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  1. pbjosh

    Nikon MHG 8x30 vs Leica Ultravid HD+ 8x32

    I wouldn't say the MHG beats the CL "hands down," but I do think that the comment that "it's a better birding tool" is about how I would summarize my feelings. The CL is flatter field and perhaps more free of optical aberrations, yes. But the MHG has a better FOV, faster focus, closer focus...
  2. pbjosh

    Nikon MHG 8x30 vs Leica Ultravid HD+ 8x32

    Here's the long / slender strap I use to bandolier carry lightweight bins and cameras. It being unpadded, thin nylon makes it fairly slick and it slides over clothing readily, making bandolier carrying just as useful / fast as harness carrying. Well, except for having to take the bin off to get...
  3. pbjosh

    Nikon MHG 8x30 vs Leica Ultravid HD+ 8x32

    I travel a lot and do a lot of adventurous birding, and generally try to take just one pair of bins, a few changes of clothes, a phone, a water filter, and a few odds and ends - so that all can fit in a backpack. I dislike having tons of gear on me in the field and while traveling. I almost...
  4. pbjosh

    Nikon MHG 8x30 vs Leica Ultravid HD+ 8x32

    I'm in my early 40's, fit, active, without complaints, but regular binocular straps, even with lightweight bins, wreck me in short order. I use the shock cord type RYO harnesses for larger bins but the compact bins I put on a thin long strap that doesn't have padding and carry over one shoulder...
  5. pbjosh

    Nikon MHG 8x30 vs Leica Ultravid HD+ 8x32

    In the past couple of days I've done two 3-4 hr sessions at the excellent local reserve, the first with the 8x30 MHG the second with the 8x42 SF. Going from the MHG to the SF I barely notice the increase in FOV, do notice the colors are a tiny bit less saturated, and do notice it is an overall...
  6. pbjosh

    Nikon MHG 8x30 vs Leica Ultravid HD+ 8x32

    I'm glad they're working well for you. Your judgement in your most recent post (#43) is really similar to my feelings. Sure, I have 42mm alphas that are better, but I almost never find these bins lacking, they're a joy to use, and the view is generally quite lovely.
  7. pbjosh

    Nikon MHG 8x30 vs Leica Ultravid HD+ 8x32

    I've looked through a good number of UV's over the years. The 8x32 was by far the one I preferred, amazingly sharp and lovely color, but the ER doesn't work for me, the FOV is restrictive, and so I've never considered one. I am always curious about the 7x35 Retrovid, though I've never seen one...
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