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Just a few thoughts about my recent purchase of the Vortex Diamondback 8X42 for my boy.

I was looking for a respectable binocular for my son who is 11.  We hunt deer, waterfowl, and turkey together and he is always wanting to look through my Pentax DCF-SPs (can't blame him for that).  I hunt with the binos on a Crooked Horn harness and it is a pain to take them off for him to use.  He's old enough now for his own binos but I am unwilling to spend too much until he demonstrates that he can take care and keep up with the binos and not loose them.
I have read so many positive reports about Vortex optics on these forum to make me interested in this brand.  My price limit was 200-250 bucks for roof prisms in 8X42.  I understand that at this price point point poros are better optically but he thinks they are "dorky" and doesn't want poros (and my SPs have spoiled him frankly).  The Vortex Diamondbacks sell for around $200.00 and are phase coated, nitrogen purged, fully multicoated, have twist-up eyecups with intermediate detents, and are warrented for life.  I called customer service at Vortex and spoke with Paul (who has posted on these forums previously) and he said the Diamondbacks were exactly what I was looking for.   I ordered a pair in "Coyote Brown" and they arrived today.
I am blown away by how bright they are and the resolution is amazing for a $200.00 roof prism bino.  It was a bright day today and I haven't had the opportunity to evaluate their low-light performance, but these Diamondbacks greatly impressed me for what they cost.  The field of view is much wider than my DCFs and is maintained well beyond the center (thought not quite as good as the DCFs but that is to be expected).  The overall ergonomics are quite good and the bino has an overall feel that is excellent.  I detected very little flare when angled toward the sun.  I am really excited about these "inexpensive" binos from Vortex and expect that my son will be as well. 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/28/2007 at 21:27
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I visited the Vortex facility.  I too was impressed by the products, service, and especially the warranty.  As they told me, warranty is unconditional - you drop it -  we take care of it.  Cant beat that. 
I really liked the Viper and will likely buy them next, but their sister company had closeout on the Fujinon CD at $209.  Couldnt pass that up.  They are definately heavy and the feel of the Vortex is better, but for less than 1/2 $, I had to purchase.  I can add the Vortex later and pass the Fujis on to son or whomever.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/28/2007 at 22:39
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Great catch on the Fujinon CD roof prism bino.
I was able to hook the 7x42mm CD @ $190.
Excellent optics for the money, no regrets.Thumbs%20Up
Really appreciate your comment about the Vortex warranty, sounds like a good American company to do business with.Big%20smile

Edited by Bird Watcher - November/28/2007 at 22:44
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