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archer8524
09-06-2011, 03:36 PM
Anyone use Vortex binos? How do they compare to the bigger companies products?

Schism
09-07-2011, 12:02 AM
I have used a pair of 10x42 Diamondbacks for a few years now. I found several "blemished" pairs for sale on CameralandNY that only had some minor color issues externally so I could not pass up the super deal they had on them.

After using them and comparing them to a few other companies products I feel they are pretty decent middle of the road glass. I have compared them side by side with Nikons EDG's, Leicas, and Swaros. Myself and hunting partners agreed that the Diamondbacks were every bit as good as the EDG's but can't compare to either the Leicas or the Swaros. Using them at distances under a half mile with reasonable amount of light they fit the bill very nicely and provide a crisp, clear image. It becomes very apparant that they are cheaper glass when using them in low light conditions and at extreme distances when comparing to the two high end pieces of glass mentioned above.

With that being said, I don't regret purchasing them as they fit my budget at the time and I certainly feel I have received my money's worth from them. I did have one warranty repair when an eye cup came loose and Vortex repaired them in very short order with no charge to me other than shipping one way.

As my budget increases I am looking much more at the Swaro 10x42 EL's for my next set of binocs.

-Schism

JNDEER
09-09-2011, 12:34 PM
good bin's. lots of info already posted about them if you scroll down this topic page.

Elkoholic307
09-10-2011, 04:07 PM
I was really impressed with the Vipers for that price range but not so much with the Diamondbacks. If I didn't have a pair of Zeiss I would be using some Vortex Razors for sure.

archer8524
09-11-2011, 10:16 AM
I looked at them at cabelas the other night. Yeah the diamondbacks were alright, but when you get to the talons or the other models with HD glass they are really impressive! Now i'm not sure if i want to go with the Talons or send the extra money on the Razors.

Samuraiarcher
09-15-2011, 08:47 AM
I spend a lot of time glassing and I love my Kaibabs!!!

twp1224
09-15-2011, 01:29 PM
Love my Diamondbacks 10x42. I have had no problems in low light or at distances.

Bitterroot Bulls
09-16-2011, 07:25 AM
Vortex Razor HD binoculars compete with just about anything on the market. The Talon HDs are another version of the Zen Ray ED2, and so are also great binoculars. Vortex Diamondbacks are a super value and far outperform their price point.

The Vipers don't offer anything over the Talon HDs, IMO, and the Talons are cheaper than the Vipers.

squirrelduster
09-18-2011, 10:32 PM
I have the Kaibabs and they are great. Super clear and work great on a tripod.

Coyoteman
09-19-2011, 09:01 PM
Love my 10x42 Vipers.

tookeymonster
10-03-2011, 09:14 PM
I just got a Pair of 10x42 Razor HD's and wow! I went in looking at the Sawvs and they guy at BassPro handed me a set of the Razor HD's. He told me to bring them back within 30 days if I did not like them. So I went home and did some reading about them and went back and bought a pair. Took them out that weekend with a friend to help him do some scouting, he had the $2500+ Swavs and he said if he ever had to get another pair It would be the Razors and he is thinking about selling the Swavs and buying a pair of Razor HD's and use the extra money on some other gear he wants.

Elkoholic307
10-04-2011, 01:00 PM
If Vortex made the Razors with a rangefinder inside them it would be very tempting to switch.

Slim Pickins
03-19-2012, 09:33 PM
I have a pair of diamondback 10x42s and am happy with them although I have to admit I was very disappointed to find the little golden 'Made In China' sticker on the bottom when I got them home. Despite that fact they have been good for the money. One year I lost the
rubber lens cap while positioning for a shot on a deer. I left that cap at 10000 feet. I called Vortex to see if I could buy another one and they sent me a replacement at no charge. I will give my business to them again. I want the razors.

HuskyMusky
03-20-2012, 03:45 PM
I want a pair of 15x56 Kaibab's!

I wish Pentax would come out with a dcf-sp 15x56 or dcf-ed 15x56

Bitterroot Bulls
03-20-2012, 04:43 PM
I want a pair of 15x56 Kaibab's!

I wish Pentax would come out with a dcf-sp 15x56 or dcf-ed 15x56

Husky,

If you like the dcf-sp, you should check out a Zen Ray ED3. Much better CA control, and a much wider FOV. Similar price.

If you want SP performance in a 15x binocular you should take a look at the Minox 15X56 BL. I want to get one myself.

Not quite a Kaibab, but not that far behind either.

