I agree with supertool. As a class, the $700- $900 binos are tough to beat because they offer almost
the image quality of the alpha class bins at half the price. I think the best deal available in this class is the Vortex Razor, followed closely by the Meopta Meostar. I own an 8X42 Razor, and spent a fair amount of time comparing it to the Meostar. The Razor and Meostar are pretty much equal optically, and opinions differ on which is "better." I would give the Razor the edge (no pun intended) simply because it is less expensive, lighter, has a better warranty, and I prefer the eyecups. I also prefer the way it feels, but those two are close enough in quality that if I preferred the feel of the Meostar, I would go with it without hesitation.
The Leica Ultravid, Zeiss Victory FL, and Swarovski EL are technically better, but not significantly so and certainly not proportional in price.
If you can give us a list of bins you are considering, we'll be happy to rank them as best we can. But, though you might get some consensus, I would expect each of our rankings would be different. When you get to the better $700 class bins and up, there are almost no bad choices and which one is better is a matter of opinion. Different people rank different optical, mechanical, and ergonomic qualities of bins in varying orders of importance. So, you see, there is no right and wrong answers and never will be as long as you're talking about bins in similar price and quality classes.
My binoculars, ranked in order from best to still quite good are: Leica 8X32 Ultravid HD, Vortex 8X42 Razor, Leica 8X50 Trinovid, and Kahles 10X42.
Edited by RifleDude - June/20/2008 at 14:12