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Price/performance ratio between APM MS 25x100 and Omegon Argus 25x100 bonoculars

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#1 Vdobs

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 05:34 AM

Hello group!
Is it worth almost double difference in price between APM MS 25x100 ED and Omegon Argus 25x100? The latter probably is the same binocular like non ED version of the APM and can be find now at a better price.

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 06:24 AM

This is what I wrote in another context:

 

Currently, I would give the label “Best 25×100” to the APM MS 25×100 ED.

 

Comparing the new APM side-by-side with the Omegon Argus 25×100: The two look absolutely identical (except for the logo/label and the different look of the antireflection coatings), and they share the same essential specs such as dimensions, weight, field of view, eye relief etc.
The APM comes with an improved tripod adapter which helps balancing it out even for those with narrow IPDs.

 

To make it very brief: The image in the APM is brighter, sharper, contrast is higher and color fidelity appears better. The differences are significant in my eyes, the ED glass and apparently better AR coatings, plus possibly other improvements result in a clearly better optical performance.

 

The only other 25×100 binos I know are the Celestron Skymaster and the Omegon Nightstar, which both do not match the performance of the Argus, which was a step up when it came to the market.

 

The new APM ED is now again a further step up performance wise; and like the Argus, it is lighter and more compact than all other current 25x100s, be it Celestron Skymaster, Omegon Nightstar, TS Optics, Helios Stellar-II or Oberwerk DeLuxe.

 

Of course, “Best 25×100” comes at a price (literally): the new APM ED is 20% more expensive than than the Argus (which, to the best of my knowledge, is the same bino as the APM non-ED 25×100).

 

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Edited by Pinac, 16 July 2020 - 06:25 AM.

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#3 Vdobs

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 07:24 AM

Thank you, Pinac!

I read all your posts on the topic, but still I was left unsure whether the difference of € 500 (I live in Europe) is really justified in terms of final performance. After re-reading your opinion again, obviously the difference in price is really worth it. Thank you!

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 02:57 PM

Thanks, Vdobs.

 

Unfortunately, nobody but you yourself can decide how much in money terms the better performance of the APM ED is worth to you confused1.gif

 

Wishing you good luck with your decision!

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Edited by Pinac, 17 July 2020 - 01:37 AM.


#5 Mr. Bill

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 03:27 PM

IMO, spend the extra money....no more second guessing "what if..." confused1.gif



#6 Vdobs

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 04:58 AM

Yes, it’s a deffinitely personal decision, but I’m a practical person and I’ m not ready to pay double price for 10-15% improvement in performance. That’s the reason why I look for opinion from people with practical experience like you 🙂

Thank you, again!


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