Is this the best yet of the Vortex Razor HD binoculars? You bet it is! The third generation Razor HD takes already great optics to the next level with a new technology and innovative design. At a truly comfortable 28.7 ounces, the 50mm Razor HD offers a generous 285 foot field of view. The APO Optical System, HD glass, and dielectric multi-layer prism coatings combine for unparalleled color sharpness, resolution, brightness, and fidelity. All of this optical excellence is protected in a magnesium chassis with rubber armoring, fogproofing with argon gas, waterproofing, and Armor Tek coatings. One tough, top-performing binocular, the Vortex Razor HD is one you never have to worry about standing the test of time. The Vortex VIP Warranty keeps your binocular performing for generations to come.
|High Definition (HD) extra-low dispersion glass and APO optical system
||Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
|Fully Multi-coated Lenses
||Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
||Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
|Dielectric Prism Coatings
||Optimize light transmission.
||Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
||Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
||Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
||Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
|Center Focus Wheel
||Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
|Locking Right Eye Diopter
||Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
||Can be mounted using standard ¼-inch threading. Adapter sold separately.
||Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
||Barrels are filled with argon gas to inhibit internal fogging.
|ArmorTek Lens Coating
||Repels oils on outer glass surfaces.
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Great optics, although not for everyone.
Michal from Boston, MA
Purchasing a mid/upper-tier, high-power, pair of binoculars was quite an endeavor. Thankfully Eagle Optics was there to provide excellent advice, and a wonderful 30-day money-back guarantee to accompany my journey.
My first purchase was this pair of 12x50 Razor's from Vortex. I love the light-weight of the binocular and SMOOTH focus that was incredibly light to operate. It makes focusing a pleasure. The image is razor sharp, and bright during the day-time. The binocular itself is gorgeous. A very sleek and narrow build, the Razors were a pleasure to have around my neck during my hikes.
What made me return these binoculars was the chromatic aberration, or CA (essentially a stripe of purple would appear over areas of high-contrast, like looking at a snowy rock, or up at the moon). This should not bother most folks, but I like using my binoculars for everything, including looking up at the stars and the moon as well. For astronomical viewing, CA is a limitation to avoid when purchasing binoculars. Another minor limitation I discovered after using the Razor's was that the image is not razor sharp from edge to edge of the binocular. While the "Sweet spot" is large, it doesn't encompass the entire field of view (FOV). Again, when looking at the stars, you want to ensure that the entire FOV is sharp to capture all of the detail in the night sky. Again, this shouldn't bother other people who use their binoculars to look at specific targets like birds or other game.
So essentially, these optics provide exceptional value, delivering high quality images in a very portable, light-weight binocular. I can't recommend these enough for people who enjoy the outdoors. I also hear the Vortex warranty is the best out there. A few limitations of the Razor's while using them in highly-specific settings is what made me return them in exchange for another pair of binoculars, the Meopta Meostar HD 12x50 (see my review on Eagle Optic's page on these binoculars) who were a bit more tailored to my interests.
John from Florida
If you enjoy the outdoors, one approach is to have a binocular to fit different situations. These 12x50 are one in my line up. They are well suited for big game or birds over open areas. I've even used them for birding in the tree canopy. There seems to be some concern over not being able to hold a 12x steady, but I have not had much trouble with these. Field of view is sacrificed for magnification, which can be a good trade off watching from a longer distance. It's hard not to like power!
There is minor color fringing on white, but the resolution is crisp and bright. Focus is smooth, 1.4 turns end to end. Easy to carry using a harness or the neck strap. Made in Japan.
CM Owings from Rep of Panama
After looking at the specs on the Vortex Razor and comparing with Steiner, Leica, and Swarovski specs, I decided to order a pair of Razor HD.
Really great binos .... nothing negative to say about them. The light weight is a real benefit when birding with a 12x50 bino ... easy to keep on the bird.