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I have learned a tremendous amount of information about binocs., and for that I thank you. It has helped to narrow down my choices. Of all the information I have read, nobody has mentioned the Brunton Epochs. Has anybody had any experience comparing these to the Leicas? I have narrowed it down to either the Epochs or the Leica Geovids, both in the 10 powers.
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LEICA!

 

There is a reason for nobody mentioning Bruntons here.

 

Last summer I owned a set of Leupold Pinnacle binocs in a 10x42mm. My brother-in-law had just purchased a set of 10x42mm Brunton Epochs. We spent an evening glassing the meadows around my house, with the sun to our backs, sun to our faces and everything in between. At the end of the evening the only thing good I could say about his Bruntons' was "That's a nice camo finish."

 

I couldn't see a bit of difference between the $370 Pinnacles & the $1600 Bruntons. I phoned factory reps from both companies and the Pinnacles had a higher % of light transmission than the Bruntons.

 

Don't get me wrong, the Pinnacles won't compare to any of the European glass out there, but they were not out classed by a set of Epochs and the camo finish on the Bruntons' was not good enough to make up for the price difference.

 

I urge you to read through several posts made here on binocs. There is a lot of knowledge to be found here. Some of these guys are sharp, it won't take you long to figure out who they are.

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Would be a very easy decision for me.

 

Leica Leica Leica

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I have the geovids and am very happy with them.
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I found some more posts I missed on my previous searches about the Zeiss FL's.

Am I correct in assuming that it basically boils down to personal preference between the Leica Geovids and the Zeiss FL's and Zeiss Victory II's?

 

I know don't want to get stuck on the fact that Leica has the rangefinder, I just want the best binoc and if that happens to be the Leica, then that's a bonus.

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If you want the best bino, get a Leica Ultravid or Zeiss FL.  In my comparisons, Leicas has better build quality, edge to edge sharpness, better contrast and enhanced color, and are more compact and comfortable.  The FLs have more neutral color representation with less contrast, slightly more view of view, possibly a tad brighter (although I haven't been able to confirm that), and possibly less chromatic abberations.  The Leica Geovids are a supurb bino and rangefinder combo, although when I looked through them, I had alot of blackout with them, and couldn't adjust them to get rid of it.  However this may not happen for most people so give them a try if you want the rangefinger too.  To me, the Zeiss Victory II are not in the same class.  Good Luck.
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I purchased the Zeiss FL in 8x42 a couple weeks ago and could'nt be happier. I compared them to the Leica Ultravid's and found them to be much more comfortable in my hands, with a much smoother focuser than the Leica's. I also compared them to the Swarovski EL's and again I found the Zeiss to be more comfortable in my hands and a little brighter than the EL's. If your looking for 10x42's, the Zeiss FL, Leica's and Swarovski's all have the same 330' field of view, the Zeiss only have a wider field of view in the lower magnifications 7 and 8x. Your best bet is to compare as many as you can and get the ones that look and feel the best to you.
Have you compared the difference in the amount of magnified handshake between 7 or 8x and 10x binos? Depending on how steady you can hold a pair on binoculars it can be very noticeable. If you want to read some good reviews and alot of them go to birdforum.net. Good luck and happy bino hunting.
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