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Old 12-22-2019, 05:51 PM   #1
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Iím looking to make an investment into some high quality binoculars. With this kind of budget where should I have my attention?


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Old 12-22-2019, 05:56 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:02 PM   #3
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:05 PM   #4
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:06 PM   #5
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I am a huge fan of Leica.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:07 PM   #6
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I love my Swarovski optics $1500 may be a little on the low side to get binoculars check the used market though SWFA Sample list is a good place to look
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:12 PM   #7
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What are gonna use them for glassing out west or in a deer stand blind? I usually use my 8x30 SLCís for bow hunting in a stand (canít see very far in any of mine) and if I am gun hunting or spot and stalk I have 10x50ELís
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:13 PM   #8
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In this price range Id go Swaro SLC 10x42. You can get the same optical quality out of Meopta Meostars but they will be slightly heavier but will be $500 less.


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Old 12-22-2019, 06:32 PM   #9
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I love my Swarovski optics $1500 may be a little on the low side to get binoculars check the used market though SWFA Sample list is a good place to look
I paid 1800 for a brand new pair of EL 10x42s, well demos from a store. Gotta shop around but it can be done for close. Use should be doable.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:36 PM   #10
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I paid 1800 for a brand new pair of EL 10x42s, well demos from a store. Gotta shop around but it can be done for close. Use should be doable.
That's a big savings for the ELs.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:49 PM   #11
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Swarovski = Leica; basically 1a and 1b when comparing glass and clarity

Swarovski > Leica when it comes to warranty. It’s not even close as Leica repair center sucks big time

I own a pair of Leica 8x56 BA Trinovoids and my next investment would be Swaro EL’s
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:50 PM   #12
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texas bino man sells slcs for 1200 10x42
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:54 PM   #13
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Saw these listed on 2Cool classifieds, under hunting equipment:


WTS - Leica 10x42 Ultravid HD Binoculars
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:31 PM   #14
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For your budget Vortex, and Leupold
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Old 12-22-2019, 09:11 PM   #15
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For your budget Vortex, and Leupold
Sorry, but thatís just bad advice. Those win the bang for the buck category at $200, but thatís about it. Anyone willing to drop $1k should go euro, whether itís Zeiss, Meopta, or Leica. Maven gets an honorable mention. If youíre willing to spend another $500, go with Swaro SLCís all day long.

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Old 12-22-2019, 09:26 PM   #16
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Go to Cabelas or another store that sells them all and look through them. Your eyes will tell you which one is the right one. I’ve done this and what was supposed to be the best of the best didn’t jive with my eyes.
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Old 12-22-2019, 10:00 PM   #17
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Old 12-22-2019, 10:08 PM   #18
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Sorry, but thatís just bad advice. Those win the bang for the buck category at $200, but thatís about it. Anyone willing to drop $1k should go euro, whether itís Zeiss, Meopta, or Leica. Maven gets an honorable mention. If youíre willing to spend another $500, go with Swaro SLCís all day long.
Truth.

The US and Japan make good glass, but Western Euro glass is the best glass.
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Old 12-22-2019, 10:11 PM   #19
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Cameralandny has some great open box or demo deals from time to time. Great customer service.

Another vote for Leica or Swaro. After you make the initial investment they retain value better than probably any other hunting related expense.


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Old 12-22-2019, 10:36 PM   #20
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I picked up a new pair of Swaro SLC 10x42ís recently for $1300. If you get on SniperHide and check the Optics classifieds, you can usually find an almost new pair for $1200-$1400. A couple of weeks ago, Cameraland and Sport Optics had them on sell for $1500 (new). For that price range, I would not buy anything else, unless you found a really good deal on a used pair of ELís. The Meopta Meostar, as someone stated above would be my second choice, but they are a little heavier and the ergonomics on them suck compared to the Swaros. However they are $500 cheaper (new).

Donít let anyone tell you that other lesser brands are ďjust as goodĒ as Swaro. Spend 5-6 hours a day glassing and your eyes will be just fine with the Swaros. Spend that same amount of time looking thru a pair of ďjust as goodĒ binos and youíll know why they are cheaper.

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Old 12-22-2019, 10:45 PM   #21
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Swaro slc 10x42, I ended up buying the EL but they are the same glass apparently it’s just something to do with the focus.. I bought mine thru the guy at Alaskan guide creations, great guy to deal with..
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:22 AM   #22
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Cameralandny has some great open box or demo deals from time to time. Great customer service.

Another vote for Leica or Swaro. After you make the initial investment they retain value better than probably any other hunting related expense.


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Yea camerland does have some good deals, and if you call and talk to Doug, he will usually nock off some more $$ on top of it.
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:58 AM   #23
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Sorry, but thatís just bad advice. Those win the bang for the buck category at $200, but thatís about it. Anyone willing to drop $1k should go euro, whether itís Zeiss, Meopta, or Leica. Maven gets an honorable mention. If youíre willing to spend another $500, go with Swaro SLCís all day long.
I will agree with this. Everything is compared to Swaro for a reason.

