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A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to look through the new Zeiss FL's and Leica Ultravids in 10x42.  The time was midday and overcast so light transmission comparison was not as evident as the other optical qualities.  As this was the first time looking through both of these I seemed to see a little better with the Zeiss binos over the Leica.  I looked at 200-500 yard objects and was able to recognize more detail with the Zeiss.  I know the Leica are wonderful binos and very well constructed but I still could see better with the Zeiss.  Has anyone else had the opportunity to compare these side by side and especially in low light?  Also, do you think the 7x42 or 8x42 in the Zeiss would be noticeably brighter than the 10x42.  I know the 7 and 8 powers have a larger exit pupil but in this much of a high end bino would it make as much difference?



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I think this particular topic has been beat to death already. 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/29/2004 at 17:47
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I'm sorry but that is not the kind of response I was hoping for when I was posted a personal observation and at least, to me,  legitimate questions.  Thanks anyway.
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I looked side by side with the Leica Ultravids next to the Zeiss Victory II in 8 and 10 power before I bought the Zeiss FLs in 10 power. In my observation the "sweet spot" of the lower power exit pupil does help in lower light observation but only if head placement is poor. I could not tell the difference otherwise.
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I have heard from at least 4 people that have done extensive side by side comparisons of the FL and the Ultavid and every one of them leaned toward the Zeiss.  I recently used a pair of 10x42 FL's on a hunt and was impressed with their clarity, light transmission, ergonomics and feel of the focus wheel.  I did not have a Leica to do a side by side unfortunately.  I think the Zeiss might be brighter and clearer but Leica is definitely more durable and has a better warranty.

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