Howard:Howard N said:John, for handling on a blind, what power and size would you suggest? I have the Bushnell Xtra Wide 4 X 21, which I think is a big help on some blinds. What do you suggest that's clearer and gives a good field of view?
I'm kinda thinking towards a pair of 7x 50's like the pair of binocs we used on the boat when I was a kid.
I've spent A LOT of time behind binoculars and have a pretty good feel for some of the different brands...I helped Ted find a new pair of handling binocs. Keep in mind, that I am extremely critical of binoculars as they are something I use a lot and depend on. I am a Swarovski believer. The optics are phenominal, they're durable, and when you have problems...the company stands behind their products and fixes them no questions asked. Now I realize not everyone is up for the expense of Swarovski...so I've played with some of the others. I have not played with the specific model of Leopolds you mention, but my past experiences with other models was not a great one. They're relatively expensive but the quality and optics are not what I feel they should be. If you're not going to go top end....I have found the Pentax DCF binoculars to combine an excellent price and optics. We bought my dad a pair before we went to Costa Rica last year and I was consistentaly impressed with their performance. Birders are very picky about their binoculars...and the Pentaxes have become very popular with them.
So I hope this helps. I personally would not buy Leopold based on my past experience...it's not to say they haven't improved. The best thing I can tell you is to look through a couple different pairs and see what you like. Ted cussed me for weeks after I had him look through the Swarovski binoculars.