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How does the above mentioned binoculars compare optically to the Vortex Talon HD 10x42mm and the Zen Ray Zen ED3 10x43mm binoculars?
 
I realize the Mojave's have been discontinued, but I have seen several "deals" on these lately.
 
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It's pretty easy to rank that list.
 
1.  ZEN ED 3
2.  Vortex Talon, ZEN ED 2
3.  Mojave
 
This is s bit hard to explain at one level.  The Mojave, at one hand is nice ergonomically and is nicely constructed.  On the other hand, for me, it is like looking through two paper towel tubes, in the sense that it give me a pretty strong sense of tunnel vision.  The hard part is that the view seems narrower than the advertised fov.  The Mojave 8x42 with a 340' fov looks narrower to me than the Nikon Monarch with a 330' fov.  The tunnel effect really accelerates and is way bad in the 12x version.  Now there is nothing wrong with the image.  The edges are pretty sharp, the image is not as bright as either the ZEN ED 2 or 3 and it has a warmer color bias than either of those as well.  It does a very good job resolving detail, but that fov "narrow look" drives me nuts.  Somebody else may well think I'm nuts Smile, but that the way it looks to me.
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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

 The Mojave, at one hand is nice ergonomically and is nicely constructed.  On the other hand, for me, it is like looking through two paper towel tubes, in the sense that it give me a pretty strong sense of tunnel vision... Now there is nothing wrong with the image.  The edges are pretty sharp...  It does a very good job resolving detail, but that fov "narrow look" drives me nuts.  Somebody else may well think I'm nuts Smile, but that the way it looks to me.
 
I do, indeed, think you are nuts, but at least on this particular point, you are correct.  The tunnel vision offered by this and quite a few other (though not all) of Leupold's Green Ring line can be absolutely maddening.
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I have a Leupold Olympic 8x42. This is 2 years old and very little used. The image is very good, sharp, bright, etc. But, it drives me nuts!!! It feels like looking through two holes in the wall. Very unpleasant.
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