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Posted: 7/3/2005 8:47:11 PM EDT
I want a set of good binoculars and don't mind paying a few hundred, but can't afford $k's for a set of tank-commander glasses.

Recommendations? Experiences?
Link Posted: 7/3/2005 8:49:07 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 7/3/2005 8:50:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/3/2005 8:56:04 PM EDT by WildBoar]
Steiner. My buddy burned in his ruck from over 200' on a jump and his binos survived. Awesome glass and its super durable.

check Ebay

checked for you
I have a pair of these             5yr warranty.
here
Link Posted: 7/3/2005 8:51:45 PM EDT
But some of THESE Commie Binocs and then tell me if they are as good as some of the guys at Snipers Hide say they are.
Link Posted: 7/3/2005 8:57:52 PM EDT
Fujinon seems well recommended.
The Steiner contract with DOD was replaced (or just supplemented) by Fujinon.
I am curious about the Cabela brand Binos as well.
Need a set for moose season.
Link Posted: 7/3/2005 9:06:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MudBug:
But some of THESE Commie Binocs and then tell me if they are as good as some of the guys at Snipers Hide say they are.



Which one(s) on that page please?
Link Posted: 7/3/2005 9:35:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Papertargets:

Originally Posted By MudBug:
But some of THESE Commie Binocs and then tell me if they are as good as some of the guys at Snipers Hide say they are.



Which one(s) on that page please?



I just read THIS ad in the snipers hide for sale forum, and I've read some reviews elsewhere over there, so I went searching for the binocs that guy was selling and found that website.

I'm kinda just joking, but I am curious.
Link Posted: 7/3/2005 11:28:12 PM EDT
steiner military & marine 8 x 30, $200 @ cabelas.

great binocs, light & tough, sweet optics, can't beat the price.

http://cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jhtml?id=0006629710013a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnString=hasJS=true&_D%3AhasJS=+&QueryText=steiner&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jhtml.22&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=steiner&noImage=0&returnPage=search-results1.jhtml
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 6:29:40 AM EDT
bumped for the breakfast club
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 6:31:31 AM EDT
Tagged - I need to buy some good binos myself............
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 6:36:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/4/2005 6:36:27 AM EDT by R0N]
M24 Apaches they are made by Weems and Path and a great buy.  They are built like a tank and the only thing missing are the laser filter.
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 6:38:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 6:46:18 AM EDT

 Take a good look at the Leupold Wind Rivers. They are about $350 and have long eye relief for use with glasses, are very clear, and have Leupold warranty. I have a pair of Minoltas that are very nice, but more expensive.
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 7:03:46 AM EDT
tag.
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 7:12:53 AM EDT


I have a pair of these. They are great.
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 7:18:01 AM EDT
find yourself a pair of the surplus east german 7x40 zeiss binos, you won't find anything better on the commercial market for <$1000. I paid $200 for mine and they would be a bargain at twice the price.
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 7:19:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pale_pony:
I want a set of good binoculars and don't mind paying a few hundred, but can't afford $k's for a set of tank-commander glasses.

Recommendations? Experiences?




Without knowing what you're planning on using them for, I'll just suggest the brand (STEINER) and here's a link to their website. I've personally owned the Military 8x30 (sold it) and Marine 7x50 (best pair I've ever used). I use them for work (leo) and leave them sitting on my dashboard 90% of the time. Since their casing is rubberized, they stay put and don't slide around. Added bonus is that you set the lenses for your eyes, and you don't have to adjust focus at all again. Everything from 20 yds out to infinity is in crystal clear focus.  
www.steiner-binoculars.com/index.html
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 7:27:21 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 7:37:33 AM EDT
Go to Snipershide.  "USSR" there sells the Russkie binos for CHEAP!  I got three sets (one for me, my dad, and bro-in-law...an ARFCOM'er).  They are definitely a GREAT deal.  I also think there might be a review on SH and SC on 'em.  Check 'em out though.

Rich
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 10:09:29 AM EDT
Everyone says Steiner Predator binocs are the best ones in the "inexpensive" range.  I figure they cost $250, less if you find a great sale.  I don't have Steiner's yet but I do have the Zeiss-Jenna East German military binocs (used).  I got them from someone like Century Arms for around $100.  

GunLvr
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 10:19:34 AM EDT
FINALLY I HAVE A GOOD SUGGESTION!!!!!

CHECK OUT

WWW.SIERRATRADINGPOST.COM


they have 8x22 and 10X24 steiners for around $100.  best deal in town, for real, better than cabelas!
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 10:21:23 AM EDT
I bought a pair of compact Leica's

Damn good glass, plus they fit in a sunglass case so they are easy to pack.
Shop around - I paid about $379 for mine.


www.binoculars.com/products/Leica_8x20_BCA_Black_6243.html



Link Posted: 7/4/2005 10:23:56 AM EDT
When I was in Iraq, we had the M24 mini binos made by Fujinon.  They work alright but Steiner whips them hands down.  The image quality of the Steiner's can't be matched in my opinion.  


Link Posted: 7/4/2005 10:24:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/4/2005 10:25:10 AM EDT by TGorsk08]
oops....double post
Link Posted: 7/4/2005 10:24:49 AM EDT
Leopuld Wind River. When you look through them its like your RIGHT there. Very good.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 2:47:06 PM EDT
Anyone else?
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 2:53:05 PM EDT
Inexpensive glass shown. Avimo's not.

YMMV

Link Posted: 10/8/2005 3:05:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2005 5:43:34 PM EDT by DOW]
Nice Deal on a set of Steiner 8x30s

I just bought this same item (Damn you Arfcom). Seller is offering several.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 3:15:50 PM EDT
Somebody had some Fujinon M22s for sale in the EE not too long ago.  I've got a set of those, great binos.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 3:25:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2005 3:28:11 PM EDT by bfieldburt]

Originally Posted By MudBug:
But some of THESE Commie Binocs and then tell me if they are as good as some of the guys at Snipers Hide say they are.



I have some Russian "tanker" binoculars (they even have the distancing marks in them) that I got for about $100. They are on that page for $127:
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Review of russian military BPOc 7x30 | BUY IT NOW FOR $127 • VIEW CARD USSR army officer binoculars with rubberized body, separate focus and measuring grid.
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They are big and pretty heavy, but CLEAR AS CAN BE. The glass rocks. I've used them as my hunting binoculars for a few years now. It is worth carrying the extra weight for their clarity.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 3:29:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By R0N:
M24 Apaches they are made by Weems and Path and a great buy.  They are built like a tank and the only thing missing are the laser filter.



Sweet! Those were going for $500 plus just a few years ago.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 3:37:37 PM EDT
I have a pair of Leupold Wind River binocs (8x40 I think) and although they are a good optic, I think they are a bit overpriced.

I also have the Steiner Military & Marine 8x30 and while they have exceptional glass, they seem to have excessive flare when used at twilight or after dark. For hunting this would likely not be a problem.

One pair of binocs that I think are a good bargain and very much underrated are the Sightron line. I have some 8x42 SII's that are exceptional for the price.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 4:01:27 PM EDT
Take a look at Brunton.  I have a pair from the Echo line the 10x42, and they are great for the money, $259 MSRP, I paid $180 from a local hunting supply store.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 4:19:24 PM EDT
I have the Leupold wind river Cascades 8x42, under $300.00 bucks, exit pupil of 5 so they're pretty dang bright. I beat the crap out of them during spring & fall hunting season, so it's a good compromise.

Good glass aint cheap & cheap glass aint good
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