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Old 01-13-2018, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Leupold VX-5 vs Swarovski Z3

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Assuming same power setting (let's say 6x) which scope produces the best image and color rendition in low light (still legal shooting hours, but just barely).

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Old 01-13-2018, 04:55 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:23 PM   #3
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Also, assuming both can be picked up for about the same price
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:01 PM   #4
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Default Leupold VX-5 vs Swarovski Z3

I love Leupold but they are not in the same league as Swarovski in regards to glass.

The only reason I would pick the Leupold over the Swarovski would be if you plan to dial with the turrets a lot.

I should also add, I currently have both Swarovski Z3 & Z5 as well as Leupold VX6 so I have experience in the field with both.


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Old 01-13-2018, 06:04 PM   #5
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Hey all,

Assuming same power setting (let's say 6x) which scope produces the best image and color rendition in low light (still legal shooting hours, but just barely).



Thanks


Instead of blindly throwing a brand out there Iíd suggest hitting your LGS and talking the salesman to take both to the front of the store or even outside and seeing for yourself which looks better to your eye at that time of day. Fluorescent light looks very different than sunlight/ambient light. Your chances of doing that versus talking to someone who has actually looked through both at dusk are much higher IMO.

Otherwise if you want blind opinions I say VX-5 cause I have one and love it.


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Old 01-13-2018, 06:10 PM   #6
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Swarovski Glass all day vs Leupold
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:54 PM   #7
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Sierra,
Not going to happen in my neck of the woods.

What is the glass difference between a Z3 and Z5?
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:44 PM   #8
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Sierra,
Not going to happen in my neck of the woods.

What is the glass difference between a Z3 and Z5?


None that Iím aware of. Just 3x magnification adjustment vs 5x.


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Old 01-13-2018, 08:48 PM   #9
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Sierra,
Not going to happen in my neck of the woods.

What is the glass difference between a Z3 and Z5?
None as mike D said.

Just magnification difference
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Old 01-14-2018, 06:00 AM   #10
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Sorry fellas, meant difference between Leupold vx-5 and Swaro z3 glass wise
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Sorry fellas, meant difference between Leupold vx-5 and Swaro z3 glass wise


The glass is just much better on the European scopes.

The glass on the Z3 is noticeably better than my VX6.

Better low light performance, sharp and clear all the way to the edge, everything just ďpopsĒ better. Ugh, I canít even believe I just used that term.


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Mike , do you think for hunting purposes the Swarovski is a better choice?
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Any thoughts on the Leica ER 5 scopes? Can get a 2-10x50 for $500 shipped.
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:21 PM   #14
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I really like the Leicas and as you've already found out, there are some great deals going on right now.
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Looks like the Swarovski is cheaper too. The glass is really better on the Swaro?
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:25 PM   #16
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Colton,
At the point now of deciding if the Leupold VX-5 or Swaro Z3 (both for around $700) are worth the extra cheese over the Leica ER 5 for around $500.
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At the point now of deciding if the Leupold VX-5 or Swaro Z3 (both for around $700) are worth the extra cheese over the Leica ER 5 for around $500.
Iím finding them both for over $700, where are you seeing them for that price? Will also look at the Leica. Thank you, Mitch
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At the point now of deciding if the Leupold VX-5 or Swaro Z3 (both for around $700) are worth the extra cheese over the Leica ER 5 for around $500.
The Leica is a better scope than Leupold or Swarovski. And that's coming from someone who owns them all.
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At the point now of deciding if the Leupold VX-5 or Swaro Z3 (both for around $700) are worth the extra cheese over the Leica ER 5 for around $500.
Leica is better glass than Leupold also in the same ballpark as swaro

Almost snagged one on euro optics sale a few weeks ago but everyone I wanted was backordered.

Link for the 700$ swaro? Will have to adjust the price of mine in the classifieds or possibly just keep it if they are going that cheap.
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:52 PM   #20
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So, unless I'm insane and have had too much swing fluid, the Leica is the better scope, particularly at the $500 price point?

And, anyone that wants a "where to find 'em" shoot me a PM.
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:52 PM   #21
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Iím finding them both for over $700, where are you seeing them for that price? Will also look at the Leica. Thank you, Mitch
Eurooptic and Scoplist has them for $499 shipped and no taxes. Backordered though so who really knows
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The Leica is a better scope than Leupold or Swarovski. And that's coming from someone who owns them all.
Are the Leica glass from Germany? I have been told that any scope leupold sells that retails under 1000.00 the glass is made in China now.
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They make good glass, but be Careful with the Leica warrantee...horrible reputation vs the Zeiss, Leupy & Swaro.
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They make good glass, but be Careful with the Leica warrantee...horrible reputation vs the Zeiss, Leupy & Swaro.
I found that out with a set of HD-B binoculars. Rangefinder quit working and my goodness it took six months of arguing and threatening.

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Dang it Artos...I didn't want to hear that about Leica.
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$500 Leica?

Link?

Iíve also heard the same about Leica CS.


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Mike , do you think for hunting purposes the Swarovski is a better choice?


IMO, yes.

I have Swarovski, Leupold and Zeiss HD5.

If I could afford it all my hunting rifles would wear Swarovski.


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$500 Leica?

Link?

Iíve also heard the same about Leica CS.


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Euro Optic

Most are back ordered though
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I found that out with a set of HD-B binoculars. Rangefinder quit working and my goodness it took six months of arguing and threatening.
They make great glass but I'll never spend my $$$$ with them from the instances I'm personally aware of & had friends get screwed...way too much of a pattern vs all the great stories you hear from Leupy, Swaro & Zeiss.

Not worth the risk.
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