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Looking to invest in a high end set of binos,but can't decide if I want regular or range finding binos? Figured I'd cry once and get a pair to last pretty much the rest of my hunting days and since most only offer about 3 to 5 years warranty on the electronics part,not sure what to do here. Really torn between the two and any advice would be appreciated,thanks! Oh,will be used for both bow and rifle hunting.
 

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Sig Sauer kilo3000 bdx 10x42.
Thanks,but i'm looking at something different right now. I'm just wondering if with or without built in range finder the way to go on binos. Seems like my last few Leupold range finders start messing up for one reason or another after a few years and afraid built in ones won't be any different!
 

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I bought a Swarovski 8.5X42 EL binocular years ago and have never once regretted spending the $$$. Probably the best sporting goods money I have spent. I would love to have range finding in mine but I rarely shoot over 100 yards so I really do not need it. When I am hunting they are on me.
 

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I bought a Swarovski 8.5X42 EL binocular years ago and have never once regretted spending the $$$. Probably the best sporting goods money I have spent. I would love to have range finding in mine but I rarely shoot over 100 yards so I really do not need it. When I am hunting they are on me.
It's between those and the Zeiss Victory 8x42 that I'm looking at. I know either bino will out last me,but not sure about the electronics.
 

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Spend the $ that you would on electronics to get into better glass. Electronics can and do fail, and since I've already outlived my personal life expectancy, you could too, so outliving the electronics is as probable as not.
Better glass won't ever fail.
 

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Spend the $ that you would on electronics to get into better glass. Electronics can and do fail, and since I've already outlived my personal life expectancy, you could too, so outliving the electronics is as probable as not.
Better glass won't ever fail.
That's kinda the direction I'm leaning towards. It would be nice to have all in one,but just don't trust electronics for long term and I can't afford to buy high end every few years. I want to buy once and get the best I can!
 
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My Swarovski binos have a lifetime warranty on them. If you go that route make a digital copy of your receipt as you will need it if you ever make a warranty claim and store it where it will not be lost. I have the paper receipt but it is fading out pretty bad.
 

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My Swarovski binos have a lifetime warranty on them. If you go that route make a digital copy of your receipt as you will need it if you ever make a warranty claim and store it where it will not be lost. I have the paper receipt but it is fading out pretty bad.
No problem there! My better half scans EVERYTHING and saves it to a thumb drive and stores it in the gun safe,along with the hard copy! I've never been so organized in my life,LOL.
 
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I bought the vortex 10x42 fury 2 years ago. I was tired of carrying both rangefinder and binos. I have really liked them. I also have an older pair of 10x42 swarovski slc and the vortex seems to be as good of glass. The good thing about the vortex is they have life time warranty on all component's. If they fail send them in for repair or replacment. I think the rangefinder is good from 10' to 1500' and it has the angle compensation. They were @ $1k. Good luck with your search.
 

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When you say "high end", what kind of budget are you talking (your ceiling amount)?
I've been looking at the big three,Swavorski,Zeiss Leica. Been reading the bird watching forums and the Zeiss 8x42T SF seems to come out on top on just about all of them,as far as glass. The problem with bird watching forums is,there is no reviews on the range finder version,of course. It's a serious chunk of change either way,but you get what you pay for! Last year my Leupold range finder took a dump,but the warranty had run out and all they could do is offer me a discount on a new one,so I bought the newest version. I just worry the same may happen with the binos if I get the ones with the built in finder.
 

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I bought the vortex 10x42 fury 2 years ago. I was tired of carrying both rangefinder and binos. I have really liked them. I also have an older pair of 10x42 swarovski slc and the vortex seems to be as good of glass. The good thing about the vortex is they have life time warranty on all component's. If they fail send them in for repair or replacment. I think the rangefinder is good from 10' to 1500' and it has the angle compensation. They were @ $1k. Good luck with your search.
Thanks and I will take a look at them. From my research,the glass seems to be close on a lot of them,until inclement weather and low light situations. The newer Vortex and Leupold binos are as good as the older top end,but on the newest top three,there is no contest,so I am reading lately. But I didn't know the electronics were lifetime warranty on the Vortex. They may be the only one!
 
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