Hi everyone, and thanks! I have just ebayed my old Vari X III 40mm tube, it simply was not bright enough. I had an Elite 4200 50mm tube and it let A LOT more light in, but in my opinion it was not as crisp and contrasty as the Leupold VX3. I really want the brightness for dusk and dawn and assume that the reason i lost it was due to the 40mm tube. So I am now considering either Leupold 4.5-14x50 VX-III or BURRIS BLACK DIAMOND 4-16x50. Any help there would be great also as I am really on the fence! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif But here is part of my delima... With light being a HUGE factor for me is the 56mm objective that much brighter??? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif If it is then Nikon makes one within my price range and the Zeis Conquest 56mm is kinda close to my range. But... People do not seem that impressed with Nikon rugedness and features And I could go an extra $150 for the Conquest but it doesnt even have fully multi-coated optics Any way I was wondering if any of you had used the 56mm and what you thought. Or of the makers of the 56mm! Like I said brightness is super important to me.