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~$1000 Binoculars poll (1 Viewer)

What is your favorite ~$1000 binocular


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ZDHart

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Supporter
Not surprised by the winner. I didn't vote, but I've had a pair of Conquest HDs (8x32 and 10x42) for about seven years now. Incredibly impressive binoculars. Practically-alpha optical quality and absolutely superb (light, perfectly smooth, snappy accurate) focuser. Just a joy to use and stone reliable. Zeiss really hit it out of the park with Conquest HD.
 

qwerty5

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United States
Missed this poll, I'd voted "other": Meopta Meostar. And isn't Kowa Genesis around 1000 also?
The Kowa Genesis is around $1300, that's why I didn't include it. And perhaps I should have included the Meostar. I didn't because Meopta upgraded it and replaced it with the Meopro Air.
 

Ries

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Netherlands
Oh? I thought there was a B2 coming? Now I got to read if the Air meets up to the B1(.1)!

Edit: as I read still a Meostar B2 coming (and Meopro Air not meeting up to the B1 plus)

Edit2: here in € the Kowas are around 1000 (1180$), silly currencies
 
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qwerty5

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United States
Oh? I thought there was a B2 coming? Now I got to read if the Air meets up to the B1(.1)!

Edit: as I read still a Meostar B2 coming (and Meopro Air not meeting up to the B1 plus)

Edit2: here in € the Kowas are around 1000 (1180$), silly currencies
The B1 Plus costs around $1400, and I believe it was the upgrade from the B1.1, which I believe was the upgrade from the B1. I only included the current Meopta binocular that costs $1000. Perhaps I should have included the earlier models since I know there are many users of the B1. And from what I've read, the Meopro Air does not meet up to the B1.1.

The Kowa Genesis 8.5x44 MSRP is $1299, which is what B&H and Optics4Birding are selling them for.
 

_Prism_

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England
Would have to specify the size for under $1,000 / £1,000, but I'd say Zeiss dominates most of this space:
1. 8x25 size: Zeiss Victory Pocket, unquestionably the best optically in it's class. Superb build, Alpha glass. Outstanding brightness and sharpness. Superb control of CA, in the middle at least. Retired my 8x32 Conquest HD thanks to it's exemplary performance and portability (it was actually brighter than the larger 8x32 Conquest in most daytime conditions!). Probably my personal favourite bin under 1k, and might just be my all time favourite.
2. 8x32 size: Undoubtedly the Conquest HD. Amazed that people even consider the Leica in this size. The Zeiss is the same size and weight, but is brighter, has less CA, a significantly wider FOV, and also has protective coatings vs the Trinovid. Leica wins slightly on design to me (but this is subjective, and even then it's just by a hair). Truly near Alpha-level optically. Near-mythical toughness, as evidenced by the Fieldsports video review torture test. Excellent value retention. Simply best in class.
3. 8x42 / 10x42: Still have to hand it to the Conquest HD here. The Leica Trinovid actually has superior ergonomics in this size (at least to those of us who prefer compactness). But optically, the Conquest HD still wins for the same reasons as above - it is brighter, has less CA, and a wider FOV.
Different story north of £1k / $1k - competition is much more fierce, but at the moment it might be Swarovski at the top of the heap.
 

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