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Steve T. from Stoughton, Wisconsin
I've used 8x32 Rangers for a long time. They fit me well and took a beating. I've had the Viper 8x32 for a couple weeks now, and the difference in the view is remarkable. The brighter, sharper image reduces eye fatigue and increases enjoyment. Because of the better glass, the depth of field seems a lot better. I'm a birder and use my binoculars at least 200 days a year. I would recommend the Viper 8x32 to anyone.
Great bins at this price!
Mark B. from N.Y.C., N.Y.
Well here it is! 64 years of age and lucky enough to retire and have some FYM to be able to travel! So the need for some "turista' binoculars has presented itself. I've had a couple pair of Nikons in varying degrees of quality, have seen through some friends' eurobrands and frankly after doing about 3 nights worth of research online (I can have terrible bouts of insomnia brought on by such a need to research this or that), thought that I would give the Vortex Vipers in 8x32 configuration a test drive! What a drive! Compact size for an 8 power, crystal clear optics that none but the most elitist will be able to discern from Swaro, Leica, et. al.,very robust construction and well thought out carrying case. Most of my testing was on overcast days (mid-December) with viewing primarily not on feathered or fuzzy creatures but at buildings, stretches of parking lot at 100, 200. 300,&400 yard distances so that I might "equate" what the bins will actually be employed at doing come the next 4 months in the Carribbean and Europe (which will now almost certainly become a Herculean exercise in patience and fortitude; since the unfortunate Paris and other incidents around the world!)
Nonetheless, considering many wait times for popular "sights" to see will probably be extenuating, viewing them with a good pair of binos will probably become the rule especially if one cannot linger for a week or two in certain large but ancient cities such as most in Italy, Austria, etc.!
I found the Vipers to be a bit too powerful for me due to 64 year old hand tremor but the lesser 6 and 7 power options in whatever brand also seemed to pose a problem! I am an eyeglasses wearer BUT ONLY for reading and thus the extending, adjustable eyepieces were critical for me to get an easily acquired viewing target! No matter whose lower weight and concomitant lower power bins I tried, I always found it difficult to acquire that nice, easily focused, "clear circle" field of view. So frankly, the Vipers with their excellent glass, robust build, and so velvety (at least on my pair of 8's)feel on the center focus knob was a compromise BUT,...one that I'm sure that I will adapt to. If I have any complaint they are a bit heavy for my tremoring hands thus, a rather shaky view. Again, if one is looking at ancient or renaissance architecture, I'm sure you can get the hang of it but for bird watching and searching for game the lower power and weight of lesser magnification will probably be right for you. make sure you field test your bins extensively (several pairs AT A TIME IN FACT), so that you may see exactly what is best suited to you. Laura at Eagle Optics was very helpful and understanding in this regard and accommodated me completely. And, if you don't live in Wisconsin, NO Sales Tax! Now that always comes in handy regardless of your income strata, ne'c'est pas??
Do your homework, Google and look for bird watching and other testing sites and do copious reading of same before you order. I've bought optics of one kind or another (being in NYC we have a very well known store here that sells internationally and also with no shipping charges), however, I'm sure the knowledgeable folks at Eagle will meet or beat any price on comparable products,...I just wish they would sell DSLR camera lenses! Hope the review helps and thanks Eagle, a most pleasurable experience from start to finish,...rather rare these days!
Wow! I'm impressed
Wilfred R. from Tampa Bay. FL
I only had these 1 day but I am very impressed with these binos. Excellent clarity, and build quality in a $560. Binocular.
Since 1995 I have been using my Leica 10x42 and as you would expect they are excellent. I decided to move to a lighter pair and have not been disappointed. I guess it was inexperience that made me choose the 10x42 Leicas but the 8x Vipers give a nice FOV.
I would highly recommend these and of course Eagle Optics as well.
Top Notch !!
Cut the BS from USA- Land of the Free
The Vortex Viper HD 8x32 is a great binocular. They are well made, as good or better image as some I have used and half the price. Very nice case and straps. Unbeatable warranty. Eagle Optics is the very best with no BS customer service.
Viper 8x32s grow on you
George from New Jersey
Bought these through Eagle in the fall of 2014, during my early days as a bird watcher...prior to understanding best method for locating birds. Then, I relied on panning through the binocular, and found that the Vortex Viper had a shallower depth of field than my "go to" pair. So in the beginning, I had difficulty locating birds using the Vipers. Subsequently, I learned to rely more on my eyes to locate, and once sited, the binoculars to hone in on the bird. This technique led to my appreciation of the Viper. While the depth of field was shallower than my standards, the Viper had a clear advantage in sharpness of image combined with superior contrast. I have tried both the Viper 8x42 and 8x32 binoculars. I bought the 32s because I preferred a wider FOV and also appreciated the compact size and reduction in weight. Having said that, if you can only own one pair of binoculars, you may find the 8x42 a better choice...brighter, wider aperture, easier on the eye. A joy to use. And although the FOV is narrower on the 8x42, depth of field is a tad better, the edge to edge clarity is a tad sharper. Regardless, the Eagle Viper is very hard to beat for the money, and certainly is a keeper, even if you decide to purchase an Alpha pair down the road. Eagle Optics offers superior knowledge and service...simply put, they know their stuff.
