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Which would be the better option the ZEN RAY ZRS 10x42 or Olympus Magellan 10x42 EXWP 1 for hunting. I could stretch the budget to buy the zen ray ed2 but i am worried about the extra weight. Any advice appreciated.
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Good question.  I think you may have a hard time finding anybody with experience enough with both to answer your question.  I have never even seen a Magellan, and trust me, I have looked at lots of binoculars in all sorts of places.  There have been some good comments about them posted in various places...now you know what I know about them Smile
 
On the other hand, I have had the ZRS HD in both first and second versions.  Of all of the binoculars in its price range, it is one of the two or three best I have seen and it will push much more expensive glass.  There is not much I can even nit pick about it, considering its price.  It has a nice wide fov, flat field, bright image with good contrast, and it is a very compact for being a full size 42 mm binocular.  I would be pretty amazed to find you did not like it.  I have never felt handicapped by not having "something better" any time I have been afield with it.
 
By the way, welcome to OT Big Smile.


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Extra weight is not necessarily a bad thing when hunting.  A few extra ounces helps calm down the shakes after hoofing up a hill.  I have the ED2s and never found them a bother.  The ZRS HD is a fine glass and outstanding value, but the ED2s are extremely high-performing.
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I have also hunted in some pretty rough terrain with the ED2's, And haven't really been bothered by them. My 14lbs rifle, that sometimes bothers me...Whacko
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Hi,
Thanks for the replies. I stumbled accross another binocular the eagle optics ranger ED 10x42 on sale for about $310. I believe this is very similar in performance to the zen ray ED2, if this is the case i will pursue them. Any thoughts?
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Originally posted by gjcrop gjcrop wrote:

Hi,
Thanks for the replies. I stumbled accross another binocular the eagle optics ranger ED 10x42 on sale for about $310. I believe this is very similar in performance to the zen ray ED2, if this is the case i will pursue them. Any thoughts?
Cheers
Gary
The Ranger is a black armored twin brother to the Vortex Talon HD.  I have had the Talon HD and the ZEN ED 2 side by side and as far as I can tell, they are just about identical.
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