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Intended use: Deer hunting; so low light performance and resolution are the most important qualities.

Candidates:

Leica Trinovid
Meopta Meopro
Zeiss Conquest
Tract Toric
Maven B1
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You didn't list Vortex Razor 8x42's, but I have three sets of Razor binoculars all made in Japan and really like them....

8x42's are $999.
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I have the Vortex Razor HD... it's great. I like it!!!
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Vortex has great great glass, very appealing to my eyes like Swaro.
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The Toric is at least as good as anything you listed, as well as the Razor HD.  I've had my Toric side by side with the Conquest HD, Razor HD, Meostar HD, SLCWB, and Gold Ring HD.  You will have to spend $2000 to get anything better, and even then it isn't much.  
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To add to the list, and perhaps to the confusion, consider the Stryka S9, GPO Passion HD, Nikon Monarch HG, and the already mentioned Vortex Razor.
The Stryka S9 is s pretty interesting binocular.  It has a decided, and noticeable field use difference in brightness in , dark, dreary, gloomy conditions.  As you advance into twilight it remains, like the others just a good overall twilight performer.  I was using the 8x42 S9 last night on a hunt where my niece bagged a pretty decent large fork horn.  The area here has been smoke clouded like living in fog.  Yesterday was smoky as hell, midday visibility half a mile or less and you could feel the smoke in the air, along with going into twilight.  I was more than impressed with it. 
My experience with this class of glass, which aside form the Trinovid and the Nikon HG is pretty much all of them, says aside from the gloomy condition performance of the S9 is that there is not a real field Woolworth difference in any of them.  The Toric, which I have as well, is the winner in overall value.  I pretty much agree with JG's comments on it.
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Steve.

When are you going to get your hands on a Sig Sauer Zulu7 8x42 for a review?  Big Grin

https://www.sigsauer.com/store/zulu7-8x42-mm-hdx.html

https://www.fieldandstream.com/ten-new-binoculars-ranked-and-rated

I'd like to take a look through this one...

https://www.sigsauer.com/store/zulu9-9x45-mm-hdx-1.html


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Thanks for the replies so far. Wonder who is making the Sig Sauers?
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Sig Sauer Zulu 7 & 9 binoculars are assembled in Japan.
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You may also consider the Swarovski 8x30 CL. They are a little smaller than an 8x42 but the glass is very nice and plenty bright for +/-30min of sunrise/sunset. It's what I use and I have ZERO complaints.
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I have-no plans at this time to look at the Sig Sauer.   As for the 9x45, it is likely to see the Maven B2 comments.
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The Sigs are 99.9% likely to be all from Kamakura of Japan. Any body who has handled more than one good Japanese binocular has probably held a Kamakura made glass.  KK is the source Zeiss uses for the Conquest HD  as but one example. 
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I've owned both the Vortex Razor's and the Zeiss Conquest and personally prefer the Zeiss.
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I've been very pleased with my 8x Swarovski CL Companions. It's easy to hunt dark thirty to dark thirty with these in heavy timber for me. They outlast several other 8x40/8x42s that I've seen in terms of brightness and are as clear or more clear than almost any hunting grade $1000 bino that I've put my eyes to. However the best part to me is their physical size and weight are a definite downsize feomnyour average pair of 8x42s which makes them easier to pack around and clear my bowstring better. They aren't the best 8x I've used but they are in the top two for $1000 glass and are so very small that for my uses as a mobile bowhunter they were the clear winner in terms of features, quality, size, and weight regardless of price point. I'd rather hunt with them than even the spendy Swarovski 8x rangefinding binos.
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