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12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:04:33 AM »
Curious about whos rocking 12s in the field as their go to glass along with 15 power bino use? I have a less than to be desired 15 power spotter that I rarely take afield and use a pair of 10x42s exclusively while still hunting and hiking out. I understand the benefits of tripods and using them with binos etc. Budget in the  $350-750 Range. Thoughts folks?

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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 09:07:04 AM »
I have posted quite a bit on the 15x56 Swaro SLC in the last couple years.  You can probably do a search and find it.  They have been a real game changer for us.   

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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 09:36:57 AM »
The Vortex Vulture 15x56's got really good reviews from Robby Denning on Rokslide. For the money, I don't think you'd go wrong. They're no Swaro's, but you're not paying that money either. I think I'd go with those before I went with the Viper 15x50's in favor of a little more light gathering with the 56mm objective lens. Both are in your budget.

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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 09:41:55 AM »
The Vortex Vulture 15x56's got really good reviews from Robby Denning on Rokslide. For the money, I don't think you'd go wrong. They're no Swaro's, but you're not paying that money either. I think I'd go with those before I went with the Viper 15x50's in favor of a little more light gathering with the 56mm objective lens. Both are in your budget.

THe Kaibab 15x56 is what my buddy went with.  When we are rockchuck shooting together we frequently will be using each other's optics and I can say unequivocally that this is a pretty darn good binocular. 

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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 10:30:56 AM »
I've been using 12x56 Nikon Monarchs for 10 years now.  No complaints at all. Use daily on the water, and with my monopod shooting stick as a stand for it to glass mulie country with.  Rarely felt the need for higher power, or to carry heavier glass or another piece of equipment into the back country.
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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 10:44:46 AM »
Anybody using 12s in the field for their primary glass? Appreciate the feedback. Definitely considering the Vultures or something comparable, but have given the idea of 12s in a Leupold, Vortex, or Nikon a strong consideration.

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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2017, 10:46:07 AM »
Thanks Skillet. Posted without viewing your comments.

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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2017, 10:50:54 AM »
The Vortex Vulture 15x56's got really good reviews from Robby Denning on Rokslide. For the money, I don't think you'd go wrong. They're no Swaro's, but you're not paying that money either. I think I'd go with those before I went with the Viper 15x50's in favor of a little more light gathering with the 56mm objective lens. Both are in your budget.

THe Kaibab 15x56 is what my buddy went with.  When we are rockchuck shooting together we frequently will be using each other's optics and I can say unequivocally that this is a pretty darn good binocular. 

I would have suggested the 2 you brought up, but neither fit his budget.
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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017, 11:42:38 AM »
Love Rokslide. Read that Vulture vs Kaibab article. Good read
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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 11:59:37 AM »
My only pair of binos are 12x50 vortex . They would awesome for the type of hunting I do most but sometimes I miss my old 10 powers when doing initial scanning or things up close. Though I'll never go back to 10's, 90% of the time I love my 12's but I would never go any more magnification unless a guy strictly hunts wide open or you were going to also use a set of 10 powers.

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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2017, 12:48:39 PM »
Good feedback guys searched the archives and found some good intel too. Well see what Christmas provides and whats available on sale.

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Re: 12 power vs. 15 binoculars
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2017, 01:32:21 PM »
Good feedback guys searched the archives and found some good intel too. Well see what Christmas provides and whats available on sale.

My buddy got his Kaibabs for something like $800, but that was about three years ago when they were doing a model upgrade. 

His are HD, so he was looking at differences mainly in the ergonomics IIRC.  He was going to save up for a pair of Swaro after using ours, but when he saw the Kaibab on discount he asked me if I knew anything about the Kaibab and told him that I had considered them and almost bought a pair but decided on ponying up for the Swaro because it fit my face better.  The Swaro is better optically, but the Kaibab would have met and exceeded our needs in that regard. 

 

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