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Old 05-23-2011, 09:03 PM
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Hunting Binos

Im looking at upgrading to a better pair of Binoculars. I cant logically justify spending $2300 on a pair of Leica's but will consider some at about $1200 any recomendations.........................I have looked at Pentax, and Nikon............Vortex, etc.

Greg
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:12 PM
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Re: Hunting Binos

Greg, witht that budget dont even mess with pentax or nikon. If you want the best of the best get swarovskis. With a budget of 1200 you can easily get a used pair of swarovski 10x42. They are probably the best all purpose binocular. You can probably even get some used Sawrovski Els for 1200 too. Look on Ebay or check craigslist in your area. Vortex is an option as I here there 10x42 viper is outstanding. But remember you will never look back after buying a swarovski. I HIGHLY recomend you get swarovskis.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:23 PM
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Re: Hunting Binos

Check out Cabelas euro's. $800- $900 just as good if not better than glasses that cost two to three times more. Compare them side by side .
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:38 PM
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I beg to differ in saying the Cabela Euros are of comparable glass (no offense). They are nice binos and worth the price but not as good as Swaorvski. Comparing in a store is not effect becuase of the lighting. The only real way to compare is in the field and preferably at last light or first light. You can probably find used swaros for under 1000. They are a lifetime investment. Dont skimp!
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:26 PM
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Re: Hunting Binos

Well you are right about not skimping...................Swarovskis are incredable as my bother in law has some 10x42's and some 8x32's plus their spotting scope.................of course his wife Jeanie had a few words for him.........but after all he sold his Motorcycle to buy them................

I believe that there is an optic store on line that sells used Swarovskis...................I will look into it.

Greg
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:11 AM
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Re: Hunting Binos

Look through a pair of Zen Ray ED2s. They are real close to ELs. I think better than Razors (haven't looked through razor HDs). If they made a rangefinder/bino combo with that glass, I would probably use them over my geovids. Usually things that sound too good to be true usually are, (Swaro class glass for a little over 400) but Zen Rays walk the walk.
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:43 AM
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Re: Hunting Binos

Years ago, I got tired of carrying a large heavy binocular on a strap around my neck. I decided to buy a quality roof prisim binocular. Tried Simmons, Tasco, and other cheapos. Finally settled on a Leica 10X20, which then was about $400. I still have it and love it. Yes, the small objectives are not real clear at dawn and dusk - but that is only 10% of your hunting time. I have carried this binocular often in many states, and never wanted anything else.

You might consider a shoulder harness for a heavy binocular.
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