From Scott in Colorado. I have owned many binoculars in the past. The Leica 8x32 HD binoculars are the best of the best. The Swarovskis are a very close second. I've used the Swarovski 8x32 this year on a brown bear hunt before I purchased the Leicas. For me size and weight put the Leicas ahead of the Swarovskis ELs. Once you own a pair of Leicas you will never buy anything else.