Yes...I corrected the 7X42 Retrovid to 7X35. I used my Meostar 7X42 the other day....it rarely gets used....it's such a nice binocular. I never felt the need for anything else.@chill - I was wondering if you had rephrased your original wording in that post? But your observation (though the result of far more hours in the field) definitely chimes with the (much more limited) comparisons I've had myself. I thought the 10x50 Meostar was so close to the 10x50 Ultravid HD+ (much vaunted by some here) that if anyone was interested in the latter they really ought to look very seriously at the latter. But then I also thought the 10x50 UVHD+ to be bettered by Swarovski's EL model in pretty much every respect except handling/size. The Noctivid is certainly a step forward optically from that range IMO.
Wasn't a copyright claim by Swarovski over the open bridge the main reason why the EDG 1 got nixed? Nikon ought to have issued them with a (removable) plastic bar between the two hinges and countered the claim with the contention that the binocular they were riffing off was Zeiss' 7x42 Dialyt!
The open bridge copyright may have been the reason. I do know the armoring issue was there as well. I have the Gen 1 7X42 and the Gen 2 8X42 and really no issues with either one.