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Vortex viper vs razor

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Vortex viper vs razor

Postby robertsw on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:52 pm

I was thinking of buy a set of the vortex razors (10x42), but someone told me that the vortex viper is just about as good for a better price. Is this true? If it isn't what would you say is comparable to the razor? The leupold gold ring? I am overwhelmed.
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Re: Vortex viper vs razor

Postby Jne_K on Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:41 am

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That depends on how they define just as good. Optically, yes, they are close, but they are quite different in body design and that has a huge impact on balance and handling. The Razor uses an open bridge design, a la the swarovski EL, and most, but not all, people will find that to balance and handle nicer. if your primary concern is optics for the dollar, go with the Viper. if you also want the handling, go with the Razor.

The Leupold Gold Ring HD is an excellent, very rugged and optically terrifc bino. Only negative is the weight, but if you want a bino that is actually assembled in the US, this is the only thing out there and, of course, you get that great leupold cutomer servcie and warranty. Have to say that Vortex is right in line in terms of customer service, too. You've done your homework.
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Re: Vortex viper vs razor

Postby robertsw on Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:53 am

Do the low light gathering ability of the 10x50 razors out weigh the weight gain over the 10x42s?
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Re: Vortex viper vs razor

Postby Jne_K on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:12 am

Hi

Mostly just on paper. In real world conditions, there is very little difference between a 10x42 and a 10x50, all else equal, especially two good binos like these. The only way you would likely see the difference is under nearly total dark conditions after your eyes have been completely dark adapted - that usually takes a minimum of thirty minutes. in the meantime, you pay the penalty of the extra size and weight of the 10x50. Personally, I don't think it is worth it, but if you feel it does, then go for it. Your opinion is a legitimate reason to make this choice.
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