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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    That is the Achilles heel of optics production, maintaining a high standard. It won't be achieved with current production methods, which usually involve small batches (less than 10,000, often much less) assembled by a team that then moves on to the next batch of a completely different model...
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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    Perhaps your ZR experience has impacted your views. Chinese manufacturers are very much driven by basic capitalist motivations, so they unrelentingly seek to drive costs down. Unless the distributing/marketing partner has super tight specs and enforces them zealously, quality will slip. Some...
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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    Alpha is mostly mechanicals, imho. That plus a good warranty is an extraordinary combination. Don't dismiss it lightly, especially as a few percent more transmission will not transform your birding experience. I think that there is minimal improvement possible in current day binoculars, most...