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I'm trying to find a reasonable replacement for my Leica 8x20 BC because of the lack of eye relief as an eyeglass wearer. I had read on another forum that someone thought the 8x28 Fury was renamed to the Viper line and Vortex just raised the price thinking it would sell better ??? So I ordered the last Fury 8x28 at ****** for $229 compared to the Viper's $319 listing.

Well, I'm not quite impressed. Nice looking binoc and actually the optics are pretty clear and bright. I knew the FoV was going to be a bit narrow but the Depth of Field is really disappointing and the focus knob is a bit jerky. I'll probably pack it back up and return it as I can live with the Leica's short eye relief but much better Depth of Field and focus smoothnesss.

The I looked thru my Zeiss Victory 8x42 FL and realized why I bought them earlier this year.

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I stand corrected - someone on another forum suggested that I could be misinterpreting a "fast focus" for the lack of Depth of Field. I believe they are right.  I took the Vortex, my Leica CRF rangefinder, Leica 8x20, Zeiss Victory 8x42, and my Leupold GR spotting scope to the field with two McCain-Palin yard signs (they were good for something at least) and set them up at 100 and 110 yards to see if both signs would be in focus. Everything passed including the spotting scope at 12x and 20x.
 
I kept moving the back sign further out in ten yard increments all the way to 150 yards and I was impressed with what I saw. The Leica 7x rangefinder was ok out to 100 & 140  but needed the diopter adjustment when the back sign was at 150 yards.  The Leica 8x20 was great out to 100 & 140 respectively but dropped off slightly with the rear sign at 150. The Zeiss 8x42 was flawless at every yardage and I didn't have to center each sign in the middle of the view - they were just clear as a bell. The little Vortex was equally good in all of the yardage differences but I did have to center each sign due to a slight edge distortion.  Actually my Leupold GR at 12x was great in all of the yardages but started dropping off at 110 & 140 at 20x.  
 
I don't know if a 50 yard variance is a good test but I was impressed with what I saw, especially with the Vortex. Now that I know it doesn't have a DoF issue, I'm not sure if I'll ever be comfortable with the fast focus but thought I should correct my original post.
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