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Old Monday 8th April 2019, 19:07   #1
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Best 10x50 outside Swaro

Hey Everyone,

I have a pair of 15x56 SLC's, and would like to get a (cheaper) pair of good 10x50.

I don't want an "open bridge" so EL's are out, Zeiss is not doing 10x50 Conquest and I don't trust Leica (for personnal reasons), so what is left?
Meopta?

Any idea is welcome.
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Old Monday 8th April 2019, 19:30   #2
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Kowa 10.5 x 44 I have a pair and they are superb quality a bit heavier than Swaro. Coming in about 1000.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kowa-GENESI.../dp/B0018PFBM8
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Old Monday 8th April 2019, 20:02   #3
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Meopta Meostar B.1 10X50 should be all you need. I actually have this In 7X50...nice binocular
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Old Monday 8th April 2019, 20:04   #4
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Thank you for the suggestion Watrobg.
I already tried them and despite of my love for Kowa, they didn't work for me.
One of the reason why I'd like to get 50mm.
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Meopta Meostar B.1 10X50 should be all you need. I actually have this In 7X50...nice binocular
Thank you Chuck!
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Meopta?

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Yes, definitely.
If it cannot be the Leica, for whatever reason, then Meopta is very good for quite a reasonable price (even if it is not an ED bino such as its bigger brother, the 12x50) and it is also relatively compact. Optically not comparable to the Swaro EL SV, of course, but about 1/3 of the price. The Swaro is hard to beat, the next best for me is the Leica, then comes the Meopta (there are actually not that many very good 10x50 on the market, and a number of them are porro and individual focusing, e.g. Fujinon or APM,so may not be what you are looking for).

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Why not Leica?, If you say cheaper (than the SLC 15X56, I guess that rules out the SLC 10X56), I guess Meopta is the best option. The Leica 10X50 has been I think, the best configuration of their Trinovid/Ultravid line.

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Why not Leica?
Let's just say I know a repair Techie who worked for them for 20 years.

Thank you All for your advices.
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You might want to look at the Opticron Imagic BGA VHD.
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Old Sunday 14th April 2019, 00:06   #10
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I've not looked through one myself, but if you're happy with your SLC maybe one of the 10x50 models (secondhand) might be worth a look?
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Meopta Meostar B.1 10X50 should be all you need. I actually have this In 7X50...nice binocular
I agree with Chuck, the B1 MeoStar in all sizes is really sweet and at a decent price.

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I get confuse at Meopta descriptions. Those from Cabelas have HD in the description but regular Meopta stock from other places dont seem to specify HD. Are they the same?
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I get confuse at Meopta descriptions. Those from Cabelas have HD in the description but regular Meopta stock from other places dont seem to specify HD. Are they the same?
See my interview with Milos Slany from Meopta for more details ( https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=366451 ) but rest assured there is nothing lacking in the performance of the B1 Meoptas that are not marked HD. In any case Cabelas has disappeared due to the BassPro takeover so the Cabelas Meopta line has also gone.

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Great Info. that explained it all. thanks!!
I may have to try a pair. Maybe 8x32.
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See my interview with Milos Slany from Meopta for more details ( https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=366451 ) but rest assured there is nothing lacking in the performance of the B1 Meoptas that are not marked HD. In any case Cabelas has disappeared due to the BassPro takeover so the Cabelas Meopta line has also gone.
I hadn't followed this story and don't know what the future holds, but "Cabelas" stores still seem to exist, and their website still shows (some?) Euro HD models in the latest ugly armor for sale. If this arrangement did come to an end, would Meopta be free to sell more products under their own name in the US?
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