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  Just recently started looking for binoc's for my SIL.  Kinda looking for something like these:
 
  Seems like a big price jump to the next level or am I missing something? 
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I think you need to try one of these out for yourself, before you purchase one for
your SIL. 
The $300 price range is interesting, so personal preference is important.
 
Common rec. purchase from a retailer with a return policy, and by all means do not
suprise SIL, if he is going to get these, let him take a look.  Nothing worse that a
gift that doesn't please. Smile
 
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 THANKS,Jerry.  Only problem is that he lives a couple hrs away.  But I am going to try and get a look at those two models some how.
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Those are two very good for the money binoculars.  You are correct in that the next level is a jump from that, so if the $200-250 price range is you budget, then either of those two will do anything 90%++ of most anything that can be done with a binocular and are two good examples of not needing to spend a fortune. 
 
I'm not sure Bushnell has a current higher priced offering.  They used to (and maybe still do) offer the ELite and ZR has the Zen ED 2.  But trhe ELite is/was a lot more and the ZEN ED 2 is about double.
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 Been HOPING you'd check in,Steve.  I've been reading ALOT about these two and have narrowed my choice down to them.  Right now I'm leaning towards the Zen Ray's. Two things I'd like to know is,which has the better depth of field and should the Bushnell's Rainguard be a deciding factor all things considered?
 
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Well, while depth of field is supposed to be magnification related, I see some differences.  Now about the only real flaw I see in my ZEN 8x42 is that it does not have the depth of field some 8x do.  It is not what I'd call too shallow either.  It may not even be a factor if you don't go looking for it, but it is what it is.
 
I had a Bushnell Legend Ultra 8x42 for awhile, but I'll just say mine was a POS.  I will mitigate that somewhat by saying I think it had some issues, but after my recent experience with Bushnell warranty and service, I just returned it.
 
I just used my ZRS in some pretty wet. soggy, and cold (-10*F) elk hunting and they did OK.  I almost always keep the ocular covers in place.  So I guess the rainguard is a personal choice.  I have ZEN RAY and Promaster binoculars with it and others without.
 
As far as I could tell, the ZRS was the better glass.  It is certainly better built.


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  THANKS,Steve.  I read a few more posts and reviews on the ZRS elsewhere today.  All positive as has been the norm all along so I'm going to get them for my SIL.
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