Thanks for the report.
When I visited the Zeiss booth at the San Diego Bird Festival in February, they said that the SF 8x32 was due out this spring. Any rumors or comments about that in the optics tent?
As in life itself, the "mid-class" is shrinking. Here in Southern California, Swarovski seems to be the most common high end binocular, followed by Nikon, and then a smattering of Zeiss and Leica. I also see a variety of Eagle Optics models.