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Binoculars selection for newbie

PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 11:12 am
by maximme

since there isnt much info for a newbie on what binoculars options out there,
i thought i share my search info with everyone.

Firstly, binoculars are very useful as they give a 3D effect and hence, whatever was camouflaged
becomes more obvious.

For birding in particular, there are 2 basic uses for bino, first is to locate the bird
and second is to observe the bird.
Just to locate the bird and then , photograph it.You dont really need a very critical bino.
For those observing the bird, ie, longer duration of looking thru the bino, you will need
a much better bino.

For newbie, this is the first thing they consider.
So my choice for lowest price bino would be NIKON TRAVELITE. ( S$150 ).10x25

Its the best option at this price.
Contrasty and light, has diopter adjustment.
Basic and no frills.

Next up from TRAVELITE, would be NIKON MONARCH. (S$480 ) 10x40
This is the benchmark for all bino out there.
Widely available and widely acclaimed.
Its waterproof too.

which is weight and dimension.
Nikon Travelite is best for this as its so light that sometimes I forgot I still
have it in my cargo pants pocket.
Yes, its that light.
Very handy and you want to bring it everywhere you go.

Nikon Monarch is almost double or triple its weight. and it really feel it.
Size wise, Monarch is also almost double Travelite's.

which is resolution, flare, distortion and purple fringing and brightness.

Without a fight, brightness goes straight to Monarch as well as low flaring.
The Achilles's heel of Travelite is really shows when something bright is in the view .
You get a ring of fog in the view.

Monarch shows considerable purple fringing than the Travelite. Think this is due to the larger
objective of Monarch.

BOTH have very good resolution.
Nikon Sporters has lower resolution than both of these.

this is especially important for those wearing eye glasses, that the image comes up
easily into view.

Monarch is by far and away, the better eye relief. You struggle a bit with the Travelite but
soon you know how to overcome it with practice, its still liveable.
But still, when you are in a hurry, you just wish you had the Monarch :)


I came across MINOX BR 10X40 for about S$100 less than MONARCH and it looks and feel
just as good as the Monarch.

For those we are into observing birds for long period of time and has money to spend, Zeiss Conquest HD S$2400 is an absolute bargain, it is comparable to the S$5000 leica HD ULTRAVIED .
with any of these high end , HD series, you have reached the ultimate binoculars.
If you still complain about image quality, then you need an eye check ;)

Re: Binoculars selection for newbie

PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:50 pm
by green baron
Thanks for sharing the tips.
I got a Nikon Sportstar because I wanted a bino that is very small and light and not too expensive.


Re: Binoculars selection for newbie

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:49 pm
by maximme

This is the Sporter I was referring.
its pretty close dimension and weight to the Monarch but
resolution and contrast is a little off.

Re: Binoculars selection for newbie

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:54 pm
by maximme

Re: Binoculars selection for newbie

PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:02 pm
by arravee
How is Nikon Action EX series..are they good for a newbie..