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Well I received the Zen ED3 (8x43) and gave them a good workout for the past 30 days.  I am not an optics expert, but I will try to give my view (short) what I think of them.  After taking them out of the box I thought that if they are as good as they look, I will be happy.  I live in the hills of Kentucky, so there are many places right from my yard where I can get some real good distance glassing.  First thing I noticed was how crisp and clear they are.  Second thing I noticed was how well they worked in low light conditions.  Next test was that I took them to the Sportsman Warehouse for a comparison test.  I tested them against Swarvos, Vortex, Nikon, Minox, Leupold and other brands.  They were better than all, but the Swarvos (not by much).  The guy working behind the counter asked what I had and after looking at them, he said he never heard of them.  Well I let him look through them and he asked what I paid.  I told him and he looked them over again, smiled and handed them back.  Very nice was his comment.  There was a sight that mentioned that Zens have a Lifetime guarantee.  It is a Limited Lifetime Guarantee, but I don't think that will be an issue.  I am though, having an issue adjusting the right lense to properly focuse for my sight.  Just not as crisp as I would like.  It is probably me.  Overall I really like the Zen ED3's and feel you will not find a better pair of Binos at that price range.
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They do make a nice product at a great price.
 
I wouldn't worry about the "limited" part of the warranty.  In my experience, Zen Ray has bent over backwards to help.
 
In adjusting the diopter, I prefer this method:
 
Choose a sign with relatively small (Maybe 1-2 inch tall) lettering.  At a distance of about 50 to 60 yards, cover the right barrel with the objective cover.  Looking through only the left barrel, and using the center focus, get a perfectly sharp image of the text.  Then cover the left barrel with the objective cover and use the diopter adjustment on the right barrel to perfectly focus the text for your right eye.  Now the binocular should be perfectly focused for your vision.  If this still does not work, you could have an eye problem or the binocular could be defective.
 
I am sure Zen Ray would inspect it for you.
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Thanks Bitterroot,
I think that my brother-in-law was playing with my new binos and somehow adjusted them for his sight.  I will get out tomorrow and adjust the diopter again for my eyes.
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I just recently purchased a set of 10x43mm ED3's from SWFA. On my initial inspection, I noticed the eyecup on the right barrel wouldn't lock in the "mid" position and when twisting the eyecup up and down, it was sticky and gritty.
 
I contacted Zen, immediately they arranged a UPS pickup for my binos and within two weeks I had a brand new set of binos in my hands. Two thumbs up for Charles and Zen-Ray Optics for their customer service.
 
I currently have an older set of Swaro SLC's (10x42mm) and to my eyes the Zen's are on par with the Swaro's except at dusk. The Swarovski's have a slight edge at dusk when it comes to resolution....and I do mean a slight edge. It is slight enough for me to sell the Swaros and keep the Zen's. Wink
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Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:

I currently have an older set of Swaro SLC's (10x42mm) and to my eyes the Zen's are on par with the Swaro's except at dusk. The Swarovski's have a slight edge at dusk when it comes to resolution....and I do mean a slight edge. It is slight enough for me to sell the Swaros and keep the Zen's. Wink


Funny how that works.  I think if more people could get past the big names being the only good optics, you would see some big name companies getting a serious hurting on their sales numbers.  With Bins, this seams especially true. Now if some of these unkowns would start producing rifle scopes to compete with names like Swaro, Zeiss, Schmidt & Bender, Premier, IOR, ECT, I would be doing cartwheels!
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I agree, you have to move past the marketing and the name.....in all honesty OpticsTalk has helped me do just that. BTW, the Swaros have been sold!
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