Im in the market for new binoculars that are waterproof, rubber coated, and show excellent contrast and light-gathering ability in low-light conditions (like when viewing sbur deer in the Victorian high country in winter). I have considered Browning 8x42s and Nikon Monarch 8x42s. Any advice? Bryan Point Cook, Victoria, Australia
Nikon Sports and Marine 7x50 Binoculars
Sports and Marine 7x50 Binoculars
You might benefit from either a little more pull or better light-gathering. For the former, Nikons 10x42 Monarch ATBs (US$380, A$505) are only a few dollars more and offer 25 percent better magnification than the 8x42 model. Browning makes a similar binocular, again for only slightly more dough. And, interestingly, the 8x42 models actually are slightly heavier. Binoculars with a 50mm objective diameter will gather a bit more light than those with 42mm, so Nikons 7x50 Sports and Marine binocular (US$368, A$489) offers that attribute in a waterproof set. Id also look at the new 10x40 Predator Pro by Steiner (US$400, A$532; www.steiner-binoculars.com), which are waterproof and have optics designed to make wildlife stand out against green backgrounds. I really like Steinerstheyre well-made, with excellent glass.
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