When we talk about what our favorite caliber is or any of the other products that we use to hunt, fish, drive, live or raise our families it's a matter of what we have been exposed to as to what we like the best for our needs. If I have been exposed to top end products, then they are what I will tell you about, if my budget doesn't allow for high priced products then I will tell you about my experiences with the less expensive products. When we talk of range finders some of them don't do very well in some applications such as bright sunlight, snowy back grounds or light-colored animals. When we talk about rifle scopes, binoculars, spotting scopes we talk about our experiences with what we have used. We talk about the clarity of the glass, the ability to gather light in different conditions, the heat waves, and other aspects of it. We talk about how durable they are by the things that we put them through have they been rattling around in my truck on my truck gun, do they only get out of the gun safe for a couple of hunts a year, did they get in a wreck on my four-wheeler or on a horse back trip? How much did I pay for them on the budget that I have allotted for them? Did I not buy them, and they were issued to me first so then as a civilian that is what I bought? We most often buy things to fit our needs and the way that we will be using them. I worked with a guy that always told me why did you pay that much for a scope? I bought this scope for less than half of that! Well, yes you did and the two others that you bought before you bought that one, while I have been using this one every day for the last 5 years. Do we buy things with the intent that they are disposable and to be replaced if they break down, so then do we buy them thinking about the long run and not replacing them often? What are the conditions that I intend to use them in? I personally am not going to pay 5000.00 for a rifle to carry in my truck every day, but I will pay that for a rifle that I have a need to repeatedly reach out and touch a coyote at longer ranges, I also will pay that much for a scope to put on such a rifle. For my everyday use I'm probably going with a rifle in the 700-1000 price range and a scope in the same price range and then do some work to get them up to where I feel comfortable making close and longer shots out to 500 yards because I like to do that, I'm a tinkerer at heart. If I am going to spend long periods of time glassing, I'm going to want the best glass I can afford for that and make sure that I adjust them for my eyes. In the end it's up to each of us to decide for ourselves what we want to use for our needs and enjoyment.