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Feel the intensity, not your equipment. Maximum image quality. Minimum weight. The new ZEISS SFL, up to 30% less weight than comparable competitors.

Nikon HG 10x32 lighter modern equivalent (1 Viewer)

A Hatfield

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I brought a pair of Nikon 10x32 HG back in around 2006. At the time I had the option of the HG or the HGL, I went for the HG because I preferred the view. The only thing I didn't like was the eyecups which only locked in the fully extend position so I sent them off to Nikon to have the HGL multi positional eyecups fitted. The minor complaints I have about them are the same as everyone else which are the weight and the CA, which is quiet noticeable to me. I also have a pair of older 8x32 Ultravids in which are much lighter and have less CA, but I generally prefer the overall look of the Nikons and the smoothness of the focus operation.

I still use the Nikon regularly but would like something with at least the same image quality, lighter and with better control of CA. The Nikon range now appears a lot more complicated so I was wondering with the improvements in coatings and design is it possible to get the same performance as the HG in a lighter, cheaper package.
If you want another 10x32 of comparable feel in the hand, similar overall size, smooth focus, but lighter weight, much lower CA, I'd look for a good deal on a used Zeiss 10x32 FL. It is better corrected for astigmatism off-axis than is the 8x32 FL.

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