Compact, easy-to-use and very lightweight, the Kowa YF is the perfect binocular for kids or any nature enthusiast with little or no experience using binoculars. There’s also a 6X-magnification version for a few dollars less that’s a little brighter and with a slightly wider field of view—a great first binocular for kids!
A full-size binocular that’s a great value for the price. Feels great in the hand and has an image quality many experienced optics users would expect to pay more for. Also comes in an 8 X 32 for about $20 less.
The Savanna R PC shares many features with the porro prism Savanna which is very similar to our #1 binocular above. With a very appealing weight of 15.1 oz., the view through this binocular is bright and clear and the relatively small distance between the two eyecups when closed down make it a great choice for children or anyone with close-set eyes.
The Nikon Monarch 5 has been a perennial bestseller in this price range—in fact, you could argue the Monarch invented the “high-end optical quality under $300” category that is so crowded today. The ED glass allows for sharp images with great contrast under most light conditions. Many serious birders and owners of $2000+ binoculars started with a Nikon Monarch 5!
Yes, this is our most expensive of the five, but after all it is a Zeiss—known for decades for its incomparable optical quality and precision craftmanship. For years Zeiss binoculars have been the high-end optic of choice for serious birders with a price to match—but with this entry level Terra ED you get Zeiss quality and features at a fraction of the price.