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Vortex Razor HD 8x42

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Manufacturer Vortex
Model Razor HD 8x42
Lens diameter [mm] 42
Magnification [x] 8
Angular field of view [deg] 7.4
Linear field of view [m/m] 130/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 5.25
Eye relief [mm] 17.5
Min. focusing dist. [m] 1.8
Twilight factor 18.33
Brightness 27.56
Prisms BaK-4/roof
Dimensions [mm] 148x128
Weight [g] 686
Waterproof Yes
Nitogen filling No
Argon filling Yes
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit Yes
Focusing central
Warranty [years] lifetime
Price 4739
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  1. Duke
    Duke 7 April 2016, 19:13
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    IP 216.203.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1150 USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Synthetic rubber on eyepieces sticks out above ocular lenses, reducing useful eye relief for someone wearing glasses. Not ideal for someone like myself with deeply set eyes in addition, but overall effective FOV still OK.

    Pros: Extremely sharp - to my eyes as good as any binoculars I have looked through, including the most expensive. Bright. CA is only noticeable under very extreme conditions. Veiling glare is controlled well. Lightweight for an 8x42. Well-balanced with slim barrels and grippy texture. Silky-smooth focusing. Very comfortable (even fun) to use and hold for long periods. Comfortable neck strap and my favorite kind of case. Unbeatable warranty.

    Summary: I enjoyed a pair of 8x42 Zeiss T*FL's for 10 years, but they got heavier as I got older. I tried out very many pairs of lighter-weight 8x42 and 8x32 binoculars. For me, these had the best overall performance and features of any - at any price, including ones made by Celestron, Vanguard, Kowa, Minox, Zeiss, Swarovski, and Leica that cost up to over twice as much. I have been birding with them for a year now, and continue to be very happy with them. I gave away my FL's to an avid birding friend who could not afford a decent pair.

  2. Daberti
    Daberti 28 October 2013, 14:17
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    IP 87.8.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 1080€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Eyecups not perfect for my own conformation.

    Pros: Very sharp: I was able to resolve a framed mountain summit marker (a cross), 10mt high and 5mt wide from 8km measured distance. Very very good CA control: nil in the center and low at the borders (but only in extreme conditions and must be seeked for) where it vanishes if you focus that area instead. Very good controlled Coma, astigmathism and distortion. Neither egg shaped exit pupils nor false pupils inside housing. Excellent contrast, no noticeable color bias Weight and balance are perfect.

    Summary: Swarovision and EDG may possibly still hold some performance margin over this binocular. By no means that much a margin to justify such a huge price difference (more than the double) with a poorer warranty.

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