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Old 01-24-2007, 10:31 PM
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any recommendations on a good pair of binoc's to use for fishing. Not sure of what power or brand would be best. I dont want to spend the farm on a pair either. Thanks for suggestions
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Old 01-24-2007, 10:56 PM
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I have a Fujinon 7X50 FMTR-SX and find them as clear as Leica Ultravids.They are less than 1/2 the price of the Ultravids but much heavier and bulky.But on the boat you use them and put them down and do not carry them.
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Old 01-24-2007, 11:02 PM
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Steiner 8x30 can be had if you shop around for under $200. They will last you the rest of your life and your childrens life.
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Old 01-24-2007, 11:08 PM
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I just bought these Steiner 8x30's on ebay for $168.00... I hope I did well... Seems like 7x50 is the preffered... Use the search option, there are a couple threads on the subject
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:18 AM
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Steiner 7x50, now 20 years old, been there done that.......large, heavy and ugly but great glass.
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:31 AM
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Yep, Steiner's.

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Old 01-25-2007, 05:24 AM
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Steiner 7x50 is the way to go...
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:23 AM
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Ditto on the FUJINONS! I've been using these on and around the water for the past 30 years and they are phenomenal. The FMTR-SX series is a flat field technology that provides an absolutely undistorted image from one side of the view to the other, and the light transmission allows for incredible night vision. I love to use them at concerts and football games, even though a bit heavy. It's great to see peoples reaction when looking through them, sometimes hard to get them back!
I've not seen a pair of Steiners or any other pair for that matter that was as good as these. Have no affiliation whatsoever with Fuji, but have been completely sold on these bino's for years.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:45 AM
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Nice timing on the topic, I have been looking at binocs. Anyone using the Steiner Commander III 7x50 CAT Binoculars? Is the compass useful, or just another gadget to break?
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:46 PM
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Steiners all the way ,
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Old 01-25-2007, 03:02 PM
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Steiner 7x50!
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Old 01-25-2007, 03:10 PM
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over a year ago i bought off ebay a new pair of West Marine's Taihiti 7x50's for less than 200.
i found these to be very good and bright with crispy clear images.
would buy again, unless i win lottery then would spend $$$ for Leica or Steiner or other.
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:44 PM
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If possible check out the reviews done by powerboatreports In the past year they have reviewed both the stabilized and nonstablized binoculars.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:25 PM
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1) Steiners !!!
2) Nikons a close second....
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:47 PM
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I have a pair of 7x50 binoculars sold by Defender in Waterford, CT under their own Defender name. I believe they are made for Defender by Fujinon. They are about $70 and they are excellent. I have some experience with quality binoculars and have Swarovski 7x42 that I use for bird watching but wanted something for the boat that would take a beating. When it comes to bang for the buck I don't think anybody can beat these Defender binoculars.
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:25 AM
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If I counted right thats:
steiner 8
fujinon 2
other 2

For my money, I went with steiners 7x50s, so that makes 9. My .02
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:43 AM
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I have a set of Canon image stablizers 12x361s love em .They do everything that I want frigate birds and bikinis...LOL
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:10 AM
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I have the Steiner 7x50 Commander. Great optics and rugged mil spec built. I dont think you can find a better overall built unit for the money. I looked at the stabalized units but did not see any great advantage.
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:13 AM
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Bausch and Lomb for $80 have unreal clarity, probably 99% as good as my Zeiss, which were 10X as much. But, the B&L are fragile. If you drop them, they are toast as my son found out in Costa Rica.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:11 PM
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Fujinons are in my boat. and i believe the us navy still uses them. beautifully crisp and clear. and for the money i don't think they can be beat.
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