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Ok, I want a good 10x binocular and I currently have the Swift Audubon ED poror's which have been great I just want to add a little magnification.  I would like a good German roof but the thought kills me to spend $1,500 on either a Sworovski,Lecia or newer Zeiss.  

 

I looked through some time back a pair of Zeiss Classic C 10x40 and I really liked them. I found places that still have them in stock for around $800.

 

My question is will I see that much optical performance over my Swifts?  If not, should I just save up for one of the real high end 10x

 

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It would be impossible for anyone to tell you whether or not YOU will see any difference in optical performance.  This will largely be determined by your experience level with optics, your personal visual accuity, your individual ability to see and your sensitivity towards various abberations, your intended use of the binocular, the prevailing light conditions, etc. etc. etc.

 

Having said that, the 10x40 ClassiC is truly (as it's name aptly implies) a classic.  It is rugged, well made, and optically excellent.  Zeiss continues to manufacture this binocular and to sell it through Cabela's and they also continue to update its coatings, etc. to be representative of the latest available technology.  You simply cannot go wrong with one of these binoculars.  I doubt that in a "blind taste test" there would be many people who could actually and honestly tell the difference between the image produced through one of these binoculars and the image by any of the so-called "high end" models of whatever manufacture.

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You'd be hard pressed to see any difference in center-field performance between your Swifts and any binocular out there with siilar magnification, at any price.  There will be an increase in detail due to a higher magnification of 10x binoculars, but do not expect to get a higher quality of optics.  What you've got is as good as anything else out there.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

What you've got is as good as anything else out there.

ILya

 

Actually, it's more like: "What you've got is better than 99.5% of the binoculars out there"...in terms of optical quality.

The Zeiss Classic C T*P*  may disappoint you a bit after the Swift porro ED.

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