Back in 2010 I evaluated various binoculars.
Roy P was on a mission to find just the right binocular for himself, and tried 25 or so different models. I gave him some pointers, but he then did an exhaustive evaluation:
Binoculars at B&H Photo:
- Binoculars with rebates <=== like $500 off certain Canon IS. Note: as I wrote this, the B&H web site is not finding some binoculars with instant rebates when a brand filter is used, so do not filter by brand when looking for rebates. For example, there are 5 Canon binoculars with instant savings, but checking the "rebates" box shows only 1.
- Image Stabilized binoculars
- Canon binoculars
- Leica binoculars
- Fujinon binoculars
- Steiner binoculars
- Swarovsky binoculars
- Zeiss binoculars
Jon L writes:
Thank you for reviewing binoculars. It seems that you're concentrating on high-end non-stabilized optics.
I rely on binoculars for coastal navigation and life became much easier once I invested in a high magnification binocular (14x42 Nikon) with optical stabilisation. Sure, it's very heavy and eats batteries, but it allows for certain identification of navigational marks at a distance, something that was always a challenge with the unstabilized 7x50 marine model I used previously.
My binoculars are aging, however (all pre-2009), and I have noticed that Canon has now issued a whole range of stabilized units. I would like to see some independent review of these binoculars. Anything you can recommend?
DIGLLOYD: Some of the binoculars can take screw-in filters on the front objectives. Marine binoculars should be able to handle salt spray. I have not reviewed any binoculars since 2010.