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Bird Watcher's Digest

Mid-Priced Binoculars Review

For Bird Watcher's Digest, January, 2012

by Michael and Diane Porter

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Michael and Diane Porter wrote the following review, which also appears in the January, 2012, Bird Watcher's Digest.

This is page 1 of the review.

Introduction

Want to move up to a better binocular but can’t afford the high-end optics? Need a second pair for your significant other? Or maybe you’re a world-class grandparent trying to get a favorite kid a life-changing present. This review’s for you.

In this article, we review moderately priced binoculars in the 8x42 size class. All the binoculars are street priced between $200 and $600 and have 8-power eyepieces and 42mm or slightly larger objective lenses.

Team Iowa
Team Iowa reviewed the mid-sized binoculars
Matt Wetrich, Diane Porter, Michael Porter, Candace Havely, Bob Cecil

All the binoculars that the manufacturers sent to us for this review were H-shaped, roof-prism designs. No one sent a Porro prism design. This reflects the clear trend today in the birding market for the more compact roof prisms.

NEXT: Why is 8x42 such a popular size?

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