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Binoculars

We are looking to purchase binoculars, bird watching, the feathered sort, preferably waterproof, we are aiming to spend up to £150, tripod mount would be good but not essential.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Binoculars

Check to see if there is a local RSPB reserve near you... and go and visit them.... they usually have staff on hand, and probably got a selection of bino`s for you to try out...  plus you will be able to discuss the "why do I need this type" or don`t buy that size of magnification." questions..

 

a lot of birders don`t use bino`s... they use a "monocular", and usually on a single monopod... some of those you can buy with a camera included, and that would be good for you to "prove" you saw an african pigeon in your garden,...

 

Never quite understood why birders just "look" at them... and then probably making a note in a book, when they can get a pretty decent camera with a good zoom lens... and take pics and enjoy them again when they get home.. ( not talking about DSLR`s.. which need big changable lenses... but what is known as a "bridge" camera... many now have good lenses and can work up to 60 x optical zoom ).

 

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Re: Binoculars

I am a spotter of flying things , but not the feathered type Smiley 

i gave up taking my binos as when i bought the Finepx bridge camera,its better Smiley  like shutter says 60x zoom Thumbs Up

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And the good thing about the bridge camera, is that you can use it as a "scope" and not necessarily take pics... just use like a monocular...  using the extra digital zoom can increase the distances from a couple of hundred yards to a few miles.. ! ! .

 

 

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@shutter Very nice Smiley

 

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Re: Binoculars

No question about it the links to those photos provided by @shutter certainly look good.

Not sure if I am looking at the same bridge camera but the prices do seem low for a camera that can take such photos.

Anyone know the type or selection ( if any) of the format the camera can store photos in ? ie. jpeg, raw, etc

Will certainly be doing a bit of research into the subject.

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i have one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-FinePix-S9400W-Digital-Optical/dp/B00HGE3CZI

it very good for the price , and you just add any size SD memory card you wish . HD video as well

and i use a Mono pod , only problem i found is you cannot get a rubber eye cup for viewfinder , if you dont want to use screen .

this was one last year at RIAT

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Re: Binoculars

With respect to the learned comments on bridge cameras, the OP was asking about binoculars.

You could try this as a place to start your search. http://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/birdwatching-binoculars.php

I'm not a "twitcher" but do have a pair of excellent but reasonably priced Olympus 20 x 50 that come with a very useful tripod adaptor screw. A pair of same size Celestron were discarded as almost useless although they look nice.

Bridge cameras or not, most twitchers use binoculars.

Edit/ I suppose I could be biased but I'm a Pentax K500 DSLR man.

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Re: Binoculars

Cameras are good to a point but I've found that in low light binos are much better at just plain seeing things.

Like birds in shady trees and bushes.

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Re: Binoculars


billnotben wrote:

 

Like birds in shady trees and bushes.


 

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Yeah.... Me too !...   ( But I`m too old now ! ! ! )  Embarrassed