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#26 Terra Nova

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 09:49 AM

While this article specifically pertains to their rifle scopes, I would imagine it is applicable to their binoculars as well.

https://bestar15scop...ex-scopes-made/

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 10:08 AM

Once upon a time, the Vortex Razor binoculars were made in Japan.

I don't know if they still are.

 

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:15 AM

Now made in China Stan, D


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 02:17 PM

I had the 8x42 Vortex Diamondback this is a good pair with some caveats. Clear views but very distracting pale ghosting around the edge on sunny days no matter the direction I point them at. I found the focus wheel to have annoying backlash even on a second pair. The twist up eyecups works but don't feel right mechanically. I believe ther are better options if the official price is not discounted.I donnated my sample to a relative who is happy with them mostly for birding. Yes I confirm these are all made in China.



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Posted 19 August 2019 - 09:48 AM

Besides a near-legendary warranty and CS Vortex offers rock-solid products. I own numerous from Crossfire up to Talon HD and Viper HD, not even their top end. I’ve never been disappointed. Right now I’m using a pair of 8x42 Diamondback Classics (pre dielectric) that would satisfy if it was all that I owned. There are better optics but Vortex seems to me to have a firm grip on the concept of point of diminishing returns. Sorry if that sounds like ad copy but I have huge respect for a company that gets it exactly right.
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Posted 19 August 2019 - 07:59 PM

Absolutely, I have been very impressed by my Vortex 8x42 Diamondbacks (classic edition).  The most comfortable bino I have - something about the combo of a wide field, sharp correction throughout, bright images, soft eyecups, and knowing if I ever drive over them I'll get a replacement no questions asked!

 

Buy with confidence,

 

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 08:04 PM

Also, if you are looking for astro-only (or astro-geared) binos instead of general purpose, they make a line called Vulture that includes higher mag options like 16x (also 10x, 12x and 20x) with larger objective s of 56 mm ( to collect more light).  Still roof prisms too with higher quality glass than the Diamondbacks but of course, higher price.

 

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Posted 04 July 2021 - 10:55 AM

Now made in China Stan, D

Hi,

 

I'm seeing reports that the Vortex Razor 18x56 UHD is made in Japan? Is that incorrect? https://opticsmag.co...inoculars-made/

 

thanks 


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Posted 04 July 2021 - 11:35 AM

Thanks for the link to the article. Considering the article date was last updated is March, 2021, I'd  be fairly certain they are still in production  there .  Regards, Pat



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Posted 04 July 2021 - 12:10 PM

That’s what I thought. Everything below a Razor is China.

The Vulture looks very much like the Kunming United Optics BW3 8x56ED. But with a little different rubber armor. Of course a lot of these China roofs look similar.

http://www.united-op...asp?ProdNum=155

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But I believe that most Nikon’s are China too. At least the new ones, Monarch and down.

Prostaff used to be Philippines. And Monarch Japan. But no more.


Edited by Echolight, 04 July 2021 - 12:25 PM.

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#36 Mike W

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Posted 04 July 2021 - 01:25 PM

828-6.jpg There is a pair of Swift Audubon 828's on the bay. I have a pair and they are awesome, phase coated, fully multicoated, locking center diopter, waterproof 8.5 X 44 so perfect for hand held.


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#37 Rich V.

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Posted 04 July 2021 - 05:55 PM

As pointed out above, a good reason to get any Vortex bino is the warranty, regardless of whether you choose to get a top end Japanese model or not.  

 

https://vortexoptics.com/vip-warranty

 

Most bino warranties are not up to their standard.

 

Rich


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#38 Echolight

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Posted 04 July 2021 - 07:06 PM

As pointed out above, a good reason to get any Vortex bino is the warranty, regardless of whether you choose to get a top end Japanese model or not.  

 

https://vortexoptics.com/vip-warranty

 

Most bino warranties are not up to their standard.

 

Rich

That was definitely a factor for me.

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Posted 05 July 2021 - 02:08 PM

I've been quite satisfied with my vortex bins.



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Posted 15 July 2021 - 04:00 PM

I've owned multiple Vortex binos and spotting scopes.  All have been fantastic.  The Vipers I think are the best value but the Razor line is nearly comparable to the best Swaros or Leica (which I've also owned).  The Viper 10x42s I've owned since 2009 are my go-to binos.  Kaibabs are also very cool.


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