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    Dear Binocular Enthusiasts and Experts,

    I'm looking for a decent pair of binoculars.

    1. Bushnell 10X50 permafocus (autofocus function) (porro prism)
    2. Celestron 12x60 (porro prism)
    3. Tasco 10x42 Roof Prism

    Does anyone have any experience with the above? Is a difference between a 10X42 and 10x50 large? Is the quality difference between roof prism and porro prism notable? The Celestron 12x60 looks like great value, does anyone have any knowledge on this product?

    Lastly, any other suggestions?

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    Try " krugerfan " here on the forum, he will point you in the right direction, he also sells them are very good prices
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    Hi,

    I prefer an 8x above the 10x due to the better field of view it affords me...then again I am a hunter and a 10x might suit bird watching better.

    The 50 will perform better in low light situation since it lets more light in.

    I prefer a roof prism. There's some good value out there and you don't have to break the bank on Zeiss, Swarro or Leica.

    Look at Nikon, Vortex, Bushnell and Hawke.

    I have the 8x42 Hawke Endurance. I did a lot of research before buying mine and I am after 3 years still very happy with it.
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    Depends on what you want them for.

    Try all of them out in the store.... set your self a target depending on your needs, look for something static on a shelf and read the label or track someone walking across the store.

    I find the 12x very hard on my eyes after a very short time.

    I keep an 8x and 10x together and change between the two as the situation demands
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    Maybe decide in which category the binoculars you desire should be; birdwatching, sport, hiking.....
    Then Google for that specific requirement.

    Currently I'm using Bushnell Legend M series 10x42, great optics, 113m/1000m field of view and it's water and fog proof too.
    You seldom need more that 8x40.
    Go for "field of view" of not less than about 113, higher is better
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    Roof prism more compact, durable but also more expensive for similar quality.
    Porro cheap and can get good quality for less money but larger, heavier and more delicate.

    I can't use porro, too cumbersome and I bash them too much.

    I am also using bushnell 10x42 legend m at the moment and I am happy enough for now.
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    (Sort of a commercial punt, but i wont profit :-) - feel free to delete if you deem necessary ...)

    Cape Union Mart currently has a sale which includes the Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 for R3999.
    (Normally its R5999). I bought one today and im over the moon about it. Think its the best deal out at the moment and worth a look.
    Ive used this model previously for 2 weeks in the kruger and loved it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoBotes View Post
    (Sort of a commercial punt, but i wont profit :-) - feel free to delete if you deem necessary ...)

    Cape Union Mart currently has a sale which includes the Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 for R3999.
    (Normally its R5999). I bought one today and im over the moon about it. Think its the best deal out at the moment and worth a look.
    Ive used this model previously for 2 weeks in the kruger and loved it!
    That is a brilliant price. I have one, and can recommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoBotes View Post
    Cape Union Mart currently has a sale which includes the Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 for R3999.
    (Normally its R5999).
    Bargain price for a superb pair of binoculars, although I prefer the 8x42s (lighter and less prone to pick up any hand shake).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Bargain price for a superb pair of binoculars, although I prefer the 8x42s (lighter and less prone to pick up any hand shake).
    I popped in at Cape Union Mart in the Blue Route Mall yesterday. They are aware of this special, but do not know of a shop stocking it. At that price it probably flew off the shelves of the few shops that received stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poen View Post
    I popped in at Cape Union Mart in the Blue Route Mall yesterday. They are aware of this special, but do not know of a shop stocking it. At that price it probably flew off the shelves of the few shops that received stock.
    Check if its available on the website to order, you will also be able to check at the same time which stores have stock.

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    Few things that may also help when assessing...

    Test them at Far and near limits of focus, esp near and medium distance ....
    Test them for high and low light conditions, eg consider theres a big difference
    btwn trying to focus on a sparrow across a a 100m freestate field
    and focusing on one at very close range in a natal forest.

    Focus on a telephone line against the sky and see what detail there is
    ... and is the image sharp or are there a diffuse colourated margins etc ?

    You need to focus-adjust for each eye ... and sales merchant will show you how

    You want good definition and image and colour preservation more than just
    Magnification and bringing image 'closer' !

    Hope these considerations help - in addition to previous - in this thread...
    esp need binos appropriate to reqd use.
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    Canal walk had 6 boxes on Thursday - but they must have gone by now.

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    Many thanks to Jaco for alerting us.

    I bought the LAST ONE in Somerset West.
    They only had seven in stock on Thursday.

    Quote Originally Posted by JacoBotes View Post
    Canal walk had 6 boxes on Thursday - but they must have gone by now.
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    Anyone else manage to buy one?

    I do like the total waterproof/dustproof feature.

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    Must agree: monarch 5's are superb, and visibly better than the lower priced sporter etc ranges from Nikon. For me, having recently researched this, when my last pair of Monarch were stolen, they seem to present great value at their price point. Bright, great clarity right to the edge of the field of view, and very little chromatic abberration.

    I replaced my stolen pair with Monarch 5's and am delighted again.

    I looked at the Monarch 7: very significantly more expensive, but could not see value in spending that amount extra.
    5's are the definite sweet spot for me

    Trust you get what you are looking for at a decent price.

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    I am well pleased with my new Monarch 5's after a few trips.
    They help a lot with birding. Easy to focus even with my eyes.

    I see they are made in China - not Japan?

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