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Thread: Stalking Bino's: MODELS Leica / Swarovksi

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    Stalking Bino's: MODELS Leica / Swarovksi


    Following the multipule threads in this forum on the topic of good quality Bino's, Ive been given some advise on Leica model types to look for and options to steer away from - need some pointers on Swarovski ( similar power ):

    Can you add to the list - Good / Bad ?

    GOOD :
    > Leica 8/8.5 x 42 BN
    > Trinovid

    AVOID :
    > Leica 8/8.5 x 42 BL or BA or other
    > 50x beacuse of shake and field of view
    > any in-built rangefinder as reduces view @ dusk

    Money is not the issue - just want to buy well and once !

    Thx , TOMSK

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    have you dismissed the Zeiss options ?

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    GOOD :
    > Leica 8/8.5 x 42 BN
    > Trinovid
    > 10 Power Variants give better view of animal / trophy assessment
    > 50mm Objectives give greater VOF and Twilight Factor
    > Geovid all the preformance of the rest of range including dawn and dusk performance with the added benifit of a range finder
    > Leica 8 x 42 BL Ideal binos for the hill small and a light easily tucked inside coat
    > Leica 8 x 42 BA good secondhand binos for those on a budget

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    I have had both Geovids and Swarovski range bins and have never noticed any detrimental effect on thier low light ability when compared to ones without, Swarovski's own blurb states that the difference is not noticeable.

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    Distinguished Member tartinjock's Avatar
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    I have Swarovski 10x42 EL's. Very, very good however, if I was to buy again, I would probably go for the 8.5's, reason being that you see your shake very easily through the 10x

    the "50" you mention, I assume you mean the lense size, it's not the "50" that gives you the shakes, it's the magnification you put through it.

    I would however stay away from a 50mm lense as it's a very bulky bino to carry around.

    I have looked through Lieca's, I'd say on par with Swarovski, but for the price of either pair I'd expect crystal clear vision. What I would consider at those prices is the customer service provided by each manufacturer. I think you will find, by doing a serck on here that Swarovski will be very hard to beat in that respect. From repair to replacement parts delivered free to your door, they are very, very good.

    I did however feel that the Swarovski EL binos do feel more "Ergonomically" friendly to hold and use.

    Good luck, get to a Game Fair and try them all (in one stall if you can), if money is no object, you will be sure to get a pair that you are extremely happy with.

    Position and hold must be firm enough to support the firearm
    The firearm must point naturally at the target without any undue physical effort
    Sight alignment (aiming) must be correct
    The shot must be released and followed through without disturbing the position

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    8x42 Leica geovid . All the way , rangefinder is brilliant and by no means compromise the optical quality, every bit as good as Swarovski El's , I have them both, but would use the Swarovski if I didn't need the rangefinder

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    ive got the Swarovski 8x42 range finding binos, wouldn't be without them now, yes not cheap but worth it

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    Swarovski 8.5x42 EL bought mine second hand from a little known shop in Tain 😏
    been back to Swarovski for a repair as there was a slight rattle on the focus mechanism, the cost FOC.

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    I use 8x30ELs,very bright and so light and compact. Don't think I'd go back to 10x42s,but I'd only ever buy Swarovski.

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