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Old 08-01-2012, 06:12 AM
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Re: Best Bino's

I have a pair of older Swarovski 8x20 pocket binoculars that are more than 15 years old. The prism coatings went bad this year. I sent them back, they were repaired and returned in less than 2 weeks. I have the 8x42 SLC also. If you are looking at budget binos, we have the Nikon Monarchs in an 8x42 that really are a very good value. Go to a store that will let you compare them outside. Make sure that your comparison is apples to apples. My wife can't see the difference in the better glass and won't spend the money on herself so we settled on the Nikon's for here. I see the difference in resolution, light gathering, and color shift in the SLC glass, but then again I have a critical eye. I had a Unertl 24x63 spotting scope and sold it to get the Swarovski for the higher power, HD glass and ruggedized construction.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:31 AM
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Re: Best Bino's

I have Swarovski 12X50EL, 15X56SLC, and 10X42SLC. Either of these will do what you want to do and then some. Look one E-bay for good deals on slightly used Swaro. Bino's.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:04 AM
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Re: Best Bino's

There is a pretty good used market right now as they have come out with the new ELC's with the range finder like the Leica and guys are wanting to trade up. Swarovorski is offering up to $999 trade in of older models so that kind of sets your price .

You started this thread by asking for the best binos out there and Swarovorski is the hands down winner.....get over the cost hurdle. I justify it by doing all my own work around the house and shoeing our own horses. I have 10x50, 15x56 SLC & both their 80 & 60mm spotting scopes and their laser range finder......I have friends with Leica Gevoids in both 10 & 15 x and while the internal range finder is nice the Swaros are better glass.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:11 AM
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Re: Best Bino's

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I have Swarovski 12X50EL, 15X56SLC, and 10X42SLC. Either of these will do what you want to do and then some. Look one E-bay for good deals on slightly used Swaro. Bino's.

How do the new 12x50 ELC's compaire with the 15x56? I hunt lots of coues deer and am thinking they may be just the ticket.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:52 PM
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Re: Best Bino's

I'm going to get the Swarovski 10x42 EL. Thanks for the help guys. Now, I'd better start saving.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:54 PM
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I'm going to get the Swarovski 10x42 EL. Thanks for the help guys. Now, I'd better start saving.
Great choice, this is the bino I have and IMO is the best all-around bino out there. I have used all the others and for my eyes the swaro glass is the best. As for the price, look at it as a lifetime investment, they will last that long.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:44 AM
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How do the new 12x50 ELC's compaire with the 15x56? I hunt lots of coues deer and am thinking they may be just the ticket.
I find that I use the 12X50EL's more than the 10X56SLC's but either will be great and you could probably get a good buy on the SLC's now. The advantage of the 10X42's is the smaller size and weight if you are stalking or climbing and sitting in a deer stand.
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