Reply To: benefits from fixed magnification Scope
Let me give a slightly different opinion to muddy the water. Years ago, when zoom lenses and variable magnification scopes were new, yes, the fixed magnification scopes were significantly sharper. The optical design was / is so much sharper on a fixed over a variable scope. Today, not so much.
The real sharpness difference is in the lower end optics. Buying quality optics rather than go cheap eliminates most of the sharpness differences. Good design will cost a bit more, and variable power scopes do use more glass so they tend to cost more than fixed. A high quality fixed will be less expensive than a high quality variable, but if you compare a high quality fixed to a high quality variable, you won’t see much difference these days. Moderate range, same thing. When comparing, it’s important to compare roughly equal quality (that doesn’t always mean price) scopes.
If you have a fixed price point, the fixed might be sharper at that point, but (there’s always a but) how sharp do you need? Is that sharp enough to give up variable? That’s your call.