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I have a ProMaster 8X42 ELX ED set of bino's that I really like.  Here is my delimma.  I am getting the 'itch' to get another set of bino's.  I have read many good reviews on the Leupold GR HD model binos.  Has anyone got both sets and can give me a comparison?  The ProMaster's are a little on the heavy side to lug around all day, but do provide a spectacular view.

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I have the GR Hd, and a Zen ED2 (same as Promaster).  I find the Zen to be ever so slightly brighter, but I prefer the vivid colors and image of the GR HD, which is fantastic.  Image and colors in the Leupold really "pop" into focus.  A steal of a price @ $599 after rebate for first rate glass, build, and warranty.  
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I am looking for some 8X32.  what about weight?  are they lightweight or built solid?
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Leupold Gold Rings in general tend to be quite heavy compared to other comparable roof prism binos.  The listed weight of the 8X32 is 27 oz., which is on the heavy side for a 32mm roof.  They are indeed built solid, and image quality is very good, but if light weight is important to you, the GR's are not the best choice.
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The Minox HG 8X33 is  21.3 oz
This is light and I love these.
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You get much more FOV with the Gr HD than the Minox....395" @ 1000yds as compared to 420'@1000yds.  FOV is the downside to the Minox HG's.  I consider the heavier weight of the GR's an advantage.  
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This illustrates a good example of some of the trade-offs inherent in optics.  The Minox HG uses single aspherical lenses to correct for optical aberrations as opposed to the conventional complex lens groups (triplets).  This reduces weight, but it is also the reason for the narrow FOV of the Minox HG series.

While the GR's additional weight isn't as handy for extended carry, it nevertheless helps steady viewing.
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I also have the Gold Ring HD's 10x42's and I'm very impressed with them.  As RifleDude says, they're a bit heavy, but that helps steady them for extended.  They have excellent resolution, contrast and color.
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