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Ive narrowed my choice for new binos down to 2.


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I really just need some opinions to push me over the edge on a pair of these binos.     i.e.. clarity, brightness.

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Jordan

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I think there is absolutely no chance these are not basically the same binocular.  I say basically because it looks to me like all Vortex did was put the Atlas Intrepid they already sell through their affiliate sister company and put it in a very slightly modified housing with a little different focus wheel and different armor.  The weights, all of the specs are too identical for this not to be the case.  Besides, I see no reason for Vortex to try and reinvent the wheel at this price point.  So a new casing, add dielectric coating and maybe a lens coating tweak or two, and viola',  a "new" binocular under the HD moniker.  Not saying there is anything wrong with that either Wink.
 
Either will do you very good service and you will be surprised how well they compare to glass costing 3-4x more than what you will pay for either.
 
I may be able to get my hands on a Talon HD next week (if the dealer has any yet).  A look through the objectives will tell a lot.


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The Zen ED2 is the most refined "Chinese ED" that I have handled.  I have had great experiences with both companies and their products, but I have not seen a Talon HD.
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well the Vortex VIP warranty is really pulling me over to that side but from what i read the ZR is just an awesome piece of glass for the price.

Is it worth the loss of that warranty??
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What loss of warranty?

The VIP is a lifetime transferrable no fault warranty.  So is Zen Ray's.  They just didn't give theirs a name.
 
I just "think" they are the same.  I won't know till I get them side by side.  So other than an obvious assumption on my part about the Talon, who knows.  I do know the ZEN ED 2 works.  Your call Wink.
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Zen Ray has an excellent warranty.

http://www.opticstalk.com/zen-ray-update_topic27751.html


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Alright, well it looks like my mind has been made up. 

You guys just sold me a pair of ZR's.

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Have you had a chance to look at a pair.  I don't know anyone that carries them.  I like to see the merchandise before I purchase it.
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