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So. I am looking at getting new binocs this year and I have narrowed it to these two. Swarovski 8x30CL or Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32. These will be my primary hunting binocs that will be hanging around my neck so I am looking for light weight and I find 8x more than sufficient for that application. Right now I am leaning toward the Zeiss due to the Lutotec coating but I would appreciate feedback from those that have used these particular models.
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If I remember correctly, the Conq. does not have Lotutec.  You might check on that.

The 30mm CL is a nice little bino, but IMO it does not come near the optical goodness of the Conquest HD.  Unfortunately for you, the Zeiss is definitely heavier.

You might see if the Meopta 8x32 HD that is marketed under the Cabela's label is lighter than the Zeiss.  If it is, then it might be your best bet.  Personally though, if I were wanting an 8x30 that is light in weight but still optically very good, I would go with something under 20 oz..  A Nikon M7 and the Leupold Mojave both weigh under 20 oz., and both are *excellent* little binos.  I find myself using my 8x30 M7 more than my 8x32 Conquest HD these days....

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Thanx for the info... Just looking at the Zeiss website it appears the Conquest HD do have the Lutotec. I will certinally check out the Nikon and Leupold as well.
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The Meopta 8X32 is a nice little bino in that price range.

Of your options, I would go with the Conquests, myself.

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The CL is the least impressive binocular I've ever used from Swaro.  It doesn't do much for me.  Conquest HD by a mile as long as the eye relief works for you. 
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I've been leaning in the direction of the Zeiss. I've been using a pair of ZenRay ED2 10x43 for the last few years but I've found 10x is just too much for all but pronghorn hunting or viewing from the truck. I'm looking for something more compact that is more comfortable to use for long periods of time picking apart timber and brush which has led me to the smaller 8x32 size binocs. I'm hoping to step up in quality as well. If I could swing it I would get the 8x32 Leica Ultravids and never look back. I've used my buddies 8x42 Geovids and they are outstanding.
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Originally posted by biggreen747 biggreen747 wrote:

Thanx for the info... Just looking at the Zeiss website it appears the Conquest HD do have the Lutotec. I will certinally check out the Nikon and Leupold as well.


Interesting.  All I can say is that the lotutec symbol that Zeiss puts on lotutec-coated binos does not appear anywhere on my 8x32 Conquest HD.

Without concern for price, the Conquest HD is the best 8x30/32 for under $1k that I've seen so far.  I will however wait until I compare it to the new Cabela's/Meopta HD before I crown it the best available.  IMO the new Cabela's/Meopta is the only thing that might have a chance to best the Conquest HD.  Of course, if the Meopta does best the Zeiss, it won't be by much.

However, when price is concerned, IMO the new Nikon M7 and Leupold Mojave provide more bang for the buck than does the two above.  These two binos can be purchased new for under $400, and they come surprisingly close to the Zeiss.  So much so that you are not at any real disadvantage using one as compared to the Zeiss.

BTW - there is another 8x32 out there that is very light in weight.  Opticron makes one that weighs under 14 oz..  I can't remember the model, but they have a website.  I wouldn't get one as they have a very narrow FOV.  The Conquest and M7's FOV has spoiled me.....

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Thanks.. Next weekend I may have a chance to stop by my local big box and check out the meopta, zeiss, leupold, and nikon. Saving some cash would be nice.
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Phil,

I think you are thinking of the Traveler based on your field of view comment. However, Opticron also makes another 14 oz model, the Discovery 8x32. If weight is the primary concern then the Discovery is hard to ignore. If image quality is first and foremost then their Countryman and Verano models would get the nod. I get a better "feel" for the Countryman but the edge to edge sharpness is better in the Verano.
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