Re: Leupold Gold Ring Bino's
you can find German and quality Japanes binos for a grand, Docter, Steiner, MInox, Meopta, Fujinon. Watch ebay there are some super deals on last generation German optics. I am on my second pair of the Chinese wonders the Zen Ray, the problem I am finding with the Chinese wonders is the durability. The glass is very good for the money.
My first pair ED1s went back to customer service, the foccus dial actually locked up after a few months use, the replacement pair ED3s is developing a lot of play in the focus dial after a week same thing happened with the ED1s. Do not buy anything from China for a thousand bucks. I am really understaing the phrase, "buy once, cry once". I am looking at some of the above mentioned binos for a thousand bucks and will never buy any optics from China again. Don't forget Nikon and Pentax Japanese made binos either, the Pentax gets very good reviews.