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What other brand & line would the Leupold Katmai compare to?  Are they better for resolution than Bushnell Legends?  Do they compare very well to Pentax DCF SP & Kahles?
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I own the Leupold Katmai's in 6x32 as well as the Kahles 8x42's.

I love the Katmai's for their features--the twist and lock eye cups will lock at three different heights so they accomodate being passed around and they 'remember' the right setting for me every time I pick them up.  The wide angle of view is perfect for my 'on hand' binocular.  I always start my birdwatching trips or summer hunting with them around my neck and something longer (like the Kahles or a pair of 12x porros) in my pack.

Their short focus of 4 feet makes it great to observe anything and everything and the depth of field is excellent as well.  They are waterproof and have weathered a few storms as I sat along the football field watching my son play.  They're compact enough to carry without fatigue and the objectives are big enough that you can use them after sunset.

Like I said, I love the features.

Optically, they're not equal to the Kahles but they are as good as any Bushnell Legend roof binocular that I've ever used.  They won't be as bright as a Pentax but they will be just as durable.  I don't know if you hold them under 8 foot of water for three days if they'll still be dry when you bring them up--that doesn't matter to me.  What matters to me is that my Katmai's got a good soaking when I slipped off a stone crossing a stream--I landed face first in the water and the Katmai's were underneath me.  When I stood up, I got out a Zeiss pre-moistened lens cloth, wiped off the mud, and continued the march without missing a beat.

They're only a 32mm objective and they're a roof binocular besides, so they won't give you the sharpness at long distance that a 42mm or 50mm objective binocular will give you.

But these Katmai's are so darn handy that you'll be carrying them 90% more often than you will a bigger binoc.  They're great in the woods, they're great in the center console of your SUV, they're great on the sidelines of a ball game.  Truly a go anywhere, do anything kind of binocular.

I don't use them to star gaze, I don't use them to scan distant shores or far off mountain ridges.  I use them for real life stuff and as my 'first' binocular out of the pack when I'm out foraging or knocking around.  If I'm doing serious birding, I'm carrying Swift Audubons.  If I'm doing serious hunting, I'm packing the Kahles.  For everything else, I start off with the Leupolds until a special situation arises that they don't do as well as one of the others.

Darn fine pair of real life binoculars.

Just my two cents.
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Gremlin,

 

Thanks for the reply and information.  I think that a good 6X or 7X 30/32 binocular would be very useful for numerous hunting or birding situations.  The 8X32's are very popular, and pretty versatile, and in many ways hard to beat.  The 6X and 7X give a better Field of View for close in to medium distances and this quality would be useful in a forested area.

 

Re: Bushnell Legends, have you checked out their porro prism models?  If so, what is your assessment of their optical qualities?  Are they fairly close to Pentax PCFs or the Swift Audobons?

 

Thanks again.

 

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I own two pairs of Bushnell Legend porros, the 8x26 and the 8x42s.  The 42's have a crisper image than the roofs do, the 8x26's are limited by their size.

 

I love both pair for their features but neither is in a class with the Swift Audubons.  The 8.5x44 820 porros have the sharpest center image for the money in their price range that I have ever had the experience of looking through.  You just can't beat the Audubons in a $250 binocular.  Waterproof, great field of view, twist up eyecups, generous eye relief, great armor, and an image that looks practically 3D.

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Gremlin,

 

Have you checked out the Swift Audubon 8.5X44 ED binos?  If you have, how do they compare to the non-ED version?  Are they significantly better?

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Rusty--
    Yes, I've had the good fortune to check out the ED Audubons.  One of my bird buddies was so taken with my regular pair of 820's that he went out and plunked down the extra $175 for a pair of ED's.

    They're better than the regular 820's.  They carry the center image sharpness of the 820's almost all the way to the edge of the generous field of view that the Audubons provide.

    My problem is that I already own a great pair of 820's and to buy the ED's I'd have to sell mine as used and take a beating and then cough up another $175 to $250 to buy a new pair of 820 ED's.

    They're not that much better.

    If I had it to do over again, knowing that I bought a pair of Nikon Premier 8x20's about three months before I bought the Swift Audubon 820's, I'd probably forego the Nikons and upgrade to the ED's.  Having said that, I've never been disappointed by my 820's and am not willing to go to all of the effort to upgrade.  I still use the 820's as my primary birding binocular in spite of the fact that they're not the ED glass--regular Audubons are just that good.  If I'm birding,  I leave my Kahles and Leupolds and Legends etc. at home (unless it's super cold, then I take the Legends) because I know the Audubons are more than good enough to deliver the image that I want in any kind of weather in most any kind of lighting situation.
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Attached is a link to a Cornell Bino Review.  The Katmai 6X32 came out well.  Other binos that did well was the Zeiss Conquest 8X30 and Nikon Monarch (this was a surprise to me):   http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Publications/LivingBird/winter2 005/Age_Binos.html
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