I've wanted a pair of binoculars for about two months now, and I did alot of research on the web before buying them. One pair I settled on buying about 1 month ago was the Bushnell 10x42 Ultra HD's. After tax they cost $350, which many people I've spoken to agreed was a great price/value tradeoff. They are comparable to Nikon Monarch binoculars in terms of price/quality/performance.
But, my research came across some Roof-Prism Discount binoculars sold at retail outlets in the US for $30. So my interest was peaked. I took the plung. I had a friend order them online and drop them off here in Windsor today, and I must say,,, I'm pretty happy with them. They have a smooth focus nob. They have a nice feel to them. They are beautiful. And honest to God... $38 Canadian with tax and delivery. At that price, I'm tempted to buy some another pair and keep a pair in my glove compartment.
I'm very excited to take these out into the field. Sure, they do not have ED glass or Bak-4 prisms... but hey ... I don't think they are 10x worse then the ultra HDs (but they are 10x cheaper!).
Ultra HD's vs Sportsman Binoculars
|Magnification X Obj Lens||10 x 42||10 x 42|
|Close Focus (ft/m)||6.5/1.9||23 / 7|
|Lens Coating||Fully Multi||Multi|
|Field of View ft@1000yds / m@1000m||340/||305 /|
|Adapt to Tripod||Yes||Yes|
|Exit Pupil (mm)||4.2||4.0|
I can't wait to get out and look at some birds in stereo vision! Will this be the of my photographic rants on this blog? Probably not!
Post Script: I love these binoculars after using them for a few days, but the minimal focus distance is a little long. To look a butterfly on a gravel path, I had to be about 7m away from it ... so, great binoculars but I had a feeling they would not be *that* great.