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Can anyone provide me with any insight or opinion on how the above binocular would compare to the Zen ED3 binos?
 
I realize I'm painting with a very broad brush, but I've found a set of Leupold GR's at a fair price; all the reviews I've read have been positive except for the location of where the neck strap attaches to the bino.
 
What are you're thoughts on the GR's?
 
 
 
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Since you have a Swaro SLC, you have a pretty good idea of what the Leupold GR will show you.  They are very similar optically.  The Leupold has no tripod adapter, an ipd lock that the SLC lacks, but it it a very good, if pretty heavy, Japanese made glass.  I am fairly certain that Leupold's partner in this glass was Kowa.  Like the Swaro, the Leupold looks to be built like the proverbial tank.

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Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:

I've found a set of Leupold GR's at a fair price
Just make sure that the dealer offers an excellent return polilcy before ordering.
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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:

I've found a set of Leupold GR's at a fair price
Just make sure that the dealer offers an excellent return polilcy before ordering.
 
It's an individual, no return period offered and they would have to be shipped to me, so I wouldn't be able to compare them side-by-side with the other binos.
 
I will probably just wait, Leupold will be reintroducing the GR's in 2012 or 2013.
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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

Since you have a Swaro SLC, you have a pretty good idea of what the Leupold GR will show you.  They are very similar optically.  The Leupold has no tripod adapter, an ipd lock that the SLC lacks, but it it a very good, if pretty heavy, Japanese made glass.  I am fairly certain that Leupold's partner in this glass was Kowa.  Like the Swaro, the Leupold looks to be built like the proverbial tank.
 
Thanks again Steve; I currently have on-hand the Swaro and the Zen ED3.....I have been buying AND unfortunately returning several sets of binoculars, just trying to find the ones I like best.
 
The bar and budget was set with the older SLC's in the $800-$1000 range; I owned a pair of them in the past, sold them and have regretted it ever since. I found another set at a price that would allow me to sell them and make a couple hundred bucks in profit if I decided I liked something better.
 
After listening to your advice, Bitteroot Bulls and FrankD, I ordered a set of ED3's; they very well could force the SLC's to ebay. They are lighter, a bit longer and to my eyes they are on par with the older binos from Swarovski. The Swaros do hold a slight edge over the Zen's in low light when it comes to brightness and resolution, but I do mean a slight edge; it is not enough to justify the cost of the used Swaros v. the new Zen's.
 
I did have two issues with the Zen's and how Charles/Zen-Ray handles the situation will determine whether or not I will keep the binos. The first issue was with the right eyecup; it would not "stop" in the half-way position and it was very stiff/gritty compared to the left eyecup. The second issue was the armor, it was scuffed in a couple of places. This was a minor issue and yes I'm being picky, but if I purchase something new in the box, I'll be the guy who scuffs it.
 
Now, this leads me to the Leupold; I'll admit it, I'm a Leupophile. It's not the best in the world, but I am very pleased with their products and customer service, besides that, it's an American company, but we won't get into that. That would be a discussion unto itself.
 
I have always wanted to get my hands on a set of GR's, but I couldn't find them at a reasonable price when I embarked upon this quest, so I scratched them off the list. Now that I have the Zen's and the Swaro's, (one of which will be leaving) I found a set of mint GR's for slightly more than what I paid for the Zen's. However, if they are similar to the Swaro's, I don't know if they would be worth my effort, especially since Leupold is reintroducing the GR line in 2012-2013.
 
When it comes to price v. performance, the Zen's have beaten everything I've had my eyes behind. We'll see how Zen handles my complaint, BUT I'd still like to have a look at those GR's. Smile
 
As always, your advice is appreciated,
 
Rodney
 
 
 
 
 
 
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