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i'm looking at a pair of Minox H'Gs 8.5x43 new
or a pair of used 8x30 slc's swaro's
i can get them for about the same price
i mainly bowhunt and field watching
help me decide

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anybody?
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http://www.swarovskioptik.com/popup/modell.popup.php?l=us&path=L1VzZXJGaWxlcy9zd2Fyb3Zza2lfb3B0aWsvSW1hZ2UvcG9wdXAvcG9wdXBfU0xDbmV1IDh4MzAgV0IuanBn&name=SLCnew 8x30 WB&width=356&height=395  I don't care for the focus wheel on the bottom of the 8x30mm, others have voiced the same opinion.  Minox now offers the APO HG 8.5x43 BR asph. CLICK HERE

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The focus wheel is in the wrong place on the slc Swaro - but you can get used to it and comfortable in a few days, and be aware that the new Meopta 8x32 is a better binocular than both the slc and the Minox. That being said, i did not like the Minox HG 8.5x43 when i looked through them. They had a narrow field of view. They were bright, but there was some funky feeling to the image that i cannot decribe and i did not like. I would take the slc over the Minox, if the slc is a reasonably recent version.
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the swaro's are 2006 model
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pacfan, between slc 8x30 and Meopta 8x32 each at $800, i would get the Meopta.
between the slc at $600 and Meopta at $800, i would get the slc.
It all depends on price.
 
 


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Ditto on the Meopta. They are just excellent binoculars. I'd consider them as well.
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+1
  Meopta's do indeed have good glass IMHO
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I have the hg 10x52s.  I love the clarity and feel of them.  The range finder built in on the focus knob is nice too.  My only gripe about them is the fov is 283' @ 1000yds which isnt the best but like I said the crispness and quality of the binos are excellent.
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If I were to get an 8.5x, I would go for the widest field myself. Despite the odd focus knob, the Swarovski here is the better overall binocular for many uses. The 8.5x really does not give you that much more than an 8x. Get the brightest 8x you can for your money and you get the most for your dollar over the 8.5x. There are many 8x42s out there. Some come close to the alphas. There is also Chinese ED glass out now and the upcoming Bushnell new Legend.
 
Now if you are set on Minox, check all the models. There is also the 8x33. May come close to the Swarovski for less money.
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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

The focus wheel is in the wrong place on the slc Swaro - but you can get used to it and comfortable in a few days
 
Why is that? I didn't notice any issue when I used it in store. Maybe I am not sensitive to it?
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The focuser is at the objective end of the bridge, rather than the ocular end (like most binoculars). Most people need to hold theses binos differently, to be able to focus with a middle finger or such. The focuser is very smooth after a few hours of use, but it is rather small. That, combined with it's location, makes it a bit of a challenge  to learn how to focus quickly, especially with gloves.
However, plenty of quick fosing is not something that hunters do with their binoculars, because they don't follow deer hopping quickly from one tree to another. 
On the other hand, the SLC 8x30 has excellent depth of field and a very wide field of view free of distortions. The overall image is very clean, flat, wide, open, and deep. This binocular does work like a "set focus and forget": if you set the focus at 5o yards, everything that you could possibly shoot is well in focus.Because the focuser is small and out the way, the SLC 8x30 is the best of both worlds; it functions like and offers the convenience of individual focus binoculars, but it has central focusing whenever you want it. 
The glass is well baffled against internal reflections and works very well in difficult lighting conditions (not just low light - like most hunters think, but sunset in your face, etc.). 
The SLC has nicer and flatter field than EL 8x32 and Zeiss FL 8x32. However, the later two work better when looking against backlit objects (like looking at an elk in the shade at the base of a sand dune with the sun setting exactly behind), and have slightly better contrast and more vivid colors. In my opinion, the SLC 8x30 is 99% of all the glass that a hunter  will ever need.   
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If you're mainly bowhunting consider 6X or 7X.  8X works OK, but 6X is a lot eaiser to hold and is easier on your eyes for long viewing.  I've found I move a lot less using 6X.  I spook less deer, and 6X is plenty to differentiate a little doe and a button buck.

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...and there are plenty of excellent models between $100 and $500 from Vortex and Leupold.
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