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Usha    355

I have been mainly using my camera which has long zoom for birding. I have inexpensive Nikon binoculars that I have tried to use but was disappointed with them because camera was much better. Now I am thinking of buying good quality binoculars ($1000 range). I am considering vortex razor HD 10 x 42. Any ideas/comments/ thoughts are appreciated. Thanq in advance.

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asque2000    938

I have been all over the market with binoculars.  I started with crappy compact Nikons, moved to a "zoom binocular" which were junk. I then moved to my first "real pair" with the Nikon Monarch 3s and they were good (excellent for the price) but I, like you, decided to jump to the premium market, and I did a lot of research before I dove in.  I ended up settling with the Swarovski Optik SLC 10 x 42s.  In all honesty, I can't see much difference between these and the Vortex you mentioned (though they don't have a much technical data on their website), but for me it was a question of whether I should go with the SLCs or the ELs.  Now granted the ELs are a favorite for a reason, and in my opinion they're probably the best you can get, however I wanted to know wanted to know if the advantages were worth the $900 extra one would pay for them.  From what I can tell, the biggest differences are A. weight EL < SLC B. SLCs lack "field flattening" and C. The close focus is 10.5 ft (reported) ~8 ft in actuality for the SLCs and ~ 5 ft for the ELs.  In fact, the SLCs actually have better light transmission than the ELs. So in the end I couldn't justify nearly $1000 more for what I view as rather minimal improvements. 

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chipperatl    1290

Stay away from zooms!  I am not happy with mine at all.  My minimum focus distance is 25 feet.  

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Usha    355
On 7/21/2017 at 2:14 PM, chipperatl said:

Stay away from zooms!  I am not happy with mine at all.  My minimum focus distance is 25 feet.  

Thanq. Based on my research, they won't work well for binoculars.

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Usha    355

@asque2000, Thanq for your help. Swarovski will be my choice for next set. I didn't want to spend that much money right now. I really like lifetime warranty on Vortex as I tend to be rough on my accessories.

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JimBob    10206

I don't have any experience with Vortex binoculars, but I have one of their scopes and it's great. Definitely a great company.

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