Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Searching for a lightweight, quality 10x binocular


I am a birder looking to replace my Swarovski binoculars that were stolen. Unfortunately, I can't afford to spend nearly that much this time.

My needs:
• I'm looking for a very high-quality optic ( as good as, or better than, Talons or Vipers).
• My eyes are fairly close together, and I need binoculars that have an interpupillary distance of less than 58mm.
• Weight is a consideration; I'd like a lighter-weight model (eg less than 25 ounces preferred; 20 ounces would be great.)
• Magnification of 8 or 10.  Some preference for 10X32, but I'm not absolutely set on this. But I lean towards 32's more than 42's for the weight consideration.

My question:
Given the above needs, which of the Hot Deals, demos, and maybe used/refurbished binoculars might you recommend? (I definitely like your company, and have read excellent reviews of you, so I'm a seriously interested potential customer.)

Thanks so much,

Ken W.


Hi Ken,

Thank you for your interest in Eagle Optics. Sorry to hear about your Swarovski binocular.  

There are some binoculars that we can certainly recommend that will have high quality optics.  All three of the binoculars below have an IPD of less than 56mm, so they should work with your eyes.

1-      Leupold Katmai 10x32 $349.99 – Weight: 19oz Very good optics for the price, small and compact.  Has some CA and not the greatest edge-sharpness.  Also comes in 8x32.

2-      Zeiss Conquest 10x30 $499.99 – Weight: 18oz Light-weight, bright, very little CA (chromatic aberration), and overall good color tone.  My favorite 30/32mm under $1000, and a great value. Also comes in 8x30.

3-      Vortex Razor 10x42 $1189.99 – Weight: 25oz This is a new design for Vortex and it’s really impressive.  This is, in our opinion, the best binocular on the market under $2000, and probably the closest you can get to Swarovski in terms of color tone and edge-to-edge sharpness without paying a Swarovski price.  We really like this design, but it isn’t as compact as the other two certainly. Also comes in 8x42.

Hopefully this has been helpful,. Please call if you have any other questions.


Eagle Optics

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