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Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

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Unread 08-06-2013, 10:35 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

I just bought the 10 x 42 razor bino's from cameraland on their vortex sale day , July 31 . I've only played a little , but so far I'm very impressed . a couple nights ago I had a few doe in my field at 10 minutes after sunset , 8:35 pm . certain ways the doe would stand I was able to see her whiskers at 120 - 130 yards .
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    Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

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    Are you saying the $230 Diamondbacks are comparable to the $2000+ Swarovski 8x32's and can't detect any noticeable difference?
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    My go to Bino's are an older pair of Swarovski 8x30 SLC's. They have been back and refurbished at Swaro and new lenses were installed. So they are up to current stats. I have on many occasions compared them side by side with my wife's 10 x 42 Diamondbacks, and my sons 10x42 diamond backs. I would be just as happy with the diamondbacks as I can detect no difference in clarity. Yes, and for around $250

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    Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

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    My go to Bino's are an older pair of Swarovski 8x30 SLC's. They have been back and refurbished at Swaro and new lenses were installed. So they are up to current stats. I have on many occasions compared them side by side with my wife's 10 x 42 Diamondbacks, and my sons 10x42 diamond backs. I would be just as happy with the diamondbacks as I can detect no difference in clarity. Yes, and for around $250

    Jeff
    Put them on tripods and the difference will be startling, especially at the edges. My dad bought an older pair of Viper 10x50's for $300 and at first I thought they were every bit as good as my Cabela's Euros, but side by side on a tripod the Euros were definitely better. That being said, I wouldn't hesitate buying either the Viper or Viper HD's because they are well worth the money and their warranty is incredible.
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    Put them on tripods and the difference will be startling, especially at the edges. My dad bought an older pair of Viper 10x50's for $300 and at first I thought they were every bit as good as my Cabela's Euros, but side by side on a tripod the Euros were definitely better. That being said, I wouldn't hesitate buying either the Viper or Viper HD's because they are well worth the money and their warranty is incredible.
    I have had the Viper spotting scope along side my Swaro ATS 80 HD 3 times. Both focused on the same targets at many ranges. In and out of shadows too. The Swaro was $2800 the viper $850. They do the same for me here also.

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    Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

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    I have had the Viper spotting scope along side my Swaro ATS 80 HD 3 times. Both focused on the same targets at many ranges. In and out of shadows too. The Swaro was $2800 the viper $850. They do the same for me here also.

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    I looked through a Viper spotting scope and sold my $1700 Nikon because the Viper was honestly better. Vortex makes killer optics for the money.
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    Unread 08-07-2013, 06:45 AM
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    Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

    kind of miss posted. My 8x42s were razors not vipers.
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    Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

    I have the 10x42 Viper HD's. I have compared them side by side with by brother's Swarovski binos which are the same magnification. I was unable to tell much of a difference. They both looked equally clear. I also have the Vortex Razor spotting scope and all I can say is WOW. It is crystal clear and comparable to any other spotting scope I have looked through.

    If you are trying to eek out every last bit of performance, the Swarovski's might be better because I have heard that you can glass later with them(I never compared the two in low light). Otherwise, Vortex gets my vote.

    One thing to consider is the warranty. I also have a set of Diamondbacks. I left them on the coffee table and my dog chewed up both eyepieces, not just the rubber, but to the point where the actual hardware had bite marks. I called Vortex to see how much the repair would cost and they said nothing and that they would warranty them. They have had a loyal customer out of me since.
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