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Old Thursday 14th September 2017, 00:02   #1
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Zeiss 10x54 Victory HT or Swaro SLC 56

Coming off the hope that the Maven B2s would be the binocular for me, I've set my sights on these two binoculars:
  • Zeiss 10x54 Victory HT
  • Swarovski SLC 10x56 HD

I'm hoping for something with a pleasing image, great to excellent CA control, and the ability to handle twilight/dusk conditions but also bright, backlit situations. I like the reach of 10x for birding (I could be convinced to use 9x). I don't mind a little extra weight, although I'm a bit worried the SLCs might be even too much weight for me. I seem to be sensitive to CA--very often I will see color banding on backlit birds in the center of field.

Any thoughts on which of these might edge out the other, or if there are any others I should be looking at seriously? Also any advice on how to try these out would be great. I'm not sure I have a brick and mortar store near me that would carry these in stock.

I've formerly considered the Noctivids pretty seriously, but I've heard from multiple sources that they tend to be less great on CA control. Maybe the Leica Ultravid 10x50 should be on my list? I liked them in the store, but didn't really get a chance to check them out in challenging light.

A few other random tidbits:

I've thought maybe one solution to meeting the challenges of birding in a variety of light conditions with my particular eyes could be to have two sets of bins--one for lower and normal light situations and then another set when I'm on a shoreline and am looking into bright sky. (My Zeiss Pocket bins might fill this role quite well) Is it possible I'm better served by splitting my requirements and carrying two bins or could I possibly find a good one size fits all set?

Edit: I seem to have posted this to the wrong area. Hopefully a mod will see it and move it to the Binocular forum.

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