I know this is off-topic but I'll go ahead anyway.\n\nDo any of you own binoculars? What brand/model do you have? Do you recommend\nthem?\n\nThe reason why I'm asking is that me, the wife, and kid are taking Grandma\nand Grandpa to Hawaii in February as a Golden Anniversary present and I want\nto use the binos for some nice relaxing babe - I mean whale - watching from\nthe beach.\n\nTo get back on topic: I am taking my N90s, 50mm 1.8, and my 20-35mm zoom for\nphotography. Normally I would also take the 80-200 2.8 and a teleconverter\nbut those whales play with your head - I mean they *seriously* play with\nyour head. The last time I was there (5 years ago) two whales were breaching\nabout 500 yrds off shore. They did this for about an hour until I decided to\ngo and grab a camera and I never saw them again. The same thing happened on\na whale watching trip. So instead of trying to photograph whales I've\ndecided that I'll save the film for less fickle subjects and watch them\nthrough some binoculars.\n\nFor those who get really annoyed at non-35mm related questions - think of\nthis as an accessory question. ;-)\n\nRight now I'm leaning toward the Olympus Trooper 7-15x15, or the Nikon\n8-21x40(50?). They are at BnH for and 0 respectively.\n\nCheers\n\nJohn Cuthbertson (start the email address at the 'h' for the true address).