- Feb 19, 2009
When i just started,i bought a cheapo one below $100 but i seldom use it as i didn't know how to read the specs and bought one which can zoom from 8x-12x and the diameter was 25mm..needless to say on its glass elements..so in the end i seldom use it.
and when i got serious into looking for a better ones,i did some search on it..the most popular specs for birding is 8x or 10x by 40mm,42mm or 52mm..choosing a bin is similar in choosing a lens...some factors for your consideration are the low light performance?,magnification?(note that the higher the magnification,the shaky it gets just like lenses),do u want that can zoom?(also like lens zoom lens vs prime lens),weight?,price?...etc
a good bin is very sharp,nice color and contrast.
Canon has one that comes with Image Stabilizer that cost about $1.8k the last i checked with Cathay Photo.