Re: 42mm Leica vs 50mm Leupold Binos
My hunting buddy owns a pair of leupolds in a 10x42 and I have an older version (I guess about 4years old now) pair of 10x42 geo's. We go one at least 2 big (for us anyway) week long moose and bear hunts each year, one in the spring, one in the fall and we do a lot of glassing in the evenings. While I've never had the chance to look through any 10x50 leupolds, the difference between my "older vintage" geo's with his 42mm leopolds is like night and day to say the least. They handle the suns direct glare far better, and we can spot stuff far more into the twilight with them as well. Basically we can spot for at least a half for to 45 minutes longer with mine than his. I'd feel pretty safe in betting that with his leupolds in a 50mm version the best they could possibly perform would be equal to my geo's. All things condsidered from our experiences, I cant imagine how you could loose any low light performance in comparing the geo's to a 50mm leupold. Hope that helps to reassure you somewhat in your decision making process. Oh, by the way, mine range to 1300 and change too.
Oh, oh, oh.... another "by the way"... did you see Dougs post about these from Cameraland? 1249 after rebate if your a forum member!