Yes, top Euro scopes of the same objective size are a little brighter. Leupold scopes are well made and have one of the best guarantees out there. Send them and old scope and they will refurbish. I also agree with your observation on price. For snipers in hostile places, or if your life is on the line....a three or four thousand dollar scope might be the ticket. Not so much for larger game hunting. If you can't do it for 7 or 800.00, you aren't shopping enough.