Originally Posted by mikeym1a
I'm going to get the Swarovski 10x42 EL. Thanks for the help guys. Now, I'd better start saving.
Not trying to confuse you but you might want to hold your horses my friend.
I have 3 Swarovski scopes. They are SPECTACULAR. But I'm still a Zeiss guy. Zeiss makes some AWESOME products. Swarovski is a crystal company, they know how to clarify glass & they make great products around glass.
Zeiss also does an incredible job with glass. Many people in the US not familiar with Zeiss think Zeiss is just a scope maker in Germany. No, Zeiss makes telescopes, electron microscopes, glass for Germany's space program and they make glass for classified German nuclear subs. Making binoculars and rifle scopes is childs play for them.
All that being said, you may find a great deal on a pair of Zeiss Victory 10x42s because Zeiss has launched what many consider to be the hands down brightest & best binocular on the planet. Zeiss Victory HTs. I've seen several websites where you can get great deals on the plain Victory models. In fact I just dropped 2300 bucks on the 10x45 rangefinder binos because they are also about to be replaced by the HTs.
I've always felt and said, picking between Zeiss & Swarovski is a matter of taste. Its like Ferrari vs Porsche they both do 200 mph, do you like italian or german style?
BTW no my wife doesn't know what I pay for binos and scopes. She would probably kill me. Every hunter who loves guns and this kinda stuff has to have a black budget.