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Hello I've been looking at cabelas line of bino's specifically the Alaskan Guide -vs-Euro,I know the euro's are better glass but how do the guides compare and at what category would you place the guides?.I am not able to find any reviews on either.How do the cabelas euro's compare to the high grade leicas,zeiss,and swaro's?.Should I just spend the few extra dollars and buy nikon's lx?I want my binocs will be an all purpose glass from sports,hunting,star gazing and some work related use...Please advise..Thanks

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The euros appear to be brand labeled Meoptas.  The new Meoptas seem to be pretty good binos.  I had a chance to compare them side by side with a Loopy Gold Ring and I prefered the Meoptas.  Keep in mind that this was a very informal evaluation.  But, most people seem to like the Meoptas.  I have never used the Alaskan Guide binos.

 

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I've used the Cabela's Alaskan Guide binoculars in a 10x42mm, as well as I can remember they were pretty good glasses, but this was before I found this site and really started getting serious about my hunting optics. (that comment does not mean they were inferior binoculars.)

 

The only fault I had with them were: no twist-up eyecups & the click-stop focus always seemed to stop slightly out of focus for my eyes-not bad, just enough to be distracting.

 

All-in-all I feel that they are an overpriced mid-quality binocular. I think that you would be happier spending a little extra money and purchasing a set manufactured by the "Big Three" or the nikon LXs'.

 

Good luck.

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Thank You all very much for your help,I think I'll forget about the alaskan guides though and stick with the higher grade binos.I will begin comparing some and try to narrow the choices. I'll have some more questions then. 
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I thought the optics on the Alaskan Guides were quite good. Ergonomically the design was very good as well. Their only real downfall in my opinion is the click-stop focus adjustment. As was mentioned above it almost feels, at times, as if the perfect focus is right between click-stops. Frustrating to say the least. I believe they are manufactured by Fujinon.

 

The Eurobins are quite nice optically and defintely a Meopta product. I would rank them close to the same level as the Leica Trinovids and Swaro SLCs.

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