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The 28mm Diamondback delivers the best of everything in a lightweight, rugged package. Distant details are enhanced through the phase corrected BaK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics. Customers approve of the comfortable eyecup design and the ergonomically balanced feel. With waterproofing and fogproofing, you won't worry about rain, snow, heat, or cold. Vortex's VIP warranty means your Diamondback is meant to last for generations.

Optical Features
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Phase Correction Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
BaK-4 Prisms Optimize light transmission.
Construction Features
Roof Prisms Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Adjustable Eyecups Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Right Eye Diopter Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Tripod Adaptable Can be mounted using standard ¼-inch threading. Adapter sold separately.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with argon gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 28 mm
Field of View 360 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 19.3 mm
Close Focus 13.1 feet
Weight 14.0 ounces
Dimensions (HxW) 4.8 x 4.5 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Neck strap
  • Case

Total Reviews: 7

Average Rating:

What's Not To Like? - 05/25/2014

by Michael from Ames, IA

I too am wring to disagree with the other low-ratings. As others have stated, these are not perfect binoculars, but you will be very hard pressed to find a similar product for the same price.

I looked into many brands and reviews and made a decision to buy the Vortex Crossfire II binocular. I drove to the local sporting goods store and they did not carry that model but had these. I tried them and immediately knew these were going home with me.

These are excellent binoculars for the money! They compare optically very similar to my 7x50 Celestron Pro's (not the pro version offered today) which cost twice as much. They are a perfect size for all day carry and are built to last a lifetime. I wear glasses and the eye relief is excellent - I feel. I can use these equally well without glasses.

Walking around our local park and lake, they performed beyond my expectation. Again, the carry size is awesome! I'll use them for track meets, hockey games and outdoor activities and am very confident they will perform without troubles.

I made a great choice and recommend these binoculars to anyone.

Good idea - poor execution - 03/02/2013

by Paul from Indiana

I recently bought a pair of these binoculars. The size and weight seemed ideal for my purposes. The binoculars were exactly as described and very well made. Eye relief was very good with two stops in the eye cups. Field of view is very good with an adequate sweet spot. Focusing was smooth with a stiff diopter adjustment as most users prefer.
The downside about these binoculars are 1)poor optical resolution (most evident at long distance) 2)a feeling of poor barrel alignment while viewing.
I really wish the optics performed better, as the field of view and physical size is ideal.
I returned the binoculars. Some people might find these binoculars fit their needs, so I cannot give them a don't buy evaluation. They do have some very good properties (size, build quality, field of view).

Nice binoculars for the price - 09/26/2012

by David from Menlo Park, CA

It's hard to believe you can find a better pair of compact binoculars for this price. Excellent eye relief, good contrast, close focusing, attached objective lens covers and an eyepiece cover, good case and strap.

Failed during second day of use - 09/07/2012

by Steve from Michigan

First day was great. Second day the diopter mechanism failed and the right eye can no longer be focused.

Better than that. - 08/30/2011

by Paul from Great Basin

I'm wring partly because I disagree with the other low-rating reviews. These are not perfect binoculars, but the eye relief is fine for me with or without glasses, optics are great, with just a little too much flare, and they are tough, lightweight and inexpensive. Perfect bins for bushwhacking or other situations where you don't want bang up your primary pair. I've carried mine into the field many times over three years, and they are the fist pair I grab to toss in the car or hike with (of the four different binoculars I own -- the other three pair were consideranbly more expensive and the difference optically is maybe 10%).

Eye relief just too long - 07/27/2011

by Jeff from California

I had the same problem as mentioned by other customer
The 19mm eye relief might work great for eyeglass wearers but you can't hold these anywhere near your eyes even with eyecups fully extended
They need a longer eyecup extension to be functional

Eye relief problems - 04/25/2010

by Esa Jarvi from Missouri

The optics ar just barely acceptable, though most people would not complain too much. But the eye relief is too long, I got black outs easily and found no easy way to place them near the eyes. So they went back. There may be some people whose facial features allow use of these.

The build is very nice on these, so I think the 8x32 Diamondback might be a better bino.

For comparison, the Bushnell Excursion 8x28 is OK, but I just glued the outer skin of the eye cups back for the third time. It is on a metal frame, the eye cup. I have these at home but rarely use them, mostly to look at the back yard.

I am getting a Vortex Vanquish 8x26 reverse porro for hiking etc activities where the binos are not the main activity. They fit in my coat pocket.

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