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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

Hey there fellow hunters! I'm so excited to be joining you here on this great forum. I'm looking forward to sharing years and years of memories together!

As my first question here on the forum, I wanted to know what you would comment about waterproof bincoulars. I am looking at a few of the Nikon Action binoculars. Namely, their 10-22 x 50mm, the 10 x 50mm, the 8 x 40mm, or the 7 x 50mm.
I wanted to know 2 things: 1) Which one of the listed bino's would you recommend as a multi-purpose binocular for all sorts of hunting I plan to do; ranging from the smallest birds, to my dream of a big grizzly one day. 2) Should I put up the extra money and purchase waterproof bino's? I don't mind putting up some extra money to get a very durable set of bino's, but I want to know the pros/cons of them against regular bino's.

Once again, I am glad to be here, and I look forward to all your suggestions/recommendations.

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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

I tried a 10X once and they are terrible. To much magnification and usually to large to carry. The best I've carried have been either 8x40 or 7x35. If you feel the need for 10X, you probally need a spoting scope.

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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

For a general use, IMHO, I think you would be best served by an 8x. Please feel free to give me a call to talk about which bino would be best.

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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

The ones you mntioned all have a "relative brighness" of 5(lowest magnification divided by objective lens diameter) with the exception of the 7 x 50 with a 7.1, a slight advantage during low light.

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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

Thanks for all your replies. We actually went hunting this past weekend, and my brother had a pair of 7x35's, and he loved them... I had a chance to look through them myself, and realized that it is plenty already. I plan to try out some 7x50's as well... but now I know that the 10x is more of a waste of time for the hunting that we plan to do.

Any suggestions as far as going with waterproof ones though? I'm not sure on this issue. Please advise.

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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

Welcome to the forem there Sniper
I carry a pair of (semi) compact 10 power. They are nice but to get detai on something small way off you need to find a good resting branch/log/stump. To do it all over again I think I would drop back to an 8 power pair. But yes I definetly recomend water proof as opposed to water resistent (or what ever they call them). You go griz hunting some day (lots of mula to do that!!!) and it may rain every day on you. Last thing you need is to have your optics let you down.

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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

Thanks ADKBEAR... I was thinking along the same lines, so I think I will definitely opt up for a nice pair of waterproof ones. I'll let you know what I decide on pretty soon!

Thanks again!

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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

Most good quality binos are waterproof and gas sealed. More important is to select binos that are clear, relatively bright and offer a wide field of view. You don't have to pay $1000+ for a good pair. You'll find that most real good quality glass in mid-sized in the $550+ range with an 8X30 or 8X40mm are light enought to carry and give you good performance. Kahles, Stiener, Leupold, Nikon come to mind. Just remember to look for brightness and clarity (sharp focus). Unfortunately there are too many lower end binos (and scopes) out there in the $100 to $200 range that are very blurry and absolutley useless (lower end Bushnell optics comes to mind). What good does that do anyone??? Brick Wall,)

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Binoculars - should I go with Waterproof? Pros/Cons

With the quality of optics improving in the last few years I think that best quality/value/price is to be found in Minox binoculars. In the under $1000.00 price class they really cannot be beaten. Their HG series was just rated "Best of the Best" for 2006 in Field & Stream.

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