The Elite is "ok" in my opinion and ANY of the Leupold's are quality. Obviously the Zeiss Conquest is "tops" for the money in my book, but have you considered the 2x7 Nikon Monarch? I bought one for my 10 year olds Model 7 youth (.243) and I must say I have been impressed by this scope. It is EXTREMELY clear, very light (didn't want to impede on the lightness and quickness of the youth gun) and being a Monarch it is as tough as nails and will take ALL the abuse that .325 can dish out. That's just my .01/2c on the 2x7s or 2x8s.
If it were me (I know I am planning on a BLR pistol grip in either 308 or 358 for a quick woods rifle for deer) I would go with the 3x9x40 Conquest!