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MarCum LX1 or LX3 - vex fl8 or fl18

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I am sure this has been asked numerous times but please bare with me I am new to this site. I am going to be purchasing a new flasher in the very near future and need to know if the FL-8 is more than I need or I actually should go with the 18. I am from Michigan and 90% of the time this will be used on Saginaw bay where the deepest water I will be over will probably be 20 feet, most of the time 12 to 18 feet. I know the 18 is better than the 8 but do a really need it?

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i bought a used FL8 2 years ago and have borrowed a friends 18. While the 18 does have some nice features theres no way i could justify it being worth another 200.00. My fl8slt suits me just fine for much less. jmo

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The FL 8 SE sells about 10:1 over the FL 18 SE. The difference is in the "zoom" feature which is usefull under certain circumstances. The FL 18 is superior for that reason. Sales numbers would indicate that most people don't think that the zoom feature is worth the extra $100. It all depends on what you need

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I have a FL-18 and wouldn't trade it for anything. Absolutely love the zoom. It helps spot the one that are really stuck on the bottom. I would have to say it was well worth the extra $100.00.

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I have a LX-3 and not sure if the zoom feature is needed, I only used it 1 time so far, and did not even use the zoom feature. I guess it also depends the depth and what your fishing for. since your fishing wallys, and about 16 feet, the zoom feature may work great. in my decision, it will also sit on the bow of my boat, which makes it year round, so I should justify the 4 bills. what I really like about the LX-3 is that its so brite and crisp, which will help in the sun.

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I use my lx-1 in 20ft or less usally. On that scale the zoom feature dosen't help much IMO. I can see split shots and crappie jigs just fine on it.

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I fish a variety of depths and find that I like the zoom feature when fishing water deeper than 40ft with the my new Marcum LX3.
Other than that its fun to use but I don't think its neccessary.A guy could get away with getting the LX1.
When I ran my Vex FL18 I used the zoom all the time.I had difficulty picking out the different bars becase the screen was a bit fuzy.
I am not sure if Vex redesigned the FL8 but I think that units display was not as bright as the FL18 and it took a lot of squinting.
Basically if I did not feel I did not need to spend the extra bucks I would get the Marcum LX1 or if decided to go with Vex I would spend the extra bucks and get the 18.

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Thanks for the input guys. I guess I'll have to take a look at the Marcum flashers before making my final decision. I honestly thought it was going to be between the FL-8 and the FL-18 so I haven't checked out Marcum yet but I will.

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Hey Green Bay!

I had a chance this past weekend to fish all three. My FL8SE, an FL18, and the Marcum LX3.

In my opinion there is no comparison! I would DEFFENITELY go with the Marcum LX3! The crispness in the lines is truly unbelievable!!!! I CAN"T wait until my wife allows me to get the LX3!!

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