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From all reports and opinions, the Leica Ultravid is one of the best binoculars on the market.  The price is significantly more than the Nikon Premier LX.  Comparing the Leica 8x50 with the Nikon 8x42, which one is brighter and clearer as I do not have a local shop to compare these two models.  I know the Leica has a bigger exit pupil, but how much of a difference does this make?  Also, does anyone know about the quality of the Weaver Grand Slam binoculars in 8.5x45 compared to the above two and compared to a pair of binoculars that I already have, the Bushnell Legends 8x42.
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The Grand Slams are good binos, but they are not up to the level of these other two.  I would say that they are probably a little better then the Bushnell Legends, (I have not actually compared them side by side and the Legend is a pretty good bino for the money).  If I were getting binos for birding, I would probably go with the Nikons and their excellect true color rendition.  If I wer buying a bino for hunting, it would be the Leica.  If you were to compare 8x42 to 8x42, I think you would see the Nikon being brighter and a truer color during the day.  I also think that you would stil be able to see well with the Leica in low light conditions long after the Nikon crapped out. 

 

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Thanks for the info, ranburr.
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The big knock against the Nikons has been their weight.  They are significantly heavier than anything else.  I just noticed yesterday that they are coming out with the Premier LX 8X42 Series II which is supposed to be 20% lighter.  They are also $300 more, at $1199.  The original binocs are a heavy bargain.  If I was going to spend $1200, I'd add a couple to it and get the Ultravids.
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