Thanks for all your notes on the B3 ailevin. I am thinking about these for my birthday in June and am hoping they are sufficiently better than the ~$200 crowd to warrant the extra money, and not obviously worse than the Conquest HD level (so as to avoid buyer's remorse). I intend for these to be my smaller counterparts when not carrying the Conquest 8x42s and don't want to feel I am downgrading in quality/optics when I switch up.
I appreciate the kind words, but frankly I enjoy the opportunity to share and talk about binoculars. I am after all a binoholic.
You have already gotten sound advice. Choice of binocular always has a personal/subjective component, and my impression is that these subjective preferences dominate as the price goes up. At $200 I found a binocular on Amazon that had very few things that bothered or distracted me, and it was very comfortable to use. In fact, I still really enjoy using it. This $500 binocular is clearly superior optically and mechanically and it is truly a pleasure to use. Also I feel as though I have a relationship with the company that makes it, although they are new kids on the block vs. say Zeiss. If eye relief was an issue, I would be trying a Conquest 8x32.
Speaking of Zeiss, they are going to be at the birding festival in San Diego next week, so I may be able to do some side-by-side comparison of Maven with Conquest. If I do, I will report.