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How to choose binoculars?

Video Review


Video Transcript


if you want some help on choosing the
right binoculars to buy this video is
for you especially if you were on a
budget coming up right after this hi
guys my name is Eddie and my channel is
called adventure education I’m a
wildlife biologist so I have a lot of
experience as a bird watcher and viewing
other wildlife and I’ve gone through
many pairs of binoculars and I’ve
definitely learned some important things
about purchasing binoculars along the
way whether you want to buy binoculars
for birding or general wildlife viewing
hunting or creeping on people at
stoplights just kidding
don’t do that don’t do that that was a
joke no matter what you are doing with
binoculars it is really important to
understand how binoculars work and some
other really important things when
buying your binoculars so you can get
the most bang for your buck so this
video will be divided into two different
parts in the first part I will give you
ten tips on how to make sure that you
get the right binoculars for you
including how to save money and then in
the second part I will recommend some
specific binoculars that you should
consider based on your budget so let’s
get into it
tip number one is know what the numbers
mean so you see those numbers how that
says 10 by 40 – it’s really important to
know what these numbers means sometimes
these number will say a 540 – or 10 by
50 but on any pair of binoculars they
should give these two numbers and the
first number is the magnification which
is how large the object appears to you
through the binoculars compared to if
you were not using binoculars at all so
here we see the bird with our naked eye
then now with our binoculars we see him
under 7 times magnification and now we
see him with 10 times magnification with
all other variables the same you can
obviously see under 10 times
magnification that the object is bigger
than under 7 times magnification now the
benefit of having binoculars with higher
magnification is that you can get a
closer view of things that are farther
away but beware because there are
definitely disadvantages of having
binoculars of higher magnification for
example there is a narrower fie
the view and the field of view is
basically the window that you look
through so with the larger magnification
you’re looking through a smaller window
so you see less area this is pretty
important because it can make it more
difficult to track the objects that you
were looking for now I usually tell
people that the best way to find birds
at least that aren’t like super far away
is to find them with your naked eye
first and then find them through your
binoculars
after you spot them with your naked eye
and this can definitely become more
difficult with a narrower field of view
another disadvantage is the shakiness
the higher the power and narrower field
of view the harder it becomes to keep
that image still when you were looking
at it through your binoculars another
disadvantage is that higher
magnification binoculars often require
thicker glass so this can let through
less light which generally means a
darker dimmer image the effect of this
is probably pretty minimal there are
other variables that affect this more
thicker glass can also mean heavier
binoculars so you should just know all
of these trade-offs now the second
number is the width of the objective
lens which is the lens at the front of
the binoculars
it’s not the front right here the front
of the binoculars so as you can see this
is the objective lens it’s pretty dirty
you can see my binoculars are pretty
dirty not a good example of what your
binoculars should look like by the way
you should be sure that your binoculars
are kept clean but back to the point the
width of the objective lens is really
important because with the wider
objective lens you let in more light
into the binoculars so that in
situations with dim or light you will
have a clearer brighter image now this
is generally a big positive remember
that water objective lens means it’s
going to be bigger
which generally means that the
binoculars will be bigger bulkier and
heavier which could be a disadvantage as
well so now just to review our main two
numbers that you need to consider let’s
look at this bird and look how
magnification and objective lens with
effect the field of view all other
variables are the same so they have the
same thickness of glass and quality same
lens coatings which we’ll talk about
more later so the views in the top row
have the same magnification but
different widths of object
lenses the lens on the top left is a
narrower objective lens the lens on the
top right is a water objective lens and
then on the bottom we have two views
through binoculars with the same size of
objective lenses but different
magnifications the one on the bottom
left has a smaller magnification the one
on the bottom right has a larger
magnification so if you are serious
about trying to see birds or other
wildlife I would recommend 8 by 40 twos
which is the standard but you could also
get 10 by 40 2’s or 10 by 50 s just know
that if you go up for magnification from
8 to 10 you will get closer up to birds
from far away but just know that those
disadvantages that I talked about of
having higher magnification will start
to slightly come into play but still the
difference in feel the view of
magnification from 8 to 10 shouldn’t be
too much and the difference in the
amount of light coming into your
binoculars between a width of an
objective lens between 42 and 50
shouldn’t be that drastic either now if
you are only using your binoculars to
spot things super far away like Raptors
flying in the sky miles and miles away
that you really just can’t even see with
your naked eye what matters most is just
having a higher magnification so getting
binoculars that are like 12 times
magnification might be the best for that
if you’re looking to do some Raptor
watching 12 magnification with like a 50
width of objective lens or even a higher
magnification might be beneficial but
again when you get to high magnification
