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    Cheap Binocs

    Ok, I have a set of decent Nikon binocs that need to have one of the eye pieces replaced (because of children.)

    I've been to the agents and they've been responsive enough, but sent everything but the one part that I need. I digress...

    If one was to choose not to lug a full size set of binocs and wanted one of the dinky sets that can be had for not much, do we have an idea of what the best value for money ones are?

    I have a number of pairs of Bushnells/Tasco's etc, all of which one eye doesn't look in the same direction as the other, probably, once again, due to children.

    I was wondering if there is a slightly more robust version around or whether I need to see these as consumables?

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    Vortex Diamondback HD binos are good value. I just got a 8x42 pair from Jacobs Digital. $385 to the door (now $369). Lifetime warranty and chest harness included. Haven't used them for hunting yet (no need for binos in Northland bush!), but have taken them tramping and think they'll be adequate for my needs. There is a 8x32 in the same product line, but annoyingly, the chest harness isn't included.

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    Have a set of Steiner safari's 10x20? Bought new years ago for $200 work ok for a quick look try TM for a second hand pr

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    Quote Originally Posted by davetapson View Post
    Ok, I have a set of decent Nikon binocs that need to have one of the eye pieces replaced (because of children.)

    I've been to the agents and they've been responsive enough, but sent everything but the one part that I need. I digress...

    If one was to choose not to lug a full size set of binocs and wanted one of the dinky sets that can be had for not much, do we have an idea of what the best value for money ones are?

    I have a number of pairs of Bushnells/Tasco's etc, all of which one eye doesn't look in the same direction as the other, probably, once again, due to children.

    I was wondering if there is a slightly more robust version around or whether I need to see these as consumables?
    Regarding cheap straight-tube binoculars. Their roof prisms are usually uncoated which reduces internal reflection, reducing contrast and brightness. But they are light weight, so if that is more important, I'd ask permission to take them outside and try on the street, look into a dark shopfront to see how the contrast is. They may still meet your needs and you can throw them away in the bush (or hang on a branch, free to good home) if you need to carry a really big deer home.

    8x35 roof prism (straight) binoculars.
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    Cheap porro prism binoculars can have optics competing with mid-high range straight-tube (roof prism) binoculars, because porro prisms internally reflect perfectly without aluminium or silver mirror coatings, and coatings to protect the coatings, just a better design optically. But porros will weigh a bit more. They can usually be had second hand because they are less modern and thus less appreciated for what they offer. If you need 10x50 binoculars usually they will be porro prism design as straight tube binos with that size objective lens won't work for many people unless they have wider set eyes.

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    We have a good selection in stock, generally at NZs best prices.
    https://55six.co.nz/accessories/opti...ts/binoculars/
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