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How do the Nikon Premier binos (8x42) compare to the Leica Ultravids and the Swaro El.  Are the last two worth that extra money?
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You just asked the "BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes?" question.

Most everyone will reply with a derivative of "how can you lose with any of the three?" and then proceed to tell you about their personal experience with one particular brand (because who could afford all three??? except possibly Chris...Wink).

www.betterviewdesired.com (which is just about as good of a binocular review site as there is on the web) leans toward the Nikon Venturers.  Of the three you mentioned, I couldn't help but drop my jaw the first time I tried out a pair of 10x42 Ultravids--the Leica's just radiate quality.  I like the ergonomics on the Swaros and I love the color on the Nikons.

But if I had the money, I'd probably buy the Zeiss Victory II's.  I have seen no brighter 40mm objective binocular in my experience.  The only glass I ever used that gave a brighter picture was a pair of Minox BD 10x58 BR, but you needed a forklift to wear them for more than an hour.

Just my two cents...

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I think if you factor in Leica's durability (uses aluminum housing), Passport Warranty (no fault, you can drive over them with your truck and Leica will replace them) and resell value then Leica can not be beat.....especially for hunting.
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The Nikons are less expensive, and give just as good a picture, however they are 34.6 ozs, a bit heavy.  I would consider the Nikons for the 8X32  midsize binos (at 25 ozs they are almost as heavy as the Zeiss II full size), but not for the full size.  The Zeiss II's are probably the "brightest view" but not necessarily the absolute best picture (they are still very good and also fairly lightweight).  The Leica's are top quality too.

Another review for slighter larger Zeiss II vs Leica binoculars can be found at:  http://www.cloudynights.net/breviews/zeiss%20victory.htm



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