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I just popped onto the Leupold website to see if they had an update on the Yosemite 8x30s and found a slide-show style feature showing their new 2007 products. New products include:

Golden ring lineup:

7-12x32 binoculars
10-17x42 binoculars
8x32, 10x32, 8x42 and 10x42 HD binoculars

Some special edition Pinnacles, Katmais, Cascades...

The 8x30 Yosemites..no specs yet

..and a little "Birding for Dummies" package including an 8x25 model (probably the Mesa) a birding CD rom and a birding ID style guide.

Just thought I would pass on the info.
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The 10x32 they have lloks good, but not sure I can afford it.

I just noted that Leupold was blocked at work, and so was this forum. Generally all hunting forums are blocked at work. Nikon I can access only the microscopes site at work!
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Bummer Tero. There really isn't too much to see though. No specs and no prices listed, just a brief blurb about the binocular and a picture of it. If it wasn't in the unusual format that it is I would copy and paste the pics here.

 

..and to correct something that came up elsewhere. The 7-12 and 10-17 are not zooms but "either or" combinations like the Leica Duovid.

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Leupold claims their whole website will be revamped in Februaty.  I would expect to see tech details then.

 

That 7&12x32 is a bit intruiging - not to purchase but as a test of the market.  Birding sights all over have individuals clammoring for a 7x30-ish binocular and villifying the various optics manufacturers for not making one.  Assuming optical quality is as good as the initial Gold Ring offerings and that weight and bulk are kept to reasonable limits, it will be interesting to see if anyone really goes for these.  Personally, I would prefer to own the 10&17x42.  Assuming again that the price is not ridiculously high, they would seem a good alternative to the way-overpriced Leica Duovid.

 

By the way, did you all hear that Swarovski has imposed an across-the-board 5-12% price increase as of January 1st?  Happy New Year!

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Anytime one of the Big Three decides to increase the price of their products, it just makes the other manufacturers look better and better. I wouldn't mind owning a Swarovski SLCnew 15x56. However, with prices going up, the Minox BD 15x58 BR ED is looking more attractive all the time.
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By the way, did you all hear that Swarovski has imposed an across-the-board 5-12% price increase as of January 1st?  Happy New Year!

 

I heard something about a price increase but not the specifics about which of the Big 3 was doing it. So, let me get this straight. An $1800 Swaro EL is now going to be a $1900-$2000 Swaro EL?

 

Will it ever end? That returned $1300 model in the Bargain Cave is looking better and better all the time.

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Frank,

 

I don't know which models are getting hit with a 5% increase and which are sporting the 12% increase but, essentially you are correct.  You can figure adding up to an additional $200 to the price of your favorite Swarovski. Zeiss is also implementing a price increase though, I don't know just how much yet. I don't know about Leica but, I would doubt they will be to far behind the others.  This right after they all just had a major price increase last year.  Boy I wish I got a 12% raise every year.

 

I've said it before but, I'll repeat it again. These "top" optics are now really firmly established as mere status symbols and "pride scratchers" rather than serious hunting tools. You buy Swarovski to be able to say that you own Swarovski and so that people will gawk at the magical badge sported on your gear, not because you care about good optics. It's like the guys who buy Lincoln, Cadillac, or Hummer SUVs.  They don't do it because they really want a good 4x4. The same can be said about Zeiss and Leica.

 

The biggest problem is that silly sportsmen will continue to shell out cash for these optics because they've been brainwashed into the belief that they are actually getting something for their increased investment over other "less prestigious" makes.  

 

Don't get me wrong; I do believe that good optics require a significant investment and people who try to go ultra-cheap tend to get exactly what they've paid for.  But, the prices for those three makers are just way out of step with their value. The top-of-the-line Nikon, Bushnell, Leupold, Minox, Kahles, etc. offerings represent such a higher value it's almost absurd. Mostly this gap is due (I think) to the rantings of the gunscribes and optics "experts" from the various outdoors rags who will of course, continue to loudly preach that they are "worth every penny."

 



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As I've stated previously, NOW might be a very good time to invest in Minox products, as they are made in Germany? and are probably also due for a price increase.

I think that some of the problem is a result of the Dollar losing ground against the Euro.

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Minox, the HG's anyway, are made in Japan.
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It's my understanding that the HG's are assembled in Japan from German made parts.  Not sure about the lower lines, but no Minox is "made in Germany".
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Roy and mwyates,

Unfortunately, I was mis-led by the "wording" in the Minox Sport Optics brochure:German-engineered Minox, German engineers, German specialists, Glass from the SCHOTT AG, Mainz,Germany, (The high-tech optical glass is "Made in Germany" by the Mainz-based SCHOTT AG, which is a subsidiary of the Carl-Zeiss Stiftung, German glass pioneers.), Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, etc. etc.

The latest e-mail, from Minox in Germany, confirmed it: "Our Minox Sport Optics are designed and developed in Germany and produced under license of MINOX in China and Japan."

It is a "never-ending process" of being educated, and learning.

Thanks for your help.



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Don't get me wrong; I do believe that good optics require a significant investment and people who try to go ultra-cheap tend to get exactly what they've paid for.  But, the prices for those three makers are just way out of step with their value. The top-of-the-line Nikon, Bushnell, Leupold, Minox, Kahles, etc. offerings represent such a higher value it's almost absurd. Mostly this gap is due (I think) to the rantings of the gunscribes and optics "experts" from the various outdoors rags who will of course, continue to loudly preach that they are "worth every penny."

 

 

Lucznik,

 

Great post. I agree with you completely. The top end bins do deliver in just about every area optically and mechanically but the price difference versus performance compared to some of the models you listed is just too great in my opinion as well. In all honesty that is one of the reasons I opted for selling my Leicas over the Meoptas. I received practically the same optical performance for significantly less cost.

 

Oh, and related to the original post...I just saw the new Leupold HD 8x42 and 10x42s on sale. Prices were $1349 and $1399 respectively. I would probably consider that "average cost" for most of the bigger retailers. Same field of view, I think, as the original Golden Rings with a weight of about 33.8 ounces IIRC.



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