Re: Quick Question on Binoculars - Leupold, Swarovski, etc
My oldest son has a pair of high-end Leupold Gold Ring 10x42 binoculars (around $700 at Cabelas) and while sitting side by side and glassing we have often compared them with my Leica 10x42 binoculars (now around $2000).
Actually the Gold Ring Leupolds seem surprisingly good to me. I find them wonderfully bright and clear. However, no $700 binoculars I've ever picked up are the equal of the much more expensive full-size Leica or the Swarovski binoculars. And it is unrealistic to expect that any ever will be.
Still, in the $500 to $800 price range, I find the Leupold Gold Ring binoculars to be quite exceptional, better than most in that range and they are indeed backed by that famous no-hassle Leupold warranty and service. Should you ever damage your binoculars, such as in a fall, that means a lot.
In optics, maybe more than almost any other piece of outdoor gear, you do get what you pay for.
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