1) Quality and Price
Let’s get the price issue over and done with first. What you should realistically pay for safari binoculars is a question that is under constant debate. If you go for cheap binoculars you obviously lose on quality, they can be less comfortable, they aren’t generally designed for hours of use at a time and they can take some of the enjoyment out of your next safari adventure.
If your budget allows it is generally advisable to be kind to your eyes and pay a little more for your binoculars. Better quality optics and better designed safari binoculars can make all the difference when you are on a safari adventure even when it’s just for a short period of time.
At a rough estimate as an occasional user expect to pay around $50 to $75, if you want something that is more durable and perhaps waterproof you are looking at around $100 to $150 and if you are looking at going on a safari on a regular basis then you’ll probably want to look at binoculars in the $150+ range.
2) Understanding the Numbers
So, what is meant by 8 x 32, 10 x 42, 10 x 50 and all the other wonderful combinations that you see when looking for binoculars? The first number you will see in a binocular indicates magnification and the second number indicates the objective size.
A lot of inexperienced buyers tend to assume that the higher the magnification, the better the safari binocular. It is true that higher magnification offers a slightly greater level of detail, but it also requires a steady hand, and for anything over ten then you generally need a tripod to use the binocular effectively.
If you are a beginner, then a lower level of magnification will generally give you a better field of view making it easier for you to spot wildlife. Most travellers tend to go for binoculars with the magnification of ‘8’ which offers a good compromise between magnification and field view.
4) Objective Size
If you are looking for a safari binocular that offers good image quality and brightness, then you want to look at binoculars with a higher objective size 40mm +.
If you need a compact and lightweight one, then going for an objective size of ‘32’ is a good compromise between size, weight, and performance.
5) Eye Relief
If you wear glasses, then it’s important to buy safari binoculars with an eye relief of at least 15mm if you want to enjoy the complete field of view.And there you have the things you need to look for primarily when buying a pair of binoculars.