I understand your desire for 10x. You can see more detail especially if you are lucky enough to be able to hold the binocular steady as you say. 10x doesn't have the DOF like an 8x but at the end of the day it shows you more of the bird and has more reach at long distances. It is logical that you liked the 50mm best. It is simply going to outperform a 42mm.Hi Vespobuteo
I am intrigued to know why you have recommended the 8X32. As I have already said, I am a 10X man and have been for many years. I do not want an 8X pair of binos.
Also, as I have already said, as part of testing binoculars before buying the EL 10X50, I tested the EL 10X32, which I found less good than the EL 10X 42, which in turn was less good than the EL 10X50.
I purchased the EL 10X50 after a much Internet research and over 3 hours of side by side testing. That is not to say that I have made the right decision, which is why I am curious to know why you think the 8X32 is the right pair for me. You may be right!!
However, I am delighted with the EL 10X50 and, on the face of it, the 8X32 seems to tick none of my boxes!!