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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. Vortex shaves 5 ounces off the old weight for a truly comfortable 24.7 ounces, expands the field of view to a generous 388 feet/1000 yards, and increases the close focus from 8 feet to a more useful 6 feet. 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, you never have to worry about the Vortex Razor HD 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.
Product was researched and Optic Outfitters provided exactly what I was wanting at the best price.... Shipping was on time and the product was exactly as ordered... Love these binocs
Swaro envy no longer
Florinus from Minneapolis
I wanted to upgrade from my EO Denali, so I paid a visit to the Eagle Optics store and asked to try the EO Ranger ED, EO Golden Eagle HD, and the Swarovski EL (the last one only to check the gold standard in binoculars, I had no intention to purchase something that expensive). Tom from Eagle Optics helped me and slipped in the Vortex Razor HD as well. I spent some time checking out all four, and drove away thinking the Golden Eagle was the one for me. Later on I thought about it some more and slowly came around to spending the extra money and buying the Vortex Razor HD. Once I got them, I immediately noticed that bird identification became easier because I can see so clearly with them. I've used them extensively for a month now, and I am very happy with my decision.
I'm no optics expert, but the picture is very bright and very crisp, with just some dropoff in sharpness at the very edge of the field. At first I couldn't see any chromatic aberration, but later I noticed a slight yellow fringe in high-contrast situations, e.g. looking at at eagle against the sky towards the sun. With some more experimenting I could make the yellow fringe disappear completely by having my pupils right behind the center of the ocular. This is called lateral CA I believe, and it is nonexistent along the axis of sight. I don't see any other distortion in the image.
The use of magnesium for the housing makes the binoculars quite light. The thumb indents are lower down the barrel than my previous bins, but they're at the balancing point and after some time getting used to the new position I find it very comfortable. Magnesium is stronger than aluminum, so Vortex made the single bridge smaller than in comparable bins, which allows me to wrap my fingers around without getting them too bunched up. I absolutely love the smooth and fluid focusing wheel, it allows me to focus quickly and easily. The focusing wheel is also nicely ridged which should help when wearing gloves.
One cosmetic quibble - the objective covers have ridges to make them grip, which leave slight indents in the rubberized green housing and make it look slightly marred. I solved to this by switching to my Denali covers, which don't have these ridges and stay on just fine.
All in all, I think these are wonderful binoculars. I believe the optical quality is close to Swarovskis and I think they are better-looking and more comfortable than Swaros. I intend to use my Vortex Razor for many years.
Joe from Nebraska
I think with this newest version in the Razor line that Vortex has really set the bar high for themselves. The specs speak for themselves and they are lightweight, and just feel so well made in your hand. I'm a glasses wearer and close focus and long distance viewing was great, all the way out to the edge of field. I believe that it's true that with optics you get what you pay for, but perhaps in this instance, instead of comparing these to the $2k models, the comparison should go the other way. If you're a birder looking to upgrade, take a long look at these. And the Vortex warrantee cannot be beat. Also a mention for the great Eagle Optics service. One teeny tiny thing - the focus wheel is so buttery smooth it will take you a bit to get the feel of it as compared to other bins that have a tad tighter wheel. I would like to see it with just a bit more tension to it. But, a very small point that wouldn't stop my purchase.
Vortex Razor focusing wheel
Jeff from Santa Cruz, CA
I found the Vortex Razor 8x42 binoculars to be among the very best I've ever experienced in all respects but one. The pros are numerous: astonishingly bright and sharp image; well balanced and proportioned; The eye relief adjustments are perfect for use with or without glasses; The weight is surprisingly light allowing one to easily hold for prolonged periods while studying a subject. The cons include only one problem: The focusing wheel is creamy smooth but has hardly any resistance resulting in my tendency, when in a hurry, to either over or under focus an image. I've owned 4 different Vortexes and all of these had a more manageable, "Goldilocks" focusing wheel resistance which I prefer.