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  OK don't know much about binos but got to play with a pair of zoom binos a few years ago in the kingdome during a football game.  Am shopping for a very good pair of binos for hunting.  Can anybody give me some advice about whether to go with zoom or not.  What about lowlight conditions and clarity with the zoom.  Am considering windriver olympic 10x50 if I don't go for the zoom.

 

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It seems that the general consensus is that most zooms are apparently far from perfect, but I have no direct experience with them.  The one exception would probably be the Leica which really is not a true zoom.  How much money do you want to spend and what will you be using them for?  I don't think much of the Wind River series. 

 

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I strongly agree with ranburr with regards to zoom bino's. A pair of quality roof prism's is the way to go in my opinion. A pair of 7,8 or 10 x42's will serve you well.
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Zoom binos are very prone to breaking and the main reason you don't see many on the market.  They are also not as weather resistant as a normal binocular.  If you need the versatility of a zoom I would recommend the little Leupold hand held spotter.

 

 

Leupold 10-20x40.....$349.95

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TEAM SWFA  - I was thinking of taking your advise and getting a compact spotter (oversized monocular)  rather than binocs. Can you suggest a quality choice that is less expensive than the Leupold 10-20X40?

 

What about the  Burris compact 12-24x50?

Do you have other suggestins for a good compact spotter.

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I was about to buy the Burris compact spotting scope, but my local dealer had the Leupold 10-20X40 scope recommended above sitting right next to the Burris in the case.  I decided to compare them a little bit just for fun. I was ASTOUNDED at the difference in optical quality. The Leupold is so much better it defies reason. I couldn't really afford it, but I bought the Leupold anyway because I knew if I bought the Burris, I would forever be thinking about the Leupold and its superior clarity every time I tried to size up an animal. 

 

If you won't spend the money on the Leupold and still want a small spotting scope, don't do any side by side comaprisons. If you don't know what you're missing, you may not be bothered by the lack of clarity in the cheaper scope. Otherwise, you will regret your decision to buy cheap over quality.

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There is a reason why Burris is able to give away a 12-24x50 with the purchase of a 4.5-14x42 Fullfield II Ballistic Plex scope.

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Chris - what is SWFA's price in the Burris 12X24X50?
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Chris - Thanks.

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