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Hello all,

 

How well does the Nikon LXL compare to the Leica Ultravids, Swarovski EL's and Zeiss Victory FL's? 

 

J.D.

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The Nikon LXL compares very favorably with any of the top end models. In fact its immediate predecessor the Venturer (the only real difference being that of weight) held the Better View Desired "Reference Standard" title back when Steve Ingarham was doing the writing and the reviews held some value.

 

I seriously doubt that in a "blind taste test" of optics most of the people who swear by the "Big 3" could consistently identify any flaws in the Nikon that would give it away.

 

Add to that the fact that it costs a whole lot lest than those optics coming out of Europe and you've got an awesome binocular by any standard.

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I don't know anout the Ultravids or FL's (haven't tried them), but in my experience, the 10x42 Venturer/LX's were better optically than two pair of 10x42 EL's I've owned, and at least as good as the Leica BA/BN's I've owned.

 

As previously posted, the older Venturer/LX's and the newer LXL's are the same optically. If there's a drawback to the Venturer/LX's it's their weight, but the newer LXL is approximately 6oz. lighter, which puts them within an ounce or two of the Zeiss FL's and Leica Ultravids. IMHO, you can't go wrong with the Nikon LXL's. You get world class glass at substantial savings over the european stuff, so what's not to like...?



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Check out the two following links. The first is a new review posted on BVD about the Nikon LXLs. Not totally conclusive but informative none the less. The second link is to a thread over on birdforum . net discussing the BVD review. I would pay particular attention to John Traynor's comments (post #7) comparing the Zeiss FL and the Nikon LXL. I think they are spot on accurate.

 

http://www.betterviewdesired.com/12-05/Nikon%20LX%20L%208x42 .html

 

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=48703

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I loved my 10x Venturers!!
Now that the weight has been cut down, I think they will compete better with the Euro's.
I still love the ergonomics of those EL's though. I haven't tried the new LXL out.
 
Good, informed responses by lucznic and Buster1 too.
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