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I have looked through this series of Burris binos (but perhaps not this particular model). However, I do not have any real experience with it.

Which leads me to another question. Is there any particular reason you are looking at this particular series of binos? Because I would, without hesitation, recommend certain Nikon binos, and especially the Bushnell Elite binos (as well as their scopes if you're interested). I honestly wouldn't buy anything else for the money (unless you have a lot of it and are willing to spend bigger buck on a Steiner, Zeiss, or Swarovski).

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If possible, go to a sporting goods store, or a camera shop, or a bird watching store, and look through as many brands as they carry. Then decide. When it comes to binoculars, spend as much as you can possibly afford. It is really unbelievable what a good pair of binoculars can do for you, and conversly, how bad most of the cheap ones really are (if you expect to use them hunting, and be looking thru them for more than about 30 seconds).

HTH,

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I'm looking at the Burris Landmarks because the price seems reasonable and I know they make great scopes. Just wanted to know if anyone had any experience with them. Will have to check out the Nikons and Bushnells.
 

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Tony.........I have used a pair of Burris Landmarks (8x32) for 3 or 4 years . They are quite servicable , not bad at all for the money . Seem to have pretty decent glass and coatings.

Also take a look at Nikon Sporter II s . They are pretty sharp and can be bought via internet for $150 .

Just don't expect Leicas at these price levels........(grin) .
 

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Tony,

Did you pick up a pair of these yet? I know the pentax 8x42DCF is one of the best bino's under $500 according to all the bird watching folks. I'm not sure what the deal is with pentax/burris now but they do look like there made on the same frame.
 

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Tony, the rain guard on the Bushnell Legend series and B&L Dicoverer series binos really works. I bought the 7x42 B&L Discoverer binos last year and I'm glad I did. I'm a firm believer in buying a good pair of binos and even in buying better binos than scopes. You look through the binos more while hunting and the sharper and brighter the binos the less eye strain you have. The Legend series binos get good reviews too. I you hunt in bad weather as I do the rain Guard is a great help. I looked at the Burris binos too. At the time I was checking them out the Burris binos weren't water proof. Dave
 

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Go with the best you can afford right now or save up a little longer and get one of the best binos out there. It took me two years to get the swarovski 10X42 ELs. Had somebody locally had the Nikon venturer models to look thru I'm not sure which one I would have picked. I have read that the 8x32 venturer is supposed to be a excellent mid size bino for the money. Bird watcher sites have the best reviews on binos.

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Thanks for your replies! Guess I'll wait a bit and save a little to get a really good pair. When I originally asked, I should have stated my main usuage - glassing the timber while in a tree stand or still hunting. Pretty sure I will go with a 8x40 or 8x42. Have to look at the Legends or B&L Discoverer.
 

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Tony, the B&L Discoverer 7x42 will give you more glassing time at the start and end of the day. The exit pupil has a 1mm wider diameter than the 8x model. Both are good. Dave
 

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Tony I dont know how much you will be willing to spend and I know I have not had the pleasure to look through all of the top binos out there but the brightest that I have looked through is the Swarovski 7X42's. The same size in the Leicas should be just as good and 7X should be great for treestand and still hunting.
BTW I have the 8X30 Swarvoski's and an 8X42 Pentax DCF. The Pentax DCF series is also a good binocular for the money.
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Pentax DCF WP's

Just my input, the Pentax DCF WP's are very good binoculars for the money (usually around $400). The new Pentax DCF SP's are more expensive and even better. :p
 

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Tony, the B&L Discoverer 7x42 will give you more glassing time at the start and end of the day. The exit pupil has a 1mm wider diameter than the 8x model. Both are good. Dave
I agree, especially since his use is going to be in the timber while stand hunting. An extra 1mm is going to be helpful in low light conditions, and for eye alighnment.

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Just a question, but does an exit pupil larger than 5mm really make that much of a difference? That's about the size of our pupil, even when dilated.
 

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Tony, if the optics are of equal quality the 1mm size difference won't be great. The 1x greater magnification difference won't be great either. The 1mm larger exit pupil will gather more light. Another plus of a larger exit pupil is eye alignment with the optics isn't as critical and gets less as the exit pupil size increases. If you wear glasses as I do I appreciate the larger exit pupil. Dave
 

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Tony,

I know you wanted the 8x42's but there is a guy that is selling a set of Burris signature series 10x50's for $200 in like new condition. I don't know the guy and thought about buying them but it seemed to good to be true. I'll PM his email address to you if your interested.
 
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