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    Nikon 8x30 HG vs. Leica 8x32 UVHD+

    Has anyone done a comparison, as yet, on these two? Of course, at a little over TWICE the price, one would expect, not surprisingly, the UVHD+ to have a bit of an edge. The 8x32 UVHD+ is a bit legendary. I know that I love the UVHD+ 8x32, for the delicious color-quality view, the razor...
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    Tale of 8x32s ~ an enthusiast's celebratory exclamation

    No earth-shattering news here, folks. This is merely an enthusiast's celebratory exclamation over the Leica 8x32 UVHD Plus. I had a pair of these, for a short while, numerous weeks ago, and regretfully returned them in favor of keeping a different pair of alpha bins. Ever since returning them...
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    Nikon focusers - do they turn clockwise to infinity like the big three?

    I"ve read that Nikon focusers are quite excellent in their light resistance and excellent smoothness. (And their color quality is somewhat akin to the beautiful saturated color look of the fabulous Leica UVHD+ bins.) As I ponder acquiring one of the just announced, re-vamped, Nikon M7 8x30, my...
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    Leica experts: adjustment of Ultravid focuser tension? Is this possible?

    Does anyone know if the focuser tension in Ultravids is something that can be fairly easily adjusted? To lighter tension, perhaps? By an adjustment screw? Or, is the degree of pressure required to turn the focuser simply a function of the entire mechanical structure of the focusing system -...
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    Sometimes, you don't need to leave home, to put your binoculars to awesome use...

    Lately, I don't travel out to observe wildlife on a very frequent and regular basis. I'm retired, and enjoy being at home much of the time. I do provide regular feeding and water for the birds and wildlife off of my back patio, which is at the edge of the Sonoran National Forest here in...
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    Alpen Wings ED 10x42 - Alignment/collimation correction?

    My wife bought a pair of Alpen Wings ED 10x42 a number of years ago. She hasn't used them much. I looked through them a couple of times over the years and could never achieve what I thought was a comfortable image. She didn't seem to mind them, but she doesn't have good eyesight and she...
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    So... you have a full, rich, diverse group of alpha binoculars! Still searching?

    I find it interesting that even though I have a wide assortment of awesome alpha binoculars, and a few near-alpha binoculars, with no reasonable need for ANY more bins... I'm STILL searching and exploring options here! o_O Must be an addiction! Even when we aren't viewing through them, we're...
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    Zeiss Victory Pockets vs Swarovski CL Pockets

    I have a two pair of CL Pockets, 8x25 and 10x25. They're really nice bins! But, I rarely use them, as my larger binoculars (32s and 42s) seem to receive most of my use. As I read the appreciation for the Zeiss Victory pockets, I have to wonder - how do the Victory Pockets compare to the CL...
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    UVHD+ appreciation ~ my, how I do

    All three of the alpha binocular producers have well-earned the adulation and respect that they have received. But I know that Leica seems to be at least "third fiddle" around here. They don't present the latest, most radical ideas in binocular design. They don't get much press, nor much...
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    Tale of 10x32 comparisons

    Over the last week I have been evaluating and comparing four 10x32 binoculars. Let me just say up front - all four of these binoculars are of great quality, and are quite worthy of your $$$-$$$$, depending on your own personal preferences. Swarovski 10x32 NL $2550 Zeiss 10x32 SF $2300 Leica...
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    Please estimate the model year of Trinovid BCA 8x20-s/n 1070888

    I can't remember when I bought these, as it was so long ago. I'm guessing around 1980, or so? If anyone can determine, from the serial number, the approximate year of manufacture, I would much appreciate that. Leica 8x20 BCA - s/n 1070888
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    Trinovid HD 10x32 vs UVHD+ 10x32

    Can anyone who has/had these two compare them for color quality, contrast, and sharpness? I think I would prefer the Trinovid HD for the slightly longer length (5.1" long vs. 4.7") and slightly heavier weight (22.6 oz. vs 19.9 oz.), for better handling. I don't mind the differences in...
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    Meopta, Opticron, Kowa.... rival models to the "big three"?

