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Who makes the best binos and which one do you pick for clarity and dusk viewing i have been debating Leica 8x56 swarovski 8x56 and zeiss 8x56 is one better than another?
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The Zeiss 8x56 is only water resistant.
Eye Relief is 19mm
 
Do you really want to pay for the laser rangefinder of the Leica?
Do you really want to have to deal with batteries in the field?
Eye Relief is 18.5mm
 
I cast one vote for the Swarovski 8x56 B SLC. Thunbs Up
Eye Relief 22mm & Waterproof.
Functional temperatures -13 to 131* degrees F
No laser or batteries to worry about.
 
What state is Henderson located in?
 
 
 
 


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North Carolina I hunt all over the world
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Your question will get purely subjective answers from anyone who responds, including myself.  If I hunted all over the world, with the travel and hard use on binos the way I'd suspect.  I do not use 56mm glass, as the 42mm class glass does all I ever need it to, from pre dawn to post dusk.  I'd get the toughest thing I could find with great glass, i.e. Zeiss FL, Swaro SLC, Leica Trinovid, Leupold GR HD, Meopta/Cabelas Euro and never look back.  I leave out the EL Swaro not because of great optics, which they have, but because in my experience they are nowhere near as tough as the one's mentioned.  The Nikon EDG also has world class glass, I just have no experience with how well built it is.  The Zeiss FL is probably the brightest bino in existence in this class.


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thanks  I have the Swarovski EL the leica 10x42 geovid  and an old swarovski SLC 10x42 just trying to up grade again as glass gets better.
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The one mounted on the deck of the ship.
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Bird Watcher was refering to the Classic 8x56 Zeiss, an 'outdated' style bino with strong performances optically, and a lovely one certainly. For pure performance I bet the Zeiss FL 8x56 is notably better, certainly one to consider when searching for "your" best suited bino.
I would give a serious look to the Docter's 8x56 too !
If the measures given by allbinos.com are not foolish, they must something to try.
Zeiss FL 8x56 :
http://www.allbinos.com/177-binoculars_review-Carl_Zeiss_Victory_8x56_T*_FL.html
Docter Nobilem 8x56 porro :
http://www.allbinos.com/81-binoculars_review-Docter_Nobilem_8x56_B_GA.html
Docter 8x58 roof :
http://www.allbinos.com/172-binoculars_review-Docter_8x58_B_CF.html


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Based on looking at swfa, money can buy you a really really nice whatever you want. I've got a set of Burris bunks I just happen to get a good deal on that I like
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Canon and Fujinon image stabilized are possibly the best I've ever used.  The higher end models with ED glass are simply superb.  

Danged expensive targets, though...  
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Just to clarify a typo on the SWFA web site, the weight of the Docter 8x56 Nobilem is 53oz rather than the 35oz indicated in the writeup. 
This is a wonderful glass but brutally heavy. It is designed for use from hunting stands, rather than as a carry along field glass.
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Originally posted by etudiant etudiant wrote:

Just to clarify a typo on the SWFA web site, the weight of the Docter 8x56 Nobilem is 53oz rather than the 35oz indicated in the writeup. 
This is a wonderful glass but brutally heavy. It is designed for use from hunting stands, rather than as a carry along field glass.
 
Not a problem for RAMBO Wink
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8x56 is a highly questionable format. Yes, it produces higher brightness than say 8x42 - but only if your iris will dilate enough to make full use of the enormous exit image diameter. It probably will if you're in your 20s, but probably won't in your 40s. And even that springy-eyed 20 year will need to wait for full darkness adaptation to kick in to get the full benefit of the 56. For most people a pair 8x40 to 8x45 makes the most sense. They'll be just as bright and a lot lighter and cheaper - which is this is the classic military format. 
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