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Comparing Birding Binoculars


 This chart lists some of the best birding binoculars, grouped by manufacturer. At the top of each group are the pocket and mini binoculars, with small objective lenses - 20 to 25mm. At the bottom of each group are the larger, heavier ones, with big objective lenses - good for dim light. High eye-relief numbers are important for eyeglass wearers in order to see the whole field of view.

Don't be alarmed by the suggested retail prices. Actual street prices run significantly lower.

Birding Binoculars - BWD Article 1995
Model Description Power Prism Design Carry Weight (oz) Close Focus (ft) Eye Relief (mm) Field of View (degrees) Retail Price
Bausch & Lomb Discoverer 7 x 24 Porro 17 8 14 6.5 $510
Bausch & Lomb Custom Compact 7 x 26 Porro 13 8 16 6.1 $450
Bausch & Lomb Custom 10 x 40 Porro 29 13 19 5.2 $550
Bausch & Lomb Elite 7 x 36 Roof 25 10 19 8.0 $1600
Bausch & Lomb Elite 8 x 42 Roof 29 12 20 7.4 $1700
Bausch & Lomb Elite 10 x 42 Roof 28 12 19 5.6 $1800
Bushnell Natureview 8 x 42 Porro 26 10 19 6.5 $159
Bushnell Natureview 10 x 42 Porro 25 13 17 6.0 $190
Bushnell Birder 8 x 40 Porro 21 15 15 6.8 $75
Brunton Eterna 7 x 42 Porro 28 12 22 9.4 $384
Brunton Eterna 8 x 40 Porro 28 12.6 19 8.3 $428
Canon Image Stabilizing 12 x 36 Roof 31.4 12 15 5.6 $1499
Celestron Mini 71523 8 x 21 Roof 8 7 11 6.5 $120
Celestron Mini 71524 10 x 25 Roof 12 9 12 5.2 $130
Celestron New Mini 71540 8 x 21 Porro 6 7 10 7.0 $100
Celestron New Mini 71542 8 x 25 Porro 11 10 14 6.3 $130
Celestron Nature 7 x 35 Porro 19 15 17 9.5 $134
Celestron Ultima 7 x 42 Porro 20 17 23 7.0 $360
Celestron Ultima 8 x 32 Porro 18 11 17 8.3 $340
Celestron Ultima 10 x 42 Porro 20 19 15 6.6 $370
Celestron ED 9.5 x 44 Porro 26 14 16 6.0 $750
Fujinon Compact 7 x 22 Roof 10.7 12 19 6.0 $340
Fujinon BLF 8 x 40 Porro 25.3 9 19 6.5 $390
Kowa 7 x 40 Porro 26.5 15 22.5 7.5 $307
Kowa 10 x 40 Porro 27 13.7 16.5 6.3 $162
Leica BCA Compact 8 x 20 Roof 7.8 9.8 14 6.6 $449
Leica BCA Compact 10 x 25 Roof 8.5 16.4 14 5.4 $449
Leica BA Ultra 8 x 32 Roof 22 10.7 13 7.7 $995
Leica BA Ultra 7 x 42 Roof 31.4 20.7 17 8.0 $1095
Leica BA Ultra 8 x 42 Roof 31.4 17.4 16 7.4 $1145
Leica BA Ultra 10 x 42 Roof 31 15 14 6.3 $1195
Leica Trinovid 8 x 50 Roof 40 17.7 17 6.6 $1345
Leica Trinovid 10 x 50 Roof 40 15.7 14 6.6 $1345
Leupold / Wind River 8 x 32 Roof 20 15 14 6.2 $516
Leupold / Wind River 8 x 42 Porro 22.5 16 16 6.5 $266
Leupold / Wind River 10 x 42 Roof 22.5 15 14 5.0 $552
Minolta Compact EZ 8 x 21 Porro 7 9 12 7.0 $114
Minolta Weathermatic 10 x 42 Roof 29.5 20 16 6.5 $542
Nikon Travelite III 9 x 25 Porro 9 12 10 5.6 $173
Nikon Diplomat CF AS 8 x 23 Porro 10.7 9.8 14 6.0 $338
Nikon Criterion E 8 x 30 Porro 21 13 13 8.3 $580
Nikon Execulite II 8 x 32 Roof 19.6 16.4 15.4 7.4 $750
Nikon Execulite II 10 x 40 Roof 24.1 16.4 15.4 5.9 $800
Nikon Classic Eagle 8 x 40 Roof 29.6 16.4 16.4 7.0 $1390
Optolyth Alpin 8 x 30 Porro 15 12 10 8.0 $379
Optolyth Alpin 10 x 40 Porro 17 13 10 6.6 $399
Optolyth Alpin 7 x 42 Porro 17 16 16 6.6 $389
Pentax PCF 7 x 35 Porro 24.7 11.5 20 7.2 $228
Pentax PCF 8 x 40 Porro 26.8 11.5 20 6.3 $250
Pentax DCF 8 x 42 Roof 26.5 13.1 22 6.2 $480
Swarovski Pocket Binocular 8 x 20 Roof 7.6 13.2 13 6.6 $483
Swarovski Pocket Binocular 10 x 25 Roof 8.1 16.5 13 5.4 $528
Swarovski SLC Mark III 8 x 30 Roof 19 13.2 15.5 7.8 $665
Swarovski SLC Mark III 7 x 42 Roof 33.5 13.2 20 8.0 $943
Swarovski SLC Mark III 10 x 42 Roof 30.7 13.2 14.5 6.3 $994
Swift Audubon ED 8.5 x 44 Roof 21 12 15 8.2 $940
Swift Ultra Lite 8 x 42 Porro 21 16.5 22 6.6 $410
Swift Ultra Lite 10 x 42 Porro 21 15 13 6.6 $430
Tasco World Class Plus 8 x 40 Porro 28 18 20 8.4 $350
Zeiss ClassiC Pocket 8 x 20 Roof 6.5 11 14 6.6 $433
Zeiss ClassiC Pocket 10 x 25 Roof 7.1 17 14 5.4 $477
Zeiss DesignSelection Pocket 8 x 20 Roof 6.5 11 14 6.6 $465
Zeiss DesignSelection Pocket 10 x 25 Roof 7.1 16.7 14 5.4 $505
Zeiss B/GA T ClassiC 8 x 30 Roof 20 10 15 7.7 $1152
Zeiss B/GA T ClassiC 10 x 40 Roof 26.8 16.7 16 6.3 $1360
Zeiss B/GA T ClassiC 7 x 42 Roof 28.2 11.7 19 8.6 $1252
Zeiss B/GA T DesignSelection 7 x 45 Roof 42.7 10 18 8.6 $1480
Zeiss B/GA T DesignSelection 8 x 56 Roof 51.5 16 18 7.5 $1635
Zeiss B/GA T DesignSelection 10 x 56 Roof 50.3 16 16 6.3 $1775
Zeiss 20 x 60 S (Stabilized) 20 x 60 Porro 58.6 46.2 14 2.9 $4867

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