex Diamondbacks for my younger sons birthday.

    The glass is excellent and a big piece of my strategy is with the Vortex no fault lifetime warranty (fully transferrable and no paperwork) it will be great if/when it's time to resell and upgrade.
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    Buy the best you can afford. I had $400 binos (steiner predators) and after 2 or 3 years they got blury. I got Swarovski EL 10x42 after that (they were only about $1400 at that time). That was over 10 years ago and they are as clear today as the day I bought them. IMO cheap glass is the most expensive thing you can buy after you have to replace them. I know there are quality binos available for alot less then Swarovski's and at todays prices I would look at other options too if I were looking for new glass. Cabelas Euro's look good for the price but I have never used them. You may also want to look around on ebay, sometimes you can find something thats barley used for alot less then new.

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    No doubt on buying the best you can afford. I've got an old, old pair of aus Jenas that are still very clear compared to most mid level binocs.

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    Vortex is hands down the best glass for the money IMO. BB will be chiming in here pretty soon I imagine. He is the forums optics guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvfd21walker View Post
    Vortex is hands down the best glass for the money IMO. BB will be chiming in here pretty soon I imagine. He is the forums optics guy.
    You missed him already
    http://www.solooutdoor.com/ Contact me for used optic specials!

 

 

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