Joined: 3/24/2005Bino’s i use Nikon & for scope’s i use Leupold
You have some very nice Optic’s there!
When I was 18 and living on my own, working two jobs, I bought my Swarovski SL 10×42 for $899.00. And that was A LOT of money for me then. But looking back now, buying them has been my best investment I’ve every made for my hunting equipment. I could easily sell them for what I paid for them, and they have found me many of bucks bedded in the sage brush.
I also have a pair of older Swarovski 10×50′s that I keep in my truck 24/7 They are too heavy for field use.
My buddy picked up those 10×42 EL and I REALLY like them! But I can’t justify the $1900.00 bill, when I have such a good pair now.[/quote:2a1xdeq4]
we think alike about glass
HAWKMy taste has always been heavy and most of the time heavier than my wallet. When it came time to replace my Steiner’s I looked at most of the top brands available and compared on-line reviews from some of the bird watcher sites!!! Low and behold they had a lot of experience that was extremely valuable and gave quality recommendations relating to optical quality and warranty ect.
After close competition between Zeiss and their Austrian counterpart,I chose the Swarovski 10×42 EL for around $1550.00 on sale. I know I know you are asking how could someone spend that kind of money for a piece of optics thats not even mounted on a gun. I can say that this is one of the best pieces of hunting equipment I have ever bought and now find myself grabbing them everytime I leave the house and think there is a possibility of seeing a deer. Well worth the extra money!!!
Joined: 1/14/2006Bushnell & Nikon
Joined: 3/8/2006Lieca, IMO there is no comparison in low light condition. They are well worth the cost for what you get.
Joined: 3/25/2006Just purchased a pair of Leupold Pinnacle 10x42s. Great glass for the money. There is still room for improvement though. So in a couple years Ill upgrade to either Leica or Swarovski 10x42s and pass my Leupolds onto my son.
A pair of Swarovski are in my near future.
Joe, You need to look through the Nikon LX L. You may be surprised.[/color:2o4dwb6h]I have a pair of Leica Trinovid 8×50 that are unreal at dawn and dusk! the 10x 42 kahles aint bad either.
Joined: 7/16/2005Most all bino’s look good in good day light. However, the reason good glass like Swarovski cost so much is that it’s ability to transmit light in low light conditions. IMO Swarovski is unsurpassed in this catagory.
I have a pair of Swarovski 8 X 30 SLC and a set of 8.5 X 42 EL. The EL are twice the price but worth EVERY penny.
I would now like to get Swarovski’s range finder (8X monocular and rangefinder) and a set of 8 X 30 EL.
If someone is considering buying a good set of bino’s my advice is to save up and get the good stuff.
Joined: 12/9/2005I found a guy in gun shop who needed cash, I got a set Swarovski Binocs for $250 cash. Was thinking at 1st that at that price they might be hot but he gave me box & his orginal sales reciept if needed for warranty. Couldn’t pass that one up.
I have Lieca range finder.
Joined: 1/10/2006I’d love to get a set of Leicas, or Swarovski glasses…….the best I could afford was the Steiners………I really love the auto focus feature on them and they are tough! Really good optics on them and the do gather light too. Much better than the Nikons I had. Not that my Nikons were bad…..just heavy
Joined: 6/25/2004Couldn’t vote, didn’t see Sports Afield listed
Joined: 5/16/2006For hunting binos I have 7×42 Swarovskis. For other use I have some old 7×20 Leupolds (made for them by Leica).
Always buy the best optics possible IMO, I waited years to save money and try to get a bargain on these binos……. then bought both used when a deal that I couldn’t pass up came along.
I also love Leupold scopes, but that’s another topic……….. and have a Leupold 12-40×60 spotting scope for those western hunts and trips to the rifle range.
I’m definitely an optics geek Most people go way too high on power IMO for what they really need for hunting purposes. Clarity and light transmission ability vastly outweigh magnification in importance to me.
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