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I am almost ready to purchase a new pair of binoculars.  They will be used for hunting and general wildlife watching. I have narrowed it down to pentax dcf sp 8x43 minox hg 8.5x42.  I was wondering in terms of optics how does the swarovski 8x30 slc compare to these.  It would be nice to get a smaller pair but I do not want to sacrifice anything in terms of the optics.  I heard that when you go down to a 8x30 from 8x42 you lose a touch of resolution.  is this true?  If so how much?


Thanks in advance for your replies.

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I own a pair of the Minox HGs (8.5x42) and Swarovski ELs (8.5x42), but have also looked through the 8x30 SLCs on more than one occasion.  It's been a while since I looked through the Pentax as I generally don't care for them.

Here is what I would tell you.  Optically, the Minox HGs are not as good as the Swarovski SLCs (most binoculars aren't, however).  However, I think you'd prefer to use the 8.5x42 vs. 8x30 in most hunting situations, particularly low-light. 

Sort of a trade-off I know. 

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