Originally Posted by Bigcat_hunter
Before you shell out thousands of dollars for glass take a look through some Alpen Rainiers next to some Liecas or swaros. You might be surprised!
For people where money is no issue, they can buy the most expensive binoculars out there and whether they're infinitesimally better or not, it's no financial burden. For the rest of the majority of us, there's only so much disposable income to go around and being thrifty is mandatory. So I agree with the logic of paying somewhat less and yet still getting a quality item. Scott's philosophy is right at home with me. European manufactured optics are very expensive now that the value of the US dollar has collapsed. It's not worth paying an extra 40% for me to get an additional 3% performance. There is a point of diminishing returns and I realize it when I see it.
If Scott says the Razors are high quality glass I would bet my money on his opinion. I've followed his writings for the past several years and he's spent a lot of time comparing optics from the different manufacturers in the effort to bring the best bang for the buck to his customers. I have no doubt the Razors would be top notch - not some cheesy Coke bottle bottoms.
But if money's no issue, spend the extra $900.00 and maybe you'll get an extra % or two of light transmission and higher resolution. How many times would that extra % have made or broke one of my hunts over the past 35 years? Never.
I've got some Swarovski SLCs and compacts. And a Zeiss spotting scope. They're easy on the eyes and fun to view things through. I bought them before the value of the US dollar tanked. I don't have the latest greatest Swarovski's binos or any Schmidt & Bender or USO rifle scopes, but I'm completely content with my IORs scopes visually, and they cost 50% less. Scott brought the 3-18x IOR scopes to my attention several years ago. I researched them and eventually purchased them at a good price from Liberty Optics.