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I've been looking at a few choices for a new 10x hunting binocular.  Trying to narrow between:

 

Alpen Rainer 10x42. - $855

(I currently own Alpen Apex 8x42 and I am very impressed with the value of these binos.)

Meopta Meostar 10x42-$850 or $800 for Cabelas Euro

Minox HG 10x43 -$790

Vortex Razor 10x42 -$720

Anyone have any experience with any of these binoculars?  Image quality, low light quality, like/dislikes?

 

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This is a pretty tough call.  I am not very well familiar with the particular models, but I have played with 7x-8x-8.5x versions of all of these binoculars except the Alpens.  Between Minox, Vortex and Meopta, it is a tough call.  All three are very good and all three balance and handle very differently, so you should really try all three if you can.

Assuming you are equally comfortable with the weight and handling qualities, I would probably lean toward the Razors because of the superior eyecups and excellent resolution, but all three are quite good.

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Koshkin, which of the two that you have for sale seems the better binocular to you the Minox or the Meopta?  Do you still have both of them?  What are you using at this time.  Thanks
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Originally posted by birdhunter birdhunter wrote:

Koshkin, which of the two that you have for sale seems the better binocular to you the Minox or the Meopta?  Do you still have both of them?  What are you using at this time.  Thanks


Meopta is a better binocular in terms of optics.  Minox is a fair bit lighter though and is still very good.

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Koshkin,

 

How do the Vortex binos compare to the Meopta in terms of clarity, brightness?  Thanks

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Originally posted by swilkens swilkens wrote:

Koshkin,

 

How do the Vortex binos compare to the Meopta in terms of clarity, brightness?  Thanks



Both are very clear.  I think Meopta is a little brighter (higher light transmission is a better way to describe this), and is a little better in low light.  Meopta colors, however, are a little warmer and produce a very slight yellowish tint (extremely slight), so if you are looking for the best color accuracy, Razor's a re a little better.  If you are looking for low light performance, Meopta is a little better.

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Anyone have any experience with the Alpen Rainier or even the Alpen Tetons?  lLya-I haven't heard much about Vortex, are they a new company?  Quality?  Thanks
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Vortex is a new company and their stuff seems pretty good.  Razor is their top of the line binocular and it is very good.

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Has anyone looked through the new Alpen Rainer or Teton series?
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swilkens,

 

Outdoor Life just "reviewed" the Alpen Ranier and they give it a bit "thumbs up."

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I just purchased a pair of 10x42 Alpen Rainiers on ebay for $499 shipped.  They were a demo pair.  Not bad considering the cheapest I can find them anywhere else is $840.  I will try and let everyone know how they are when I get them.  Thanks again everyone!
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i look forward to your findings.  i have had no experience w/ that company.

 

J

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I received the Alpen Rainiers in the mail this week and haven't had a good chance to really test them out too much yet, however what little I have done with them I've been very impressed.  Very sharp image quality and color.  Great 4 position locking eye cups and very good brightness.  My only complain so far is the weight.  They are a little on the heavy side, but something I'm willing to sacrifice with the excellent image quality.  I'll try and post more as I get a chance to use them more.

 

Scott

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