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Upgrading optics...

I think I’ve found my end of deployment gift for myself. I want to upgrade my Swarovskis. I’m looking at upgrading from my SLC 8x30s to either the EL 10x50mm Swarovision or the EL 12x50mm Swarovision. What would you guys go with between the two or any other recommendations and why?

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Which ones ?

Conrad,

I would personally go with the 10x50's just becuase unless you are going to use the 12x50's with a tripod they can be difficult to keep still when just using them like regular binos. This way you get the beni's of high powered binos but less shakes at the high power end.

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OK so what about the 10x50s

OK so what about the 10x50s vs the 10x42s? I know the 42s are almost a half pount lighter.

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The binoculars that I use the

The binoculars that I use the most are some 10x42 EL's.  I find anything larger become a burden sooner or later when they are hanging around my neck.  I have used some 16x50's but find that I now leave them in the truck.  

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Conrad,

I feel the same as Critter and use my 10x42's more than anything !

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shaving some weight and $

Thank you guys for all your input…. I may have to use the “they really hold their value” line on my wife in order to pull this off. I am stationed in Germany so when I get back there I will drive down to the factory in Austria and try to pick them up at ‘factory direct’ pricing.

The main reason I’m going with Swaro’s is I already have a pair of Swaro’s, the 8x30’s, and I love them. During my research I’ve found a few things out like the 10x50 and the 12x50 are exactly the same weight. However the 10x42s are almost half a pound lighter that the 50s. Right now I’m leaning towards the 10x42s. That will save me some weight in the field and a couple hundred dollars.

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couldn't wait... I found a

couldn't wait... I found a pair of 10x42 ELs for $1175. Just saved a $1000. Still dont know if I'm going to sell my 8x30 SLCs...

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I did it...

I'm the proud new owner of a pair of Swarovski 10x42 El's. To bad I don't get to see or use them until September 2014... I had them shipped to my dads house in Colorado

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12x50's or 10x50's??? Wow....when on earth did hunters decide they needed large heavy hunting binos? I remember when 7X and 8X were the norm in the field, and I'm not even that old (generation-X).

Congrats on your new purchase.  Yeah swarovfski is a great optic.  I've use Zeiss 10x40 for the last 13 years and think it's the max size hunters should go for a field binocular, sometimes a bit too big.  Frankly if I could do it over again I would have opted for the Khales 8x32 that used to be readily available back then, and for half the price as I paid for my Zeiss. Enjoy those new binos.

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WesternHunter wrote:

12x50's or 10x50's??? Wow....when on earth did hunters decide they needed large heavy hunting binos? I remember when 7X and 8X were the norm in the field, and I'm not even that old (generation-X).

Congrats on your new purchase.  Yeah swarovfski is a great optic.  I've use Zeiss 10x40 for the last 13 years and think it's the max size hunters should go for a field binocular, sometimes a bit too big.  Frankly if I could do it over again I would have opted for the Khales 8x32 that used to be readily available back then, and for half the price as I paid for my Zeiss. Enjoy those new binos.

 

I agree. I seldom even carry a pair but I've always had a pair. 7x35 was my favorite. Light and more than enough power out to several hundred yds. I suspect if you need more power than that, you really need a spotting scope. I've got one of those too. About 10yrs old and never been used in the field! A friend had a set of 10x50's I looked thru once. I couldn't believe he was carrying those heavy awkward things. I looked thru them and the range to things was really distorted. See something thru them much smaller than a barn and put them down, you can't see it any more.

My wife wwas using that set one time and did spot a deer. She told me where to look but I couldn't see a thing. Finially I told her to point it out. So she put them down and couldn't point it out anymore. Put the bino's back up and took a bit to find it again.

I think all this comes from the phrase, you can see better. RThat was used a lot years ago and applied to scope's that were bright and had a wide field of view. Somewhere along the way, this hunting at a gilzillion miles got really popular and away went the scope's with wide field ov view. Seem's like no one cares about the animals 200yds away, they are not looking for them. And then your running out of season and shoot a deer at 200yds or less!

I have 8x35's now and what I use them for is reading the guage at the city resivour to check the water level!

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