I am thinking the Swarovski NL 8x32 are the best birding binoculars available for the average birder right now. If you bird mostly in the daytime and in the open, and you're not under a lot of canopy where a 42 mm would be advantageous, and you do quite a bit of hiking where the lighter weight of the 32 mm would be appreciated, I don't think you can beat them. The obvious competition is the Zeiss SF 8x32 which does have a slightly bigger FOV, but I prefer the sharper edges of the NL, the ergonomics and I think the NL 8x32 has superior build quality. The NL 8x32 has a slight bit of glare in the bottom of the FOV, but it is not as noticeable as the NL 8x42 and by using them on the 2nd click stop in you can avoid it in most situations. Ok, get your gloves on and let's fight!