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After reading about the good durability regarding the 8x43 Zen Ray ED2's I decided to take a look at the 7x36 ED2. I like the idea of a smaller pair of binoculars that would be great for bow hunting in low light.
Can someone give me the physical dimensions of this particular pair of binoculars?The listing here at http://swfa.com/Zen-Ray-7x36-Zen-ED2-Binocular-P41886.aspx does not show them. Nor does the Zen Ray home.
I ask because Rifledude found a smaller pair of 8x32 Leicas to be excellent in a small package. All the reports on the Zen Ray ED2's are favorable so far. If the 7x36 can come close to an alpha class and be quite compact, it would be an outstanding value.
 
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The one thing about the 7x36 ZEN ED 2 is that it is not compact like the 8x32 class of binoculars.  It is noticeably smaller than the bigger 43mm class, but it is just about identical to the Nikon Monarch 8x42 size wise, which is at the bottom end of the size range for the 42mm class binocular.
 
Optically it will come close enough to the alpha in many respects.  So it does seem to be a good smaller compliment to the larger 8-10x43 ZEN ED, but it is bigger than a true compact.
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

After reading about the good durability regarding the 8x43 Zen Ray ED2's I decided to take a look at the 7x36 ED2. I like the idea of a smaller pair of binoculars that would be great for bow hunting in low light.
Can someone give me the physical dimensions of this particular pair of binoculars?The listing here at http://swfa.com/Zen-Ray-7x36-Zen-ED2-Binocular-P41886.aspx does not show them. Nor does the Zen Ray home.
I ask because Rifledude found a smaller pair of 8x32 Leicas to be excellent in a small package. All the reports on the Zen Ray ED2's are favorable so far. If the 7x36 can come close to an alpha class and be quite compact, it would be an outstanding value.
 
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Doug, the dimension of ZEN 7x36 is 5.8"x4.8"x1.9". Thanks
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Thanks for the help Steve and thanks for the numbers Charles. Now I have something I can crunch on compared to some other binoculars I have handy.
 
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That 7x36 ZEN ED 2 is a good glass.  You really should try it.  The wide fov and the superb depth of focus from the 7x really is a formidable combination.
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I'm addicted to this glass.  Read here about the Zens...tried the 8s, then 10s, waiting for the 7X; should be here tomorrow.  Wow is my thought about this glass.  ED lens glass, coatings and the precision-machined gearing of the focusing mechanism.  These make ordinary viewing  just wasting time  a pleasure.  Very nice. 
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I LOVE my ZR ED2 7x36's! I think they cost $384 shipped to my door. Thanks SWFA!

I took them down to the photography store in Palo Alto that handles a lot of high-end gear including Leica bino's. I asked one of the old experts behind the counter what he thought of them. After a minute he remarked how clear and bright they were and handed them back. I asked if he knew the difference between these and my Swarovskis. He said "I don't know, maybe $800."

This guy always cracks me up.
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