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southpost
09-19-2009, 05:49 PM
Hi All,

Can anyone recommend some lightweight 8x30 binoculars.Budget is $6-700.Thanks.Cheers Bruce

one-eyed Bob
09-19-2009, 07:34 PM
I'm selling a pair on the trading post. I can't tell these 8x30s from my new leica 10 x32s.

Steelworker
09-19-2009, 08:39 PM
1EB,

1. Why did you go up to 10x?

2. Does the extra power cause any problems in regards to holding steady, etc.?

CCH
09-19-2009, 10:08 PM
Get Bob's. You won't do better on your budget.

one-eyed Bob
09-20-2009, 07:07 AM
My hunting buddies had 10x, and I did in the past with 10x Zeiss classics. I wanted the lightweight swaro's however. They seemed great, but I found a deal on new Leicas which have been reviewed as giving up little to their bigger cousins. Now I have both and, truthfully, I can't tell much differece, if any, when switching between them. The older ones are armored and don't clunk against your rifle and they have the wrap around eyecups which I prefer. I am tempted to sell the new ones and keep the older ones, or keep both! Perhaps young eyes can do better than mine.

remington79
09-20-2009, 03:25 PM
I've been using my Steiner Military Marine 8x30s since 1992 with no problems. I like how they are water proof and rubber armored. I have a bino strap from Cabelas I use that holds them tight. They weigh 16 ounces and I don't even notice them. If I had to do itagain I might get the 8x30 Predators. You can get the Militarys for about 200 and the Predators for 250.

Songdog
09-21-2009, 09:21 AM
Another vote for the Leicas. I've got the 8x20s and it's very hard to discern a difference between these and some 8x30 Swarovski SLCs in similar conditions. Definitely more compact and about half the weight.

NH Hunter
09-25-2009, 05:15 AM
Lite weight (16oz I think) in that price range is the Zeiss Conquest 8x30. Love mine and they can hang around my neck all day without noticing. The view is incredible also.

elmbow
09-25-2009, 08:43 AM
Lite weight (16oz I think) in that price range is the Zeiss Conquest 8x30. Love mine and they can hang around my neck all day without noticing. The view is incredible also.
Pretty hard to beat these for lightweight optics in your price range.
If you are willing to jump up to the 22 oz. range, then there's all sorts of choices.