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Re: Cabela's Euro ??

Post by Jne_K on Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:50 am


Thanks, ET, I have heard that. Don't assume, however, that all of Cabela's binos are made by Meopta. Like any other in house label, a variety of sources are used.

Re: Cabela's Euro ??

Post by ET on Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:00 am

The Cabela's Euro line is identical, and made by , Meopta ... 67770.html

Cabela's does the repairs on the ones branded with their name.

Re: Cabela's Euro ??

Post by Thesteeleboy on Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:15 pm

I spent the extra money and purchased the leica's and my brother bought the euro's. I cant see much if any difference, except my wallet is thinner than his.

Re: Cabela's Euro ??

Post by JGRaider on Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:14 am

They are identical except for armoring.

Re: Cabela's Euro ??

Post by Jne_K on Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:58 am


Yes, Cabela's buitl their business on their liberal return policy.

Post by windstrings on Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:33 pm

I also give two thumbs up for the Euro.... I too ended up with Swarovski's however, but it was only because I forked over allot more money.... if I could only spend 800.00.. I think the Euro would be it.

It has many similar traits as the swarovski SLC's both in looks and function of the diopter etc.. you would almost swear they are cousins... some claim they are the same lenses... whether true or not, they are very good lenses.... as far as the same....... I think they could pass for seconds... but not for first swarovski lenses.

By doubling the money, I was able to see better edge to edge clarity and only when stabilizing perfectly still was I able to pick out the clarity in the center as being better with the swarovski's (an eye chart 46 yards away).... they are that close or good rather.

I could not find anything that compared in that price range. They are also amazingly bright for that price range too... .maybe as good as the top end... but that was just my "in store" comparison.. I"ve never had them side by side in the field... but I have tried them both in the field viewing the same locations.. just not together.

Post by Acenturian on Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:42 pm

The Cabelas Euro is a Meopta (that is been covered) and the Meopta's that I have seen are "close" to the top end Euro binoculars. In that price range I am still a Kahles fan.

Also mentioned above is the Nikon Premire LX this is a great binocular and in my opinion right there with the BIG 3. I looked at the big 3 and was pretty much settled on the Zeiss FL (which I still think to my eyes is the brightest bino out there) I also looked at Leupold Golden Ring and the Nikon Premeire LX. The Leupold was nice but in my opinion not in the same class the Nikon however was the shocker never even considered it till I got my hands on a set to play with.

I ended up with the Swarovski because I liked the image and it just felt good in my hand. The Zeiss FL was brighter it felt cheap to me. The Nikon impressive.

Im no optic expert but I am a fan and I did stay at a Holiday Inn once :) One thing I noticed is once you get to a certain point things are going to be very very small increases in performance and a great deal once you get to the premium level is just going to be what looks and feels good to you.

Meopta makes a great set of binoculars (as well as their scopes) also in that range Kahles and Minox also great brands. If your spending $800+ take the time if possible to see what YOU like just know there really is no "wrong answer" all are very good.

Good luck

Post by Guest on Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:17 am

I'd say if you look through the Euro's and the Swarovski or similiar and can't "feel" a difference then you should buy the lesser expensive.

As I've mentioned elsewhere.... the tiny crispness and detail is sometimes hard to see until you get outside and the "total" experience just feels better on your eyes.

For instance, if you view your computer screen with flicker rate of 60 hertz, you will get eye fatigue even though you don't consciously see it... but if you bump it up to just 72, it makes a big difference on eye fatigue.

When the eye sees imperfections, it tires to correct them and is constantly accommodating both aperture "pupil" size with lens correction "accommodation".

These dynamic eye exercises causes fatigue.

You don't even know about it consciously.

Although I spent hours trying to see the differences between the Euro and the Swarovski.. it was easier once I trained myself how to do it..... I looked an an eye chart 46 yards away and compared how crisp the screen stayed when I moved the binoc from side to side... the clarity of the large sweet spot of the swarovski was notable... the clarity to the total edge was even more notable.

Only when totally stabilizing them was I able to see the real difference in clarity in the tiny lines of the eye chart.

But when taking outside, I was able to read sides of trucks from maybe as far as 5 miles away.... distances that with the naked eye, the truck was barely even visible!

Yes... its more money, but your really not spending it for nothing.. its just a matter of how important all that is to you.

If your just trying to get the job done... the Euro's are awesome for the money.

