I would assume scopes like everything else get better every year due to technology. With that said how would say a 10-15 year old SBII compare to a new model or even a lower model such as a vortex? Curious as to your thoughts
Baseline question: can a 15-year-old scope stand up to modern scopes? Maybe (to speak for the OP) also, will a 15-year-old top-line scope compare well to modern mid- or upper-mid-tier scopes?What is the specific question? There is kind of a lot here to unpack if I try to address everything. There is also a terminology issue. The phrase "it is all the same glass" is both broad and blindingly meaningless, so I don't really know where to start.
Baseline question: can a 15-year-old scope stand up to modern scopes? Maybe (to speak for the OP) also, will a 15-year-old top-line scope compare well to modern mid- or upper-mid-tier scopes?
Sweet, thanks. Also, loved your MDS podcast, I learned many new things from that one, always a pleasure!That depends on the scope and scope type. S&B 5-25x56 still acquits itself pretty well and is easily a top tier scope. The latest TT and ZCO design are, generally better, but it is the same class of scope.
With some other designs, like LPVOs that went through a significant development process in the last decade, there is nothing from 15 years ago that would be truly competitive with them.
In general, I think the most improvement overall was with $1500-$2000 scopes. A 15-20 year old $1500 scope can't hold a candle overall to the modern designs in this price range.