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hello to everyone i have a set of meopta meostars 7x42 great binos i like them but i am thinking of stepping up to a betterset of glass need some recomendations used mostly for hunting whitetails need every last bit of light gathering possible  would like to stay in the 7 to 8x range and no larger than 45mm if possible price range of about 1200
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I can't think of anything better, for under $1200. Unless you get like Nikon EDG Demo or something. Possibly you could spend a couple hundred bucks more and get the Swaro SLCs...whether they're better or not is debatable.

I personally think you're going to have to spend more than $1200 to get better quality than the Meoptas. Really, probably only the Big 4 and maybe some Kowa Genesis binos are going to be better. Also could try the Minox APOs, but even then you're looking at $1500.
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I agree, Meoptas are pretty dang nice for the money.  I bet you would have to double your money to get an easily noticeable improvement.  I bet you will be hard pressed to find a bino any better for under $1200.
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My wife has 7x42 Meostars and I have 7x42 Swaro SLCs (not Neu but with the dielectric Swarobright prism coatings).
Optically there are very minor differences but I couldn't say that one is better than the other.
The 7x42 Zeiss Victory FL is a little brighter, has a wider FOV and less CA but the edge sharpness is worse than either the Meostar or SLC due to field curvature.

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Zeiss 8x42 T*FL is my favorite and I also like the Leica and the Swaro binoculars. You want go wrong with any of these. Good luck and Merry Christ mas.
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To get any sort of meaningful performance increase you may have to move to a larger model.  Meopta binos are very good and even much more expensive glass from Zeiss and Leica will not have a huge edge over it.  It will be a bit better, but not by much at all.

If you want a performance increase, consider a bigger bino like a quality 8x50 and 8x56.  If you can live with the weight, it will also save you some money, since a Meopta 8x56 will likely outperform a Zeiss FL 7x42:


If you insist on staying with a smaller objective lens, but do not want to spend over $2k for alpha glass, you may want to try  Kowa Genesis 8.5x44:

These binoculars have spectacular contrast and if your eyes respond well to that you might get an extra edge in low light.

ILya
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thanks to all who replied i may just move up to the 8x56
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