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I have been considering upgrading my Vortex 7x36 Diamondbacks with either the Viper or ED2. I hunt the eastern mountains with plenty of brush and 100 yards is a very long shot. Would I see a big gain with either of these over my current Vortex? How do the Vipers compare to the ED2?
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Give these two reviews by Koshkin a read.
 
 
 
From my perspective the short story is the Viper is smaller.  The ZEN ED 2 is bigger and a wider fov.  Both are very good.  I'd pick on size if you need smaller size.  The Viper is a true compact and the ZEN is larger.
 
I had a Diamondback 7x36 for a while and the ZEN ED 2 pretty well blows it away.  The 6.5x32 Vortex Fury is also a lot better than the Diamondback.  Sorry to say, I have zero experience with the 6x32 Viper.


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I have read the Viper review but didn't see the Zen. Thanks!
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I went thru a midsize binoc search last summer and had a Vortex Fury (just below the Viper) and the famous Zen Ray 7x36 EDII. I sent both of them plus several others back (I was really disappointed with the Zen Ray for all of the positive reviews they get).  I wound up keeping a pair of Leupold 8x32 Gold Rings non-HD for $350 shipped - they were the closest in ergonomics and optical quality to my Zeiss and Leica - ymmv.  
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I have the 6x32viper that i picked up on discontinued price and if you can find them for the 300$+ range,  they are a great glass considering also they sold in the 500$ range...  I M O    Can not comment on the smaller Zen's , have read good reviews on them also. I also liked how the viper performed at night during some coyote hunts..
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Binocular choice is pretty personal.  It is a combination of a number of things pertaining to image quality and ergonomics.

That having been said, my personal "go to" binocular is the 6x32 Viper.  This year, Vortex had the Viper HD, and I'll try to get my hands one one.  In the meantime, I am exceedingly happy with the original.

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I picked up a pair of closeout Vipers Friday. After playing with them over the weekend WOW. Great glass and ergos.
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+1 on the Vipers.  Got mine last week and am very happy with them.  Actually been thinking about getting another pair for the wife before they are gone.
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in a similar vein, how about the viper 8x42 and the ED 2 8x42?
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