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Vortex Talon HD 8x42

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Manufacturer Vortex
Model Talon HD 8x42
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 8.1
Linear field of view [m/m] 142/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 5.25
Eye relief [mm] 18
Min. focusing dist. [m] 2
Twilight factor 18.33
Brightness 27.56
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 168x126
Weight [g] 777
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling Yes
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit Yes
Focusing central
Warranty [years] lifetime
Price 0
Additional information HD Lens Elements, XR Lens Coatings
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  1. La Mer
    La Mer 4 June 2017, 00:15
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    IP 188.23.x.x
    Owner since:
    Price: 499 Euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - Focus wheel already stiff at 20°C, at 10°C it is VERY hard to turn; in winter it must be unusable - Glare control very poor (hardly better than in the new Diamondback 8x42 - see my user opinion there) - Objective lenses really dusty inside; this may not have a big influence on the performance, but neither does it inspire confidence - Too heavy (and rather large) for a lower-mid-range bino

    Pros: - NO rolling ball effect (globe effect) at all - Feels solid - Image quality rather good, apart from the glare issue - Field of view and other optical specifications very good - Good warranty, if they keep what they promise

    Summary: Maybe I´m too naive, but I am still surprised: I read various reviews and tests from years ago, saying that the focus wheel is too stiff. Assuming the manufacturer must have fixed the problem I order a set - AND? I get it, and the focus wheel IS stiff, far too stiff to be used in the cold season, anyway! So, what do we learn from that? They just don´t seem to care about their products - or about the customers, for that matter. The Vortex VIP warranty is really impressive, but it would be more impressive still if this company cared to produce decent binos in the first place. - I sent the bino back because of the focus wheel issue. - Please note: this device is discontinued by the manufacturer, but many online shops still sell it. I´m afraid I can´t recommend it, unless you live in some land of everlasting summer - but with the sun hidden behind the clouds ...