I am looking for some bino's for my wife. She has some Monarch 10x42's and they seem to have really lost clarity in the last few years.
We put the Cabelas Euro HD 10x42, Razor HD (10x42 & 12x50), and Zeiss Conquest HD 10x42 side-by-side and she liked the Razor 12x50 the best. We have been to two different stores since then to try under different light and she has switched to the Conquest. She feels the clarity is comparable in all of them, but likes the edge-to-edge, FOV, and brightness in the Conquest more than the Razors. There is nothing wrong with the Razors, her eyes just like the Conquests better.
We were about ready to pull the trigger on some Conquests for about $1,000, but I found I could get some used Swarovski SLC 10x42 for about the same price online.
I don't know how clarity, resolution, light-gathering, etc.. compare between the two. Are used non-HD SLC's better/worse than new Conquest HDs?
I'd love some help if any of you have insight on which way she should go.