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I just don't think I can bring myself do go up to the next level of the Meopta or Cabela's Euro, so I think I've about decided to go with the Nikon Monarch 10x42 or Vortex Diamondback 10x42.  Which would you all prefer and why?  I know lots on here like the Zen, but personally, I may be a little old school, but they seem to new to me.  Maybe they're not and I just haven't heard much about them, I don't know. 
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I've seen the Monarchs heavily discounted lately.
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I have always thought that Nikon Monarchs were a durable, quality binocular.  The Vortex Diamondbacks I've looked at are pretty nice, as well.  However, I really think you get a better view for the money with the Zen Rays.
Your concerns about how "new" Zen Ray is, are good concerns to have.  Nobody wants a lifetime warranty when the lifetime describes the short lifetime of the company.  You can't really predict the future of a new company, in optics or elsewhere, but I think Zen Ray is doing things right.  They are bringing new high performance products to the market at low prices.  They are supplying good customer service. 
Nikon is a good, old company.  Vortex is a good, newer company.  Zen Ray is a good, new company. 
If you continue to shy from Zen Ray, I think the Monarchs have a hair better resolution than the Diamondbacks, while the Diamondbacks have a much wider field of view (330 feet vs. 420 feet at 1000 yards for 8X42 models).
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