Excellent pair of binocs!
Jean from Nevada
I did my research and chose the Vortex Viper HD 8x32 binocular. I use them mostly for birding. They are easy to handle-- not too big, not too heavy, easy to focus, and are exceptionally bright and clear. I particularly like that I can easily use them with my eye glasses on. Also, I have rather close set eyes and this binocular handles that very well. For a mid-price binoc, this one is fantastic. I highly recommend it!
Terry C. from Columbia, SC
These are amazing binoculars for the price. The optical quality is excellent, the close focus is incredible, and the speed of focus is outstanding. I bought them to take on birding trips as backups for my top-of-the-line Swarovskis, but their light weight and compactness will make them my primary optics for most nature walks and kayak birding. They work very well with my glasses, too.
Happy, but then very disappointed
Georgene B. from Salt Lake City, Utah
My husband and I bought two pairs of these binoculars in 2011. We were delighted with the excellent optics and lightness in weight and gave the Vipers very good recommendations to friends and acquaintances. However, several months ago the focus mechanism on my pair gave out. I returned them to Eagle Optics for a successful repair without being charged. Then a few weeks ago on a birding trip to Ecuador my husband's binoculars gave out for the same reason. It could have ruined our trip except that we had taken an extra, inexpensive pair to give to a local birder which we did after using them. We have had other binoculars for decades without ever having this problem previously. We feel we need dependable binoculars.
Vortex Viper HD 8x32 binos
Phil N. from Van Nuys, CA USA
I got these to fill in the gap in my binocular collection. I have 3 other larger pairs, but no high quality compact pair. My first useful experience with them was at a concert at the Greek Theatre, an outdoors bowl type location. We had nosebleed seats, and am I ever glad I brought these along. The case has very useful belt loops, so I could stash em there while I went down to get robbed at the beer bar. Anyways, the clarity of these is high definition. 8 power is about the maximum magnification I can hold steady, and I could almost see the nose hairs on the guitarists face crystal clear. My buddy had some junky little binos, that looked like you were looking thru
the bottom of a shot glass. The price, compact size, and clarity make these a good value if you are looking for high quality compact glass. I imagine they would be good for bird watching too. I love 'em!
Low light clarity
Peter G. from Port Rowan, ONT., CANADA
Got my Vortex Vipers shortly before a three week birding tour to Manu, Peru. During the rainy, low-light treks through the Manu rainforest the viper performance was oustanding. The definition and colors of the birds were wonderful to see. I highly recommend Vortex Vipers.
First binocular surpasses expectations!
Aron from sweden
This was my first binocular and the build quality is amazing. Image wise these are really awesome and compares to binoculars that costs much more. This is the best x32 you can get for the money. + The VIP warranty is incredible which makes these a worth buy.
Jim from West central Michigan
I was all set to spend a $1000.00 or more on a good pair of compact glass. Then I found the above reviews and took a chance and ordered a a pair of these hi Def 8x32's. Wow am I glad I did instead of my other choice.I can not find one fault with them. My neighbor paid big money for his German glass with specs very near these. He likes the vortex better .I would not trade them for any other near spec glass. I guard them carefully . I love em. Light, small,feel very tough and we'll built. The glass--well, if there are any flaws, I have not seen any and have used them for the last five months.
Jay S. from Eureka, CA
I'm totally satisfied. They work in low light, have splendid close focus and generally perform better than my old Zeiss.
Patricia from Dallas, TX
I purchased a pair of Vortex Viper 8x32. Decided on the 32 because of lighter weight and great close focus. I took them on our Fall vacation to New Mexico and Colorado. Completely pleased. Saw tarantulas and wild flowers up close and the lighter weight really helps with my back problems. I am 65 years old, 5'3", 130 lbs, so I need a lighter weight bino. Have always had 8x42 before, but am completely pleased with these 8x32. I would recommend.
Perfect for travel
Janine from Golden, CO
I purchased the Vortex Viper HD 8x32 use on a recent trip to Alaska. Although I spent more on these than I originally planned, I'm glad I made the upgrade. They were a great size and weight to have along on nature hikes and whale watching. I had no issues with image stability and their clarity beats any binocular I ever used. Furthermore, I was never concerned about them getting damaged when we were out in rainy weather.
