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Hello everybody,

 

It seems to be pretty much accepted by everyone that in the 10x42 category, the Swarovski EL, Leica Ultravid, Zeiss FL, and Nikon LXL are the top dogs.  I am curious to find out which is your favorite of the four and why?  I know that there can be quite a case made for each one of these from a technical standpoint, but I would like to find out which you would personally prefer, regardless if you believe it is superior to the others or not.

 

Thanks,

 

J.D.



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I think each of the top models offers something different to every individual. I could probably come up with several reasons to choose one model over another. I own the Nikon model and find the incredibly clear edge to edge image to be one of its best qualities. That along with the exceptional focus and, ofcourse, the price.
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Frank,

 

How bright is the Nikon compared to the others?

 

J.D.

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J.D. What do you plan on using your binoculars for?

 

I own a set of the "old" SLC's, I purchased them because of their optical quality & reputation among hunters for being rugged. I've compared them to the EL's an acquaintance of mine owns and I really don't think the EL's outperform the SLC's optically.



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Stud Duck,

 

Mainly hunting.  Judging, scoring and enjoying South Texas Whitetail!

 

J.D.

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I have a 10x42 Nikon Venturer/LX. 


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J.D.

 

I think if you can afford to do so, you should purchase a set of binoculars made from the "Big Three" or the Nikon LX's.

 

From the sounds of it, you'll be sitting in a blind the majority of the time, so weight shouldn't be a factor. You may want to consider a set of 10x50mm or an 8x50mm. The 10x will provide you with the ability to see more detail and the 8x will allow you to hold the glasses steadier if you're a bit shaky and will provide a larger field of view.         & nbsp;

 

I've hunted Texas and have spoken with alot of Outfitters in that area, most of the guides & outfitters I've spoken with prefer an 8x. Because of the larger field of view. I think the majority of the people here prefer the 42's just based on weight and that's a very valid point if you're doing alot of walking. I'm like the vast majority here, my primary binoculars are a set of 10x42mm, my reasoning was that I can still hold a pair of 10x binoculars steady and I wasn't giving up much in low-light performance with the 42mm objectives. In a nut shell, the best all around binocular for various types of hunting.

 

Let us know what you decide. Best of luck!

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Buster1,

 

Sounds like a heck of a deal that I'll have to pass on.  If I go for the Nikons I would like to get the newer, lighter version and I assume that yours are the older model.  Have you had a chance to compare them to the El's or Ultravids?

 

 

 

Stud Duck,

 

Thanks for all the info.  I have come to appreciate the 10x42 and think that is what I'll probably end up with.

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J.D.,

 

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. For my eyes, only the Zeiss FLs were brighter than the Nikons. The Ultravids and Swaro ELs were on the same level while the SLCs and Trinovids were just a bit dimmer. Ofcourse, that was under normal daylight conditions. I haven't had the chance to compare the same group at dusk or dawn which is when I hear the Swaros come into their own.

 

As for a magnification comparison, I think that it really comes down to the type of area you are hunting. If it is more of a wide open expanse where you are going to be glassing for a great deal of time then the 10x makes more sense especially in a high end glass where the field of view is likely not be as restricted as some of the mid and low priced  10x roofs on the market. If you are going to be hunting primarily heavily wooded areas then the 8x makes more sense because it provides a brighter and wider field of view.

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I have the Nikon's in 10 x 42. I compared the leica's, nikons, and swaro's at cabelas in fort worth. They had best resolution inside the store looking at small signs in the distance, but the swaro's seem to have better color rendition. In this class of binocs its probably the one that feels and works best for you. For m it was the nikons, though the resale is not nearly as high.
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For what its worth, I personally would tell you to make your decision based on comfort, fit, and feel.  I have compared FL's, EL's, Ultravids on many occasions and the results differ each time.  One test the FL's may be the brightest, at another store the Ultravids may be the brightest.  The optics are so close between the brands, that there is as much or more variation from pair to pair, than from brand to brand.

 

I personally prefer the Ultravids because they fit me better and they are very compact for their performance.  I dislike bulky binos and they are significantly smaller than the FL's or EL's.  Good Luck.

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FrankD has it right.  I have used an 8X Zeiss for woods and brush hunting with perfect satisfaction.  For long-distance viewing, the 10X is better if you can hold them steady.  (This is a matter of personal fit and balance.)

 

In a side-by-side store comparison, we liked the Zeiss FL 10x better than the other superbrands (and better than the 8X Zeiss.)  They balanced well, held steady, and provided a crystal clear view.

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