8X32 or 8X42??


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    8X32 or 8X42??

    I bought some Leica 8X32 binoculars. I'm just wondering how brighter the 8X42s would be. I tried them both outside and I couldn't tell much difference, but it wasn't in low light conditions. Given that the 8X32s have a larger field of view and are smaller and lighter and easier to wear all day, I might just stick with these. What do you guys think, are the light gathering abilities of the 8X42s worth lugging around a 31oz. bino. all day? I'll be using them for a variety of tasks, spot and stalk hunting out west, 3Ds, but mostly tree stand hunting here in Tx.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Adrian MI
    Your eye can only use so much light effectively, so sometimes the larger objectives don't give you that much advantage. Especially if talking equal quality from the same manufacturer. However I would have thought that the larger ones would offer you more field of view at the same power, not less. That is usually the advantage.


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    I like a 7X32 zeiss for hunting light weight good light, but i use 10X42 on 3-d 7x32 works great for whitetail but out west if you are classing allday pack the extra weight with the best to can afford it is alot easier on the eyes

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  7. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Greenfield, IN

    Isn't 8x the limit in 3D?
    I thought this was the case around here but it wouldn't be the 1st time I was wrong.

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    asa is still 8X i think but im about positive ibo is 10x

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    At 1000 yards the field of view on the 8X32 is 442 feet. The 8X42 is 390 feet.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2003

    section from ibo rules

    "C. Cameras or range finding devices are not allowed on any of the shooting ranges regardless of use. Binoculars (hand held) will be allowed with a maximum of 8X magnification per manufacturers specification."

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    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Spokane, WA
    Because I use the samo bino's for scouting as I do for hunting, the extra light the larger objective allows is worth the extra weight and money for me. I would opt for a 8 or 10 x 50.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Actually IBO has a 8 power limitation not ASA, Ibo will now let you go to 8.5. I think that is because Swarovski is a sponser and they developed a binocular that is 8.5. Can't let that sponser money go away. I think they should do away with any power limits.

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