Nothing against the other two binoculars you mention, but the Ultimas are in a different class.
And I will always insist that in general they seem to be a little underrated.
My 7X50 Ultima has the "cleanest" image of any binocular I own.
It may sound silly, but it's like "looking through nothing", as though your eyes just developed super powers.
Associates of mine have made the very same observation.
Yes, there are incredible binoculars out there. I have viewed through several "Alpha" models.
But I didn't pay $2700.00 for the Ultimas.
In fact, the used 7X50 I described was snagged off ebay a few years ago for around $65.00 if I recall.
There are some who may be upset with me for offering this opinion, (and we are entitled to them), but I can't see the justification of the extra $2635.00 for an image that is marginally better.
There, I did it. I said "marginally".
Remember please, my opinionated comparison is with a prime functioning Ultima binocular. Not a $39.00 blisterpack special off the rack at the local discount store. Then, marginal would turn to "incomparable".
I don't have a Rolex watch either. I'm sure they're beautiful, but my pockets just aren't that deep.
The only Ultima I paid a retail price for was my 8X40. I think the original sticker price was $349.00? $329.00?
And I would have purchased other models but they were going out of production at that time and basically disappeared.
I only realized this later.
We always assume everything will always be there when we want it.
Enjoy your new treasure!
That is one smart job you did with that cover. Very handsome! Nice pattern on the cover.
A classic look for a classic Porro.
Edited by WALL.E, 09 August 2020 - 06:36 AM.