When it comes to buying the best hunting binoculars then as a buyer you are bound to select the best top 10 binoculars and then whittle down the list to a few you will need based on your specifications as well as budget and here are my top 10 based on various parameters
Top 10 birding binoculars
Vortex Sidewinder 8×42
Bushnell Excursion 8×42
Eagle Optics Ranger SRT 8×42
Nikon Monarch ATB 8×42
Audubon Equinox HP 8×42
Vortex Viper 8×42
Zeiss FL 8×42
Nikon Premier SE 8×32
Celestron Regal LX 8×42
Leupold Yosemite 6×30
Based on over all specifications here is what Consumersearch.com rated the top 5 binoculars and these are
Nikon Monarch ATB 8×42
Pentax Papilio 6.5×21
Nikon Action EX Extreme ATB 7×35
Nikon Action 7×35
Zeiss Victory T* FL 8×42
Then there are other in the category which can be the best based on other specifications which I have mentioned in my post on the best birding binoculars and these are
Swaroski Optic EL 10×32
Bushnell Imageview 11-8313
Olympus Outback RC I 8×21
Barska Optics Point’n’View AB10184 binocular
Vivitar Magnacam 10×25 binocular
Cano IS 18×50 binoculars
Now as far as binoculars are concerned there are a variety of things that you need to look for and these definitely are worth noting so that you can make an informed opinion about what and how are they rated by various blogs, shops and agencies.
Full size binoculars
Boating binoculars are different from the hunting binoculars as well as the birding binoculars.
If you need brand names for the world’s best hunting binoculars then here is the list based on the use
Astronomy binoculars – Apogee and Celestron
Birding binoculars – Audubon, Swift, Steiner
Hunting Binoculars – Leupold, Swarovski, Nikon, Bushnell
Marine binoculars – Steiner, Nikon, Canon
The manufacturer and the binoculars maybe the same but in terms of top 10 they may vary because say for birding you may need a better wider view than say best hunting binoculars where you need a more focused view to see the animal correctly.
Before we even discuss which are the factors that you need to take care of while selecting the best birding binoculars I think I must tell you that it is definitely not an exact science and a lot depends what your own individual tastes and preferences are. In fact the factors for buying these birding binoculars may just well vary from individual to individual so much.
That is why you will see people buying Vortex and some people buying Leupold to some going in for Nikon’s and Bushnell’s.
That said there are same features that you should know which will help you select the right binoculars for bird watching.
Magnification – You should go in for a 7, 8or at max a 10 magnification and the reason being that with anything above 10 the overall available area which is called as Field of View will become less and less. That may not be good with bird watching as you need to have a bigger area to view all the birds which are there.
For detailed discussion on magnification so you read this page here.
Objective Lens diameter – this has been discussed here a number of times whoever for the sake of completeness I must say that the best objective lens diameter for birding binoculars is to be tween 30mm – 40 mm. The bigger the objective lens diameter the expensive and bulkier it will be. No doubt it will give more light however there has to be a balance between all three factors.
Exit pupil – The basics about exit pupil can be read here however the best binoculars which are required by bird watchers should have an exit pupil of 4mm.
Filed of View – This is something which is a must to know so that you can view the birds properly. The requirement of birding binoculars is very different than hunting binoculars when it comes to Field of View and the reason is that you are looking at small creatures as opposed to some large animals like deer etc. Here is a primer on Field of View.
The field view is in inverse relation to magnification. So that means that higher the magnification the smaller will be the field of view. It is here the individual preference will come in and you may need to strike a balance between these two.
Prism design – Roof vs Porro prism design.
You can read about Porro prism and roof prism however the decision on which one to use for bird watching is something that you will need to take. Roof prism binoculars are more costly but they are more lightweight. Take your pick !
Lens coating and light transmission. – I have done a detailed article on binoculars lens coating and that should be read before you make a decision.
Apart from these I do not think you should be worried about anything while selecting the best binoculars for bird watching. In fact there are a lot of small things like binocular waterproofing and binoculars ruggedness however these are better left as individual decision as opposed to something which is a must have for selection of a good pair of binoculars.keep looking »