Vortex Optics New 2016 Diamondback 10x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
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|Objective Lens Diameter||—||50 millimeters||42 millimeters||42 millimeters||50||50 millimeters|
Completely redesigned, the legendary Diamondback binocular Series once again redefines the price vs performance ratio in the world of optics. The short-hinge design and upscale sleek new look grabs the eye and leaves more room for your hands-making them physically easier to hold. An all-new optical system serves up stunning views and impressive low-light performance. An ultra-wide field of view lets you efficiently cover ground and acquire subjects with ease.
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Went in to Cabelas today now that they have both the Vortex Diamondbacks & Leupold BX2's in stock in the 10x42. Comparing side by side, glass quality was neck and neck, but I would almost favor the Diamondbacks in sheer "crisp image" factor. But honestly to close to really call, especially in store. One thing for sure I can tell you is that the 10x42 Leupold BX-2's were a substantial amount heavier, which to me is a con, also far bulkier feeling in general. The feel if the Diamondbacks in hand is far more comfortable than that of the BX-2's. All while the Diamondbacks are $30-$40 cheaper depending on current market value. Vortex get's my call on this one!
However...they're not perfect, but for the price point, I think one should expect this.
1).When panning while viewing, there is a very noticeable "fish-bowl" effect, with the edges of the visual field appearing closer than the center. If one is glassing for game over several hours, this would be a nuisance.
2). The edges of the visual field are not as crisp as the center. I realized this was a weakness when comparing to a higher-end set of Leupold binocs, also 10x42. When these Diamondbacks are mounted on a tripod, if you are trying to look for game, your "functional" visual field would be restricted detrimentally(Note: I experimented with vertex distance to see if that would improve the edges of the viewing field--it did not.). But if you are bird-watching, where you're going to be holding the binocs in your hands, if you are scanning for a bird, once you detect it, you can quickly center the animal in the viewing field, so this weakness is not a significant problem in this scenario.
3). Chromatic aberrations. They're there, they're noticeable, but the average user will likely not complain about this. If you enjoy the richness of colors comprising a bird's plumage, this might be little bit of a nuisance. If your viewing is more goal-oriented (spotting game and discerning characteristics thereof) this will probably not bother you.
On the whole, these are an excellent set of binoculars for a reasonable cost. I highly recommend them, and have recommended them to friends. Some of these weaknesses do leave me wishing for better, and I'll probably upgrade in the future, but this is a great place to start.