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I am thinking about purchasing new binos and would like to spend no more than $600 to $700 dollars. I dont know anything about these binos. I now have a pair of Pentax DCF 10x43 SPs and would like to upgrade. Are these binos better than the Pentax I have Now?I dont wont to waste my money if I cant better myself. Help please.
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I have the 10x Meopta and love them.   I compared them against several of the big name optics company's and came home with the Meopta's.  Go to a store that stocks them all and check them all out.  I spent over a year deciding on what ones I wanted and then looked through the Meopta's and the performance you get for the price sold me right away.  
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I doubt that you would be upgrading! The binoculars that you mention and the one that you have are in the same class.  It is possible that Meopta is the best of the bunch.
I have not looked at the 10x models of the binoculars that you inquire about, but there was not much difference in the 8x models. A real upgrade would be to get into Leica Trino/Ultra, Swarovski, Nikon HG, Zeiss FL.
After the SHOT  show many companies have show samples at reduced prices. There is one company that i checked yesterday that was selling Zeiss FL's for $800. That would be an upgrade!!! 
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I agree with anweis here.  No $600-$700 binocular (no matter how good) is going to represent a significant upgrade from what you already have.  If you can find one of those $800 Zeiss FLs he mentions, you would be wise to jump at the chance.

Nikon is discontinuing their LXL line in favor of their new Edg binocular.  I would imagine that the LXLs will soon be sold at discounted prices. 

I've occasionally seen Swarovski SLCs for a bit over $800.

In short, since you already have a high quality binocular, I would suggest you save your money a little longer, save up a bit more, and really search for the best deal you can find on something really fantastic, rather than wasting your whole wad on something that would likely only be a tiny fraction better (if that) than what you already have.


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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

A real upgrade would be to get into Leica Trino/Ultra, Swarovski, Nikon HG, Zeiss FL.


When I bought my Meopta I compared them to the Leica Trino and Ultra.  The Trino don't even compare to the Meotpa, the Ultras looked pretty close but I still thought the Meoptas were better.  My buddy is a Cop and his department bought him a pair of 10x Trinovids and when I told him I went with Meotpa's he laughed and said why didn't you just get the Leica's.  I then handed him the Meopta's and his reply was "wow these really are clear, holy cow"  Then he handed them back picked up his Leicas and looked through them and didn't say another word.  Meopta makes awesome stuff.


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Between these three I would probably be inclined to go with the Razor, on the versatility of their eyecups and great customer support.  Optically, all three are close.  Minox HGs have a substantially narrower field of view, which bothers some.  Very good light transmission though.  Meostars seem to have a very slight yellow tint at higher magnifications, but are pretty color neutral at 7x and 8x. I did not like Meopta eyecups a whole lot (I have a non-standard face, apparently), but they have a better eyecup design coming out on their new 8x32 and 10x32 binoculars which should propagate to other models.

Razors have very accurate color and excellent resolution, but their light transmission is a touch lower than Meopta's, I think.

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FWIW, I did a very thorough comparison between my Leica Trinovid 8X50 and my Vortex Razor 8X42 on a variety of optical qualities.  In summation, they are VERY close to each other in terms of resolution, contrast, edge to edge sharpness, despite the fact the Razor is about half the price.  The Razor is even superior to the Leica in terms of CA supression when looking at objects against a bright sky.  In terms of light transmission, the Razor is no slouch.  I used both binos side by side this summer in Yellowstone and Grand Teton Nat'l Parks, watching wildlife from dusk all the way to complete darkness almost every day for 2 weeks.  I could discern MAYBE about a 2 minute low light visibility advantage for the 50mm objective Leica over the 42mm Razor!
 
I know Vortex isn't as recognizable a name as the better optics brands, being relatively new.  Therefore, it probably doesn't have the resale value of more prestigious brands at the same price.  However, optically, the Razor is honestly one of the best roof prism binos you're likely to find for less than $1K.  It truly is that good!
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

 
I know Vortex isn't as recognizable a name as the better optics brands, being relatively new.  Therefore, it probably doesn't have the resale value of more prestigious brands at the same price.  However, optically, the Razor is honestly one of the best roof prism binos you're likely to find for less than $1K.  It truly is that good!
 
+1 I've recently used a pair and they have excellent glass and the adjustable eye cups are very nice.
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Hey Guys,
 
Thanks for all of the input. I believe I will wait until I can compare the binos youve all spoken of and then will I make my decision. Thanks again.
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