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Recommend binoculars for safari

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Recommend binoculars for safari


Can anyone suggest the ideal magnification for a pair of binoculars to take on safari?


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1. Re: Recommend binoculars for safari

There are several things to consider -

- what are you mainly going to be looking at?

- what weight / size are you happy with?

- what budget do you have?

I would say 10 times magnification as a minimum, but much more than that tends to be too heavy / bulky.

Edited: 15 December 2009, 10:12
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2. Re: Recommend binoculars for safari


Peterscot is right, the binoculars you will need will largely depend on your preferred safari interest. For example if you are more of an animal person or bird watcher.

For a bird watcher, i would recommend 8x40 or 35x7...although a bit bulky, they come in handy with nice magnification for the feathered species.


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3. Re: Recommend binoculars for safari

I'd go for 8-10 times magnification and ideally 40-50 objective. Any more marnification and it's hard to hold them really steady. Bigger objective lenses gather more light so give brighter, clearer images.

There are plenty of good ones around now for £100-£150. For something small, light and easy to carry the Nikon travelite, or even a similar pair from the RSPB are very good, despite a relatively small onjective lens. This isn't too much of a problem on safari where there should be ample light.

Don't go too cheap, the colours can be poor - that said I use a pair of Opticron 10x40 that are only around £150, and the images are fine.

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