While I agree with Woods Walker on good optics, there are some decent binos out there to use while you save your pennies towards Zeiss & Swarovski. I have used Nikon Action Extreme 10 X 50's if I'm sitting in a shooting house overlooking a greenfield. They are excellent in low light but they're quite large and heavy if you're going to be on the move alot. They cost just under $200.00.
Most recently, I've been field testing a pair of Cabela's XTII 10 X 42's. They have become my "go to" binos for hunting and bird watching. They retail for about $389.00. I got mine last summer and have virtually retired my Nikons. The XTII's are extremely lightweight (under 23 ounces) and have the right eye dioper that locks in place. They also focus on close objects way better than any other binos I've ever used. They are made by Steiner.
And, even though I field tested these for Cabela's, I am not obligated to Cabela's in any way. In my opinion, they are the best affordably priced binoculars I've had the pleasure of using.http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas- ... l+Products