Cost of Binoculars for Birding

Even if you’re a bird watching beginner, you’ll definitely know that you need a good pair of binoculars. However, the cost of binoculars for birding can vary tremendously and if you’re just starting out, you don’t need to spend a fortune.

In fact, your degree of expertise in this hobby should tell you what type of binoculars you should get. If you are a bird watching newbie, of course, it would be sensible to get the lower priced ones; as opposed to advanced birders, who would be better off with more technological and equally high-priced binoculars.

Doing your homework is essential to find out what categories of binoculars exist and which would be the most suitable binoculars for birding as you intend to do it. If price is of importance to you then the following range of prices is pretty normal.

Less than $30

Tasco Essentials 8×21Tasco Essentials 8x21
Bushnell 8 x 21
Zoom Mini Binoculars 30 x 60
Meade CaptureviewMeade Captureview
Tasco Essentials 10 x 25 Compact
Vivitar Classic Series 8 x 26 Compact High Grade

Between $30 and $200

Bushnell Powerview 16 x 32 Compat Folding Roof Prism
Meade 10 x 25 Mini
Bushnell Natureview 8×40 Porro Prism Birding BinocularBushnell Natureview 8x40 Porro Prism Birding Binocular
Pentax Whitetails Unlimited 10 x 50
Nikon Action 7 x 50
Nikon Trailblazer 8 x 42
Brunton Echo Wide Angle 8 x 32

Over $200

Kruger Optical Backcountry Waterproof Roof Prism
Brunton Eterna Full Size
Zen ED3 8 x 43
Canon 10 x 30 Image Stabilisation
Swarovski Optiks Pocket Binocular (10x25B-P)Swarovski Optiks Pocket Binocular (10x25B-P)
Leica 10×42 Ultravid HD, Water Proof Roof PrismLeica 10x42 Ultravid HD, Water Proof Roof Prism

If you are a brand-conscious type of birder, these are some of the best known and respected types of binoculars:

– Canon
– Swarovski
– Bushnell
– Pentax
– Swift Birding
– Brunton
– Leica

The more features you have, the more expensive your binoculars will be. For example any of the following will add to the price of your binoculars for birding so if price is an issue you may have to decide which is the most important to you:

Glare reduction
Image quality
Rubber Armouring
Focus speed

Set your budget and take expert advice on the features that you really need. If you plan on watching the birds in your own garden then you probably won’t need waterproofing, shockproofing or rubber armouring but if you plan on going out in the woods or bird watching from a boat then you may need all those things.

As with most things get the best binoculars for birding that you can afford.

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