Neither would I, most of my scopes were bought in the $300 to $400 range. I have one 6.5-20x 40 mm that I paid $480 for in a Leupold VIII...that is far as I'll go. I definitely will not knock anyone that owns a nicer scope for sure. I just work within my budget. I think Leupold is alright. I am starting to question all the new products they are making, because it seems they are trying to sell cheaper scopes where the light transmission isn't as good. But lucky for me I think I bought my last scope this year. Equally impressive, is that I never have been scope eyed....and I thank Leupold for there great eye relief.