Friday, October 23, 2009

Eagle Optics Binoculars?

From: Craig
Subject: Denali 8x42 vs Ranger SRT 8x42

What is the $200 difference between these two binoculars?

- 8x42 Denali
- 8x42 Ranger SRT

Which would you recommend for birding? I don't mind paying more if it is worth it. Thanks

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Hello Craig, thanks for the email. The Rangers offer a much better optical image than the Denalis, especially noticeable in low-lighting conditions (dawn, dusk, or when in forested areas). The Rangers are the better binoculars for birdwatching, though if you aren't going to be getting up at the crack of dawn or staying out till past dusk you might not as easily see the optical differences, and hence might not see why the benefit to spending more. The main difference is that the Rangers have a higher quality lens design, with better lens coatings that deliver finer resolution and better contrast, most notable in low lighting conditions. The Rangers also have finer image quality farther out towards the edges of the field of view.

Apart from that, the Rangers will also have much finer functioning (smoother focus, better functioning eyecups) and I think the Rangers have a better feel in the hand. Hope this helps, thanks for your consideration.

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