Well in addition to selling his 8x30 CL's, I see that Dennis now his his 8.5x42 EL SV's up for sale on the bay. Guess another has learned that you don't have to spend a lot of $$ for good binos.
I am sorry I think you do have to spend alot of money for good optics. The Swarovski 8.5x42 SV's optically are the best binoculars I have looked through but they are heavy for me. The Zeiss 8x32 FL's are very close to the SV's and they are 10 oz. lighter. I decided I would rather give up a tad bit in optics and have a binocular I can hold and carry all day in comfort. I like 32mm's for birding and the Zeiss FL's are probably overall my favorite. Of course the FL's aren't exactly cheap either. The FL's don't have the sharp edges of the SV but I think CA is a little bit better controlled and they present a nice color free bright image with a big 420 FOV. The case, strap, and lens covers all work great and the FL's fit my hands great. I would definitely look at a Swarovision 8x32 EL if they come out with one if they are under 20 0z. but for now the FL is pretty good.