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I`m very interested in the Kruger Caldera, but I don't have a local retailer nearby that carries these. I've had a chance to look at the leupold mckinleys and vortex talons (Zen Ray ED2 clone?) and loved both of them. Are the optics of the Caldera a mix of these two binoculars? Are the oculars on the Caldera as uncomfortable as the Mckinleys? Thanks!
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I have had a Caldera for awhile.  I have the McKinley as well.  I also have or at least have had most of the Zen Ray stuff as well.

The optics of the McKinley are a touch better than the Caldera.  Both are very good and I would not feel disaffected is I was somewhere exotic and my only optic was either one.  The Caldera is a lot smaller, the eye cups are smaller in diameter than the McKinley.

So yeah, the Caldera is definitely in the mix.

So anyway, welcome to OT Big Smile
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l went back and forth between my calders and a pair of geovids. The geovids did not blow me away. The major difference was that the geovids were clear/sharp all the way the the field edge. The laser rangefinder was alao nice.

I do wear corrective lenses, so maybe im not gge best person to do a comparison.
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I'm really looking for a binocular with the ergonomics of the Monarch 7, but similar optical performance to the Zen EDs. It sounds like the Caldera might be just what I'm looking for, so I'm going to give them a shot!

Thanks for all of the feedback guys! I will report back after my purchase...
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Just posting an update, as I have made two recent binocular purchases.  First I bought the Hawke Sapphire ED 8x25's and then about a week ago I purchased the Kruger Caldera 10x42's.  I must say that I am very satisfied with the Calderas, as they are everything I was hoping they would be.  My focus knob operates perfectly and images are razor sharp.  The sweet spot is large and really covers the vast majority of the FOV - so much so that I'm glad I did not try to spend more money on the Leupold McKinleys (the Mckinleys are great, but the eye pieces on the McKinleys pinched the bridge of my nose - uncomfortable!).  I was a bit concerned that the eyepieces on the Calderas may be uncomfortable too, but they are quite a bit smaller than the Leupold's - they fit my face just fine.  I do get a small bit of rolling ball with the Calderas, but it doesn't really affect me enough to cause concern.  I've looked through the Zeiss Terra 10x42s on about 5 separate occasions, and they are quite nice and direct competition to the Calderas in terms of $.  I am happy with my decision to go with the Calderas as they do have a larger sweet spot.

On another note, I've compared the Sapphire ED's to the Calderas, and I think everyone needs to check this bino out if they are looking for a compact and are wanting an Alpha level view for bargain $$! Seriously nice view...
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Oh, and thanks to everyone for the advice!
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