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I shoot my rifles with Zeiss Conquest, and of course I really like them.  I own Nikon Monarch Binos, very good for the price.  Was looking at the EL Swaros and wondered how they compared to the swaros.  So my questions are:

Will the Bushy Elites perform as well as my Conquest, I do have two Elite 3-9X40 riflescopes, how do they compare vs the Elite Binos?

Is it worth upgrade from Monarchs to the Elites or do I need to step up to Swaro to feel a signifigant upgrade on performance?

Lastly, are the El's worth the money vs SLC?

Thank you so much guys.  I really need some help.
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BIGBEAR1, I was in the same situation that you are in about two years ago.  I started out with a pair of Kahles 8x42 and a friend of mine that I hunted with talked me into selling them to him.  At the time I didn't have the money to step up to a better pair so I purchased a pair of Nikon Monarch 8x42 and kept them for about two years.  I then sold them and bought myself a pair of Swarovski SLK in 7x42 and it was a great purchase for myself.  They fit my hands perfectly, have the same glass in them as the ELs for about $700 less money.  I love the way they feel in my hands.  I don't ever plan on selling them and they should last me for a long long time.  You can definately see the difference between the Nikon Monarch's and the Swarovski's at dusk and dawn.  I can not only tell if it is a buck but I can also give you a point count and how long the tines are.  Plus Swarovski has the best customer service in the business bar none!  Good luck in your search. birdhunter66
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A search of this site will reveal a review I did of the Bushnell Elite vs. the Swarovski EL some time ago.  The short version is that I preferred the Bushnell over the Swarovski.  The optical differences were negligible and the Elite was smaller, lighter, more comfortable, offered better styling, AND cost 1/2 as much. 

Swarovski just has never really "tripped my trigger."  Maybe their new HD model will change my mind, but I'm not holding my breath.
 


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I agree with lucznik......my 10x42 elites are fabulous. 
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I have been using the 10x43 elites for a couple years now and i really like them ,but i have to wonder how much better the swaro/leica binos can be.....should i step up?
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I tend to agree with Luczink too.  I have Monarchs (now relegated to spare/loaner).  I have looked fairly seriously at the Elites, and they are a lot better binocular than the Monarch, so that is an upgrade that will not disappoint you.  They are also the lightest premium grade binocular and if you are weight conscious that is a plus for them too.
 
It is really an apples to oranges to compare scopes to binoculars.  Different optical systems, use of one eye instead of two etc.  But I think if you are happy with Conquest scope optics, the Elite binocular will not seem a let down.  You really do not need to spend any more money than the Elites to get a really good binocular.
 
Crowsniper,  if you are satisfied with the 10x43 Elite, I would not step up.  I do not believe the optical difference you get for the extra $1,000 you pay for it is there. 


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Where would the vortex razor/stokes fit in this discussion vs. the Bushnell elites?
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Originally posted by SChunter SChunter wrote:

Where would the vortex razor/stokes fit in this discussion vs. the Bushnell elites?
Good question , i like the razors too..
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The Elites are really good binoculars, and have been since they were Bausch & Lomb Elites back in the early 1990's. It's pretty hard to find better optics in binoculars--and the differences are slight when you do. I own several top-notch binoculars (Swarovski EL, Zeiss FL, Leica Ultravid, Nikon Premier, etc.) and the Elites are not embarrassed by any of that company.
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Have to agree with John B and lucznik about the Elite bino's. Alot of folks don't give them their due cause they can't get past the Bushnell name. Same goes for the Elite riflescopes.

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Yeah, they're still made in the same factory the B&L Elites were, but technology has marched onward since then, and the latest Bushnell Elites (whether binoculars or scopes) are a little better than the B&L's were.
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Have either of you two (JB or RDFinn) looked through the 80mm ed elite spotter?  Thanks.

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Not yet, but if it is anything like the other large-objective Elites it should be very, very good.
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I have not. I still own the 60mm B&L Elite spotter.
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Roy, how would you compare the elite with the razor?
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I have not compared them side by side so I really couldn't say.
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I have the 10X43 elites and think they are very good for the price. Here is a link to a very recent review putting the elites just below the best of the best at about half the price and even above some other respectable glass. http://www.birdwatching.com/optics/2008roundup/binoculars_high-end.html
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