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cgmoen
07-19-2011, 10:40 PM
I am looking for a good quality bino that will be used mostly from a tree stand in Minnesota but will also accompany me out West once a year - Alberta mule deer this year, Wyoming elk next, etc. If money was not a factor, I would buy the new Swaro ELs. Money is a factor and I personally could stomach spending about $1,400 or so. I'd love to get the opinions of other members. Do I buy new Vortex Razor HDs? Do I buy used Swaro ELs? Do I get 8.5x42s or 10x42s? Or should I head in a different direction? Thanks in advance for the help.

cali_hornhunter
07-19-2011, 10:53 PM
i would go with even the used Swaros ELs 10x42's especially for out west hunting as i live out west they work great i bought a pair at a pawn shop sent them to swarovski they went through them and fixed them for a good price but if they'll be mostly used from a stand in minnesota go with the 8.5x42's maybe

packmule
07-20-2011, 12:22 PM
I'd go 10x and keep an eye on camerland's demo listings

Elkoholic307
07-20-2011, 02:33 PM
I definitely agree with packmule and would pitch in another $100 for the Zeiss Victory FL T 10x42 demo.

http://www.cameralandny.com/optics/zeiss.pl?page=524522

Sometimes they have close-out deals and are even cheaper than $1500

brudno
07-20-2011, 02:55 PM
Used Swaros or Leicas. Maybe be able to find a pair of new Nikon EDGs for around that from some retailers. But there is no way I'd see spendin $1200 for Vortex anything, there an ok budget option but when spending a chunk like that you can do much better. Maybe dig up a pair of Swaro 10x42 pre-HD SLC's brand new.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-20-2011, 04:33 PM
Used Swaros or Leicas. Maybe be able to find a pair of new Nikon EDGs for around that from some retailers. But there is no way I'd see spendin $1200 for Vortex anything, there an ok budget option but when spending a chunk like that you can do much better. Maybe dig up a pair of Swaro 10x42 pre-HD SLC's brand new.

I agree with brudno, mostly. I would look at Nikon EDG or Swaro SLCneu. Both are awesome and can be found around 1200-1300. However, I have not heard of a single negative review of the Vortex Razor HD bins. Every owner review and published test I have seen puts them as competition for Zeiss, Swaro, Leica. They might be worth a look.

cgmoen
07-20-2011, 08:42 PM
As always - great info from all. I'll be checking out cameraland.

55HNTR
08-03-2011, 12:00 AM
Kahles 10x42 ..Swaros sister company. I use these on a tripod out west. Great glass / good price.