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Since weight or size is not as important as performance/quality maybe I should not be limiting myself to porro's just because I like the look of them. For about $400-$450 discounted price (list I guess would be about $600 ish)  what is the best performing binoc be it porro or roof type? Looking for a 10 x50 maybe 10 x 42.  Would the difference between a $400 porro and roof be a lot? Thanks for sharing your knowledge here.
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Best performing (by a very large margin) will be porro prism binoculars .

 

Nikon Premier SE is probably the best possible option though, I don't know if you can get them for your $400-$450 price range. The only binoculars that might compete with these would be the Zeiss and/or Swarovski porros.  These are quite difficult to find and in fact, would probably have to be special ordered.

 

The Minox BD is a very nice porro prism binocular that retails for right around $450-$480. 

 

For the more budget-conscious consumer the Nikon Action EX, Bushnell Legend, Pentax PCF WP II, and Leupold WindRiver Cascade are all acceptable options.  Any of these will (optically) outperform roof prism binoculars costing many times more $$$.

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Ditto on Lucznik's comments. The 10x35 Nikon E II series bino offers optical performance at the level of the high end roofs but the eye relief is on the shortside at around 14 mm. If you wear glasses then this is going to be a problem. They are also not waterproof and are difficult to find.
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