Leica or swaroski or zeiss spotting scope's which one best?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by enigma, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. enigma

    enigma Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    I was thinking of buying a swaro HD 85mm.But I was wondering what people on here thought?, Because I know that there are people on here with alot of experience and knowledge with these spotting scope's.Could I get some help please?I'll be useing it for hunting and shooting.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
  2. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    IMO Swarovski has the best spotter on the market. But I must confess, Ive never seen or looked thru a Leica, or Zeiss spotter. I love Leica rangefinders, and Zeiss rifle scopes, and have looked thru plenty of them both, but never seen either Ziess or Leica spotter.

  3. 30-338

    30-338 Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    You'd be happy with either. I was told by owner of a company that sells only European optics (new and used) that Zeiss edged the others a bit. I did a side by side a while ago of binocs going back and forth between the new Zeiss and the top Leica and I had to look quite a while to see the subtle differences. I concluded that the Leica had a slightly "warmer" tone and was very pleasant to look through and could see "into" shaded areas with more definition, but to my eyes the Zeiss was definitely brighter, although they had a "flatter" field. I went with Zeiss just for the brightness but liked the Leicas a lot. Darrell Holland had a Leica for himself at his school. You can't go wrong with either or with Swarovskis. They are all very close when you get to that level. 30-338
  4. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    I went with the swaro for the wide angle zoom eyepiece. IMO you gotta have wide angle especially for hunting! and leica's wide angle zoom at 1000 bucks seemed outrageous. Got a ever so slightly used ATS 80 HD off ebay for 1100 bucks and got the 25-50 eyepiece and dont see how it can possibly get any better than the swaro!
  5. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2005
    swaro HD is the what i would get. but 85mm is big if your going to care it far. I have a KOWA 85mm with 20x60 lens and love it for shooting but way to big to care. plan on getting a swaro hd 65mm soon.
  6. Sako7STW

    Sako7STW Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2004
    All three are great scopes, pretty much the best of the best. Everyones eyes are different so the only way to truelly know is spend some time behind each and decide what your eyes like. BUT.....notice I said "pretty much". IMHO there IS a better spotter than all three. You are doing yourself an extreme disservice if you dont look at a Kowa Prominar TSN-660 or TSN-880 series scope. I have TSN-884 with the 20-60x zoom and a 20x(I think) long eye relief. I have been using it for 2 years now and I can honestly say it has changed my hunting and shooting life. Last year I found more elk than I have ever seen in a single season by tripple. The color and deffinition is simply amazing! Brightness is unreal. My one and only complaint is I wish they would come out with a 15X superwide eyepiece that would even be brighter and provide a very big viewing area. When optics are this clear, the high power isn't always necessary. See my signature for where to get one. I am in no way affiliated with them, Scott showed me a level of customer service I have never seen anywhere else, thus he has my loyalty.
  7. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

    Jun 18, 2007
    Just a tad under the capabilities of the ones mentioned is Vortex HD Razor. For the price it is really good. I am using one right now, and I am very impressed.
  8. jessicacruez

    jessicacruez New Member

    Mar 8, 2013
    I am very much familiar with both swarovski or zeiss spotting scope but have little bit of knowledge on Leica scopes. Zeiss Scopes are excellent and has innovative design. These scopes are high-dimensional lens system, lightweight and coated multilayer. In technical specification, they have the widest field view, neutral colors, robustness and preciseness. It is perfect for long-range shooting and hunting under extreme conditions. It is easy to handle, are light weighing. Swarovski scope offers considerable consistency of usage, accuracy and precision at all times. It is the most compact, rugged and reliable series with an impressive range of design as well. This optic delivers elegance, ruggedness, and unparalleled optical performance. Leica scope is also very good optic that is perfectly suited for target shooting, hunting, or wildlife observation. These three scopes are definitely good scopes.
  9. Bounce

    Bounce Member

    Mar 24, 2013
    I'd consider the Meopta Meostar. Czech made, it's optics are warmer with a higher contrast than these three, has the widest field of view by far and is a lot less expensive.
    Look at the rockslide review or go to a birding site for confirmation. Meopta is one jewel of a spotter.
  10. Daveinjax

    Daveinjax Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2012
    Kowa 88mm TSN-883.
  11. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2011

    Swaro and Leica are mighty close. Id give Swaro a 100...Leica a 99. I like seeing the colors better thru a Swaro. BOTH are the Ultra Plus of scopes
  12. TheFishBox

    TheFishBox Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2010
    looked thru the zeiss and swarovski, but went with zeiss for the rebate they had going a while back. you need to look at the kowa line if you really want to get the best scope period this thing is amazing when compared to the top three. the place I went to only had the 66 and compared tho the 85 zeiss it was still brighter.
  13. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    Yep. Have a buddy who is a glass fanatic. He was able to bring all the scopes mentioned home for extended comparison. He went with the kowa. I followed his lad.
  14. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    For what its worth. I have a Swaro ATS 80 HD with a 20~60 eye piece. My hunting buddy recently bought a Vortex Viper 20~60 x80 spotter. I have put them on my window mount side by side now 3 different times to compare them. I see no difference. Except I paid $2800 Five years ago, he just bought his new for $800 or $900