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Having not decided between the Vortex 8x42 Razor and the Zeiss 8x42 Conquest I ordered both for a at home layman's test and comparison. I made my own chart which was 43 ft. away and the test was held in low and medium light. 
1. Both a friend and myself thought the Razor had a sharper image. Was it $210.00 better than the Conquest? I thought so.
2. The focus knob on the Conquest was firmer, which I thought was faster to get a precise focus.
3. The Conquest had beefier eye cups.
4. Though not as beefy as the Conquest.  I thought the Razor eye cups were easier to adjust to get the proper distance. 
5.  A small point though I thought it should be mentioned. The Razor had  much better designed objective covers than the Conquest, as well as thicker eye piece covers. I found the objective covers from Zeiss were so poor I would of ordered some to replace them if buying the Conquest.
 
 
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Thanks for posting your observations, Losthwy! We appreciate your input!
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Interesting about the price. a local dealer here has both has them for about the same  price, $999 for the Conquest, $1,049 for the Razor, both 10x42.
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So... which one are you keeping?
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I will be keeping the Vortex 8x42 Razor.
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Interesting.  When I compared these two models at Sportsman's Warehouse, I came to the opposite conclusion.  I found the Conquest HD 8x42's better in every way except for the eyecups.  I ended up with the HD's but traded them in for the HT version when it became possible to do so.

I think the Razors are quite overpriced.
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I think the Razors are overpriced as well (I think most Vortex products are overpriced). Of course that doesn't mean that they are not very good. In fact, I like them a lot, and they are one of the few Vortex products that I really like.

Everyone's perceptions are different as you well know, and I came to prefer the 10x Razor over the 10x Conquest HD. Not that the Razor was any better in any way -- I just preferred things such as color, feel, handling, etc. over the Zeiss. At current prices, I would have gone with the Zeiss as they are just as good while being cheaper, but I ended up with a Razor anyway as I found a mint-condition used one for an excellent price.

It's too bad that Vortex doesn't make a 32mm Razor. I might have one of those instead of my 8x32 Conquest HD......
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