I live on a beach and with all the fuzzy animals about I feel I am not getting the most out of my nature experience. I'm also brand new to bird watching so I'm a bit cautious about a hefty investment. Thus I want binoculars, but deciding upon an adequate pair is so bloody complicated given the insane selection. So I ask for opinions here.
I at least am pretty sure I want 8x42 power for the wider field of view and less shakiness. Durability, size, and weight are all important but I'm a stickler for value most of all.
I wear glasses so eye relief is important. There not a huge selection in town so I won't be able to physically handle most of these before buying.
My max budget is 450 Canadian, but I don't really want to spend that much so my main picks so far are:
Pentax DCF CS 8x42 ($200ish) - Can't find many reviews but the specs are really goodhttp://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/6
Monarch ATB 8x42 ($265ish) - Super highly praised, widely reviewed, a reliable choicehttp://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/6
Bushnell Natureview 8x42 ($120ish) - Praised for cheapness, but probably too cheaphttp://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/3
for the more expensive that I'm not sure are worth it:
Vanguard Spirit ED ($340)http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5
Minox BV 8x42 ($320ish)http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/6
Bushnell Legend Ultra HD ($340)http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5
Vanguard Endeavor ED ($450ish)http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/7