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How does the Kahles 42mm binoculars compare to the old Swarovski SLC 42mm? Are the Swarovski's worth the extra money when it comes to durability and low-light performance? (I'm more concerned with low-light performance rather than resolution.)

 

Would like some input based on side-by-side comparisons or real-world experience.

 

Thanks again.

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????? Things sure are slow.........
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The SLC is a superior bino.  But it weighs more and cost significantly more.  I find that the Kahles can handle any realistic hunting situation.

 

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Duck Stud,

 

do a search for Kahles.  There are several threads that several folks put in about Kahles, and how good they are.  One thread stated that they were very good for low light performance. 

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If money is not a factor the SLC will be a better choice. We just listed some SLC's on the Sample List too.
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My Kahles 8x42's are about as good as it gets for the money in providing low light contrast--by that I mean that in low light conditions, I always get a great outline that is different from the background.  I won't swear that they're the equal of Zeiss or Swarovski for color rendition in low light, but when I'm hunting, I never ever have to worry about whether or not the Kahles will help me distinguish the outline of a deer from a tree line.

 

The color rendition and detail at that point is then a function of my rifle scope and I feel that my durable, water proof, old reliable Kahles have worked their magic once again by providing me with a good enough location that my Leupold VXII can finish the job.

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From other forum responses, the Kahles get the nod over the Pentax SP's for low light performansce, while the Pentax SP's give a slightly better view with full light conditions.  I have a pair of Pentax WP's and use them a lot.  They give a good view, but aren't as bright as top of the line bino (I haven't compared them against Kahles).
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