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I am looking for a new pair of 10x42 binoculars, I have these two in mind. I am wondering if there is a $100 difference in the two pairs. From looking at the specs on the Leupold website the Acadias actually have a better FOV and all other things are equal. Does anyone care to chime in with first hand experience or knowledge. Thanks in advance.
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I had the opportunity to look through the Acadias for the first time just a few days ago. Sadly I was not impressed with their performance in terms of apparent brightness, contrast or particularly apparent sharpness. The little Leupold Yosemite that was sitting next to it actually bettered it in all of these areas.
 
If you aren't stuck on Leupold then I would suggest the Nikon Prostaff 7 as it has been getting some very good reviews and those reviews have been specifically illustrating the great apparent sharpness in the center of the field of view.
 
Another to consider would be the Sightron Blue Sky SII 8x42. Same field of view as the Arcadia with a generous sweet spot and excellent apparent sharpness. They typically sell in the $150-$180 range. I own this one and can certainly verify its excellent optical performance levels for the price.
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I have a pair of Cascades 10x42. Last year while hunting at VERY last light a buck stepped out into the field. My scope is a 3x9 Zeiss conquest, It was so dark I could not judge the deer. Luckily I had the Cascades, I could clearly judge the rack and deer at 130 yards. 

I am very happy with the Cascades. I will say they are the first pair of what I call premium bino's I have had. So the Nikon might be just as good or better, but I'll stick with what I know is proven in the field for me.
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