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How does the Zen Ray ED2 compare to the Nikon Monarch or Leupold Acadia?

I already have a 8x42 Monarch and a 10x42 Acadia.  After reading reviews on the ZenRay 7x36 I'm tempted to buy them.  Are the Zen Ray's better than the other 2 I mentioned.

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Yes the Zens are better than those two.
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Not even close, actually.  You'll get $1000+ optics with the Zen. 
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The only thing keeping me from buying some Pentax dcf sp 8x32 (brand new) for $225.00 shipped is the consideration of purchasing the Zen ED2 7x36. Yes, they are more but if they are that much better It might be worth the difference in price. Right now Im fighting myself because for the money the Pentax will probably do all I need it to and it is much cheaper. Someone please convince me....Ha!
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Far be it from me to convince a man spend more money than he wants to spend but I set a budget of $1000 (or more truthfully) on binoculars just a few weeks ago.  I bought the Zen's for $400 (10x42's).

Truthfully you need to look at them side by side to decide if it is worth it to you to spend the extra cash so buy them both and return the pair you decide is fits your needs and budget.




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err...keep the pair...

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I just went thru a test of my own and had 5 mid-size models that I bought and either returned or resold. I had a Vortex 8x28 Fury, Bushnell 7x36 Excursion EX, Leupold 6x30 Yosemite, Leupold 8x32 non-HD Gold Ring, and finally the Zen Ray 7x36 EDII. 
 
I have or have had 5 different alpha binocs altogether and the Leupold 8x32 non-HD Gold Rings are the only ones I kept. The only positive for the Zens was they were bright and clear in the center of the view only - but it was downhill from there.  Don't know if I got a bad one or if I'm just too picky with my optics. 
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Originally posted by TwistedAiredale TwistedAiredale wrote:


I wish I could edit my posts!


Your ability to edit posts kicks in after you have 50 posts. 
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Have the Zen-Ray ED2 in 7X36; and frankly find the Minox HG line brighter and more precise.  Purchased the Zen-Ray line for the pricing; the Minox HG line on a side-by-side comparison are my preferred bins in all sizes.  For me they are brighter and clearer. They are physically very light, too; so easy to hold to my eyes and little effort to keep them steady on the image.  The glass is "whiter",clearer and sharper to my eyes.  Minox HG line to me is an alpha contender; the place I bought mine compared them to Zeiss Victory at 2X the cost.  Glass used of course is Schott and to my eyes it's just "whiter" when viewing anything white.      
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