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Hi, I would like to hear what you guys think would be the top choices for under $500?? I'm looking for a quality pair now and just can't afford the Swarvoski's or Leica's etc; Thanks!! BTW, it makes no difference to me whether they are roof or porro prism.
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There is really no competition in the under $500 class of binocular.  Four variants of the same basic binocular.  The ZEN ED (new release ZEN ED 2 coming the first week of August), the Hawke Frontier ED (Chris sells these here I think), the Promaster ELX ED, and the Atlas Intrepid.  These whack anything else at their price point, and have images competitive at many levels with the high end glass.  There are reviews allover the place, here and other forums too.
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The vortex vipers are pretty decent.
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

The vortex vipers are pretty decent.
How do the Vipers ($500) compare to the Zen Summit HD($180)?
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