I bought one of my sons the Leupold Sequoia. At a 600 yd shoot a little while back I got to look through it alongside the Kowa that Buffalobob . There was no comparison , however the Leupold has a variable eyepiece and the Kowa had a fixed power . Still the Kowa was light ( heh, heh ) years ahead of the loopie . I think the Kowa angled body can be bought for a tad over 500 , Ask Buffalobob he knows , that would still leave you needing an eypiece but hey ! just consider that a different purchase [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
If you buy the Leupold the chances are you will want to upgrade at some point so spend now save later . [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
Guys, the Sequoai is a Wind RIver product and is only sold through Leupold. Leupold has their own line of spotters which I think look 95% as good as my Swaro but they are double the mentioned price range.
I agree that the Wind River stuff is pretty bad but in optics, you get what you pay for unfortunately. It is one area of life where there is no free lunch.
My advice has been and always will be that when it comes to optics, buy right once and cry once then be glad you did. It is better to eat Ramen noodles for a few months and get what you really want rather than buy crap now and wish you had bought better for the rest of your life (whilst all along you pay the extra few cents to supersize your value meal when you could have been eating noodles instead!). Get my point?
Always the champion of Leupold. I know the wind rivers are only distributed by Leupold, and they're not high quality. Are they good enough for me? I dunno yet.
Your advice to buy the best is good advice. Your experience is undeniable.
My thinking is this:
First, there's a point of diminishing returns. An example would be my hunting partners binoculars. Swaros, $1700. Mine, Bushnell elite, $350. Are his better? Absolutely. 5X better? Not even close. Am I happy with mine? Absolutely. Having looked through both, would I spend the money to buy his? Never. Why? First, I appreciate value. Second, It wouldn't be ethical for me to spend $1700. $1700 would represent to great a chunk of my more important responsibilities.
What I want is a high value to quality ratio. I can afford mid range optics. I can tell my wife I spent the price of mid-range optics without her telling me I've squandered our precious resources (have to keep the gas tank full).
I'll use my most recent optics purchase as an example. I bought a Nikon Monarch. I looked at the leupys and ziess as well. The Nikon was 60% of the cost of a comparable ziess or leupy. My opinion is the scope is at least 100% of the quality of the zeiss or leupy.
You may argue Nikon doesn't have leupolds customer service. You may be right. I don't think I'll find out.
Perhaps, as I become more experienced mid range glass won't meet my needs. It does now. I don't think I ask of my glass what you do of yours.
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Guys, the Sequoai is a Wind RIver product and is only sold through Leupold. Leupold has their own line of spotters which I think look 95% as good as my Swaro but they are double the mentioned price range
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My dad has one of these (there gold ring spotter I believe)and while it is very high quality, it doesn't hold a candle to the Swaro Lerch and I just bought, but I don't expect it to at about 1/3 of the price. Still though it is a very good spotter.
hey grit, I bought a 22-66x100 Celestron a couple months
back and love it. It's a big piece glass and a little on the heavy side, but for some serious long range glassing I think it does an awsome job. Costs around $350.