that shakiness really starts become a
problem if you want binoculars that have
over like 15 times magnification I would
look into a pair of digitally stabilized
binoculars if you’re looking to get a
magnification over 15 so my second tip
is just to know what Porro prism
binoculars are compared to roof prism
binoculars and poor person binoculars
the objective lens is offset from the
eyepiece they provide greater depth
perception and generally offer a wider
field of view but in roof prism
binoculars the prisms overlap closely
allowing the objective lenses to line up
directly with the eyepiece so this is an
example of roof prism binoculars and it
is interesting because these generally
appear simpler than
Porro prism binoculars but inside they
actually have a way more complex light
paths and require much greater optical
precision and manufacturing so as a
result they cost more to make and the
pearl prism design is actually simpler
and more light efficient and the images
actually show better contrast but
nevertheless the roof prisms design is
favored by most customers probably
because it’s more compact so
manufacturers went all-out to perfect it
just know generally if you want to save
money that Porro prism binoculars you
generally get more bang for your buck
than roof prism binoculars but again
they’re kind of bulky and just I don’t
know just not as nice to have her on
your neck they’re just kind of uglier in
my opinion I don’t know post in the
comments below what you guys think but
again if you’re on a budget all
seriousness Porro prism binoculars could
be the way to go my third tip is to pay
attention to the coatings on your lenses
so they actually discovered in the last
century that basic open ocular lenses
with magnesium fluoride it actually lets
in more light now we’re not gonna get
too into the details about how this
works but basically the higher quality
coatings that you have the more light is
let into the binoculars which makes a
brighter clearer image and it’s not only
the quality of the coatings but the more
lenses inside the monoculars that are
coated as well will allow a higher
percentage of light to go from the
beginning of binoculars all the way to
your eye which again results in a better
image so just remember when you were
shopping for binoculars pay attention to
how many coatings there are and the
quality of the coatings and obviously
the more coatings there are and the
higher quality in there the more
expensive your binoculars will be my
fourth tip is to get binoculars that are
fog proof and waterproof this should be
self-explanatory but if you’re out in
the field there are so many places in
the world where you could get rained on
and the last thing you want to do is
ruin your binoculars because they got
water inside them my fifth tip is to get
attachable lens caps no these did not
come with attachment lens caps but a lot
of binoculars do some people don’t like
attachment lens caps but I really do
like him because I just feel like so
many times I’ve lost them and it’s just
been so sad because then I don’t have
lens caps then you know you
go through the trouble of ordering new
ones but then that can be a pain it’s
just so much better I feel like if
they’re attachable and you know they’re
just always there I think sometimes they
can be annoying where they can not
really fold all the way down out of the
way of the objective lens but you know
as long as you bend them down far enough
or whatever so they’re not blocking the
objective lens hi that’s a no-brainer
that attached lens caps are better tip
number six is make sure that you pay
attention to the eye relief when you buy
your binoculars so that eye relief is
the distance between your eye and the
islands so a lot of binoculars will have
these eye cups that will come out like
this so based on all the dimensions of
your face in your head you can usually
adjust these so that your eyes are the
right distance away from the islands but
the thing is I know some of you guys are
huge dorks and we’re glasses I’m just
kidding I wear glasses too I do look
like a gigantic dork though but just
don’t obviously go to the store and pick
out your binoculars with glasses on when
you realize you’re mostly gonna be in
the field without your glasses with
contacts and so you know just make sure
that you pay attention to the eye relief
when you’re trying on your binoculars
and deciding to buy them which is a good
segue to the next tip tip number seven
which is to make sure you try on your
binoculars before you buy them and that
is because no two binoculars are the
same and no two humans are the same no
two humans are the same shape of face no
two humans have the same eyesight and
you will really just not know exactly
how binoculars feel until you actually
go to the store pick them up you can see
how much they weigh see how much they
weigh on your neck and then you know
again you can fit all around with the
eye cups and I know that we live in the
age of online markets with Amazon and
everything but just to make sure that
you can try them on and test them out
before you have to permanently buy them
so tip number eight is a tip to save you
money and that is do not count out
getting used binoculars I have found
that online you can get so many use
things that are still really high
quality for really cheap for like a
third half maybe even like a quarter of
the price they have so many apps now
like offer up obviously there’s
Craigslist there’s Facebook marketplace
all you have to do is just get on these
platforms and look around and shop and
obviously just like with anything you
want
your common sense when you’re using a
used product but just because someone
has used binoculars for a couple years
doesn’t mean that they’re low quality
and you could really save a lot of money
another thing that you just have to
consider and ask yourself is what
purpose do you want your binoculars to
serve you when you’re in the field for
me I don’t really care if my binoculars
give me a perfect image when I look
through them I really just want a good
enough look at whatever animal I’m
looking at to give me the best shot at
identifying it what I really care most
