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Choosing Binoculars

 

8x20, 8x32, 7x42, 8x42, 10x42, 10x26…Which one is the right for me?

We are often asked questions regarding binoculars. For the inexperienced, finding the way through hundreds of models to find the perfect pair just for you can seem really difficult. We know the struggle - and we're here for you! After 35 years in the trade - we are able to provide all the useful tips and technical know-how, to match all your personal requests and desires. This page offers a thorough guide on the pros and cons of different binoculars regarding area of use, optical performance and general quality.  If you have any questions, let us know promptly!

 

Different Magnifications

When you’re set out to find your new binoculars, the first thing to keep in mind is the magnification, ranging from 7x or 8x, 9x, 10x and finally 12x. This number simply reveals how many times closer to an object you will get. The combination of the magnification and the size of the front lens plays a huge part in deciding not only the size of the binoculars but how well they can be used in different situations. The diameter of the front lens is given by the second number of the binoculars specification and should be taken into consideration as it tells you the brightness of the binoculars. A wider lens diameter simply makes room for more light to enter the front lens and hence increases the performance drastically in low-light conditions. To recap, a pair of binoculars with 8x magnification with a front lens diameter of 42 mm differ a whole lot from one with 10x magnification and a diameter of 25 mm. There is no saying which one of them that is the better or worse pair of binoculars, as this depends on for what and at what time they are to be used. Recognizing these major features and really pondering your personal preferences, will help immensely for finding the most suitable pair of binoculars.

 

Pocket binoculars

As the name might suggest these are the smallest of all binoculars, weighing about 200-300 grams! For any activity where weight and size matters most, whether you are going camping, hiking, traveling, taking the dog for a walk or watching a football game, these binoculars are up for the job and can easily be kept in your jacket pocket or purse. Smart! The magnification ranges between 8- 10 x and the pocket offers lens diameters of only 20-25mm. As the diameter is so small, these binoculars do however not perform as well in low light, as larger and heavier models certainly would.

 

Compact Binoculars

If bright binoculars are of high importance for you, but you still like the thought of a handy, small pair to bring everywhere, then the compact model of binoculars are probably the one that will fit you best! They have a magnification of 8 or 10x and the front lens diameter typically ranges from 30-32 mm. A pair of binoculars like these will be your perfect companion in almost all weather and light conditions. Their features, combined with the low weight of 400-600 grams has made them the binoculars of choice for more and more birdwatchers the last two years - it is easy to see why! They are light enough to carry during a day in the field and provide a nice, wide field of view (especially the 8x30 models!). With the 10x32 you will find yourself with a more limited field of view - but with the advantage of getting much closer to your object.

 

HT – High Light transmission Binoculars

If the front lens diameter exceeds 40 mm – we call them either large binoculars or High light transmission binoculars. The magnification may vary from 7-12x but what they all have in common is the superb performance in low light conditions! While most other binoculars struggle to perform at dusk or dawn you will find that these binoculars with high light transmission are still able to produce great images, turning them into a favorable option especially for hunters and birdwatchers.  If you spend much time outdoors and won’t mind an extra kilo in weight, the large 50-56 mm objective lens binoculars are the most enjoyable pairs in the range.

 

Quality

It is simple to suppose that a bigger pair of binoculars will be of better quality than a smaller pair. But this is rarely the case. Now and then we encounter pocket binoculars with way brighter optics than standard models. This depends on how good quality the glass in the lenses is made of – on how well the lenses have been cut and treated during manufacturing process. Binoculars equipped with fluorite crystal glass will also further reduce color-blur effectively in hard daylight and give a higher contrast and a slightly brighter touch to the viewing experience. The thin metal layer that the lenses are treated with – the Coating, varies very much between cheaper and more expensive models as well. With this said, take into consideration that the mechanics and quality of optics, always differ between brands and price levels.

 

If you have any questions, or wish to know more about a specific pair of binoculars in our webshop, contact us on phone +46 0485 444 40 or our mail info@naturbokhandeln.se.

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