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So the Zen Ray ED's are looking very interesting.  I'm debating between the 7x36 and the 8x43.  I like the idea of a more compact binoc with lighter weight.  I don't really want anything much bigger than my Nikons. 

I'm currently using Nikon Monarch 8x40's for deer hunting semi-open country, typically glassing 100-700 yards but mostly 100-300 yards.


Anyone who's accustomed to 8x binocs regret switching to the 7x36 format?
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I have a pair of 8x42 Monarch binoculars which were immediately and completely retired for my use the day I got the Swift Eaglet 7x36 binocular.  No regrets at all.  I have every expectation that the ZEN ED 7x36 will pretty well retire the Swift.
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I think I replied to you over on Archerytalk.
 
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I can honestly say that I don't really have a preference for one magnification over another, assuming all else is equal. Both magnifications are so close to one another that there really isn't much to differentiate them. Yes, the 7x has better depth of field and, generally, a wider field of view but the 8x should resolve detail a little bit better...assuming benchrest-type of conditions.
 
Like Klamath above I should have both sets in my hand tomorrow so I should be able to comment further at this point.
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Haha... glad to know you're on AT as well. Excellent

Unless someone else has a dissenting opinion, I think we're starting to form a consensus.  Once you've gotten your new optics I'd love to hear  your first-hand thoughts.  I'm also wondering if the ED2 is worth the slight extra cost over the originals.


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Originally posted by Heavishot Heavishot wrote:

 I'm also wondering if the ED2 is worth the slight extra cost over the originals.
Here's another post to read:
 
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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by Heavishot Heavishot wrote:

 I'm also wondering if the ED2 is worth the slight extra cost over the originals.
Here's another post to read:
 
 
There sure is a lot of information in that post to be sure...... I'm just not sure whether the poster thinks the bins suck or not.
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It seems to me that that is an obviously bad sample.  Note the description of the difference between barrels in that glass.  I cannot duplicate those results with mine.  Besides, look at the conditions.  An eyeglass wearer looking up at an angle through foliage into the sun. For pete's sakes, you can get almost anything to glare under those conditions.  Binoculars are a set of compromises and you can nit pick even a $2k binocular.
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After owning both glasses I am split on preferring one over the other.
 
Does that make sense?
 
I prefer the size and handling of the 7x36s  but prefer the optics of the 8x43s.
 
How is that for a simple review?
 
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Originally posted by FrankD FrankD wrote:

 
I prefer the size and handling of the 7x36s  but prefer the optics of the 8x43s.
 
How is that for a simple review?
 
;)


Too simple Frank :)  What in the optics of the 8x makes you prefer them to those in the 7x?
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Originally posted by bald1 bald1 wrote:

Originally posted by FrankD FrankD wrote:

 
I prefer the size and handling of the 7x36s  but prefer the optics of the 8x43s.
 
How is that for a simple review?
 
;)


Too simple Frank :)  What in the optics of the 8x makes you prefer them to those in the 7x?
 
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I would like to comment on the ZR 7x36 ED2, I received mine on Tues. I had preordered from ZenRay.  From the moment I put these into view, the first thing I saw was sort of a glare issue around the edges, with a lot of it near the bottom, like a crescent.  I do not wear glasses and have a large collection of bins so I know how to use them.  Otherwise the bins are very bright with excellent contrast and color.  I had my son look at these also, without me saying anything beforehand, he said the same thing, about the glare.
Another optics forum, "Birdforum" has a lengthy discussion of the new Zen Rays, and this
problem has to do with stray light control along with some peoples facial shape, and maybe some other things.  Many people commenting say they are the best thing they have ever looked through.
I am not one to downgrade a product without reason.  Today I called SWFA, and advised the staff to demo these to get their opinion, as they are soon shipping.  From what I have gathered the 7x36 is more prone to this problem. 
This nice thing is that for many, there may not be a problem at all, but for me they are not going to work out.
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