about in terms of having like a
crystal-clear image is the photos that I
get through my camera I’m really sort of
shifting to put more of my effort on
photography when I’m in the field so if
your main thing is photography maybe you
don’t need a spankin new pair of
crystal-clear binoculars maybe a use
pair that’s kind of worn but pretty
cheap is better for you
so yeah just think about your priorities
and that leads me to tip number nine is
that what matters just as much as the
quality of binoculars that you have is
how will you take care of them and how
well you know how to use them so first
of all you want to make sure you clean
your binoculars which I obviously
haven’t done which again as you can see
I made them dirty a purpose for this
video I wonder if you guys believe me
that I’m in I’m dirty on purpose anyways
what was I saying
oh yeah just make sure that you take
good care of your binoculars put the
lens caps on when you’re not using them
clean them with the right fluid with the
right cloth that you’re supposed to do
and then also for adjusting there is a
special way that you adjust your
binoculars I’m actually thinking about
making another video just on the basics
on how to adjust your binoculars and how
to clean your binoculars so let me know
in the comments if you would like me to
make a video on that then tip number ten
is just kind of an extra tip but it is
to not get zoom binoculars I’ve just met
too many people who have gotten zoom
binoculars and are just so disappointed
with them it’s because the problem is is
that binoculars are essentially two
telescopes right next to each other that
need to sync in unison perfectly with
each other to get a crisp image and if
these type of binoculars are not like
super high quality then you might not
get a good image so unless you’re on
like a really high budget just do not
get zoom binoculars so now into the
second part of this video in which I
will recommend some binoculars for those
of you on a budget now one thing I want
to make clear is that this video is not
sponsored by anyone when I recorded this
video I would
is a very small youtuber I only had like
1600 subscribers I’m all going just
based on my opinions yeah I’m definitely
not advertising any equipment the names
of the equipment that I described in
this video will be posted below and you
should just search for them on Google by
yourself but first I just want to show
you this chart so this is a chart that
shows on the x-axis the price and on the
y-axis the quality index of binoculars I
don’t know how they derived this I
didn’t look into it but as you can see
there is sort of this theme of
diminishing returns as you pay more for
binoculars so as you can see at low
prices the quality shoots right up as
you go higher in price but then as you
can see as you pay more and more and
more the quality really starts to level
out so my guess is that most people who
are watching this video are on a low
budget so I’m guessing that there is a
high chance that you don’t have more
than a few hundred dollars to spend on
binoculars and even spend $200 on
binoculars is a lot for most people but
again if you are on a strict budget
definitely consider buying used
binoculars now you can probably find
some really cheap brand new but I clears
from Walmart or you know whatever retail
store for like $30 $40 maybe even
cheaper but they’re probably gonna be
really junky and they’re probably not
gonna last long a pair of used
binoculars that was made by like Nikon
or Bushnell or one of these other
companies that makes high quality
products that was originally like 250 to
300 dollars it’s probably still gonna be
way better than buying a cheap like
$40.00 pair of binoculars from Walmart
but again you got to incorporate all the
knowledge I’m telling you in this video
now the other thing is some companies
allow you to custom order your
binoculars so let’s say you find a model
with all the coatings you want but you
decide yeah I want a bigger objective
ones then a lot of times when you order
binoculars from these companies they
allow you to you know customize your
order so you can change things like that
all right so let’s get into my specific
recommendations here’s some ones that I
recommend if you were on a budget under
250 US dollars for 150 listed online
they have the nikon 72 45 action 10 by
50’s extreme all-terrain binocular if
you want to go higher quality they have
the nikon 7 5 7
six monarch5 8 x 42 binocular for $250
and then Bushnell also makes the legend
Ultra HD roof prism binocular which are
10 by 40 2’s for $225 and then if you’re
looking to spend significantly more
money there’s the vortex optics viper HD
10 by 42 roof prism binoculars and these
are going to be pushing $500 I know one
person who uses the Bushnell Legends and
I know one person who uses the Nikon 72
for five and they’re both very happy
they gave me good recommendations part
of the reason why I’m recommending them
in this video but again if you’re gonna
be serious about bird-watching and
wildlife viewing and you want a brand
new pair of binoculars and you want it
to be a good investment that’ll last you
for years as long as you take care of
your binoculars I would drop at least
$150 on the other hand I don’t think you
really need to drop that much more than
like $300 so yeah it is a lot of money
off the bat the other thing though to to
remember about wildlife viewing is that
even though binoculars might be
expensive the hobby of wildlife viewing
is generally free unless you get into
photography which can be super expensive
too but finding wildlife and viewing it
washing in the field with your
binoculars it’s free you know it’s not
like other things for example like golf
which you know it costs you a
significant amount of money to go
golfing every time so yeah those are my
recommendations am I gonna get into
really high-priced binoculars because
again my guess is that most people just
want to spend a reasonable amount of on
a budget anyways guys thank you very
much I really hope this helps you out
remember that exploring nature is always
an adventure peace out

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