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I currently have a pair of nikon trailblazer atbs (8x42). They have been okay for me for the last few years but i would like to get a new pair of binoculars that would be lighter and better than these. Im interested in the Vortex Talon HDs but no one in town carries them, i have looked through the diamondbacks and i do feel that those are better than my nikons, i have also looked through the zeiss conquest 8x30, 10x30s and i didnt care for them, the eye cups were extremely uncomfortable in my opinion, i did get a chance to look at the new swarovski companions both the 8x30 and 10x30s. they do not disappoint. they were clear comfortable and light. I am curious if there are other binoculars that are optically similar in clarity and weight but without the $950+ price tag. Any suggestions? Primary use would be for hunting and looking for random animals camping.
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I have the Swaro 10X42 SLC, 15X56 SLC, and 12X50EL. The 10X42 are great little bino's with very clear glass and clarity. If you continually watch E-Bay and Gunbroker some good bargains on slightly used SLC's come up sometimes.

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Swarovski SLCs are great binoculars.  I have the SLC 7x42 myself and love them.  I've gone through three other pairs and they don't compare to these.  I'd also look at the Meopta they are great binoculars as well and the have them in the 8x32 or 10x32.  I'd go with the 8x myself.  Check the sample list as they often have some of the SLC 8x30 and 10x30 Swarovski's or possibly Meopta.  Good luck.  All I can say is buy the best most expensive pair you can afford and they should last you for years to come.  Wished I'd of done that in the first place myself.
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I'm a big fan of a good 8X32 roof prism bino.  To me, it strikes a great balance between plenty of magnification, good enough exit pupil, light weight, and nice form factor.  An 8X42 class bino of the same general optical quality will certainly give you a slight edge in low light performance, but a 32mm binocular with good resolution and contrast will hold its own surprisingly well to its larger brethren.  I think the tradeoff in weight and bulk offsets the slight reduction in low light performance, though some folks will find it easier to steady the longer, heavier 8X42, so there are ergonomic and viewing comfort issues to consider as well.  From my experience, a high end 8X32 will outperform a mediocre 8X42 in any light condition.  The best 8X32 I'm aware of for less than $900 - and as good as anything you're likely to find in the same price bracket - is the Meopta Meostar 8X32...
http://swfa.com/Meopta-8x32-Meostar-Binocular-P40351.aspx




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Guys I think he is saying he doesn't want to spend that much. I think the OP should look hard at the Sightron Blue Sky 8x32.


Edit: Wait a minute, a SLC is a "little" binocular? Mine must be defective...

    
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

I think the OP should look hard at the Sightron Blue Sky 8x32. 

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Good point, Matt.

Brad, you stated you didn't want to spend $950.  How much less than that did you have budgeted?  That will have a profound effect on the recommendations you get.
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I didnt say the SLCs lol., they have there new model out called the SL Companion, its a 8 or 10x30, and under 20 oz, The new Vortex Talon HDs are also 8 or 10x32. More or less what i was asking is IF i get the Vortex how much of an improvement will it be over my Nikons and how far off will they be from the "high"end stuff, I.E. (anything over 1k) I know i shouldnt cut corners on the optics end but if i can get a good set of binos for reasonable price $450-600, then i can consider getting a nice spotting scope (swaro65 or Razor HD) later on down the road. I am Leaning more towards just spending the money swaros and get that out of the way that way i wont second guess my self or regret not saving and getting the better binos.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Good point, Matt.

Brad, you stated you didn't want to spend $950.  How much less than that did you have budgeted?  That will have a profound effect on the recommendations you get.
 
I dont have a set budget right now i was just thinking ahead, i was more or less thinking of the 5-600$ range but that will be flexible. I know that i learned my leason with my scope a few weeks ago after being extremely indecisive and trying to save money i ended up just bitting the bullet and getting a Zeiss Conquest and i do not regrett my choice for a second. I know the same rules are going to apply for binos, it just seems that in most posts there is alway someone saying that there are other optics and are just as good for less money, which if thats the case i am game. I have read other post on here recomending sightron, minox, meostar, zeiss, swaro, vortex, and some others, i know it is always a personal prefference regardless. The only store at the moment out here that carries a range of binos is Bass Pro Shops. They carry lower end vortex, leupold, bushnell, steiner, leica, nikon, swaro, some burris, and maybe one or two i missed, i have spent some time there looking through different models, but with the limited selection that i have, i was hoping for some input that may bring something new to attention, i believe they will be opening a sportsmans warehouse next month which in my opinion has a better selection of just about everything so any suggestions to help narrow down the search will be appreciated. Altho i do get the feeling that im gonna just bite the bullet again and get a high end bino which i know is worth it just hard to imagine when you dont have the 1k+ in your hand and have to save up, seems forever away.......
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I think I would wait until the Zen Ray Prime HD comes out before making a decision.  From the little I've read about the expectations, it should be right there competing with much more expensive glass.
 
Just my opinion though.
 
 
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I just bought a pair of Vortex Diamondbacks in 8x42... I'm very happy with them. The only binocular at the store that looked better than them to my eyes was a $1600 pair of Swaro's... 
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I did like the Diamondbacks they are an option but im thinking of maybe the Talon HDs in 10x32. keep things a little lighter and compact on my chest rig. Just wanna check them out before i order them.
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If you go with the 32mm, I would suggest the 8X32.  The 10X32 has a relatively small 3.2mm exit pupil, and would suffer comparatively at dawn and dusk.
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