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I currently have a pair of Fujinon 8x42CD binoculars. I like them and they seem to give me all of the clarity and light that I need. On the other hand, they are bulky and heavy. I'd like to have a lighter and more compact pair, but don't want to give up anything in the optics department.

I was thinking that if I were to purchase the better glass (Swarovski), I could probably make up for the difference in objective size. I don't want the binoculars to get "dark" too early. How do you think these will compare in low-light situations.

Are there other choices in this size category that would suit me better? Should I stay with the larger size and just go with a lighter set? Again, I'm not unhappy with what I "see", I'm just unhappy with the bulk and weight.

Thank you,

NitroSteel
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I have the Swaro. 8x30 SLC neu and like them very much, around 20 oz. weight, nice and compact. 
I cannot comment on the Fujinon 8x42 CD, but at 32 oz. may be quite heavy.  And  a high quality 8x30 like the Swaro. may be as bright.
 
Most 8x42's out there are in the 28 oz range, many very good ones to choose from.
 
To get good low light, 42mm is better than the smaller 32 or 30mm, unless you are dealing
with the high end.
 
What is your main use, hunting, birding, general use ?  That may help in giving recommendations.
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