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#8528062 - 01/30/14 09:57 AM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: kenjs1]
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The porro prism binoculars owned (and regularly used) by my wife and I are:

Nikon Superior E 10x42 (amazing resolution)
Bausch & Lomb Custom 8x36 Audubons (IMO great bang for the buck)
Leupold I.F. 7x30 Wind River (like a Timex, they've taken many a licking but keep on ticking)

While we have a couple of nice roofs, I also much prefer holding and using good porro prism binoculars.
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#8528091 - 01/30/14 10:05 AM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: MT_DD_FAN]
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Leica 10X42 HD-B
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#8528295 - 01/30/14 11:14 AM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: kenjs1]
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Originally Posted By: kenjs1
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My dream is a 7x35ish and am really looking hard at the Zen Ray 7x36 ED2. Will I be disappointed???


I have the ZEN 7x36. It is a good glass, so I to really equivocate, I would not be surprised one way or the other if you either were or were not disappointed. You never know how somebody's eyes will react to a particular glass. In all glass with field curvature it sort of comes down to how the curvature in the field matches the curvature of your vision and how well your eye accommodation functions away from center axis. I have no problems with the edge performance of the 7x36, but some do. Otherwise it is a great glass.

I just bought a new Nikon Aculon 7x35 that aside from a pretty flimsy looking bridge is optically on par with the Yosemite.
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#8528319 - 01/30/14 11:22 AM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: SteveC99]
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Always good to get your take Steve. I recommended the 7x35 Action EX to a friend of mine who was buying for his kid. He won't part with them. 7x35 is just the right amount of everything in my book.
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#8528432 - 01/30/14 12:03 PM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: kenjs1]
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My kowa prominar is the 7x35 featherlight (which is quite a stretch)...wonderful view that is very wide and built like a tank...only have used them at games and graduation ceremonies cause i've been afraid to ding them up !

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#8528443 - 01/30/14 12:06 PM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: elkivory]
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use to love all the I.F. series from Leupold for hunting, but for some reason, dont have any of them any more...???...must have run out of room at that time or thought some fuji's i use to have beat them out, cant remember..

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#8528511 - 01/30/14 12:29 PM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: elkivory]
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I'd bet that anyone in the budget price bracket still has reason to opt for porros.
I can't afford roof prisms that give as nice of a view as my old cheap $40 Bushnell 10x50 porros. I find roof prisms inferior in view at up to 5x the cost of those 10 year old Bushnells. For hunting, I choose a roof just so it will stow well. But if I want great depth perception, with limited optical defects, I still opt for the cheap porros in that price bracket. If they ever croak, I'll probably get some Nikon AEs or Pentax WPs

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#8528676 - 01/30/14 01:22 PM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: Poodleshooter]
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I currently have three pair of porro prism bino's that I use on a liminated basis as my go to bino's these days are Steiner Nighthunter XP's in 8x42.

Nighthunter XP's......8x42 are my new go to.





I also have two pair of Steiner Whitetail's, one in 7x50 and the other in 6x30.




Another porro Steiner "Hunting Series"in 8x30...



My original Bushnell Custom Compacts in 7x26...even today, they have incredibly good optics.



Miscellaneous ...


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#8528945 - 01/30/14 02:48 PM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: elkivory]
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Two pair of Nikon SEs both 8X32, and my old B&L 9X35 Zephyrs.

I prefer the view through porro prism binoculars; but alas, none of the above are really weather-tight.

In stormy weather out comes the roof prisms.
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#8528986 - 01/30/14 02:59 PM Re: What porro's are still in your collection ? [Re: kenjs1]
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kenjs1,

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My dream is a 7x35ish and am really looking hard at the Zen Ray 7x36 ED2. Will I be disappointed???


The bold answer is a resounding, Yes!

I wanted something with more field of view than my Bushnell 8X42 Legend Ultra HD Rain Guard. I ordered a Zen Ray 7x36 ED2. I could hardly wait to lay it on a sand bag next to the Bushnell. With the Bushnell I could read the first and second line on the eye chart 127 yards away. I couldn't make out any letters on the second line with the Zen Ray. I returned them for a refund.

I ordered some Nikon Action Extreme ATB 7X35 waterproof/fogproof porro-prism. With these I could also read the second line. They are in the bino-budy now. They cost 1/3 what the Zen Rays cost.

Often I post here this statement: You don't get what you pay for in optics you get what you shop for.
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