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I just bought a pair of these and thought I'd put up my first impressions.  First, they are primarily my bowhunting glass.  My Pentax SP 8X43 are great but they are too big for bowhunting and 8X is too much for looking short distances.  So I've been liikong around and decided on the 6X32.  There's not a lot out there in this range.  I've been using a Bushnell Custom 7X26, but they never did suit me.  The Leupolds are bright and clear,  They are much easier to look through than the 7X26 (I wear glasses).  The screw down eye cups work well.  I was looking at some deer yesterday afternoon from 30 minutes before dark until dark, about 80 yards away.  When I first started looking there wasn't much difference between the Bushnell, Pentax, and Leupold, except for the power difference.  I think the Bushnells are a bit sharper than either of the other two in good light.  They are porro prisms, so that's not surprising.  One of the deer was a small buck with one forked antler (deer are just now losing their antlers around here).  I was able to see this well with both the Pentax and the Leupold until dark, but the Bushnell ran out of light about 10 minutes before.  Low light performance is important to me when bowhunting.  I need to tell if I'm looking at a doe or a button buck.  The Leupolds will let me do that.  So far I'm happy.  They are the right size, handle nicely, and work in low light.  They are probably a bit overpriced at $300, but choices in a 6X with decent sized objectives are really limited.  All Leupolds are overpriced anyway, aren't they
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Originally posted by mwyates mwyates wrote:

All Leupolds are overpriced anyway, aren't they

Yes, but not by much, and they have very good service, so that balances things off a bit.

The most overpriced, to the point of ridiculous, are the Brunton optics.

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Did you buy the older Katmai or the recently updated phase-coated version?

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Ilya,

 

It's the phase coated version.  For a change, I also got the Natural finish.  I wasn't sure about it, but I like it.  It's a bit darker than it appears in some of the pics.  After a couple more days of using them, I'm even more impressed.  They are the easiest to use with glasses of anything I've tried. 

 

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I am glad you like them.  I have looked at earlier Katmai binos and was not especially impressed (8x version).  Quite a few people liked the 6x version though.  Now that they have phase coating I've been seriously considering them.  There are not a lot of 6x binos out there.  I've looked at a few, but the ones with good glass were pretty bulky (Fujinon 6x30) or not-waterproof andsubpar in low light (Pentax Papilio).  I've looked at Minox 6.5x32 and they are quite nice, but german which causes all sorts of problems for me.

I think I'll take a closer look at the new Katmai.

ILya


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Ilya,

 

I think you'd like them.  Like you say, the choices at 6X are pretty limited.  The Katmais are not light, but they are pretty "handy".  They are a lot smaller than my SP 8X43.

 

Shalom

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