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Nikon ProStaff/Travelight compared to Zeiss Terra ED? (1 Viewer)


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I'm interested a small set of lightweight bins for airline travel and the two subject models continue to pop up, the Terra more than the Travelight. I would think the Nikon porros would be good optically, more subject to damage, not waterproof (except the EG), and cheaper, while the Zeiss would be tougher, good optically, waterproof, and slightly more expensive, but that's just theory comparing characteristics of porro to roof; I've never handled either. How do they compare by those who have used both?

We have a few different binocs around the house - Zeiss 8x42 SF, Nikon 8x30 Superior E, a Minox-made 8x30 from Eagle Optics, a Leupold Yosemite (clone to the current Kowa YF 6x30), and we use to have a Zeiss 8x20B, but it was adopted by my son for mountaineering - definitely a hole in the collection.

I haven't completely eliminated the usual suspects - Swarovski Curio, Leica 8x20, etc. - but there's plenty of info on the site about them. There isn't much comparison info about the subject bins.
I have only looked through my partner’s Zeiss Terra 8x32 binoculars and I like them.
They aren’t a match for either of my Swarovski EL models (no surprise there) but I feel that they are good value for money.
My partner bought them at a local (reputable) optics shop who let her take all the time she needed to see which of three models from three manufacturers in the same price range.

It’s obviously a very individual thing but my partner loves them
It’s obviously a very individual thing but my partner loves them
Partly I'm trying to decide if I need another pair of bins. I have a perfectly useful set of Leupold Yosemite (Kowa YF) 6x30 under the seat of the car. I'll test them against my 8x42 and some store samples of Terra ED and see.

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