Originally Posted by Bill Maylor
I am using some Nikon 10x42 Monarch binoculars and their OK. I am thinking of steping up to a Steiner or Zeiss. I did look through a pair of Steiner and some Swarovski, one after the other and I could not see a lot of differance. I have not looked through the Zeiss. I want 12 power or more. What do you guy's use? Bill Maylor.
When you are talking about optic's opinions seem to differ more than on other gun related issues so I will just give you my opinion.
I have never been too impressed with any of the Steiner's I like the Swarovski, Leica and Zeiss head and shoulder's over Steiner or rymart's Meoptas, it is not a fair test of a bino to look at a chart 50yds away in a sporting goods store, in real world hunting situations the Steiner's and others fall short.
As for your last point "12 power or more" I would never reccomend anything over 10 power for your primary binocular let me explain why.
I have 2 set's of bino's a 10x42 EL and a 15x56 SLC, my 15 power are awesome but to take full advantage they need to be on a tri-pod (as would 12 power). with the 10 power they are much more versatile and dont need a tri-pod. if you can only have one set of bino's 10's are the best choice.