HuskyMusky
03-20-2012, 05:02 PM
Husky,

If you like the dcf-sp, you should check out a Zen Ray ED3. Much better CA control, and a much wider FOV. Similar price.

If you want SP performance in a 15x binocular you should take a look at the Minox 15X56 BL. I want to get one myself.

Not quite a Kaibab, but not that far behind either.

thanks for the mention, not familiar with zen ray... i have some sp10x43, really like them, at the time for the money, of everything I compared to, were the best.

I'll take a look at both those zen ray and minox, if I do get a 15x56 I'd probably want to step up a little in quality. If Kaibabs were under $1000 it would be much easier to justify, when I bought my SP's for $500 or so I thought I was kinda nuts after hunting with $100 binos most of my life... now I tell everyone to spend as much as they can/more than they want to/plan to, ie spend 500, not 200... but of course there's only so much $$ in a wallet...

thinking about all these toys makes me want to hunt more!

Bitterroot Bulls
03-20-2012, 05:17 PM
Husky,

Cameralandny has demo Minox 15X56 for $599. Don't buy the last one though. It's mine, after I get some other stuff I have my eye on.

On bonus about the Minox is it is much lighter than other 15x roof prism bins.

HuskyMusky
03-20-2012, 05:30 PM
Husky,

Cameralandny has demo Minox 15X56 for $599. Don't buy the last one though. It's mine, after I get some other stuff I have my eye on.

On bonus about the Minox is it is much lighter than other 15x roof prism bins.

I doubt I'll be buying any 15x for at least a year...

although checking out vortex, maybe some diamondback 10x28, I have pentax dcf-lv 9x28, which are nice, esp compared to $35 compacts... my dad has kinda stolen them... was gonna get a 2nd pair, we'll see.

hvfd21walker
03-20-2012, 07:02 PM
Bought the wife the Talon Hds and for the money I dont think they could be beat.

tookeymonster
06-16-2012, 05:41 PM
Just got the Razor HD spotter to go along with my Razor HD binos. And all I can say is wow!

Rock 2.0
06-18-2012, 01:06 PM
I have the Diamondbacks and love them, no they dont look like a swaro but they dont cost like a swaro either...

barmar65
07-04-2012, 06:12 PM
just order a pair of 10x43 zen ray ed3s and am very impressed with them.

Boonie P
07-04-2012, 06:52 PM
I got a smokin' deal on a pair of Viper HD's from Paul at Elk Nut Outdoors. They're awesome binocs and the warranty is unbeatable. I highly recommend Paul and the Vipers!

Natree81
12-22-2012, 02:14 PM
What about viper hd are they the same as the talon hd?

hardstalk
12-22-2012, 02:25 PM
Talons are a step up from the vipers. Not sure on specs but price and quality I know the talons are a smidge better quality.

Bitterroot Bulls
12-22-2012, 02:26 PM
What about viper hd are they the same as the talon hd?

No they are not. The Viper HD is a traditional piano-hinge design made in Japan. The Talon HD is an open-bridge design made in China. The Viper is more compact.

Optical performance is similar, with the talons offering a slightly wider FOV. The Vipers have the edge on build quality. Both are good values.

Bitterroot Bulls
12-22-2012, 02:26 PM
Talons are a step up from the vipers. Not sure on specs but price and quality I know the talons are a smidge better quality.

this is vice-versa.

hardstalk
12-22-2012, 02:36 PM
Trumped :( thanks b.b

BobcatJerry
12-23-2012, 09:25 PM
Have the Viper 10x42 They have served me well. When my buddy looks through them he is impressed. I have issues with their eye cups. They tend to twist or cross thread all the time and the rubber is starting to come off. Glass quality is good. I would buy again if I needed too. Good value.

xtreme
12-23-2012, 09:51 PM
I have the Zen Ray ED 3 in hand, so far so good. I also got infrared diffusers for my night vision, no visible light shining for anyone to see. So cool. I just looked out the back door and saw three yotes in one pasture and 8 whitetail 200 yds away in another pasture.

Eric Bailey
02-21-2013, 04:51 PM
Love my 10x42 Vipers.
I have 10 year old Nikon birdwatching binocs and spotting scope. However, they are pretty heavy for week long back country hunting. I've been looking at the 10X42 Vipers. Would you take them (and not a spotting scope) on a high country mule deer hunt?

Bitterroot Bulls
02-21-2013, 04:53 PM
I always take a spotting scope.

the Vipers are fine binoculars, however.