    Are there some higher-end models from these three (or other) "lesser-known" binocular brands that can be considered close rivals to some of the top bins from L, Z, or S? If you have some recommendations, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them!
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    The vast world of photography... and binoculars (real-time optics)

    In the vast and incredibly diverse world of photographers there are photography technicians, who are exceptionally adept at the numbers, the technical aspects, and the science. That's who they are. They are not necessarily very creative, but they contribute in other ways, nonetheless. That's...
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    x42 bins vs. x32 bins - optical differences aside from brightness?

    Comparing two very similar "sister" binoculars, like Zeiss Victory SF in 8x42 vs 8x32, for example, are there differences in sharpness, definition, clarity? Obviously, there will be a difference in brightness, due to the larger objectives with the x42, but do the larger objectives inherently...
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    Is this the most active binocular forum on the internet?

    I only ask because this seems like a somewhat inactive place... with regard to discussing bins. On the other hand, perhaps there really are only a very few of us, on earth, with a passion for discussing.... binoculars! o_O
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    Leica UVHD+... all I can say is that the view is simply "DELICIOUS"

    I received a pair of Ultravid HD Plus 10x42 today. I've enjoyed the Conquest HD 8x32 and 10x42 for many years. They really are excellent, all-around bins! No peer, at their level, I guess. But recently, I decided to step up and sample some "alphas". And all I can say is... I won't be...
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    Zeiss 10x42 SF -or- Leica Ultravid HD+ 10x42... that is the question!

    For those of you who have had the opportunity to compare and contrast these two 10x42s, I would appreciate your thoughts.. Generally speaking and from other experience, I like the SF models for the wide FOV, easy operating focus wheel, and ease of grabbing around the barrel. And I like the...
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    Do you have a great "viewing station" at home where you can relax with your bins and watch the wildlife?

    I'm fortunate that I have a wall of glass all along the "wild side" of my home... with nice recliners, so I can sit for hours, if I wish to, and bird & animal watch with a collection of binoculars by my side, to compare and contrast. View from my wall of glass - the "back yard" I provide...
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    I love my Conquest HD 10x42's so much, that I'm contemplating a pair of Ultravid 10x42 HD Plus...

    o_O This sounds a bit odd, I know. How ironic. You love something so much that you are thinking of getting something ELSE! Any thoughts with regard to comparing the two? The Conquest HDs are great bins which I very much enjoy, but I recently discovered the Ultravid image "look", with the...
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    Zeiss lover gets wooed by the Leica "enhanced reality" look

    I have used a pair of Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 for a number of years. These binoculars are quite impressive. Especially so, when considering the $900 price. BUT... I recently decided to check out a pair of alpha bins, just for interest-sake. So, a few weeks ago, I bought a pair of Zeiss 8x32...
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    Are Leica UV HD+ 7x42 or 8x42 bins as punchy/contrasty as their 8x32 Ultravid HD + bins are?

    I've been trying out the Ultravid 8x32HD+ and finding them a bit on the small/fiddly size and also, the focus wheel is quite stiff - requires more pressure to focus than I enjoy with my Zeiss Victory 8x32. So... I've been thinking perhaps I might try the UV HD+ 7x42, instead. What I do love...
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    "porro curious"...

    i have a nice selection of roofs which are meeting my needs very well: Conquest HD 8x32 & 10x42 Swaro CL Pockets in 8x25 and 10x25 Yet, I still have an interest in what else out there may be of interest or value to me in magnifying my views of the world. Thus... I ask about porros. I've...
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    Swaro CL Pocket 8x25 vs. 10x25 ???

    I just received a pair of 8x25 CL Pocket bins and I love them! But what I'm wondering is whether I might like the 10x25 CL Pockets even more? I know that I like the 10x magnification (prefer my Conquest HD 10x24 to my Conquest HD 8x32), and from that I'm thinking I may prefer the 10x25's over...
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    Top choices in 8x20 or 8x25-ish ?

    I have two pair of Zeiss Conquest HD: 10x42 and 8x32. I absolutely love their performance! And I like the large, deep eyecups that they feature. (I don't wear glasses when using the bins.) But I need something smaller and lighter for those occasions where even the 8x32 are larger and heavier...
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