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  • Meopta Meostar 7x50

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Thread: Meopta or Leupold?

  1. #1

    Meopta or Leupold?

    Because my deal on Swaro 7x42 has fallen through. Im looking at a pair of bins by one of the two above. either Leupold 10x50 Olympics or Meopta Meostar 7x50. Budget is 500 and the Meopta really push that, The loops would leave me more money to spend on Stalking
    But If the Meoptas are that much better (200) I will plump with them


    Your thoughts gentlemen.


    Thanks
    Sam
    "Even at the very bottom of the river, I didn't think to myself, Is this a hearty joke or the merest accident? I just thought, it's wet." - Eeyore

  2. #2
    For some reason Americans have a somewhat different idea of "quality" when it comes to optics than Europeans. Based on that I would tend to shy away from American optics but have no experience of the binos in question. I suspect Meopta punch above their weight when it comes to optics and have used their scopes and thought them good quality.

    Can I throw another variable into the equation - what about Minox? I think they are remarkable optics for the money and old stock HGs (I guess the 8.5X43s would be your pick) were about at the 400 price point. They were assembled in Japan (the old stock ones) but the glass and design is German and the newer ones are now made in Germany. I would say they come very, very close to the top tier optics in the 1000+ zone. You should at least give them a try before you decide, I doubt if you will find anyone with a bad word to say about them.

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    Sam
    Try Focal Point at Warrington 01925 730399 I purchased my Bosch & Lombs from them second hand saved 250 on the new price.
    Sikadog
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

  4. #4
    Go with Meopta - their optics are almost on a par with top German / Austrian. Leupolds are good and solid, but I supsect won't be quite as good at last light, which is when you need really good binoculars. Minox are also good. Steer clear of 10x bins - too much magnification to hold steady for longish periods of time.

    If you can't afford at the 7x42 swaro's have a serious look at their 8x30 size - a friend has just got a pair and am very impressed, and they are nice compact and light.

    Also don't discount the Habicht brand - OK a slightly old fashioned style but optics will be brilliant.

    Have achat with Gregor at Macleods at Tain, he has a stock stock at outlet prices - mostly demonstrators that have only been on a shelf and sold with full guarantees etc.

  5. #5
    Leaning Towards the 7x50 Meopta's! Any one prefer Loop?


    Sam
    "Even at the very bottom of the river, I didn't think to myself, Is this a hearty joke or the merest accident? I just thought, it's wet." - Eeyore

  6. #6
    Sam, you seem to be just too late to pick up one of the last pairs of Jananse Minox 8.5x43, there only seem to be German ones now for over 1K, the Japanese were going for less than 500.

    Have you considered Bushnell? Their Elite range are based on the Zeiss/Bausch & Lomb factory lenses which they bought out.

    http://www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/.../1/product.asp

    If I could not find the Minox Japanese I would buy the Bushnell.

    ft

    Edit, Sam you might be in luck, I have found the Japanese Minox;
    http://www.cliftoncameras.co.uk/Minox_8.5x43_HG_BR_Asph
    http://www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/...5/prodtype.asp 399!!!!!!!!!!
    Be quick though!
    Last edited by flytie; 05-05-2010 at 15:20.
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  7. #7
    Not more options! Im useless, narrowed it down to the origanal two and now bushnell and wee swaros!


    Still liking Meopta-Used to have one of their scopes and was niice
    "Even at the very bottom of the river, I didn't think to myself, Is this a hearty joke or the merest accident? I just thought, it's wet." - Eeyore

  8. #8
    What about Steiner? The ranger 8x56 porro prism looks good. As does the Ranger Pro 8x56. Any ideas?


    Sam

    PS Im looking at larger than x42, Im only using them for dawn/dusk and I am big and ugly enough to cope with the extra weight
    "Even at the very bottom of the river, I didn't think to myself, Is this a hearty joke or the merest accident? I just thought, it's wet." - Eeyore

  9. #9
    Sam, don't part any cash until you have tried the Minox HG's, seriously.

    There are still good deal out there on the Minox.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

  10. #10
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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