I have always purchased my birding optics (scope and bins) from you fine folk. My sister has recently expressed an interest in binoculars. She would use them primarily to watch her feeders. She would like to spend somewhere in the $100-200 range. Is there a binocular that you would recommend?
Thanks for your inquiry. We have some a number of binoculars in that range with fantastic optics for their price. For introductory binocular users and most birdwatchers, we recommend an 8x42. Here are some 8x42’s I’d suggest:
The Atlas Optics Radian is one of our most popular binoculars in this price range, at $129.99 it’s well above most in that price range for its optic quality. It’s fairly compact and lightweight, and a great intro binocular.
Another great one at its price is the Celestron Nature DX, which also comes in a smaller 8x32 size--which could be a good option for a more lightweight binocular.
The Opticron Adventurer is another low cost binocular that has good optics for its price – not quite as stand out as the Radian, but still a good one for birdwatching and general use if she’s looking to keep the price down.
The Eagle Optics Denali will be a bit of a step up from the above options, with slightly sharper optics and a price of $180.
My top choice (just over $200, though) is the Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42. These binoculars typically sell at $329, which gives you a sense of their optical value, but right now they’re at a sale price of $269.99, and Vanguard has a $50 rebate through June 30, 2014, making this an incredible value, with great color tone and crisp images. The Endeavor definitely would be a step up from the others mentioned here because of its ED glass, making them a steal at this price.
I hope this is helpful. Feel free to call if you have any other questions!