I need some help choosing binoculars
QI’m looking to buy a pair of binoculars, having recently started birdwatching, and wondered how to decide between models. In particular, I was wondering whether extra magnification is worth it? C Nielsen
AIt really depends on what you want them for. Extra magnification (10x and 12x, and even higher), can be useful if your birding includes a lot of seawatching, say, or any wide open vista, such as an estuary. Some birders also like it to help them read the ID rings on birds’ legs – even within a garden, that extra bit of magnification can make a great deal of difference on those occasions. But you need to remember that extra magnification also means that your every move is exaggerated, and as the binoculars will tend to be bigger and heavier, that movement might be considerable. Greater magnification also brings a narrower field of view. For these reasons, 8x42 or similar has become the default binocular size for birdwatching, as it offers a good compromise between all the different factors you need to take into account.