Originally Posted by Jon A
The LRB 3000 is waterproof. You've never owned one or even used one in the field? You just looked through one at a show? Which model was it?
I don't care how good the glass is, no monocular can make up for the lack of depth of field and stereoscopic view when glassing for, looking for game at medium ranges.
Stepped on some toes or stumbled in brand loyalty?
I looked through both the 1500 and 2000 models. Correct, I did not, and have not used Newcons in the field. I read and researched them during the same period of time you were doing so. If I had to spend as much money on a Newcon Model as the Swaros to reliably range the distances that the Swaros will, I was going with Swaro. The Swaros range further than I require for hunting and shooting, and they're clear enough that I can go without binos when I want to backpack as light as possible. The last consideration was I didn't want to have to worry about being left out in the cold on any warranty repair issues. I knew what to expect with Swarovski. Not a clue with Newcon.
I have used my Swaros to scan & spot game even though I've had binoculars lying next to me on many mountain backpacking hunts. When I want to go lightweight, I only take Swaros. I continue to do so, even now, without hesitation.