I only ordered these on Thursday afternoon yet yesterday at 10am I got a very exciting package delivered - my new Vortex Razor UHD 12x50s.
Everything about them is of the very highest quality in term of presentation, construction and accessories. There isn't a single seam or finish that I can fault. They feel very solid but are really nicely balanced in my hand and the barrels are perfectly sized to place my hands around. The focus knob falls at just the right place for my index finger (I have long fingers though) and it's a lovely smooth action with no slack whatsoever. The eyepiece cups rotate up nicely with a positive click in the middle and at the end. In terms of construction it's a bit like the inside of a BMW 7 series or an Audi A8...pretty much perfect. The accessories are lovely too. The case is really nicely made and the lid sort of stretches off with a bit of elastic; I can see how hunters would like that as it's silent. I've also got a small pouch to put things in and it has lots of cylindrical elastic slots in, which I imagine are for country gentleman to put their cigarettes in to present to ladies at luncheon after a morning of vaporising pheasants from 6ft with a 12 bore. I can't think what else you'd put in them.
I took my first view quickly at lunchtime and have only had a few daytime glances through them since then due to work. Both days have been very overcast with pretty persistent drizzle, so nothing out of the ordinary there. My opinion? I can hold these things pretty steady; I'm pleased. Gently wrapping my hands around the end of the barrels and placing my thumbs back into the small indents, and relaxing my grip so they just sort of rest there...yep, certainly absolutely fine for during daytime. I have had lovely, bright, crisp views and I didn't notice any softening towards the edges. Resolution appears excellent as I watched individual drops of water fall from some birch trees about 75 yards away. What I did notice though, and what troubled me, was quite a noticeable amount of purple fringing on the top of branches and on the top of a white field gate opposite. I tried to ignore it, and could, so I suspect I went looking for it due to the high price of these. Seeing as these are 50% more than the Razor HDs, I think I expected no CA at all, but realise I was probably being unrealistic. I took a look at dusk, and saw no sign of CA (perhaps understandably) but could easily make out markings on the sheep about 400yds away when with the naked eye, it was hard to tell anything was even there. This morning when I've been looking, I am not sure if I can see any CA, so it can't be that bad. If we have any sunshine (or a clear night) in the next few days, I'll really test them. We won't though. I don't think the CA is a worry.
What is a worry for me, however, is the level of kidney beaning/black spots I'm getting. I'm trying minuscule adjustments in the IPD and various eye cup positions, but it's always there. Unless my eyes are precisely placed, in it comes. This is something I've not ever had a problem with in my Canon 10x30s. I did take a quick view yesterday with my glasses on and there were no black spots at all. The trouble is, I only wear glasses for reading; my distance vision is still better than 20/20. It feels like I need the eye cups to extend a bit more. Is this to be expected?
In general, they're everything I hoped for, except the view, which is probably not ideal with binoculars. Of course, the shop I bought them from will swap them if I want, no problem, but is what I'm experiencing is a result of the x12 magnification, or are they common problems with all binoculars? I shan't rush to do anything as I need to spend some proper time with them first.
Edited by osbourne one-nil, 29 February 2020 - 03:32 AM.