What a great read that old post provided. When I retire the SLCs it will certainly be a sad moment but I’ll donate them to a poor ornithology student intern at one of my former employers and I’m sure the recipient will be ecstaticApologies for chiming in so late Z. I owned the same binocular you do, which I enjoyed to the very last day I used it (link to my post in an old thread). I now own a Zeiss 8x32 FL, but there are lots of really good options in the 8x32/30 and even smaller 8x40/42 class. I recommend you try as many as you can, the more educated you are the happier you'll be with your final choice. For my part I have gravitated towards using the 8x42 FL for many of the situations I use 8x, but the 8x32 is still valuable when birding at closer range, in good conditions and where a smaller/lighter binocular is required, such as when travelling.