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vortex HD binoculars

Postby dirk on Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:44 pm

Hi,does anyone compare the vortex razor 10x50 bioculars to the pentax dcf ed 10x50,or the viper 8x32 to dcf ed 8x32?The vortex is discount,thanks!
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Re: vortex HD binoculars

Postby dirk on Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:34 pm

I have bausch lomb custom 8x36 and pentax dcf sp 10x50 binoculars now,I really like the B&L custom,but they are un-wartproof porro binos that canot take out easy,I think the custom even slightly sharper than nikon hgl 8x42,and the color also is more true,the color of the nikon hgl is somewhat yellow,which I unlike,but the overall optics of nikon is very very excellent,just my personal reason decide me wont to grab them.The pentax sp are very good,close to the nikon HGl,but not quiet up to the nikon according the sharpness,CA and brightness,but the contrast and the color are better than HGL in my opinion,so,I want find a pair of mid-size binoculars that the optics can almost to the level of the custom or nikon hgl,which have good performace in color,sharpness and brightness.I owned a pair minox hg 8x33,they are very good,I am pleased with the contrast and the performace of corlor,but are not enough sharp.Now I think the good choice maybe the pentax ed 8x32,or the bushnell custom 7x26,does anyone compere them to the minox hg 8x33?My bugged is 600$,if there is not any midsize binoculars in 600$ that can meet the level,does the huge vortex razor 10x50 can a good choice if the weight is not a problem?Thanks!
Sorry for my bad english,always what I say cant represent what I want to speak.
dirk
 

Re: vortex HD binoculars

Postby ET on Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:41 pm

Sorry, do not have either. The Razors are generally well liked. But even at 10x, you only need 10x42 for most purposes. The 8x32 format is fine too. I have the Pentax DCF 8x32 without ED glass, it is already pretty good.

Unless you found a spectacular price for 50mm, I would go 42mm.

I am not sure what is being offered here, it lists three models for the 50mm
http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-razo ... ulars.html
ET
 

Re: vortex HD binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:10 am

Hi

I agree. For a do everything bino other than astronomy, there is more to lose than gain, in my experience with both sizes with a 50mm bino than a 42mm bino, assuming we are taling a quality 42mm binocular and all listed, here, definitely qualify. In fact, for most daytime work, I have gone to a 32mm binocular to further reduce size and weight and have not noticed enough difference in performance to worry about.
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Re: vortex HD binoculars

Postby dirk on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:02 pm

Thanks a lot for reply!Yes,I also agree that 32MM binoculars are very good for the dayly use and travl,and give up to find a 50MM binoculars now.How about the bushnell custom 7*26 vs the pentax dcf ed 8*32 in optics?I want to spent less money but get a good binoculars that can up to quality of the pentax ed,thanks again!
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Re: vortex HD binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:18 am

Hi

The 8x32 definitely gets the edge in performance. That jump from 26 to 32 mm makes more difference than you might expect on paper, not to mention the ED and waterproofing on the Pentax. Don't get me wrong, I own and love the 7x26 (the earlier B&L version), but we're talking mid-size bino vs compact bino, here. By all means, go with the 7x26 for portability, handling and value, but knowing it is not in the same class, optically, as the 8x32ED
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Re: vortex HD binoculars

Postby ET on Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:56 am

I find the limit is around 28mm, for roof prism, to get decent optics. It starts to feel like a real binocular in hand. But 32mm is much safer, and there are few 28mm models worth looking at, maybe only the Viper and some other.

For 32mm you can compare extrenal dimensions in the specs, if size is an issue.

8x20 compacts are another area all together. Plus you have to live with a double hinge.
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