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
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.
Do some research on these. They also have a 50 dollar rebate right now.
Last edited by ando_31; 07-09-2013 at 08:05 PM.
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Could try out a pair of Minox.
A buddy of mine got these and they seem pretty nice. Watch Camofire, I think he paid $270
Originally Posted by ando_31
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.
Last edited by Umpqua Hunter; 07-09-2013 at 09:22 PM.
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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.
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.
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
Originally Posted by hvfd21walker