To get the bad azz glass in Zeiss you would have to go to the Victory line. Leica has horrible customer service and too slow in repair times.
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:59 AM   #24
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Swarovski EL 10x42.I'd go ahead,and spend a little more.It'll be the last pair you ever buy.My best friend has a pair of Leica,and he loves em.

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Old 12-23-2019, 09:01 AM   #25
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I second the Swaro SLCs. If you shop around long enough, you could probably find a new set for $1,500.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:16 AM   #26
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I will agree with this. Everything is compared to Swaro for a reason.

To get the bad azz glass in Zeiss you would have to go to the Victory line. Leica has horrible customer service and too slow in repair times.
While Iíd never tell someone to spend less $ on optics (unless they had a $500 budget), once you get up into the $1,000 range the differences arenít extreme.

Swaro is still the king, but they are more like 4-5% better than 50% better, and other personal preferences like ergonomics, eye cup design, chromatic aberration, the ďrolling ballĒ effect, depth of field, etc, can make a different brand preferable to some people.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:35 AM   #27
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I have the Leica geovid 10x42 hd with the built in rangefinder. Love them
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Old 12-25-2019, 04:15 AM   #28
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You can find the Leica Rangefinding binos for that price. You’ll never want binos without a a rangefinder again. The glass is awesome as well.
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Old 12-25-2019, 03:53 PM   #29
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Old 12-25-2019, 04:52 PM   #30
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Completely depends on what you are using them for. I prefer Swarovski for my eye. But I have 3 pair of swaro binos and a swaro spotter and what makes the cut for a hunting trip depends completely on the type of trip Iím going on. My all-time favorites for what they do would be a pair of EL 12x50ís and a pair of EL 8x32. But if I only wanted one pair of do all Iíd go with the EL 8.5x42. For my eye they are better optically than the 10ís (which are amazing) and you just donít lose much in magnification going from 10x to 8.5x.

Iím a ho for top end glass.
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:36 PM   #31
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If budget wasnít a question. Would you still pick the SLC over the EL?


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Old 12-25-2019, 10:53 PM   #32
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I have a pair of 10x42 Vortex Fury HD's I picked up.

I liked them over the Leica's and while they are not Swarovski's, they are good and have a built in rangefinder, which I like/need for the style of hunting I do.

Ran me just over $1100, I think they retail around $1200/$1250.
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Old 12-25-2019, 11:59 PM   #33
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i Just picked up a used set of Swaro SLC 10x42’s. They’re pretty great.
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Old 12-26-2019, 12:03 AM   #34
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Iíll just reiterate something said earlier. If you have a $1,500 budget then you can pick up some great glass. There is no need to settle for Vortex, Leupold, etc when you can afford a much higher quality product. Donít buy a basic mustang if you can afford a Ferrari.
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Old 12-26-2019, 12:41 AM   #35
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I wanted a really good pair of binoculars. Ended up with the meopta meostar 10x50. For the money, they are hard to beat. I got a open box special through cameraland. Saved about $200. Side by side against the Swarovski, I can’t really see the difference, certainly not $800 worth.
Another great pair of binoculars would be the Tract binoculars.
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Old 12-26-2019, 01:33 AM   #36
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Very happy with my leica geovids. Got them for 1200 from eurooptic they were a demo. They have built in rangefinding. Friend of mine that has some Swarovskis looked through them and claimed to like mine better. But I like Swarovskis too just came across that good deal

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I have a pair of Swaro 10x42 ELs that I would sell if you’re interested.
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Old 12-26-2019, 08:24 AM   #38
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Best Swaro that fits your budget.
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Old 12-26-2019, 10:20 AM   #39
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Swaro 10x42 SLC
No need for range finding binos as they are heavy. If you're going to hunt out west the SLCs would be awesome. Easy to carry and the low light transmission is hard to best.
As stated the customer service is hard to beat, they'll send you free eye cups if you lose one or switch out the glass if you have an issue.
You will be amazed and what you can pick out in heavy brush and right at dusk.
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For what its worth on an elk hunt a few years ago my guide and I compared binos.

Swaro El's to Leica Ultravid both in 10x50's.

We both agreed the Leicas were clearer and sharper.
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Old 12-26-2019, 12:25 PM   #41
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I will agree with this. Everything is compared to Swaro for a reason.



To get the bad azz glass in Zeiss you would have to go to the Victory line. Leica has horrible customer service and too slow in repair times.


Leica has reportedly really stepped up the CS in the last year or so from a few guys Iíve talked to. Never had to send anything to them though so canít personally comment.


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Leica Ultravids or Geovids for me depending if you want a rangefinder.
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Old 12-26-2019, 12:34 PM   #43
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Got some Swarovski 10x42 EL Range for Christmas can’t wait to use them.
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Old 12-26-2019, 01:43 PM   #44
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I have Liecas and like them but have heard horror stories about the CS. Swaro's would be my vote if you are set on spending that budget.
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:25 PM   #45
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Ended up with the Leica Geovids. With the range finder included it made sense and theyíre really high quality as far as I can tell.


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