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I got my 10x43 Zen Ray ED Binos.  Attached are some pics to compare with the Zeiss Victory T*FL 7x42.  Here are the facts.  I have been looking for a 10x to compliment my 7x on my Elk Trip to CO.  I was going to hold off for a nice 10x50 but just couldn't resist the temptation of The Zen Ray at a cost of $368 plus shipping.  The Zeiss Cost $2199.95 plus shipping.  I got my Zeiss less than a year ago for about $1400 as a show model.  It seems that the prices have gone up.  I didn't remember the Zeiss being that high, but they have an MSRP is $2444.  I glassed for about an hour or so with both this evening and I am very impressed with the ZR Binos.  I am not a major optics guy but they seem to be nice.   Of course the Zeiss is brighter at low light (7x42) but the ZR do well and the detail is good at low light.  I was reading a sign, and had difficulty with the Zeiss as the size is smaller but could still make it out with the ZR because it was bigger.  I do prefer my Zeiss and it may be just because I am used to them or the 7x42 size but I can say that I enjoyed the ZR in the 10x43 config.  I was very reluctant to go with a 10x40ish size as I wanted a larger ep (10x50)  but for the money I had to go for it.  I can say that it is clearly a good decision.  I couple of small details:  My Objective lens covers are kind of sloppy and loose.  I don't think it will be a problem as I can replace them with a different brand if need be.  The next strap is of course designed for a horse or something as mentioned in an earlier review.   The case is nice, but the one I got seems to have some issue with the zipper.  I sent an email and will see if they address these issues.   The Fit and Finish of the Binos seems to be quite nice.  After looking thru them, up until and after dark it seems that the main difference is that the ZR bino is 10x and my Zeiss are 7x.  The weights are close 27 oz for the ZR and 26.1 for the Zeiss.  I actually thought the ZR was going to be lighter, it must be the open bridge design.   It seems that the zeiss has a larger sweet spot.  The ZR seemed to handle the stray light issue as well.  I am no expert but for the money they seem to be some pretty good glass, and perfect for my Elk trip especially for the price.   I do plan on getting my buddies 10x42 Swaro for a comparison with like sized glass. 


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nice review. They are quite amazing for its price. I have been impressed so far.

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Sounds like you have a winner ch.  Enjoy the binocs and your elk hunt.
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ttt, people are looking for this.
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I'm glad you are happy with the Zen Rays.  Now the generation 2 ZR ED is out, with Dielectric Prism Coatings. Faster focusing, locking diopter, new lens repel coating, and new strap.
They are taking preorders, should be out soon.  Better wait for the newer better model.
Also new is a 7x36.  That might be very nice to check out.
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