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New here, happened upon the conquest HD 8x32. (1 Viewer)

CSG

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FWIW, the Conquest HD 8x32s are alphas in all regards except price, IMO...I grab them so often, ahead of $2k+ bins...
I think optically speaking, you're right. So why do I keep looking at Leica 8x32 Ultravids online? I haven't even seen a pair to handle and look through and there's not a fault I can think of on the Conquests save for the diopter adjustment; I hate them on the right barrel and would prefer a locking center diopter.
 

ZDHart

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FWIW, the Conquest HD 8x32s are alphas in all regards except price, IMO...I grab them so often, ahead of $2k+ bins...
The point of diminishing returns starts setting in pretty hard at Conquest HD level. I'd say they're definitely knocking on alpha's door, though I do see incremental differences. Conquest HD 8x32 are wonderful bins.
 

MandoBear

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I think the thing with the Conquest HDs is that although they give wonderful views, they don't feel quite "premium" in the hand. Tough, rugged, efficient... yes, but not quite as refined as top-level alphas. If you want that bit of extra refinement you have to pay rather more for it.
 

Raym0016

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United States
I think the thing with the Conquest HDs is that although they give wonderful views, they don't feel quite "premium" in the hand. Tough, rugged, efficient... yes, but not quite as refined as top-level alphas. If you want that bit of extra refinement you have to pay rather more for it.
Not being an expert, this resonates with me. I have looked through most of the top alpha binoculars and compared to say, NL pure 8x32, there is a bigger difference in build quality than optically.
 
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Owene

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I think the thing with the Conquest HDs is that although they give wonderful views, they don't feel quite "premium" in the hand. Tough, rugged, efficient... yes, but not quite as refined as top-level alphas. If you want that bit of extra refinement you have to pay rather more for it.


That sounds right to me. I recently upgraded from some 8x42 conquest hd to Swarovski but decided not to part with them and keep them in my car.

The colours donโ€™t quite match the swaros particularly on flying birds and they donโ€™t feel anything like as comfortable in the hand or on the eye but they are still really nice binoculars.
 

Rg548

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United Kingdom
I think optically speaking, you're right. So why do I keep looking at Leica 8x32 Ultravids online? I haven't even seen a pair to handle and look through and there's not a fault I can think of on the Conquests save for the diopter adjustment; I hate them on the right barrel and would prefer a locking center diopter.
Because Ultravids are just so nice!!!!
But there's not much in it optically, I have looked through them both.
Actually there's not much in it optically between the 32UVHD+ and my CL 8x25's.... certainly not enough for me to swap!!
Funny, I have absolutely no problem with the dioptre on the barrel, it never moves, and if it does, it's easy to spot.

But...... we all love a bit of quality, and those Leicas are just gorgeous..... I've got a real soft spot for Leica, even though I don't own any anymore..... but maybe one day...( after I've got those Habichts I keep promising myself )๐Ÿ˜€
 

CSG

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United States
Because Ultravids are just so nice!!!!
But there's not much in it optically, I have looked through them both.
Actually there's not much in it optically between the 32UVHD+ and my CL 8x25's.... certainly not enough for me to swap!!
Funny, I have absolutely no problem with the dioptre on the barrel, it never moves, and if it does, it's easy to spot.

But...... we all love a bit of quality, and those Leicas are just gorgeous..... I've got a real soft spot for Leica, even though I don't own any anymore..... but maybe one day...( after I've got those Habichts I keep promising myself )๐Ÿ˜€
I wrote elsewhere that I ordered the 7x35 Retrovids and 7x42 UV from BH a couple weeks ago. Very nicely made, great optics, but fiddly and lacking in ergos that made them a poor fit for me. They went back the same day. I think I'm happy with my Zeiss. No knock on Leica. I would have loved either one of them to work for me.
 

Peregrine Took

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United Kingdom
I think the thing with the Conquest HDs is that although they give wonderful views, they don't feel quite "premium" in the hand. Tough, rugged, efficient... yes, but not quite as refined as top-level alphas. If you want that bit of extra refinement you have to pay rather more for it.

I honestly thought that about the Swarovski's I handled while trying out a whole bunch of bins recently. Never held a Swaro before, so I had to scratch an itch - I found them tough, rugged, heavy and a little bit agricultural. Instead I bought the Conquest, having decided to pay a little less for that bit of extra refinement. lol
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Allen

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Does anyone on this thread know where/how to get hold of the deeper eyepieces that are available for the Conquest 8x32. I have just bought a pair of bins 2nd hand but could do with a slightly deeper eyepiece which I believe can be changed on these. Thanks
 

Raym0016

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United States
Does anyone on this thread know where/how to get hold of the deeper eyepieces that are available for the Conquest 8x32. I have just bought a pair of bins 2nd hand but could do with a slightly deeper eyepiece which I believe can be changed on these. Thanks
I called US customer service and I had them a few days later.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia

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