When it comes to birding optics we are far from experts. We’ve gone through several different types before getting “better” binoculars. The usual line is to buy the best optics you can afford and for the most part this is true. However, we’d alter it to just say buy the best optics for you.
For the most part, optics increase in quality as they increase in price. Should you buy a $500 pair of binoculars now, only to be unhappy in a year and then want to buy ones for $1000? For us, it is better to splurge a little and get really good bins. You’re going to be using them for many years so quality matters.
But price is only part of the equation. You need to try them out and make sure they fit your style of birding and your eyes. But when all is said in done, you don’t want to miss that Blackburnian Warbler because your binoculars aren’t up to par.