It doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid birder or only just starting to watch birds – if you want to capture all the subtleties of the surroundings, nothing beats a good pair of binoculars.⁠⁠

When choosing a pair of binoculars, it is important to understand the specifications (8×42, 10×50, 8×25, 12×56) as this will help determine which one best suits your needs. The first number indicates the magnification and the second number the diameter of the front element of the binoculars.⁠⁠ The magnification determines how large objects will appear when looking through the binoculars which, while it is a personal choice, 10x is generally best for birding.⁠⁠ A larger diameter collects more light for a brighter view, yet the later the diameter, the heavier the binoculars become. For birding, the 40mm, 42mm, or 44mm diameters serve as a good medium compromise between low-light capability and portability.⁠⁠

⁠⁠Outdoorphoto sells top binocular brands such as Canon, Nikon, Swarovski and Zeiss at various price ranges to suit your pocket and needs.

Nikon Monarch Series

We recommend the Nikon Monarch series as it is popular for birding, hunting, sports watching and nearly every application. The Monarch 5 and 7 render similar viewing experiences thanks to close focusing ranges and quality, optics coatings, however, the Monarch 7 offers a wider field of view hence the slight price increase.⁠⁠

Now until 31 March 2021, Nikon binoculars are on special at up to 32% off!

Nikon Binocular Specials

1. Monarch 5 8×42 & 10×42

These binoculars are lightweight and comfortable to handle. Thanks to a large 42mm diameter, images are sharp and bright even under low light conditions, while ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and multilayer-coatings ensure that the colours you see are clean and true to nature. Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups and generous eye relief ensure easy positioning between the eyepiece lenses and your eyes. They are also waterproof and fog proof.

The prices of these binoculars normally range from R6,500 to R7,000, but thanks to the special that is now on, they start from R5,195.

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Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 Binoculars

2. Monarch 7 8×42 & 10×42

These binoculars are lightweight and comfortable to handle. Thanks to a large 42mm diameter, images are sharp and bright even under low light conditions, while ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and multilayer-coatings ensure that the colours you see are clean and true to nature. Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups and generous eye relief ensure easy positioning between the eyepiece lenses and your eyes. They are also waterproof and fog proof.

The prices of these binoculars normally range from R8,000 to R11,000, but thanks to the special that is now on, they start from R7,595.

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Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 Binoculars

Bushnell Binoculars

Bushnell binoculars are considered some of the best binoculars for birding thanks to their performance, durability and compact design.

Bushnell Legend 2.0 8x42 Binoculars (Black)

3. Bushnell Legend 2.0 8×42 & 10×42

Enjoy many hours of birdwatching with these binoculars: An all-glass, fully multi-coated optical system provides outstanding resolution, contrast and light transmission, while an ergonomic design with soft-touch rubber provides a confident, comfortable grip. But, that doesn’t make them less rugged as they are both waterproof and drop-proof.

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Bushnell Forge 8x42 Binoculars (Terrain)

4. Bushnell Forge 8×42 & 10×42

Rugged, lightweight construction with rubber-armour exterior coating makes these Bushnell Forge binoculars comfortable to carry and hold. With super clear imaging and a wide field of view, you won’t miss a thing when game watching, bird watching, or out on outdoor adventures. They are also are waterproof and fog proof.

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Zeiss Binoculars

Zeiss binoculars offer superb light transmission rates for ultra-bright and detailed images.

5. Zeiss Terra ED 8×32 & 10×32

These binoculars feature Schott ED glass for bright, sharp images. With a rugged design, an excellent close focus distance of only 1.6m, a wide field of view and a very affordable price, this model is a great choice for anyone who loves nature.

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Zeiss Terra ED 8x32 Binoculars

6. Zeiss Conquest ED 8×42 & 10×42

With HD optical glass and the largest-in-its-class field or view, these binoculars offer great value for money. Buy this model if you are concerned about excellent optical quality but have a slightly tighter budget. The Zeiss Conquest does not compromise and is an excellent pair of binoculars, great for birdwatching and general game viewing.

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Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 Binoculars

Canon Binoculars

All Canon’s binoculars are stabilised, which means that you can comfortably identify and track subjects at high magnification for longer.

Canon 10x30 IS II Binoculars

7. Canon 10×30 IS II

These binoculars get you 10x closer to distant subjects and include Image Stabilisation that counteracts shake and movement for clearer images. The low gloss front helps to avoid disturbing birds and other wildlife while its well-balanced rubberised design has a comfortable grip for high-quality performance, durability, and comfort.

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