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I've always heard good things about these binocs and I've just had the chance to spend a week with a pair.  I waited a week to post this to make sure my initial impression held up.  Well, it's true love and not just infatuation

All I can say is "Wow".  Maybe it's been too long since I looked through a good pair of porros.  The 8X32 Premier SE has a view that is clearer and brighter, and has way more contrast and depth, than any roof prism I've ever used (Swarovski, Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Leupold, Pentax, Steiner, etc.).  The Swaro 8.5X42 EL was a little brighter right before dusk, but the clarity of the Nikon more than made up for the difference.  If you get a chance, try some of these out.  If they only made them in 6X ...............

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Ive looked through the 8X32 LXL (in a store).  They were very good, crisp to the edges, good contrast, but they were not as bright as the 8X32 Fl, and they had more CA in the center view.  Ergonomically I would give them a b- though.

 

For hunting, I would stay with the Zeiss or Leica.

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I've used the 8X32 LXL's.  The Premire SE's are superior.
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Do I sense someone converting to the porro world?

 

Welcome aboard.  I was beginning to feel like the only guy in the world preferring porros.  Nikon Premier porros are optically as good as or better than any binocular out there at any price.  Another porro that gets close is Fujinon FMTR-SX "Polaris".

 

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Koshkin,

 

I think anybody who used the Premier SE's side by side with anything would be swayed.  We talk about Leupold's marketing, but the snow job that has us all wanting $1500 roof prisms has to be tops.   The SE's aren't waterproof, but I really can't think of a hunting situation I've been in over the last 45 years where that would have really made a difference.  I don't hunt under water, and if it's raining a bit I always try to keep my glasses dry anyway.

 

I didn't mention it, but the porros are a lot more comfortable to hold, too.

 

I'd like to try the Fujinon sometime.

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Try the 8x30s Fujinon Polaris.  I was impressed.

 

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I had owned a pair of the 8x32 SEs and would agree that the optical quality is top notch. I found the 8x30 EIIs to offer a bit more of the "Wow factor" because of their wider field of view but the SEs seemed to be the more durable. Now if they would just make them waterproof and with modern eyecups. ;)
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Do I sense someone converting to the porro world?

 

Welcome aboard. 

 

May i join in with a very plain looking black leather Swarovski Traditional 8x30? 

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How many porros do you have anweis?  I am not sure what the admission limit for the porro club is, but it is negotiable. 

I say that one decent porro and a strong desire to get another one qualify.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

How many porros do you have anweis?  I am not sure what the admission limit for the porro club is, but it is negotiable. 

I say that one decent porro and a strong desire to get another one qualify.

ILya

 

Can I get in with a Nikon Action EX 7x35? It is of better quality and design than the price would suggest. I have owned an SE and an EII as well. There is just something special about the image and handling of a porro at times. ;)

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It looks like I'll have to start a list of porro club members.

 

I suppose what we need is to start a list of different porros we all have and how they stack up.

 

I'll start a new thread.  Please post in it with your thoughts and experiences.

 

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I'm definitely in.  I had borrowed the 8X32 Premiers that started this thread, but I have my own pair now.  My brother and I were looking at a young buck yesterday at about 100 yds.  They are just starting to sprout velvet around here.  I could see the beginnings of a fork with the Nikons; he couldn't with the Swaro 8.5X42 EL., and he has much better eyes than I do.
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Put in the porro club post.



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