In-depth Reviews of the Best Binoculars
My interest in binoculars and indeed in optics in general began whilst I was working as a safari guide (field guide) in South Africa, where as part of my job, I used bins almost every single day. The idea for The Best Binocular Reviews website came about from the frustration I felt whilst looking for a new pair for myself - It was really difficult to find any good information as well as unbiased and objective evaluations on the web about any of the models I was interested in.
Thus the aim of this site (BBR) is to help in some small way by providing useful information on binoculars and related optical products, as well as completely unbiased reviews on selected products and brands and offer tips and guides to those looking into buying a pair.
Whilst I may be a little biased, I really could not think of anything better than if Santa was to slip down the chimney and leave me a great set of optics under the tree this year! But with so much choice and so many deals, which ones should you get that special and soon to be very lucky person?
To make your Christmas shopping a little easier this year, I have put together a number of recommendations that I have fully tested and reviewed in a range of different price and interest categories. The guide also includes the best Christmas deals and offers helping your shopping go further. So be that person a birder, wildlife guru, sports nut or traveller and no matter what your budget is, there is the perfect gift for you in my: Buyers Guides to the best binoculars for Christmas
Vanguard Sale & Rebate Offer
Vanguard currently offering an impressive $100 Mail-In Rebate on most models within their best selling and high end Endeavour ED and Endeavour ED II ranges.
Example: $230 Off Vanguard 8x42 & 10x42 Endeavor ED Binoculars:
Almost all models within the new as well as some of the older versions of Swarovski Optik's flagship EL range of binoculars are currently on sale through a number of on-line retailers.
What is more, if you already own a pair, you can also trade in your old Swarovski binocular for one of the new versions.
Full details and where to claim these offers >>
Current Discounts & Offers on Swarovski EL Binoculars
Whilst I highly encourage people never to opt for the very cheapest binoculars available (under $30), but you can get some really fantastic value for money optics from around the $100 to $200 mark that are not only far superior to the almost unusable really cheap binoculars, but compare surprisingly well to many mid to high range options.
For the ones that have really stood out for me take a look at this guide to the Best Cheap Binoculars under $200 / £200 / €200
The humble neck or shoulder strap is one of those accessories that often goes unnoticed... that is unless you either have an excellent one, or like many that come with mid and lower end optics, a really poor one.
Luckily for us this is one accessory that can be upgraded relatively cheaply.
In this guide I go through what exactly makes a great neck strap, some of the best ones that I have encountered through the years and where you can get one to #PimpYourBinoculars for improved comfort and usability: >> Binocular Neck & Shoulder Strap Guide.
I have already written in depth as to what makes a great birding binocular and have a page that lists the best value for money binoculars that I have reviewed, so the next logical step was to combine them to make the: Best Value Birding Binoculars.
In optics, the width of view and magnification are inversely related, so the more power usually means a narrower field of view.
Thus you need to choose the right balance for your needs between image detail and how wide you want your view to be.
Someone recently sent in a question to me, wanting to know what the differences between a cheap and an expensive pair of binoculars were and if those difference were worth the extra cost.
With some pairs costing well under $50 (£50) and others in excess of $2000 (£2000), with a whole spectrum in between, it is well worth knowing where the extra money goes and if it is always worth it to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money.
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Perfect for travel, wildlife viewing and able to hold their own as birding binoculars. Below are a couple of the best: >> View all Binoculars for Safaris.
Whilst it is possible to enjoy bird watching without them, binoculars along with your bird book are the most essential tools to any birder.
But with so much choice, which pair is right for you and your specific "type" of birding? Take a look as I review some of the best, cheapest, lightest, smallest, strongest birding binoculars in the market and point out what features to look out for when choosing your next pair of birding bins.
I get quite a lot of people asking me why I have not reviewed a specific binocular. Not only is it impossible for me to review every set of binoculars on the market, but sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing - for example I find that when I visit many websites that sell binoculars, I am often baffled by the sheer amount of binoculars all being described as the greatest on earth, or I am sometimes disappointed by the quality of binoculars being described as the ultimate binocular.
My aim is to provide you with the best reviews of some of the best binoculars... not the most.
When deciding which binoculars to test, I try and select good quality, higher specification pairs (Best Binoculars), as these are what I am mostly interested in and I feel it is pointless for me to spend days using, photographing, filming and then writing about a device that I know I would not recommend to anyone.
If I test a pair of optics that I think they are rubbish, I will say so. It is more likely that rather than being completely bad, they will have certain features that fall short of the mark in my opinion and I will highlight them in my write-up. I would also like to point out that I am in now way compensated or influenced by any manufacturer, distributor of supplier to provide a positive review and they are all my own and truthful opinions.
Below is a selection of my most recent full and in-depth evaluations:
Open up a whole new world after dark. I take a look at the difference between night vision glasses and other night vision devices, including binoculars, monoculars and night vision scopes as well as discovering how they work and what features to look out for when deciding which one to buy >> Night Vision Glasses & Devices.
Perfect as astronomical binoculars, the Celestron Skymaster Binoculars (Celestron 25x70) feature high quality BAK-4 prisms and a tripod adapter bringing you excellent performance at a great price. Recommended for newcomers as well as astronomy enthusiasts >> About Celestron Binoculars | Celestron SkyMaster 25x70 Binocular Review.
Binoculars that are specifically designed for a watery environment need to have special qualities, these include being tough and fully waterproof, some float and others come with a compass and are also rangefinder binoculars. Take a look at my guide to the >> Best Marine Binoculars.
Most binoculars have a strong masculine look to them, but a few manufacturers have decided to design binoculars with a softer, more feminine look to them.
From safari & birding binoculars, to optics ideal as a functional, stylish accessory to a day at Wimbledon or the races. >> Binoculars for Women.