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Vortex 15x50 Viper vs Vortex 15x56 Kiabab

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Re: Vortex 15x50 Viper vs Vortex 15x56 Kiabab

Post by Jne_K on Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:32 am

Thanks for the link, Pedro

Re: Vortex 15x50 Viper vs Vortex 15x56 Kiabab

Post by pedro47 on Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:37 pm


I Just bought some times ago (second hand) a Swaro 15x56 because I like to use some high powered binoculars. I was looking for ''the best 15X glass available nowadays''...well, they are really that class of binoculars that anyone could wish and wait for = a truly great performer - they are in a word ''spectacular'' and maybe ''the best one'' as the most people claim and tell on several of WEB reviews - they are WONDERFUL for day and night - very sharp and crisp, clear with low (to almost none) visible CA (Chromatic aberration) or another image aberrations - they are very sharp almost to the edge, very comfortable to eyes - and they have a GREAT service team (they use to help their clients in any circunstance no matter the problem) but, unfortunately they are too expensive even if as a second hand pair (at last for me I mean)!! Anyway, I don't know if you have found already their comparison review along with these Kaibab's - I have never looked through one Kaibab 15x56 but they seems to compare very well to the Swaro 15x56 (and costing maybe a half of price of a brand new Swaro) so I believe if they are close to the Swaro performance they are superior to your Vortex 15x50 - take a look please:

http://www.opticstalk.com/vortex-kaibab ... 20729.html

cheers Pedro

Re: Vortex 15x50 Viper vs Vortex 15x56 Kiabab

Post by Jne_K on Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:48 am


No, I have not yet seen the Kaibab, but it does look good on paper and I have enough confidence in Vortex to know it will probably be a good binocular.

However, what do you mean as far as being worth it to achieve the little bit extra you gain in resolution that you typically get by moving into a better glass? In my experience, if you are expecting that to translate into more birds seen, more game seen, more astronomy objects seen and so on, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, if you enjoy better image quality enough to pay for a better glass, go for it. I own Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss and so on, not to see more birds, but to enjoy seeing them more.

Anyway, let's hope someone comes through for us on a review.

Vortex 15x50 Viper vs Vortex 15x56 Kiabab

Post by Thesteeleboy on Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:50 pm

I have a pair of Vortex 15x50 Vipers and believe them to be good glass for the money. My question is has anyone done a side by side comparison with the Vortex 15x56 Kiabab. I would like to move up a little in resolution and was wondering if this particular move would be worth the price.