What binocular power?

Subject: What binocular power?
From: "John Graff" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 21:42:02 +1030
I use 10x42 and find them to be very good. The only downside is they're quite big and if you're tramping through the bush all day, their weight can become slightly uncomfortable. Also, I've had these for going on 7 years and they were the first really decent pair I got (I'm only 18) so I don't have much to compare them with. The pair I had before these were tiny (8x25, I think) and, although they performed fairly well, the 10x42s are markedly better, particularly in terms of field of view.

John Graff

From: "Peter Shute" <>
To: "Birding-aus (E-mail)" <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] What binocular power?
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 15:30:11 +1000

I have read many articles about choosing binoculars, and most seem to
suggest that 8x40 is the best compromise between magnification, field of
view and weight for birders.  One article even suggested 7x or even 6x
in order to get a better field of view.  But I've been surprised how
many birders seem to use 10x.  What do people recommend?

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