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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

Nobody does customer service and warranty better than Vortex or Leupold.
 
or Swarovski.
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Originally posted by Big Squeeze Big Squeeze wrote:

Thanks all!...................My decision is???...............The Leupold Katmai! The only other decision is, determining whether the better choice is the 6X or the 8X, in black or in the natural color!.........The lower weight and smaller size of this binoc, combined with the Katmai`s 32mm lenses are an excellent compromise....The Vortex Fury was also considered, but the Leupold Katmai to me, has more of an elegant looking appeal which I also took into consideration.................  
 
Squeezer, 
 
I own the 8x32 Katmai in Natural...............BIG MISTAKE!!!  Not the bino but the Natural color.  Go with black, IMO.  I like to take care of my things and there is nothing you can do to keep the natural color from looking nasty.  There is some kind of film on them that makes them pleasant to hold and slip free, which is nice, but, nasty.  Kinda looks like an oil change if you know what I mean.  They are my favorite bow binos, but go with black you will thank me later.  I'll try to post a pic if I can find the fanny pack they are inLoco.


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I also own a pair of 10x42 Pinnacles in black, no tacky feeling and such.  GO WITH BLACK, if you want natural, buy mine and I'll buy a another pair of Katmai in BLACKBig%20Grin.

Edited by antleraddiction - August/24/2008 at 21:54
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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

Nobody does customer service and warranty better than Vortex or Leupold.
 
or Swarovski.


Customer Service: Swarovski and Leupold are the best that I've experienced. Leupold, to me has been great but Swaro has been better. Without going into detail, I would have to say that Swarovski has gone way above and beyond what I've ever expected.

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Originally posted by antleraddiction antleraddiction wrote:

I also own a pair of 10x42 Pinnacles in black, no tacky feeling and such.  GO WITH BLACK, if you want natural, buy mine and I'll buy a another pair of Katmai in BLACKBig%20Grin.
..........................Thanks for the heads up or the warning about going to the natural color. I did think about that earlier, in regards to showing the dirt and keeping it clean looking. Must be a little PIA uh?......I`ll go with the black then! 
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My 6X32's are natural and I would definitely go with black.  I thought the natural looked cool, and they do, now just in a really dirty sort of way
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Originally posted by mwyates mwyates wrote:

My 6X32's are natural and I would definitely go with black.  I thought the natural looked cool, and they do, now just in a really dirty sort of way

mywates,

I've tried cleaning mine with everthing known to man with no luck.  Its not like I drag the binos to my deer stand but the natural color is a dirt magnet.  Only thing I can figure is the rubber coating used on these absorbs stuff!!  Mine are now a soupy natural color after two seasons of use.   I guess the black just does not show up the dirt. 

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Well guys!......After reading of your cleaning nightmares with the natural color, in the case of my binocs, I`ll get some black ones for sure!
 
In the process of narrowing my choice to the Katmais, I also see some others that I would like some additional comments on if possible. How would these below compare to the Katmais?
 
Minox BL BR 8x32
Pentax DCF XP 8x33
Pentax DCF SP 8x32..........on the sample list for $398
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Glad you settled on what you want. You are getting a good glass in the price range. My decision to buy the Razors came from using them on the test drive. Until comparing my Nikon, Bushnell and Swift. (all in the under $300 price range) It was hard to believe how much more that I could see thru the Razors. Looking at my collection of 5 sets of binoculars none I was satisfied with, totaled much more than the price of the Razors. They may be to large for some of my needs but then I will use one of the others.
      I am still wanting something in the small pocket size but they will need to be very hardy to stand up to being my behind the seat binoculars.
      Squeeze: Glad you found what you want. You got a good deal off the sample list. Hopefully my search will be as successful as your search was.
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Big Squeeze.  I've owned both Leica and Zeiss 8x 20's.  My particular pair of Zeiss was sharper.  However both were difficult to use with eyeglasses.  I compromised with a Zeiss 8x32.  You'll like the mid-size.
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If you are going with a semi-compact binocular, stick to fairly low magnification.  You will see just as much detail, but with a more comfortable view.

Katmai 6x32 is a good way to go as is Vortex Fury 6.5x32

If you really want an 8x binocular with a smallish objectives, than you should really step up in price.  For the money you want to spend, the two above are your best options, in my opinion.

If you want a bit more power, look at Swift Eaglet 7x36.  I have seen them around for a touch over $300.

If you want a bigger binocular the best bang for the buck is Vortex Viper 8x42 which is just under $500.

If you want something big and optically excellent without breaking the bank too much, Swift 8.5x44ED are a good way to go.

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I have a pair of Fujinon mil spec 7x50 made in the USA. These are great hunting binoculars with superb low light capability. They are full size however and a bit heavy. The glass is pretty amazing and I would not trade them for anything. If they are good enough for our troops they are good enough for me. Just throwing another iron in the fire.
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Originally posted by rockblaster rockblaster wrote:

If they are good enough for our troops they are good enough for me. 


I take it then that your preferred choice for a dining experience consists of either cafeteria food and/or MREs? Big%20Grin




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While I am not a big fan of MREs, if memory serves me right, US military's M22 binos are same as Fujinon 7x50 FMTR-SX.  Those are very impressive binoculars indeed.

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Actually when hunting my primary food consists of MREs. I always keep a few cases around. Not much of a cafeteria guy though. Don't knock Fujinon until you have tried them. Koshkin is right, they are impressive.
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