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I have narrowed the search down to either the Swarovski 10x42scl or the leica 10x42.

 

Pretty sure I am going to go with the swarovski....however....I was wondering what the benefit of going with a 10x50 rather than a 10x42?

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I am assuming that your talking about the Leica Trinovid?  Both the Trinovid and the SLC are pretty comparible no real advantage in glass it will come down to what looks best to your eyes.

 

Personally, I think the SLC's handle better and feel better in hand. Both are about the same weight so no real advantage over the other there. 

 

As far as magnification goes it depends on what you plan on using them for.  Both the 10x42 SLC and Trinovid are not real light at just over 30 oz when you jump up to a 50mm objective they get considerably heavier and for me that just would be too heavy to pack around while hunting.

 

Good Luck, and nice choices of binoculars.

 

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Originally posted by wstnodak wstnodak wrote:

I was wondering what the benefit of going with a 10x50 rather than a 10x42?

 

About 3 minutes of extra viewing at dusk and dawn and about 12 ounces of weight.

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wstnodak, I am in the same situtation wondering which one of the big three I will purchase in 7x, 10x 42mm in Swarovski, 7x, 8x, 10x 42mm Leica.  I personally like the 7x, 8x better as it give you a better field of view.  I think the 8x is the most popular amongst hunters for its wide field of view.  I am leaning towards the Swarovski SLCs although I think it will come down to the best price for me.  Either would be a fine choice and would give you many many years of service.  Let us know what you purchase.  Thanks
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wstnodak,

 

Have you tested out the 10x's to see if you can hold them steady?  I was amazed at the difference in the amount of shaking visible through my 10x vs. my 8x.  The Leicas are pretty hefty and the swarovskis a liitle less so, so they help tame the jiggles a little bit if you have a good rest, but standing in the badlands or on the prarie its tough to hold them still.  Dropping down to a 8x42 eliminates most of the jiggling and gives you a wider field of view as well as a slightly larger exit pupil for extra light early and late in the day.  I think the wider field of view and the increased light more than makes up for the extra 2x when trying to count points etc. and the wider field of view makes it easier to locate your target.

 

If you're like me and everyone else I know from western North Dakota, you probably use a spotting scope in conjunction with your binoculars, so once you find what you're looking for you can dial it up in the spotting scope to give it a good look at higher magnification.

 

If you decide to go with the 10x50 leicas IM me, I may have some info that is of interest to you.

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Quote Pretty sure I am going to go with the swarovski....however....I was wondering what the benefit of going with a 10x50 rather than a 10x42?

 

A brighter image predominantly but also an easier view because of the larger exit pupil. I have been wrestling with a decision between a 10x50 and a 10x42. The 10x42 is so much handier physically but the image quality and comfort level of the 10x50 is noticeably better. I have an 8x42 of the same model and therefore will probably by choosing the 10x50 because it offers a more noticeable difference overall but if I had to choose between the 10x42 and 10x50 (without the 8x42 in the mix) then I would opt for the 10x42 because of portability.

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Frank,

If you haven't looked at this it would make interesting reading.

They actually rated the Swarovski 10x50 above the 10x42.

www.birds.cornell.edu/Publications/LivingBird/winter2005/Age _Binos.html

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That isn't surprising. The 10x50 SLC is probably the nicest, optically, 10x50 on the market. There is a reason that they continue to include it in their reviews despite the fact that it is of an "older" design line. I compared my Meopta 10x50 to the SLC 10x50 when I originally purchased it and found them very, very similar in image quality. The Meostar had, what appeared to be, a slightly brighter image. I would love to compare them again as I believe that was the result of a slightly warm color bias. The SLC had slightly less chromatic abberation.

 

As I stated above, with an 8x42 in the same lineup I would choose the 10x50 because it offers a significant enough of a difference optically from the 8x42. If I didn't have the 8x42 then I would probably choose the 10x42 because of the smaller and lighter weight offering in comparison to that of the 10x50. Brightness and image comfort level definitely favor the bigger glass but at a fairly high compromise to overall portability.

 

Either configuration in a high quality bino like what we are discussing is sure to please. I am splitting hairs more than anything else.



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