If your trying to get it done with ease and more pleasure, the swarovski is what I went for.....

But its a terrible "ouch" to the pocket book!

Post by Guest on Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:15 pm

The Euro's are indeed phenominal for the money...very bright, clean, with excellent FOV and sturdiness.

I seriously doubt you will find anything that beats them in that price range.

I played with them for 3.5 hours against the Swaro 10 X 42 SLC's indoors.

It wasn't until I steadied them on a brace so they wouldn't move that I could then see the clarity difference in the smaller lines of an eyechart that was 47 yards away. The Swaro also has a bigger sweetspot.... I assume thats due to the edges being clearer too....... when I took them outside that was notable.

It took me allot of trouble to see the difference at first.... considering the Swaros were twice the money... thats a very big compliment to the Euro's.

If you can't spend more than the Euro's cost, I highly recommend them.

Post by Jne_K on Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:13 pm


Great post! From years behind the optics counter, I'd say very representative of how customers buy binoculars and what influences their choices. Thanks, again.

Post by Guest on Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:05 am

I think you and some post above you are right. And the funny thing is it really boils down to what Jonie K says all along. After about 600.00 you have to double in price to get 5 to 10% better. After reading all the posts I decided to try a test on my own. A friend of mine works at a semi big box sports store that sells a lot of what is discussed here. He brought home a few of the display units for us to play with and we did what we considered a real life test for us.

We took a tripod, a cooler, ( no alcohol. did not want that as a variable) ,snacks and some eye charts and our wife’s. We went out to hunting camp and set up. We set a few of the eye charts up at different distances. What we found for the most part during the day they all looked good (all 10X the low end were about $400 up to Swaro El at $1800.00) our wife’s were oblivious to what brand was what or the cost. To them they were just Binos. We looked at birds, deer, turkey, rabbits what ever came by and from time to time would read the eye chart.

As it got dark we stared to focus on the eye chars. The difference was not that great Yes I think the men, noticed a bigger difference that the women in the Swaros and Zeiss FL, but I think part of the was the fact we knew we had a 2K pair of Binos in our hand. Both our wife’s hunt so it not like they are not familiar with using binos or scopes, they just were not brand conscious. They thought the high end stuff was a bit “ brighter “ or “crisper” but looking at the eye chart they were not able to read any smaller than the 600.00 stuff. It night is was the same thing the Alpha glass brought in a tad more light, and you could see more detail, but by this time it was so dark you could not see any of our targets with the naked eye.

Now understand we are hunters and not birders, we like 10X because we sit in stands a lot so weight is not critical but it helps as is FOV so we tried to stay with 10X 42s, 43s but did have 2 10 X 50s

When it got down to it all, we asked them which one would they want they did not flock to the alpha glass, my friend wife thought they all looked good compared to the 100.0 pair she had been using for a few years and though they were all basically same. My wife agrees the Alpha stuff was better, and she had looked through my Zeiss FLs several time in the past ( I won them in a contest )so I asked her how much more would she pay for those verses her next choice the Bushnell E2, she did not know how much the E2s were, but she said 50.00 or 100.00 max. She said the she picked the E2 because it was so easy to focus and you could lock in the focus and diopter, plus she just likde the way the felt. My friends wife if she had to pick liked the Burris Signature or the Alpin Teton’s .
When we showed them the price of all of them my wife stayed with the E2 because locking features and smooth focus. His wife went with the Pentax DCF WP II base on she did not see 100.00 + difference in here first picks.

The result was anything we brought from $400.00 up would basically read the same lines on an eye chart as the Alpha stuff. All the way until dusk, and in the dark, you may of read 1 line lower, so was it worth extra $1200?? When we asked them which ones came the closest to the Alpha forget the cost , the Cablea’s/ Meopta, Bushnell Elite and Pentax. HD came the closest but even at 700.00 to 1000.00 the difference between them was so small the 400.00 to 600.00 the better buy. I know everyone has their opinion I just thought it was interesting how it played out.

Post by Guest on Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:13 am

If you're serious about the high end, how can you over look the Burris Euro Diamond's which OP has for $700? For my eyes, playing around in a local shop, there's not difference between them and the $1900 Swarovski's..

my 2 cents.....

Post by Jne_K on Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:37 am


That's quite allright. We appreciate the input and maybe this is what the boss needs to get moving on Meopta.

