Hi everyone new member here just wondering if any one can give me some advice on what to buy for my first set of binoculars for birding just getting in to it and looking to buy my first ever set of binoculars budget will be about 200 quid thanks a lot for your advice been advised that 10x is better for sort of sitting in hides and looking over estuaries or large expanses of water and also 7x 8x are usually better for your sort of more up close and personal birding if anyone can point me in the right direction on what to buy that would be much appreciated thank you
Hello jack and welcome to the band, I would say what suits you is far more important, since binoculars vary in feel too. However, cheap ones (below a hundred pounds shall we say) can suffer from the slightest knock rendering them useless.
Therefor eight x forty two may suit; -ten times I find require a steadier hand, but this is not to say they may well suit you. Something like Bushell may suit although porro prisms are considered old fashion by many people, I also have a pair of Hawke Frontier 8 x 43 roof prisms which are considered a step up but I much prefer the Bushnell 8 x 42 porro prisms, but you may consider both these as much too heavy”. Therefor 7 x 32 may suit you better; I also have a pair of Optricron 8 x 32 which are small and light (handy for walking in town.)
I have also spoken a little more on Binoculars in the (chit chat) section that you may find interesting.
If you're near one of the In Focus shops in may be worth going to see what suits you while trying them out. As well as the permanent sites they often tour around various nature reserves giving demonstrations. Have a look at their web site.
Agree very much with Alan and Aeshna. Binoculars have to suit you and the only way to buy any is to try some pairs in your range. Also agree about the InFocus shops( www.at-infocus.co.uk/ ). If you are near one they are worth a visit.
Another alternative is to check out a local RSPB reserve. Some, as Aeshna said have visiting exhibits of binoculars and scopes, others have a permanent display which you can try.