The Viper 8x32 HD vs. Vortex 8x42 Diamondback
Glenn H. from San Francisco
SOLID. The first words that came to mind when I held these. Compact and even though only 20.6 oz, they feel heavier only because this is all packed in a smaller package.
I'm not an expert in binoculars, just an overly obsessed enthusiast, always wanting more. ;)
So when I decided I needed a compact set of binoculars and a brand new set of Bushnell Ultra HD Legends 10x36s failed me on the first day of ownership, that was the straw that stopped me from being cheap on binoculars. Yes you can get ED Glass in under $300, but the trade-off appears to be the quality of the build.
These Viper HD meets my needs for HD optics in a travel-friendly size, wide FOV (400 ft/1000 yd), close focus (3 ft), comfortable with or without my glasses, a worry-free warranty.
Comparing these with my Vortex Diamondback 8x42s reveals that the Vipers are indeed better, but not as much as I thought they'd be. A shade better light transmission (especially given the smaller objectives), finer detail, almost no noticeable CA, and all in a small, packable, and very solid, package.
Focusing is much smoother and more fluid than the Diamondbacks and the dimensionality of what I see looks more 3D. Given that the Vipers are 2.5X more than the Diamondbacks, this speaks the quality of the Diamondbacks and the law of diminishing returns. I'm not sure how much more I'd get from a pair of Zeiss Conquests or Victories.
Am I glad I made the leap (albeit modest)? Yes. Any buyer's remorse? No, but I would like to see these in 10X version too ;). The main reason I went with 8x32s is I thought they'd be more versatile for more activities both with their wider FOV for birding and their incredibly close focus (nothing like seeing every feather's barb and vane while viewing a bird at your feeder just a few feet away).
These Vipers are a great balance of size, features, quality and cost and I would highly recommend them to anyone both starting out and those who might have never thought of spending more than $500 for a pair of quality optics.
Best deal going
Ivan G. from Boulder, CO
The Vortex Viper HD 8x32 is a remarkably good binocular.
I have been a long-time fan of the Eagle Optics 8x32 Ranger, currently $289.99. I have used them for years, given them to friends, and even dropped one pair into the sea (never to be seen again). Their optical performance is excellent for the price. Under tamer conditions I also use a pair of top end Swarovski EL 8x32 Binoculars, currently $2,159.00. They are superb.
Now comes the Vortex Viper HD 8x32 for $599.99. Side-by-side comparison with the three binoculars above reveals a clear improvement in optical performance from the Ranger to the Viper to the Swarovski. Going up the price scale each is discernibly sharper, brighter, clearer, and just plain better than the one before it. They are all mechanically excellent. Where do you want to stop? For my money the Vortex Viper HD 8x32 is by far the best deal. Above that, the improvement per dollar gets very small.
Quick note about binocular dimensions. If you are over 60 your pupils will not expand beyond ~4 mm. This all the exit pupil you can use. Don’t waste your money on 8x42 glasses, exit pupil ~5 mm. All you get is a narrower field of view, shallower depth of field, larger weight, and a ring of light outside your pupil. Oh, and they cost more.
Such a Spectacular Binocular!!
Matthew L. from Los Angeles
These have really clear optics. It feels really nice and solid in the hands. Very wide field of view and good eye relief. I mainly use these for hiking, wildlife and outdoor events. I also own the viper 8x28, monarch 5 8x42. If you're looking for a really nice mid-priced binocular that's not too big with awesome optics, pick these up!!
My Zeiss stays home these days…
John from Southwestern Idaho
I have been spending more time looking at sparrows, chickadees, flickers and other small to medium size birds in the little bit of brush we have in this part of Idaho and I got to wanting a wider field of view. I am addicted to the x32 design and the Viper seemed to fit what I wanted. On my way to this purchase, I looked at the Nikon 8x32 se porro, the Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 and a friend’s Zeiss Victory 8x32. I am pleased to report that the Viper HD holds its own with this group. The Nikon had better depth of field, the Conquest HD had a bit sharper and brighter view through the center of the field but was hard to get the proper eye placement and the Victory was simply superior but beyond what I wished to spend. Here’s what the little viper offers: a good field of view – 400 feet at 1000 yards, that view is bright and sharp, a locking diopter, the focus wheel is smooth and has just enough tension to it – not too fast, 3 foot close focus – for those who like a detailed view of butterflies and flora, strap attachments that are close to the ocular lens and do not deprive the user of the space needed to get a comfortable grip, adjustable eye pieces and accessories that work. I hunted for chromatic aberration but so far have not been able to identify anything that stands out. Along with the Diamondback, the Viper HD series is a great product by virtue of the sum of its parts. There are some cons – eye placement is finicky but not as troublesome as the Zeiss products. Field is not flat – by that I mean that there is a gradual darkening effect the closer you get the edge of the view. The Viper is not as clear as the Conquest HD and there is a drop off when compared to the Victory. But it is oh so very close. I see the cons as positive points - compared to how close the Viper HD is to the porro prism Nikon (remember the Viper is rain and fog proof), and Zeiss products indicates what a value it is when you see the asking price. My Zeiss 10x32 Victory stays home these days. I can’t think of any higher praise. Four and a half stars.
