I think they should be brighter, one because of exit pupal and second, they are Swaros, which to me appear brighter than Leica, Nikon and Zeiss (current Zeiss) throughout their lineups. The curio and UV must be a tough choice, the Swaro with the 7x (DOF & brightness) and the Leica beauty and 8x magnification. May need both , otherwise may feel dejected and deprived. 🙄They are stunning. I love 'em too (and the 7x42).
Very lucky to find a Habicht in stock, never heard of the Birders' Store but I feel a strong urge to get all my jabs done and drive over the Welsh Border to Worcester.
LOL! My youngest son flew Merlin Helicopters. They had more glued components than an Airfix kit.
The Curio's are fantastic and like you I was able to test alongside the Zeiss and Leica's. In all honesty I couldn't see too many differences twixt all three, but the Curio's felt better, were brighter and were the ones I chose.
They have been brilliant and my knob is still where it should be. Ooh Matron!