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Old 09-06-2012, 05:55 AM   #1
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Default Marine Binoculars - Suggestions??

Any input on your favorite Marine Binoclulars. Quality, Durable, Stabile, Reasonable price?
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:58 AM   #2
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Any input on your favorite Marine Binoclulars. Quality, Durable, Stabile, Reasonable price?

I bought the Steiner 7X50 marine last year and am very pleased. Amazon has em for about $280. There are better binoculars out there but for the price they are great.
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First, use the search function and you will find a bunch of threads on this subject, so you won't miss any info from posters tired of answering the same question over and over. For those of us who aren't, could you please define "reasonable" ? Are you looking for stabilized or unstabilized? How much will you be using them ? If the answer to the last question is " a lot", like a hundred days or more a year which require a lot of usage due to your needs, then up your definition of "reasonable" and buy the best quality you can.
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I have owned the whole gamut of binoculars from cheap "marine" binoculars to Steiner 7x50, Zeiss "classic" 8x40 to Cannon IS 12x30 to my latest pair, Fujinon Techno Stabi 14x40

i can tell you I really did not use binoculars onboard much till I bought the Cannon stabilized, changed my world as far as binoculars go. Soooo much more useful onboard! So much so that I bought the technostabis, which are probably near the top of the line in this category, but they are just under $1500. The Cannon's can be bought for around $600. The do not have the quality lenses that the Zeiss or Steiner's have, but they are far more useful do the stabilization.

Hope this helps.
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I have a pair of moderately priced Leupold's...they are fantastic glass. They are also waterproof which was a big plus.

If you can swing it, go for the image stabilization. I wasn't willing to spend that much, but I am very happy with mine.
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Depends on what you will use them for, mainly fishing or mainly navigation. Never had the image stabilization but for fishing and spotting birds while moving fast I am sure they are great. I found for navigation purposes you can use regular ones and do not really need the high quality. We had a high end set and a $150 set on a big boat and most ended up preferring the lower cost for some reason.

I would recommend for marine use to try and get a set with a built in compass. Great for finding headings or handing them to your budyy and telling him to look xxx degrees at the babe on the beach...
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I have owned the whole gamut of binoculars from cheap "marine" binoculars to Steiner 7x50, Zeiss "classic" 8x40 to Cannon IS 12x30 to my latest pair, Fujinon Techno Stabi 14x40

i can tell you I really did not use binoculars onboard much till I bought the Cannon stabilized, changed my world as far as binoculars go. Soooo much more useful onboard! So much so that I bought the technostabis, which are probably near the top of the line in this category, but they are just under $1500. The Cannon's can be bought for around $600. The do not have the quality lenses that the Zeiss or Steiner's have, but they are far more useful do the stabilization.

Hope this helps.
Same for me, except that I skipped the Cannons and went for the Fujinon (far superior stabilization ). Only warning - be careful with the battery compartment - the metal contacts of the batteries are a bit fragile and can break if you handle them roughly. Otherwise, an excellent piece of equipment.
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I bought the Steiner 7X50 marine last year and am very pleased. Amazon has em for about $280. There are better binoculars out there but for the price they are great.
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Unless you're using these on a pontoon lake boat, definitely go with image stabilization, even if it means going with refurbs or even used.

IS permits far greater magnification and is really more important than highest optical resolution or even light-gathering ability. Of course, you can get it all in one package: IS, highest resolution, and highest light-gathering, and even have it be mil-spec...all depends on your price-point. But, I think IS should be the highest priority.

Hell, even for nature study on land, IS makes sense at anything above 10x.
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Steiner, Swift or Fuji 7 X 50
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I bought a pair of Nikon 14x40 StabilEyes from Defender that were factory refurbs for $800. Checked their website a month ago and they had several pairs available now they are sold out. They get them in from time to time so if this is what you want then wait them out or give them a call and see when they might be getting the next batch.

They are nothing short of amazing!! If you can swing the coin, go for the Nikon or Fuji 14x40 IS, you will not be sorry.

http://www.defender.com/binoculars.jsp#Image

They have the Fuji 14x40 for $1099 and they come with the Pelican case.

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