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After handling the Zeiss conquest 8x30 and the Minox BDBR 8X32 I've decided that one of the deciding factors would be the weight. The Minox felt like brick. But the Conquest felt like it's something I'd have no problem walking around in the field all day. And the optics were comparable. So, in light (unintended put) of that I've limited my choices to these:

8x32 Platinum Ranger
Pentax 8x33 DCF XP

Leupold Katmai 8X32

Kowa 8X32

What's your opinion?

If the Conquests weren't so expensive I would already have my binos.

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Kowa Kowa Kowa Kowa. But, if you are abusive with your optics and you have a history of destroying things, the Leupold (excellent customer service). In terms of optics, the Kowa is the best on your list. 

I have looked through the four on you list, and the Ranger and the Pentax XP were dim and not very pleasing to look through.

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Is Pentax SP 8x32 out of your price range? I suspect them to be one of the best in their class.    
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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

Is Pentax SP 8x32 out of your price range? I suspect them to be one of the best in their class.    

 

 

The SP was my first choice. But they're almost 24oz. That's too much for my frail body. That's why everything on the list is 20oz or less

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Chris,

 

I haven't used any of those either.  I do have the Leupold Katmai in 6X32 and they are very good (contrary to popular opinion I don't love all things Leupold and didn't care for their binocs in the past).  I compared them to my Pentax 8X43 SP's and they held up well.  There was a slight difference right at dark, but not much.  I would expect that the 8X32's would preform well, too.

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This may seem like a sacrilege, but the Nikon LX L 8x20 is an absolutely fantastic glass that would work for hunting if saving weight is of utmost importance. The LX costs $430, weighs 9.5 oz., has a wide FOV, and it is much better than many cheesy 8x42s. The problem is that you will have to wait for the sunrise and quit at sunset when hunting.

 

There also is Minox BL 8x32 at less than 20 oz and at $350. I've never looked through them.

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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

This may seem like a sacrilege, but the Nikon LX L 8x20 is an absolutely fantastic glass that would work for hunting if saving weight is of utmost importance. The LX costs $430, weighs 9.5 oz., has a wide FOV, and it is much better than many cheesy 8x42s. The problem is that you will have to wait for the sunrise and quit at sunset when hunting.

 

I'm really tempted to get those but the 20mm objective (even in the Nikon premier line) makes me a tad uncomforable. I have never made it out in the field before dark and have never stayed after dark. But, there have been many cloudy days which made it quite dark. I think those little objectives would have a hard time pulling in enough light to get enough details to discern between branches and a nice rack.

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