Date: 3/9/17 11:50 am From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...> Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
Hi Dusty, You didn't give a budget here, which can obviously have a pretty big effect on recommendations, but since everyone else's suggestions have been in the $300 range I'll throw out my suggestion. I have two pairs of Vanguard Endeavor ED's which have treated me fabulously. At the time they were introduced they retailed for $500, but as the Endeavor II's (and now IV's, no idea what happened to III) were introduced they started selling for below $300 on the usual online sites. Optically they have never let me down and they've received good solid reviews from all surveys and forums I've ever seen. The II series has now dropped in price pretty significantly and Vanguard is offering a $80 rebate on the 10x42 and 8x42 models in both the original ED and ED II's which can bring them down to below $250 after rebate on some sites.
At the time time I bouht mine, the word from those that had used both was that they were significantly better than the Vortex Diamondback, but it looks like the later had a redesign in 2016 and that gap may have closed.
I'd recommend narrowing your selection down to two or three models and ordering all of them from an online dealer with good returns. Use all three side by side in normal conditions, but also taxing conditions such as low-light, looking at birds on the water when there is glare, birds in treetops against a bright sky, etc. Figure out which you think is the best optically and which feels best in your hands and return the others.
Also, If you want to delve deep into the world of optics, BirdForum has binocular forum that gets a lot of activity. Many of the users either own or have used many different models and can give you their experience of which is best. http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=112