Ranger ED 8x42: the perfect fit
I am a 53 year old beginning birder with adhesive arachnoiditis (from a painful spinal cord injury) & multiple sclerosis. I have serious issues with fatigue & pain. I took my first birding excursion at a local park in my hometown last March. The binoculars I used were my dad's old hunting bins that he purchased for about $50 back in 1972.
I used my dad's old hunting bins throughout the spring & summer of 2015. They were worthless in the early morning light. Not only that, but they were also too heavy. I was forced to quit & head home after only an hour & half because my arms & upper back were simply too weak. I started asking my birding friends for advice.
At our monthly Audubon Society outing in July, I conducted an informal poll. Two brands of binoculars tied for the top. Then I started my own research. I chose the over another pair of similarly priced binoculars.
My birding immediately rose to a new level. First of all, they felt so lightweight. They seemed to float in my hands; even for a person like me, a person with some serious disabilities. I could now stay out on longer birding excursions. The Ranger EDs were also easier to focus quickly, even when my hands are swollen & aching. Their quality, even in low light conditions was proven to me over the entire 2015 fall migration & the 2015-16 winter birding season. There were weeks during this past spring migration period when I took them out every day of the week.
I can use my even on my worst pain days. Birding is my new therapy against adhesive arachnoidits & M.S. My Ranger EDs are an essential part of this therapy.