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Looking at a few other brands as well,Swarovski,Zeiss,Leica & Meopta.

Has anyone glassed the new Leupolds?Comments.
Would also like to get your oppinion on the Meopta Meostar bino's.(As well as the other brands mentioned)

Cheers,Tez .
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Are you buying new or used? I'd definately give them a look if you are buying used. They have a transferrable warranty.

 

I've looked at them at Cabela's wasn't crazy about the color, but the glass seemed OK from inside the store. Everyone just raves about how heavy they are....they're about the same weight as a pair of Swarovski SLC's and nobody seems to mind their weight, including me. I purchased a pair of 10x42mm SLC's last year.

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New mate.
The Zeiss 7x42 T * FL look real sweet as do the Swarovski EL 8.5x42 WB's.
From what I've read these are the CREAM .
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Can't go wrong with the Zeiss or Swaro's.
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I prefer Leica over all others.  The Zeiss FL is next; then the Swaros.
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I may end up being a bloody sacrifice to the angry optics gods for saying this but....

 

 

Unless you are a fanatical birder type who spends hours upon hours trying to find some practically nonexistent aberration in your optics, I doubt you would be able to see any real significant difference with any of options you have on your short-list.  (In fact, I often wonder if even those birder fanatics can actually, honestly see the miniscule differences in the high end optics about which they argue all the time.) 

 

With that in mind, you should definately take a good hard look at those Leupold Gold Rings.  They will cost between $500 and $800 less than other premium offerings and if you can't tell the difference in the image, why pay for some special "badge."  Besides, that extra money saved could be used for a new riflescope, rangefinder, spotting scope, rifle, or handgun, etc. etc. etc. Or better yet, buy your spouse (assuming you have one) some new peice of jewelry or other item they would like to placate them for the cost of your binocular.

 

Other good options to consider that will give you the premium image quality without the full premium price would be the Nikon Premier LXL and the Bushnell Elite.

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Is Leupold the only quality optic company to offer the Inter-pupillary Distance Lock(IPD)?

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Originally posted by Tez308 Tez308 wrote:

Is Leupold the only quality optic company to offer the Inter-pupillary Distance Lock(IPD)?

As far as I know....yes.

 

P.S. I don't think you could go wrong with the Leupolds either.

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If price is the same, i would get the Bushnell elite 8x43, because they are just a bit-bit-bit better optically, and much nicer to hold in the hand.

If you can get the Leupold golden ring for significantly less $$ than the Elite, go for it.

 

The interpupilary distance lock of the Leupolds is just as necessary and useful as a turkey frier on top of a wristwatch. Maybe if you used the binoculars to whack deer in the head....  They do feel very well and solidly built, though. 

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Originally posted by Tez308 Tez308 wrote:

Is Leupold the only quality optic company to offer the Inter-pupillary Distance Lock(IPD)?



This feature is a must for my style of hunting,so if there are no other quality brands  that have this sort of feature Leupold will be getting my business.Thats a shame .
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After doing a load of research on all the different bino's I went for the Nikon 8x32 LX-L's.
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Thanks for all the help boys.

PS-Ended up getting them for $725 US .



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Just curious; what caused you to decide that the Inter-pupillary Distance Lock offered by Leupold was not as important as you originally indicated?
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Originally posted by lucznik lucznik wrote:

Just curious; what caused you to decide that the Inter-pupillary Distance Lock offered by Leupold was not as important as you originally indicated?


Mate once they are set they should work a treat.
Cant see the hinge moving when glassing while on the stalk.

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