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Best Binoculars for walking in Switzerland

Aug 18th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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Best Binoculars for walking in Switzerland

Anyone take binoculars when walking in the BO or other areas?

If so which are the best?

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Aug 18th, 2007, 01:56 PM
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Depends on what you are willing to psy..mt DH swears by Zeiss!
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Aug 18th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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I looked at Zeiss and Swarokski (sp?) they are more than I think I want to spend at the moment.

There seem to be several ultra light "traveller" binocs out there, Nikon, Bushnell, names even I have heard of. Problem is I don't know much about them.

I just know that every time we go on a trip we wish we had brought along some binoculars!
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Aug 18th, 2007, 02:38 PM
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Hmmm Zeiss does look good even if more $$

Lightweight, small size and quality # 1 priorities.

Some of these are AMAZING, they fold up and fit in your pocket! ( not good for me, I would sit on them!)
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Aug 18th, 2007, 05:14 PM
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Zeiss are the best on the planet, imho. Maybe get some older model from Ebay. (Same or even better quality.)
It's worth to spend a few € more.
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Aug 18th, 2007, 05:19 PM
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Even if you can get some of the east german "Zeiss Jena" products not to expensive on Ebay, they're better than most of what you can buy today.
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Aug 18th, 2007, 05:30 PM
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Geez, my DH has 2 pr of Zeiss that he hardly ever uses anymore...maybe I should try ebay!
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Aug 18th, 2007, 05:32 PM
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Do you just want to look at distant scenery and wildlife? "Best" for me are binoculars of reasonable cost that if I lose, drop or forget somewhere I won't want to kill myself.

My husband has Nikon 9x25 5.6 degrees. I have Pentax 10x20 5.0 degrees. The Nikon is better for distance. The Pentax is great for church ceilings, is very light-weight and fits into a coat pocket.

If you have a sports equipment store nearby, I'd test a few, compare weights and prices.
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Aug 18th, 2007, 05:38 PM
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We're talking $300 here for used ones, that you have for the rest of your life.
(Unless you sell them at ebay ;-) )
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Aug 18th, 2007, 05:38 PM
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Jean ~ I would use them for distant wildlife and scenery, not for church ceilings.

We live in a wooded area with many birds so we might also use them here at home instead of the big hunky hulky ones we have.

I emailed the url to myself ( always do this) for several binoculars, Nikon and Zeiss included, at binoculars.com. I'll have to do a search on the site tomorrow to see how reputable they are. I buy antiques on eBay, but I don't think I'd feel comfortable buying binoculars there.
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Aug 18th, 2007, 05:47 PM
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You would be amazed of the quality of 1980ties Zeiss compared to what you buy today for the money. However, of course on ebay you can't ever be sure of what you get.
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