I'm following this thread with a lot of interest. My thought was that the Leupy VX-Freedom was probably the best choice. The marketing hype from Leupold is that it's VX-2 glass, which sounds pretty great although I don't know if that's the case. I don't like the look of the VX-Freedom compared to the VX-1 and VX-2. I'd be interested to know how the VX-Freedom (or the VX-2) glass compares to the Fullfield, which pops up in a lot of threads like this. One model I'm interested in is the Nikon Prostaff 5 (not the normal, cheaper Prostaff) in 2.5-10x40. It can be had for a little over $200 in the places I'm looking. I'm curious about how much better it is than a normal Prostaff. It's definitely a heavier choice than the Leupold, weighing almost a pound. I wonder how the glass compares on the Prostaff 5 and low end Leupolds.