I bought a pair of 8x32 Bushnell Trophy bins last week. Had a great time birding from the kayak up the Krom River.
Then discovered that the one eyepiece seal does not look flush, o-ring visible from an angle. Took it back to dealer (Kloppers, PE). It turned out that the remaining units in stock all had the same issue, right out the box.
Looking for alternatives in the same size. Paid R1700 for the Trophy's and would like to get something in the same ballpark, but willing to stretch the budget up to R2500 if it is worth it.
I was happy with the Bushnell's glass. Other specs that I consider important are eye relief (preferably >15mm) and FOV (min 58 apparent/7.2 actual)
So far my shortlist has the following:
Kenko Ultraview 8x32
Lynx Ranger 8x32
Hawke Nature Trek 8x32
Vortex Diamondback (only 8x28, FOV a bit limited)
Celestron Nature DX 8x32 or 8x25
Steiner Safari Ultrasharp 8x22 (eye relief a bit tight)
Opinions of the above appreciated.
Anything I have overlooked, MTC, Sightron etc?
Online prices seem to vary greatly. Sites like wantitall generally have the greatest variety but prices are way higher than other outlets, if I am lucky enough to find one.