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I am looking for a set of bino's for hunting. I want something easy to carry but with good light transmission and detail. The ones I am considering are as follows.

Legend Ultra HD 8x36
Legend Ultra HD 8x42

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zen ray ZRS HD 8x42
Zen Ray ED2 7x36
Zen ray ED2 8x43

I am gravitating to the legend ultra HD's in 8x36 but wonder if i would be better off getting them in 8x42 or if the extra size is not worth it. No place local has the legend ultra, but one store might have the regular legends to hold and compare size.

Where do the ultra hd's fall in comparison to the Zen Ray offerings optics wise. Are they better than the ZRS hd's or equivalent. And if I am correct, I would have to step up to the ED2's to get rainguard in the Zen Ray line.  Thats a $100 jump.

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I would recommend the 42mm for hunting as it will give you the best low light that you will like.
 
I do not have experience with these, and they both have good reviews, but I would deal with the folks right here at SWFA, and I would try the Legend Ultra 8x42, and the ZR ED2 8x43,  see if they would send them both out and telll them you would like the option to return.  Both Bushnell and ZR advertise a return
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Well, it looks like the Zen-Ray ED2 bino's get better reviews than the Bushnell legend ultra. It seems that the eye pieces, focus wheel, and the optics are better designed from what I have read. It also seems that people who have had all 3 powers of ED2's (7x36, 8x43, 10x43) all say that the 7x36 is the one they would keep if they had to choose only one. Wider field of view and better depth. Now if they were only $100 cheaper and came with a free jacket. 

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I know that the bennies of the lower price and jacket seem enticing.  But if you like the features of the 7x36, I'd save and wait.  I bought a set of 8x32s that "were a good deal", only to sell them to get the ones I really wanted.
 
Think twice, buy once...  My 0.02.
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I'd go with the ED2s. If you are glassing out beyond shooting range, the 8x43s. In our terrain that means out past 300 yards, e.g. a buck spotted 1800 yards away on a grassy slope. Otherwise, the 7x36s would be good for spotting an antler in thick cover. Note that the 8x43s have a slightly larger exit pupil (a bit more light transmission).


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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

In our terrain that means out past 300 yards, e.g. a buck spotted 1800 yards away on a grassy slope.

mfilippello,
What are the maximum distances that you will be glassing, and what kind of terrain?
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I will choose ED2 too.  I have also read some good reviews on the ZRS HD. It seems to be better built than the Legend HD.
 
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I live in FL. and will be hunting either here or in GA. and TN. most are wooded areas and 500yd clearings would probably be max.  I like the ZRS hd as well, wish it had some type of rain guard. Wish the build quality on the legend ultra was little better from what I have been reading. decisions... decisions....
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Originally posted by mfilippello mfilippello wrote:

I live in FL. and will be hunting either here or in GA. and TN. most are wooded areas
If I were glassing wooded areas I would go with the larger aperture of the 8x43 to help brighten up the shaded areas, and it also gives a slightly Larger exit pupil than the 7x36 for overcast days.
 
The 43mm should also give you a LARGER central area sweet spot than the 36mm.
 
Depending upon your vision, the 8x might also give you a little better detail than the 7x as distances increase out to 500 yards.
 


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thanks everyone for the info. I have been reading up more on the ZRS HD. it is very compact ( a big plus in my book) offers almost the same resolution and edge to edge clarity as the ED2 from what I have read. I wonder how the DOV is on the ZRS compared to the Ultra HD. I think that I will spend the max of $250 for a set of Bino's. While the ed2's are probably wort every penny of the Extra $200 they command, the larger size and extra cost will probably be better spent somewhere else for me. I like the fact that the 7x36 is supposed to have very very good DOV.

I am going to contact chris and see if he can send one 8x42 ZRS HD and one Legend Ultra Hd 8x42 to compare. Rather not get an ED2 as I might not want to send it back:)
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Originally posted by mfilippello mfilippello wrote:

 I am going to contact chris and see if he can send one 8x42 ZRS HD and one Legend Ultra Hd 8x42 to compare.
Great idea, let us know the results.
Be sure and test them both under low light conditions, such as dawn and dusk. 
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Great idea, let us know the results.
Be sure and test them both under low light conditions, such as dawn and dusk. 


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Any update on this one? I'm thinking about getting one of these two & could use a little more info. ThanksBig Grin
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"I am going to contact chris and see if he can send one 8x42 ZRS HD and one Legend Ultra Hd 8x42 to compare. Rather not get an ED2 as I might not want to send it back:)"

 

 

 any update on the ZRS, I have tried the 10x42, sending back to exchange and try the 8x42 but I prefer a more compact binocular

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