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Recent content by Xlr8n

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    Monarch HG 8x30 or Monarch HG 8x42

    The 8x42's are as light and compact as you'll find for a 42mm. Very well balanced and fit the hands and face great. Haven't had a chance at the 30's.
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    NL pure 10x vs 8x

    Sadly Cabela's only stocks 10x in many of the top line binos models. Most hunters have fallen into the "bigger must be better" trap, so that's all they stock.
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    Sadly the Air is the first decent looking bino they've came up with, but it's an import like the rest of the MeoPro's. Too bad that design wasn't for their B2 flagship.
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    EL 10x42 casing deterioration.

    How many EL's are in service today throughout the birding and hunting communities? And how many failures of armor have resulted? My guess is an extremely small fraction. When I Google "Swarovski EL armor", the only hits I can find dealing with complaints of bad armor take me to this thread on...
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    Swarovski EL W B 8x32 - Flare

    The Nikon HG's in 8x42 are an excellent choice and are about as light and compact as a 42mm bino can be. Hard to beat for the money. That being said, I recently picked up an 8x32 EL SV FP and they are phenomenal glass. You'd swear you are looking through a larger objective. The only real...
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    Zeiss Binocular Design: A Personal Overview Part 2

    Very well done sir.
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    Swarovski SLC is now morphing into the Kahles Helia S 42

    I've been told recently there are indeed CL 42's in 8x and 10x in the works, so it'll be interesting to see what transpires.
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    8x32 EL VS 10x32 EL ‘Which handles glare better?’

    Sorry to hear, unfortunately I can sympathize. I recently returned my new SLC's due to a gritty focus wheel, a squeaky hinge, and silver shavings stuck to the inside of one tube. I had waited years to get Swaro's and the experience was a disappointment. Everyone says 'that's just how the Swaro...
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    Do you consider the SLC to be an Alpha binocular?

    Agree and "like" :t:
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    Do you consider the SLC to be an Alpha binocular?

    So according to your logic, the EL's just got bumped out of Alpha class with the release of the NL? The NL is clearly now Swaro's TOP binocular, and you just stated only "top or flagship" units allowed. Correct?
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    Do you consider the SLC to be an Alpha binocular?

    'Oh my goodness Steven, look at that poor soul over there with his beta glass, flaunting it as if it were an alpha...that is sooo appalling...' lol. The only appreciable difference between the SLC and EL is the field flattener in the EL. SLC should theoretically be brighter. Yes Alpha even...
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    Cabela's branded optics - a warranty warning!

    I had read on another forum last week that a customer was recently informed Cabela's is now reversing course and honoring the original lifetime warranty on Cabela's branded optics and thus they got their Cabela's bino's replaced under warranty. I placed an e-mail inquiry to Cabela's customer...
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    Countdown to NL Parity?

    Yep. Plenty of copies of the EL: -The Gen 2 dual hinge Vortex Razor along with their China made Talon were made to emulate the EL. There were also rumors they were both ditched simultaneously by Vortex due patent infringement claims from Swaro. -The Zen Ray ED4 was also a total EL copycat...
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    What Really Constitutes a Alpha Grade Pair Of Binoculars ?

    Yes, I own the same 8x32 B1.1 but in the Cabela's Euro HD variety. And yes, I agree it meets Alpha qualifications, if I didn't make that clear in my earlier post. :t: Agree with you on price. While R&D, engineering, glass grinding, and production are all expensive endeavors, $2000+ seems to be...
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    What Really Constitutes a Alpha Grade Pair Of Binoculars ?

    Agree. They are very much approaching alpha quality glass, definitely alpha quality build with alpha level warranty and service, but they really don't attempt to market themselves in that class. Binocular production is a very small percent of their overall portfolio. It will be interesting to...