The past few years for where I hunt I haven't needed anything over 10s and at times it was over kill. I had a pair of Zeiss Victory FLs 10X42s and Vortex 10X42s and now just the Vortex's. What is everyone running magnification and company? What do you think?
10x42 Swaros when I need them. I prefer the thick dark timber while elk hunting, and am thinking if I hunt my CO unit again this year I won't take them. It would then be rangefinder only......kinda nervous about that, but haven't needed them enough to justify the weight for that unit!
I have a pair of 3x30 Swarovskis that I have used for quite a while, they're great. Lightweight and clear. I also have a pair of Minox 15x58's that I use on a Slik carbon tripod. Spotting scopes have been a revolving door...
10x42 swaros. I looked at the 10x50 and also the 12x50. The 10x50 just adds more light but I didnt have any problems seeing in first light with the 10's. The 12x50's are nice to have the extra magnif. but they shake toooo much and are 7-8oz. heavier. It was a easy decision for me.
Used my 10 x 40 Leitz for 22 years then bought a pair of 10 x 32EL Swarovski's. Upgrade in optical quality for sure but my old Leitz are smaller, lighter and still pretty darn good bino's. I still use them when trail riding on dirt bikes and mountain bikes.
I got referred to this site from another forum. I don't belong to too many, but this one looks awesome. Like many, I have just about worn out my copy of the Public Land Mulies. I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with optics for hunting, and love to blab about it!
My standard hunting binocular is a 10X42 Swarovski SLC neus. They are fine glass with a great mix of magnification, field of view, and adequate exit pupil. I also like the 8X32 configuration, because it has a wider FOV, is lighter, and a similar exit pupil to the 10x42. 10X32s are getting small on exit pupil, for me. Over 10x and shake starts to get hard to control, and FOV gets narrow.