Post by Guest on Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:19 am

I have purchased a lot of stuff form Optical Planet over the years and have been very please with what they have recommended and sold me. I have never been a big fan of Cabela’s as a company or their name brands stuff, mainly based on their Alaskan Guide Bins and scopes, I just felt they fell short when I came to what you could get for your money. I just a assumed they “Cabela’s Euro” would be the same.

I know everybody’s eyes are different, but one of the guys on my lease showed up with a pair of the 10x42s this week and I was blown away, maybe because I did not expect much from them to begin with. At 749.00 these bins held their own again everything except the Swaros including the Pentax ED and Nikon LX during the day, and at nigh as it got dark I think they were noticeably better than everything except the Swaros, and I am a ED owner. They are not the big 3, but these are as close as any I have ever looked through in a my “ real life testing”. At night before the moon was up, I watched 4 pigs on a ridge about 300yds away. You could actually see the were pigs with some detail with the Cablea’s and the Swaros, but with the other, you could just make out a shape, no real detail.

I know these are re branded Meopta’s, but I was very very impressed. I know OP does not sell Meopta or the Cablea’s, , but if the Cabela’s are a example of what Meopta puts out, I would love to see them pick them up as a line.
I was told that the warranty is transferable and Cablea’s will do a swap out for any issue on the spot at any store, but I would like to hear from someone who used this warranty to verify. I do not mean to re direct business from OP, they are great folks, but after seeing these bins they are certainly worth a look.

Cabela's 10x42 Euro

Post by Meopta on Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:52 am

The Cabela's 10x42 Euro Binocular are made by the Czech company Meopta. Quality, style and comfort wise, they are very similar to the Meostar B1 10.42, but do not have the same rubber armoring, grip and most importantly do not use the same coating as the Meopta brand. However, the Cabela's do test well against ALL tope European brands, including Swarovski, Leica and Zeiss...all for 2/3 to 1/2 the cost!

Post by Guest on Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:20 am

I have th Conquests and the hard eye cups is the worst feature. And maybe the weight. I like cheap bins for the light weight.

cabela's vs. Zeiss

Post by rick on Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:00 pm

I bought both to try out and compare (Euro-Cabela's vs. Conquest ABK 10 by 42), and then plan on returning the pair that I believe is less quality, has less light gathering capabilities at dusk, better ergonomic features, etc. The difference is minimal at best, and I mean that literally, they were both the same price $800 each, and my are eyes are in good shape (20/20 etc. you know what I mean). I even had my dad, who is completely oblivious to any of this tech talk from use geeks. I gave him a sufficient idea as to quality of glasses for dusk or dawn viewing. Lets face it, for the most part you can't tell the difference between some Nikon or Burris optic from some high end stuff during this middle of a bright sunny day. The money you are forking over is for clarity of the light gathering capabilities of the lenses and more important the coatings for the most pivotal time in hunting. It's been 2 days and the only difference that I have found is how the feel the Cabela's against my face (or my orbital bone, you know what I mean) and the disappointment of Zeiss and this cover bag that houses the glasses, it in cheap. Furthermore, the protective lenses covering that come with the Zeiss simple do not fit, to put it bluntly they are crap. For $800, the company should pony up some quality features that go along with the glasses. To that note, Cabela's has a nice wool covered case (completely quite, and lenses covers that go over all 4 optic lenses. (But lets face it , you can pick up that stuff anywhere for a nominal cost.) One great note on the Zeiss, their warranty is transferable and I've herd and read that it is for the most part no questions ask if something goes wrong. Cabela's is not transferable ,and if you drop them( and say the lenses cracks) they have the control as to replacement and cost to you or them. The Zeis full warranty sounds good because with my luck if I bought a duck it would drown. I'll keep mulling over the two until this weekend.

Cabela´s Euro Binoculars probably the best buy around!

Post by Guest on Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:49 am


I bought the Cabela´s Euro Binoculars about 15 months ago and I must say that these are the best binoculars that I have tried. I did a lot of reading and comparisons before making my final decision. All my friends and relatives are amazed at how clear and crisp the viewing experience is.



Post by Guest on Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:08 pm

The Cabelas, Eurobins, are just Meoptas relabeled for them. Someone can look up exact details. Meoptas sell for 850-900.

Post by on Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:02 am

Than ks, John

I second that. The Nikon Premier LX 10x42 binocular deserves to be considered in the same class with other premium binoculars. I'm definitely a Premier fan.