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I have two of these Leupold Olympic 8x42, and compared them with the two Leupold Pinnacle 8x42 that i had since 2006.
 
Well, the Olympics are brighter, have wider "sweet spot", nicer colors, more contrast, much nicer eyecups, and are really nice. I still don't like the Pinacles. Oh, i i do think that the Olympics are nicer than Nikon Monarch 8x42, but i saw those a some time ago, so i can't really compare, but from memmory.
 
Now, if they made an Olympic 8x42 with 390 ft of view and wide "sweet spot"... 
 
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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

I have two of these Leupold Olympic 8x42, and compared them with the two Leupold Pinnacle 8x42 that i had since 2006.
 
Well, the Olympics are brighter, have wider "sweet spot", nicer colors, more contrast, much nicer eyecups, and are really nice. I still don't like the Pinacles. Oh, i i do think that the Olympics are nicer than Nikon Monarch 8x42, but i saw those a some time ago, so i can't really compare, but from memmory.
 
Now, if they made an Olympic 8x42 with 390 ft of view and wide "sweet spot"... 
 
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I had an Olympic 10x50 that I used for a few years and liked a lot. Fairly compact and light for 50mm. To me the optics were great for the price at the time. Finally gave e'm to my daughter.
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Have you ever had an opportunity to look thru the Leupold Katmai 6x32mm?
Very, very nice!
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Anweis, you are saying that your $300 Olympics are better than your $400 Pinnacles. Is the resoloution better or are they just plain better all the way around? I know the Olympics have aluminum enhanced prisms and the Pinnacles have silver enhanced prism which is supposedly better. Do your 2006 Pinnacles have the L-coating on the prisms also, I know the newer Pinnacles and Katmi have it maybe that would make a difference in image quality. I looked at a pair of Mohave in 8x42 and thought they were very nice and the colors were nice. The only thing I dont like is the focus knob seems to take an extra turn to focus, I know its slower than the Monarch knob.
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That is what i am writing, the $300 binoculars are better than the $400 ones. The Pinnacles in my posession do have the silver coated prisms, but i don't know about the L coating. The Olympics have aluminum coating on the prisms, and they both have phase coating on prisms and green multicoating on the lenses. 
I checked both binoculars late in the evening, early in the morning, in sunlight and during overcast weather, on backlit objects, and in front of a giant brick wall.
1. In dark weather they are both equal, but in sunlight the Olympics have more natural colors and more contrast and seem brighter. The colors just seem nicer in the Olympics.
2. They both perform equally on backlit objects and handle stray light and control inner reflexions pretty well.
3.The greatest difference that i see between these two models is that the Pinnacles have a lot of distortion. There is no sweet spot to talk about, the lines bend from center to edge, quite a lot. In the Olympics, the distortions are much less, and more discrete. Leupold must have used better lenses, or field flatteners or aspherical lenses or some such thing 
4. In the very 10% of the center of the image, the Pinnacles have less color fringing than the Olympics, when looking at top of trees and birds against the sky, but they have more in the rest of the image. Color fringing is present moderatly in the Olympics, but there is not a great difference between center and edge of FOV.
5. The Olympics are a bit lighter, but i don't know if they are equally solid.
6. The Olympics have much nicer eyecups.  
7. They have focusing ratios of 1.25 turns from close to far for Olympics and 1 turn for Pinnacles. I like the 1.25 turn better, i often "overshoot" and have to re-adjust the Pinnacles. Because of different optics (less distortion) and different focusing ratios, the Olympics do seem to have greater depth of field. Nice. 
8. They are equally well balanced and the size and shape of their bodies is almost identical.   
 
If i were to choose a binocular, i would see absolutely no reason to pay an extra $100 for the Pinnacles. In fact, i would see several reasons to get the Olympics.
 
Now, i took my sharpest and brightest 8x out for an unfair comparison.  Between the $1600 Zeiss FL 8x32 and the $300 Olympics 8x42 i could see a narrower field of view, more color fringing and a bit less sharpness in the Olympics, but not enough to change my opinion about them: a great buy. They are bird worthy, and that means passing a pretty high mark in my books.   
 
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Anweis,
 
It is interesting for me to read your comments.  Your experience with these two binoculars is just  exactly the opposite of mine.  However, I've never owned either one and thus have not had a chance to do the comparisons that you have.  Therefore I will concede your test is more thorough than mine.  My observations were in the field with my Nikon Monarch 8x42 and comparing each side by side to the Olympic and the Pinnacle.  Two different occasions, so my comparisons are somewhat more indirect than yours.  I think Leupold generally has a very good line of imported glass in its Wind River series.  I always thought the Olympic was a good glass (at about the same level as the Monarch), but that the Pinnacle was better.  I could just about exchange the words Olympic and Pinnacle in your post.  I think that it goes to illustrate that everybody sees things differently.  Or maybe there is some sample variation that was affecting both of our perceptions. 
 
Dave44, it just goes to show that if someone finds a make/model they like, they're better off getting it, using it, and liking it.  You've been worrying yourself to death for a long while.  Just go look at an Olympic, a Pinnacle, or Monarch, and a Mojave and get whichever one you like.  These forums can give you some general trends in opinions, but sometimes they will be diametrically opposed as you just got from Anweis and me.  It does not mean either one of is is either right or wrong.  We saw what we saw.  You will see what you see. 
 
Anweis, on a different note I recommend you take a look at a Swift Eaglet 8x42.  Not quite the 390' view you like, but at 374' it is getting close.  I have an Eaglet in 7x36 that whacks the Green Rings. That not mean might much since we have already demonstrated that we see things differently.


Edited by Klamath - August/20/2008 at 10:18
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