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10x42 v 10x32 advice for a newbie. (1 Viewer)


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Thanks for all the replies.
It seems like the 42 is a better fit for me. I'll try to find stockists, but if i have to order online, it seems like i should be looking for shorter eye relief if possible.


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As far as models, I would look into Swaro SLC and Vortex Razor UHD in your price range.
Here is the BirdForum thread on the UHDs (review on page 3), read the whole thing: Vortex Viper UHD beats Zeiss SF and Leica Noctivid!
Here is a SLC review: greatestbinoculars: Swarovski SLC W B 8x42
Here is a SLC vs. UHD review: Vortex Razor UHD 10X42 Review - S&S Archery Backcountry
The UHD is pretty large, but it is barely heavier than the NL Pures, and only 4 oz heavier than the SLC. The UHD has a wider FOV than the SLC. Both have about 16mm eye relief


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binoculars Technology keeps evolving even with the latest models: NL 10x42 were introduced with 91% light transmission, a year later NL 10x32 was released with 92% light transmission on the spec. I don't have the NL 10x42 but I compared at dawn, the NL 10x32 to Leica Noctivid 10x42 and astonishingly surprised that the smaller 32 mm NL can keep up with a bigger NV 42mm, supposed to be one of the brightest 10x42. Understand that my old eyes be one factor but as said I am much happy with a compact, light weight NL 10x32 than the bigger x42, now NL 10x32 is my most favorite and most used bino.


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Decisions, decisions. One set I would definitely consider, if you're going to be in fairly bright conditions most of the time would be Victory SF 10x32. I have the Victory SF 8x32 and they are really impressive. I think the 10x32 would be similarly impressive. If more brightness is very important to you... Victory SF 10x42.

Nearly as awesome are Zeiss Conquest HD. I have their 8x32 and 10x42 and have been quite impressed with their performance.

If you can't find them in a shop to compare, you could order them both online and return the pair you decide against. Find a supplier with a good return policy. Just treat them like precious gold, kept perfectly pristine... if you think you might want to return.
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