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Old 07-24-2013, 03:07 PM
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Default Image Stabilizing Binoculars - input

I was doing some running and gunning this past weekend and think it's time for a good set of binoculars. Anybody have some input on what works and a good size and quality. $500-1500. I have a set of cheap west marine deals and they are difficult to focus. Thanks
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The $1,200 Fujinon binoculars are awesome.
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The $1,200 Fujinon binoculars are awesome.
Yep, end of thread and this answer basically sums up all the other threads on binocs.
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a good set of gyros are mandatory gear ( I have 14X40 fujinons). once you have a pair you will never go without them again.
awesome supplement to radar, especially if you know how to dial in a radar.

the nikons14x 40 are very good too


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I've had a pair of Fujinons and the cable from the battery pack keeps shorting out. I don't like having the battery pack on the hand grip.
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Enjoy my fujinon technostabis. About 7 years old and been treated rough. Had to send them for repair but it was due to wear and tear. Glad to have them back. They caught lots of fish for me and spotted a lot of game.
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I looked at the fijinons on ebay and there seems to be some around. Nikons look similar. As for range it sounds as if the 14x40 is adequate for finding birds. I don't have radar and figured this could help me up the game a little. should I be looking for the biggest X numbers I can . don't want them to be too clunky.
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Have a pair of Nikon 14x40, who I believe makes the Fuji's.

Check the Defender website as they have re-furbished Nikons for around $800 from time to time.

Don't go with anything less than 14x40

http://www.defender.com/binoculars.jsp#Image
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I tried a friend's used canon 18x 50 today- side by side my fujinons 14 X40 (also used)
the canons did not compare to the fujinons in image stabilization or brightness/ clarity.
i could jump up and down with my fujinons and the image would float. it was very jerky with the canons.

maybe the canons were not working properly, i don't know, but the light was turning green and there was improvement over non stabilized mode.

I have used Nikon 14X 40, and their performance was pretty much identical to the fuji's

even without radar it is a huge improvement.
you can regularly scan the horizon and find birds working at least 5 miles away,
with the naked eye it is often difficult to notice them more than a mile.

with radar it works great, because you can can check small marks of interest, if i set my radar on 3 or 4 miles i can often mark relatively small floating objects, longline flags, sometimes even a big log on a calm day. a couple miles away. I can check out small marks on radar to see what it is and if it is worth trolling that way.

they can distinguish flocks of birds working from small low dense clouds (which often look like birds)
identify location of other boats talking on the radio (if you know the other boats by sight, name, and/or captains voices)

mine hold 4 AA batteries and don't have a separate battery pack or cable to deal with but they do go through batteries very few days, but I use them allot all day every day.

i sent a pair off to be fixed / refurbished, when they came back they were as good as new, it cost about $250
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Another + for the Nikons. I've been using them for about 4 years and can't imagine using anything else. My Steiner Commanders now collect dust. The only issue I've had with the Nikons is that they eat batteries.... I guess that's to be expected with the gyro's whirling away. Haven't tried the Fuji's, so do t know how they compare....but I'd guess they are of similar quality.
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RE: Fujinon Technostabis $1,200

I obsessed in my search and bought these from optics planet after great rec from captain in costa rica on tht. They are brilliant. I use them every trip.
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Optics Planet is a good outfit to do business with. As others have posted I've heard the (FWIW) Nikon's are rebranded Fujinon. Dunno if it's true, though.
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Have the Nikon 14x40 and they are just simply awesome. Every single person who has tried them has been blown away. I find the energizer lithium batteries are worth the extra money as they last a lot longer. As someone said, the cheapest you will find them is on sale at defender.com and you can sometimes get them refurbished saving even more. The fuji's and nikon's seem to be the same with only minor differences. I would buy the one that's less expensive.
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Have the Nikon 14-40's. Got a refurb pair at Defender for a substantial discount. Great glass for the $$.
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I have the Fuji's and they work great, if you buy at Optics Planet, send them a chat and tell them you don't want to pay full price, they may reduce it bu 75-100 bucks for you. I bought a rifle scope from them and they took off 80.00 on a 750.00 purchase. Good Luck
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also have the fuji's...They make the world of a difference. I will never use non stabilized offshore again. They are good enough to see a pod of birds on a clear day from about 3+ miles. I have heard some captains say 6 miles but that seems far fetched to me.
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What you really want is a true Gyro, not image stabi. Image stabilization is camera technology. Look at Fraser Volpe. Melton sells for 5,000, but people are selling the military version that is reconditioned by FV on ebay for 2,000. I can run at 18 knots in a 26 foot boat from a tower in 3-4 foot sea and still scan excellent. They are so much better than image stabi.

I know this is against the prevailing thought, but check it out before buying.
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I've had the Fujinon for 4 years and they are the best IMO. You should remove the battery pack anytime they are not going to be used for extended periods of time (months). If the batteries go bad you will have to send the binocs back for repair. Yes I learned the hard way.
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I've had the Fujinon for 4 years and they are the best IMO. You should remove the battery pack anytime they are not going to be used for extended periods of time (months). If the batteries go bad you will have to send the binocs back for repair. Yes I learned the hard way.
the battery compartment is one of the few things different between the Nikon and fujinon. I've heard complaints like yours about the fujinon but never the Nikon. with so little differentiating the two of them from each other (the glass and stabilization are the same), that might be enough reason to go with the Nikon.
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What you really want is a true Gyro, not image stabi. Image stabilization is camera technology. Look at Fraser Volpe. Melton sells for 5,000, but people are selling the military version that is reconditioned by FV on ebay for 2,000. I can run at 18 knots in a 26 foot boat from a tower in 3-4 foot sea and still scan excellent. They are so much better than image stabi.

I know this is against the prevailing thought, but check it out before buying.
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Shark is 1000% correct. Although the Nikon Stabileyes or the Fujinon Techno-stabi image stabilized binoculars are a great buy for the money, they are NOT true gyroscopic binoculars AND DO NOT hold a candle to the true gyroscopic units like the Fraser Volpe Mariner or the Fujinon Stabiscope. I own the Nikon Stabileyes 14x40 binoculars and just sold a pair of the Fujinon Techno-Stabi 14x40 binoculars here on this site. Now that I have a set of the Fraser Volpe Mariner binoculars at my disposal, I find that I have no need for any other pair. Just like sharkwaters, I have run on the bridge or tower of many boats at upwards of 36 kts with the Mariners glued to my face spotting birds up to 5 miles away with ease.....

Just an FYI, Fraser Volpe is coming out with a new version of the Mariner that will be lighter and less expensive sometime in September..... If anyone need details or more info on these, let me know.......
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