I was out the other night with my S&B 8x56 and Vortex 8x42 HD. Vortex are great (especially for the money) but the bigger objective lens on the scope makes a big difference to the image brightness as the light started to fadeA good comparison - thanks.
It would be interesting to add in a good 6x42 and 8x56 - i would nt be surprised if they were better than the rest!
Where i think the “better” scopes win is the quality of build and in particular the turrets. S&B in particular feel very strong and smooth. Cheaper scopes just feel - well cheap. But once zero is set - just leave it alone.