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Hello everyone.  Just discovered Opticstalk.com and looking forward to making some new friends.  I love everything optics especially Binoculars.  I have been so busy the last few years I haven't really kept up.   I have read that because of all the competition in Binoculars  in the last few years that even low end models can rival some of the mid level binoculars of only a few years ago.  So my question is simple.
 
Is my 1994 Swarovski SLC 8X30WB really inferior to the newer models? Has there been that many changes?  Other than mine being black the exterior only appears to have minor changes.
 
I love these binoculars but does 16 years really mean I need to update.
 
thanks everyone,
 
Bill
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There has been some improvements to the SLC's, namely improved dielectric prism coatings.  The real question you need to ask yourself is:  are you satisfied with the current performance of your SLC?  If you are, then I don't think you need to update... unless you just want to or you need a binocular with a larger objective diameter or different magnification.
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Thanks Rifledude.
 
I find the trade off of size vs performance of the 8 X 30 to be perfect for me.  If I'm hiking or hunting all day I don't want a pair of 10 x 50 around my neck.  If the new binoculars only offer a slight perfomance boost over my 1994 pair then there is no need to update.   I am still AMAZED everytime I look threw these Binoculars.  Actually I find it hard to believe they could be improved upon.
 
Thanks again,
 
Bill
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I hear ya, Bill.  My Leica 8X32 Ultravid HD is my favorite binocular for exactly the same reasons you state.  I don't feel like I'm giving up much, if any performance for its compact size.
 
It appears you've already answered your question.  Can you improve on what you already have?  In an absolute sense, yes.  But, if you wish to stay with midsize 8X30 / 32 class roof prisms, not by a very large margin.  For me, the cost of upgrading wouldn't be worth it for the miniscule improvement you might see.
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Interesting you use the Leica's.  I just sold a pair of 10 X 50 Leica BN last year.  They were great binoculars but I just didn't use them because of the size and wieght.  I sure the Leica 8 X 32 Ultravid HD's are fantastic.   I  would love to compare them side by side with my  8 X 30 Swarovski's.
 
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The old Leica Trinovid BA/ BN series (which are now discontinued) were very heavy, but they were built like tanks.  I have an 8X50 BA that is like wearing a brick around your neck, but for stationary viewing in low light in situations where you don't have to carry them all day, they are very nice.  The new Ultravid series binos are much lighter.  In fact, the 8X32 Ultravid HD is about 2 oz lighter than your 8X30 SLC and about the same physical size.

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