5 Star Vortex Viper
mary ellen k. from Arizona, USA
I am so happy to have found Eagle Optics which has such good information on product and excellent reviewers ~ which led me to buy the VV HD 8x32 ~ perfect for my needs, terrific in my small hands, wonderful instrument.
Worth every penny
Steve T. from Bay Area California
I purchased a pair of these a few months back as a backup pair to keep in my car. I own Swarovski's as my main birding binoculars. I must say that these have now pretty much become my main binoculars. They are just about as sharp as the Swarovski's, lighter to hold, built better in that the lens covers stay on and they have a better warranty at a quarter of the price. Swarovski just can't seem to understand you need to move the front bridge back a quarter of an inch so the lens caps don't keep falling off which becomes annoying after a while and they are expensive to replace. If you lose a Vortex cap, they will send you one for free! The focus wheel is much faster from end to end. They are a pleasure to use. I only wish Vortex would offer the 8x32 model in the Razor line.
Michael W. from United States
I purchased the Vortex Viper HD 8x32 binoculars for birding and after two weeks of use I am very pleased with them . They have a great feel to them and are extremely well made. love the locking diopter and the focusing wheel is buttery smooth. Brightness, image clarity and detail are superb. I had the good fortune of comparing these against Leica, Zeiss and Swarovski and the difference is slight. The Vipers are darn close in every area and when you consider the price the Vipers are a steal. I own several binoculars with 42 mm objective lens and the 32's with the HD will hold there own in all but VERY low light. I LOVE these binoculars and I thank Eagle Optics for their excellent service and fast shipping...
Wish they were mine
Jim from California
I bought these for my wife having already bought myself the Vortex Diamondback. The Vipers are slightly, though noticeably, brighter with a corresponding slight increase in resolution, that is to say, I wish they were mine. Are they worth more than twice the price of the Diamondbacks? I think so but, for the budget minded, the Diamondbacks are nearly as good. By the way, the first pair I received had a problem with the focusing knob. Eagle Optics sent me a new pair overnight. I wish all companies had such good service.
Jeff from Houston, TX
I recently purchased a pair of 8x32 Viper HDs. Optically, I found them to be exceptionally clear and bright. In the woods and on cloudy days, image quality is simply luxurious. There is just a bit of flare in bright conditions, but I haven't found a pair that don't flare a little in sunlight. I love the feel of 8x32s, and I haven't found many pairs that fit my long, narrow face like this. I love the locking diopter, and love the fact that it takes more than a full turn from one focus extreme to the other, which allows for easy fine focusing. I can't bring myself to spend four figures on euro-glass, and in my opinion, there is just no need to. They perform as well as the euros to my eye. I exchanged these for a pair of Viper HD 8x42s for a little more versatility, and since I have a decent pair of 8x32s already. I still like to hold the 8x32s better, and if I could justify both Vipers, I'd have kept them.
Vortex Viper HD 8x32 review
Daniel from Oxford, MS, USA
I am extremely pleased with my recent purchase of the Vortex Viper HD 8x32s. I previously had the non-HD version and also a set of Zen-Ray ED3 8x43s. I really enjoyed both of those, but ended up selling them to purchase the newer HD version of the Viper 8x32s. Compared to both the Zen-Rays and the non-HD Vipers, the Viper HDs had a noticeably larger sweet spot. I was able to directly compare with the Zens before I sold them, and I could not discern any difference in sharpness or resolution in a brief test (both excellent, to my eyes--breathtaking clarity). I definitely like the small size, light weight, and obvious quality of the Viper HDs. I have found that I prefer the handling of the 8x32 Vipers (both HD and non-HD, since they were identical externally, as far as I could tell) to the much larger Zen-Ray 8x43s. My narrow IPD meant that the double hinge design of the Zens didn't give me room to wrap my hands around the barrels, negating the ergonomic advantage. I am much more likely to pick up a smaller, lighter set of bins and actually take them with me. The 8x32 size seems to be an excellent size compromise--I should also mention that my eyes could not tell a difference in brightness between the Zens and the non-HD Vipers, even in very low light conditions. Thanks also to Eagle Optics for super-fast shipping!
KG from NYS
Online they appear almost olive drab in color, but they are more of a forest green. Overall, they're nice binoculars. The image clarity appears true to life. The Vortex warranty is fantastic. There are other excellent binos out there, but these are perfect for my uses. I would definitely buy them again.