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I have seen the review on the 8x43 but is the 10x43 a nice set.  How does it compare to the razor? and of course the high end stuff.  I can't imagine it actually comparing to the EL, ultravid or the Victory.  It is much less dollars.  I am looking for some 10 power and have been holding off for some 10x50 but for the price I think I might just check out this set.  This is going to be mostly to help on my elk trips in Colorado and for some more detailed viewing during daylight hours.  It will compliment my 7x42 Zeiss Victory TFL.  Which is my low light performace glass.  Thanks

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If you have a ZEN ED and one of the alpha class binoculars and if you also have enough optical savvy to get into the image characteristics you can find some differences in the image.  But as a practical matter those image differences are quite small and probably won't be seen without a side by side comparison.  The image is indeed extremely competitive with an EL.  Without knowing which one was which it may be almost impossible to tell the image of a ZEN ED from an EL. There are some differences (at least there should be from basis of the cost) in construction and design, but the image gap has just about disappeared.
 
The optical quality packed into a sub $400 package probably won't be believed until it is actually seen.  The short story is that the image of a ZEN ED will not be significantly bettered even if you spend $1,500 or more.
 
How does it compare to the Razor?  Again, if they are side by side, the ZEN ED will win the contest.  The Razor is a good binocular.  Vortex has an exemplary warranty and has been around enough to establish it's reputation.
 
From a simple perspective of getting the most pure value for the money you spend, the ZEN ED is the poor man's premier binocular if ever there was one.
 
I had both the 8x43 and 10x43 ZEN ED for quite some time before I finally settled on the 8x.  The 10x is every bit as good as the 8x.  In my case the selection boiled down to my own personal preference for an 8x glass.


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Thanks for the follow up.  I am going to get that 10 power.  I am not a big 10x guy, but I do need them for some situations and I have already a great 7x Zeiss which is awsome.
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I got the 10x43 ZEN ED. It did quite well under low light condition. The color is neutral.  It is also ergnomically pleasant to handhold it.
 
Someone had a review on this forum for 10x43
 


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Just ordered the following:
1 x ZEN ED 10x43 waterproof binoculars (BNWP-ZEN-1043)
from Zen Ray.  I will let you guys know when I get them.  I couldn't pass up the price.
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What's the price? 
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They can be found in google...I'm personally waiting on some major dealers to start carrying them..Cough Cough this place Wink
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I paid $369 plus freight came out to be $385.71.  I am not sure if I am supposed to post that so if not just delete.  We will see how they stack up.
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I should get the Binos today.  I will try and do some comparison.  I should have access to a pair of Swaro 10x42 EL and my Victory 7x42 T*FL.  That should be a pretty stout comparison.
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Well cajunhunter......we're waiting! 
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Well Zen Ray has just announced the generation II in 7x36, 8x43, and 10x43.  These have full dielectric prism coating, locking diopter, and a focus with nearly one turn less wheel travel.  It is on their website this morning.  I think this might explain the gap in delivery.  I think they may have sold out their inventory faster than they anticipated and there was a bit of a gap in delivery.
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I posted it under a new thread.  Review of Zen Ray 10x43.  Sorry.  I wonder if I got the old stuff or the new stuff.  Might have to take a look at that 7x36.

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