Well, recently I find that during my photography trips somehow I do really need a binoculars on hand... and so went to read up on bino.
My understanding is and some conclusion are these,
1) Magnification: 10x to 12x; 40 or bigger lens for better light in
2) Waterproof maybe good but entirely necessary ... cos I'm not in the water when I use and when in water I do not need to use
3) Good brands like Leica, Swarovski, Zeiss... yes I know really good to grap one in my hands but rather put the resources in camera stuffs!
4) And alas... this come to the most important point... which brand (Eco) are good value? ...
Nikon, Vanguard, Tasco etc... budget $200 or less.... maybe looking at 12x50... roof will be prefered but read that porro at these prices have better optics than roof... zoom not necessary as it degrades optical performance..
Any guru to advise?