Re: Best Bino's your opinion
When you say big open country, I think of hunting coues deer in Arizona. Like mentioned before, you are trying to find a tiny grey deer in desert scrub up to and sometimes over a mile away. Because of this most of the serious hunters have migrated to using larger glass like the 15x56 SLC; however, the new 12x56 ELs are a lot clearer, lighter, and for me brighter than the 15x SLCs. In addition, you get a much wider field of view and the extra clarity pretty much makes up for the 3X power difference. If this is the type of hunting your talking about, I would go with one of the two I mentioned. Also, a good tripod is mandatory. If this similar to your proposed use, I would look at the binocular with a power above 12x
If you are talking about glassing hills 200-800 yards away, a 10X binocular would probably suit you better. If it were me, I would look seriously at the 10x50 EL range.
The problem have with Leica is that their warranty isn't as simple and user friendly.