Shopping for the Right Optics
Choosing the correct binoculars for your specific application can be quite confusing at times. Binoculars come with various specifications such as magnification, lens diameter, size, weight and prism design; and all play a role in the role best suited to a specific pair.
Full-size binoculars typically come with magnifications of 8x42, 10x42, 12x50 or even 16x50. These capture more light and provide a wider field of view, making them ideal for wildlife viewing, bird watching and boat use.
Midsize binoculars usually have magnifications of 8x35 or 10x32. This represents a perfect balance between above-average light transmission and moderate size, making them an optimal choice for both sports and general wildlife viewing. Common magnification factors for compact binoculars are 8x25 and 10x25. They are the smallest and lightest binoculars, thus the perfect choice when you’re on the go.