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I'm looking for a pair of 8x20 for hiking ...I was looking at the leica trinovids.nikon lx's and the zeiss victories ...Does anybody have any advice????thanks Clipboard
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try the swarovski 8x20b with its 16 lens technology, its a nice wide field.

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In my opinion, the Leica Ultravid compacts are easily the best compact on the market today.  Noticeably better than anything you reference.

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The Nikon pocket binos 8x20 and 10x25 LXL were better to my eyes than the Leica's. It was a close call. I ended up buying the Nikon 10x25 LXL. They are great!
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The most important thing is you find something that you like.  Are you sure you were looking at the Ultravid's however...in your original post you mention the Trinovids.  The two are very different in quality.

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I was comparing the Nikon's to the Ultravids. However I am not the original poster I was simply sharing my experience with the original poster. Also my tests were no where near in depth as the one done by Alula magazine.
http://www.alula.fi/images/alula1-2006_GB42-47_net2.pdf

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http://www.alula.fi/images/alula1-2006_GB42-47_net2.pdf
Here is the link to the pocket binos review done by Kimmo of Alula magazine.
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There are some nice reverse porros out there. If you can put up with a little bulk, the Vortex 8x25 or so sized is pretty good for around 100-120. Quite well built. I don't have a pair, I have Nikon ProStaff, but I would replace them with the Vortex if I had none.

Pentax Papillos gave me blackouts, did not like all the work in eye placement. The other Pentax, like 8x21 UCF-R worked OK. Those you can leave in your pocket or car and not worry, cheap.

Pentax 8x25 UCF X II at 80 bucks is a good deal, I think waterproof. I like the reverse porros and 8x28 single hinge, somehow I have avoided all the expensive double hinge models.

I do still have a Minolta 8x25 double hinge, has lasted 3 years.

If I ever get to spending 400 on pocket bins, I will risk the handshake and go with the 10x25 LX. I have heard many people praise it.


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We bought the Leitz (now Leica) 10x25 compacts back in 1984, and they have given us wonderful service.  Never had a problem of any kind.
 
There are newer models with objective lenses that fall in the middle of the 20 and 35 mm  range that some other members have suggested in reply to a similar question.  Hopefully, they will chime in and provide this information (or a reference to it) for you.
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Tanks for the input guys
 I bought the nikon lxl from competitorelectronics for 349.00 and they are really sharp and
bright for a pair of compacts...They are almost as good as my 8x30 slc's ...clipboard.

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Enjoy those new bino's Yippee
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