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Well, I am getting a pair of non HD 8x32 Ultravids.  I got a good price on them for 1150 from here.  I was planning on buying in the 600-800 dollar range but was told that this was a good deal on great bino's.  I have been using some 8x42 Kahles and have been happy, but I don't have them available to me anymore.  I was going to just buy another pair of kahles in 8x32 or 8x42 and ended up with the ultravids.  I wanted something a touch smaller for bow hunting.  What do you guys think?  After doing some more research, do you guys think it is worth the extra money for the HD?  I am somewhat jealous that ones I bought don't have the aquaguard which I think could be nice.  I will be using these for hunting, mostly bowhunting and will be in the market for some larger bino's for my elk trip next year.  What would be the best compliment to these binos? 
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I think Ultravids will be perfect for your elk hunt or any hunt for that matter. The only area where a larger bino might be more usefull is for extended periods of glassing, where a heavier bino will be more steady, but in turn, this is the area that a good spotting scope would excel.

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Originally posted by cajunhunter cajunhunter wrote:


will be in the market for some larger bino's for my elk trip next year.  What would be the best compliment to these binos? 


LARGER, as in MORE magnification and MORE aperture, I presume?

If the viewing distance for elk increases, significantly, a 10x42mm would be a nice compliment to the 8x32mm.

You might look into the Hawke Frontier ED 10x43mm. Check out the review of the Hawke Frontier ED on this binocular forum home page.
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I was thinking larger objective.  Maybe a 10x42.  Maybe it is not necessary.
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Well I got the Leica's in and I love the size.  They seem ideal for me. We will see if a second pair is necessary but the Hawke looks like a good option.
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I don't think a 10x42 would be much of an improvement.  It has the same 4mm exit pupil as your 8x32 and the difference between 8x and 10x is not all that great.

If you're going to get something bigger, presumably to be able to see things better than you can with your 8x32, then you should start looking at something with at least a 50mm objective lens.  A 10x50 or 12x50 would be a good starting point.
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Good choice picking the compact 8x32's for bow hunting.

Complimenting them with a 10x42, 10x50 or 12x50, like mentioned above, for rifle hunting would be the ticket.
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Thanks for the comments guys.
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I have an Ultravid 8X32, but in the HD model, and I absolutely love mine!  They are so good optically, that I don't feel like I'm giving up much if anything in exchange for the compact size vs a full size 42mm bin.  In direct comparison between my 42mm and 50mm bins, I've found I don't even sacrifice much low light performance, because the Ultravid has excellent light transmission and high contrast that makes up for the smaller exit pupil.

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Yes, RifleDude but how does the non HD Ultravid compare?

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I bought my ultravid's off the sample list and they came with a "used Equipment" Limited Lifetime Warranty.  It seems like a good warranty, but what is this passport warranty I have been reading about on here?
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Originally posted by cajunhunter cajunhunter wrote:

I bought my ultravid's off the sample list and they came with a "used Equipment" Limited Lifetime Warranty.  It seems like a good warranty, but what is this passport warranty I have been reading about on here?
 
The passport warranty from Leica covers all manufacturing defects and accidents for the lifetime of the original purchaser. It's basically a no-fault warranty.
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