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Old 11-27-2020, 01:30 PM
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Default Offshore binoculars

Looking for some opinions for best priced within reason offshore binoculars. Stabilized and non-stabilized. Thanks
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I've had these for about 12 years...they were under $300.00 then....very good.

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Canon's are junk, you need these Fujinons at minimum for stabilized.

Also I think that any non-stabilized binocular on a boat is pretty worthless TBH

^ this is the new production version of this:

Both are good. better ergonomics and slightly better performance with the first one.
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Yes 1440 stabilized is the aa to go. I have the Fuji version. Nikon is the same I think. For offshore use this are the best. It takes out 5 Deg. Of movement
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Agree, my go to binoculars for the last 30 (?) years is the Fujinon 14 x 40 Techno-Stabi (They cost less now than they did years ago. For quick grabs when the ocean is calm a pair of Steiner 8 x 30 Military Marine. My "night binoculars are Fujinon with a compass--left over from from the days before GPS etc... I keep a couple of pair 7 x center focus from West Marine for guests. Only my wife, or trusted other mariners use my good glass.
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I have Steiner with stabilizer. Been very happy with the performance. I do think most makes with stabilizer will be fine
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Default Binoculars

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Bought a pair of Fujinon stabilized about 13 months ago.

Worked great, loved them and then at the 11 month mark they stopped working. Never dropped or abused.

They have been in Japan now for two months being repaired.
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Default Fuji TS 12x28

Are these a good option?
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The Fuji 12x28 are made in China and won't handle the motion on a boat. Stay away from those even for the land.

What you want is this made in Japan Funinon TS-X 1440. This is the new version. It's a lot lighter and more rounded and floats. The gyro in the older model takes a while to start working. I think the new ones go into stabilization quickly. Image quality will be great. Professional grade stuff.

For the land, Canon's are outstanding...especially the made in Japan models.

Image stabilized binoculars are really cool.

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I picked up a pair of fuji techno stabi after debating whether i needed to spend the money on such an expensive price of equipment. Since i got them i caught more fish. Never thought i would need them. Well.. i need them!
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I am on the opposite side of most posts. I have the Fuji’s and do not like them. They are heavy and without an eye cup are difficult to see through. I prefer a normal pair of binocs anyday.
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Steiner beats all the others, hands down.
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I have had one pair of heavy electronic ones and the heavy fujinon with compass. This year I bought the 275-300 dollar Steiner 7x50 and they work juuust fine! nearly feel stabilized due to fov. The bonus is with eye cups peeled forward I get full vision wearing my sunglasses.
If nothing else you would want a pair of these as backup when your $2000 technostabs or whatever quit working.
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Originally Posted by pug View Post
i have steiner with stabilizer. Been very happy with the performance. I do think most makes with stabilizer will be fine
$ 9,000 ?
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I've owned a few pair of stabling binoculars in the past. I got my hands on some of SIG's new stabilized binos and they are EXCELLENT...not too pricey at $800 MSRP. They are light and crystal clear. Worth a look
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Those Sig's are interesting, I didn't realize they made binoculars.

I waited patiently earlier this year for the release of the Fujinon TSX 1440 model referenced above. Got them in and couldn't get a usable image in any scenario. Ended up on the phone with them and they decided something was damaged during shipping and had me send them back for a refund. They were packed well and the retailer didn't give me any trouble returning them. However, I have no clue how you can ship binoculars without a significant portion of them being damaged due to minor drops and movement. Left a sour taste in my mouth. If these things could get damaged packed in a cushioned cased inside of a box, surrounded by peanuts and bubble wrap inside another box, what happens if you drop them 1 time offshore?

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