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I was down at my LGS the other day playing around with the 1.7-10x42 Z6. Seemed nice but I want to know how the NEW Leica rates to these.
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according to swfa's sight the leica scopes wont be out until some time this month, but if i had to guess i would say they are probably going be pretty good scopes.
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But the question should be, are they worth the extra $$ with so many other good European scopes out there?
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I don't think the Leica is any cheaper than the comparible Swarovski, so I don't see any reason to pick the Leica over the Swarovski.  I think that the Swarovski is as close to perfection optically as you can get.  Besides, the Swarovski is tried and true.  You don't know if they have really gotten all of the bugs out of a new model such as the Leica.
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Leica has never sold on price or released a product that I know that was not completely debugged. I have never seen a bad Leica product or a cheap one, they are a definitely a buy and keep type of thing but you do have to pay for it . I just sold a Leica camera that I bought used in 1963 for three times what I paid for it and I never had a problem with it during the entire time and it still worked fine.
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Originally posted by Duce Duce wrote:

Leica has never sold on price or released a product that I know that was not completely debugged. I have never seen a bad Leica product or a cheap one, they are a definitely a buy and keep type of thing but you do have to pay for it . I just sold a Leica camera that I bought used in 1963 for three times what I paid for it and I never had a problem with it during the entire time and it still worked fine.
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I'm not saying that the Leica will likely have any bugs in it, but I just don't see what you will gain with the Leica over the Swarovski or the Zeiss for that matter.  I would definately consider the Leica if I was in the market for a very high end scope, but I don't see anything that would make me pick the Leica over the Swarovski (or Zeiss).  I just feel that you know what you are getting with the Swarovski. 
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According to Leica, these scopes supposedly have smaller diameter eyepiece housings and more main tube length than competing premium 30mm Euro scopes.  At the same time, they are fairly compact and have nearly 4" of eye relief.  Still, despite this and Leica's overall good reputation, I believe they may have a hard time competing against Swaro and Zeiss with their pricing being similar.
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Maybe we will be lucky and Lecia scopes will be 1/2 price for the first 6 months just to get back into the market. Then several of us could get one so we can rave about them. Angel
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That would be wishful thinking...
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The Swaro Z3 and Z5 units (probably quite similar to the Leica ) are several hundred dollars less for a comparables. I guess I'd stay with them.  
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Probably won't see them for this hunting season as they are not in the USA yet.
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This month the Leica scopes are supposed to be on the dealers’ shelves ... looking forward to checking them out... 4 inches of eye relief and plenty of straight tube for easy mounting all with Leica optics... Cool!  NV Hunter

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