Any advise for 3D binos based on your experience. Not brand specific but magnification 8x42...10x50 ect... Thanks
You are assuming that everyone that bought higher power bino went cheap. In the same class, 12x will show you more than 8x.You can resolve more detail with a high quality pair of 8x32's than you can with a medium quality pair of 10x50's.
Everyone talks about magnification and objective size as if they are the only things that matter. Resolving power matters most, then objective (light gathering), then magnification - in that order.
I disagree with the comment about needing the target to be a great distance to need more than 8x. In 3d, which is what the op is asking about, even at 35 or 40 yards, lines are hard to see at times with 8x, even high end glass. Most serious 3d guys are using 10x at least.Higher mag objectives means even slightest movements are magnified by that objective power i.e. to see clearly with 10 X ? requires a much more steady hand than 8X ? Just something to keep in mind-- unless your targets are great distances you can see pretty well with 8X? . As LW said resolution and lense quality are more important than simple magnification. I have a 20-60 X spotting scope that is so sensitive to slight vibrations it is a trick to look through it without bumping it and jiggling the image so mag isn't everything. Eye relief is also important-more is better- so you don't have to jam your eye up against the eye piece/objective especially at higher mags.
Out of curiosity, did you get to compare them to other brands before you bought, or did you buy them online?I was hesitant for many year, but the saying you get what you pay for is really true in optics!!!
I just bought a pair of Swarovski and man what a difference!!!!!!
I went with 8X42 because I use them in the field also, but each time I look through them, I cannot believe the clarity.