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Vortex Optics 15 X 56 Diamondback HD. Anyone have these?

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#1 Lighthound

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 01:42 PM

Just noticed these.

Curious if anyone has these how good are they.

 

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https://vortexoptics...-binocular.html

 

Look interesting.

 

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 01:53 PM

In the binoculars chapter in the Backyard Astronomer's Guide, 4th edition, by Dickinson and Dyer, and just published, I believe that Vortex binoculars are highly rated.  I understand they are mid-priced units, but that may depend on the product line.



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Posted 27 September 2021 - 02:13 PM

Thanks for that Upstate.

 

Will try to access/read that.



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Posted 27 September 2021 - 02:55 PM

I've been on the crazy binocular train for about a year now, and one of the few current products that I bought new was the Vortex Viper HD 10x50.

 

Absolutely phenomenal binocular and the only replacement I considered at this point was the Razor HD version, but paying a big premium for a minimally incremental improvement pushed me into looking at used (and ugly), but no issues optically, Zeiss 10x56 instead.

 

The only reviews I actually trust are the bird watching reviews, albinos.com, CN, and one or two others that have had to head comparisons to alphas.

 

The hunting reviews, the most common for this little binocular are next to useless for me unless someone is actually doing a head-to-head with an alpha. I also greatly prefer reviews with specific resolution testing.

 

A very positive recent such review of the HD series Diamondbacks in the smaller size 42s is at

 

http://www.birdwatch...-HD/review.html

 

Knowing the company, and the consistency across a particular product line, I would not hesitate to buy the Diamondbacks. I also wouldn't mind someone lending me a pair to do some comparisons!

 

The only negative on any 56 mm binoculars is the weight and balance, but you can only evaluate that if you have them in your hands.

 

My 56 mm binoculars are actually a little more comfortable to hold than the Vertex Viper 10x50s, but I think the extra length helps the ergonomics a bit, really offsetting the weight increase.

 

Modern x42s remain some of the most comfortable handhelds.



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Posted 27 September 2021 - 05:18 PM

I wrote a short review of these shortly after they were introduced, mostly to check out what the configuration could provide.

 

I still have them and like them, using them mostly for stationary viewing as 15x while mobile without IS can be shaky.

 

https://www.cloudyni...hl=vortex 15x56



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Posted 27 September 2021 - 05:54 PM

Thanks for the link.

I read the thread.

Good review.

 

Am thinking on purchasing these.


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 08:39 PM

tmichaelbanks review is excellent, but it is of the earlier model, not the HD which was just released AFAIK, apologies if I am incorrect.

 

That should eliminate, or nearly eliminate, CA and thereby improve sharpness somewhat, as well as contrast.

 

That certainly makes them look even more attractive, and the price is amazing for the product delivered.

 

My Viper HDs stick right in the ballpark with the Zeiss, not outside in discount parking like almost the rest of that price group.


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Posted 28 September 2021 - 02:50 PM

Hi markb,

 

I can't read the focuser label on my review photos, but I'm 99 44/100ths percent certain that my review was of the HD model.  The 15x56 was introduced after Vortex switched over to the HD designation for their Diamondback models.  I purchased the binoculars in early June 2020, just after they were introduced and they had the "HD" designation at that time.  BUT, I will check tonight when I get home and post if it's not the HD.

 

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Posted 28 September 2021 - 04:45 PM

Thanks Mike

 

I was wondering, the Vertex page indicates the HD

is 'new', and the HD was not mentioned in the review. 

 

HD designations are rarely missed, and often mentioned, especially with the CA comments.

 

It was my impression the x56 HD was released after the others.

 

But, it happens that these things are known but not noted. Easy to omit.. And I don't have the Vertex release date.

 

Heck of a good pair with a killer price, anyway.

 

If the ergonomics and balance are good they'll be killers in use.

 

I'd like to try then and the Kaibab, too.

 

Odd, I don't recall seeing a valid Kaibab x56 birding or CN review I think that's the next one in the line.

 

Comparing my Vertex Razor HD 10x50 to my Zeiss Victory 1 10x56 *T*P AK, the Vertex is close on central resolution, and throughput is close enough to be explained by the aperture and AK advantage of the Zeiss. Which, despite the always reported CA, is a heck of a eye-comfortable pair with great handhold ability for a 56. The Vertex is less comfortable in the hands and reasonably eye-comfortable, smaller sweet spot.

 

Both have the expected edge issues but what, besides the $5000 Nikon, doesn't. I'm sensitive since I'm post cataracts and have essentially no focus accommodation, so its just something to live with 


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Posted 28 September 2021 - 04:59 PM

 

I'd like to try then and the Kaibab, too.

 

Odd, I don't recall seeing a valid Kaibab x56 birding or CN review I think that's the next one in the line.

If you have Google Translate try this one:

 

https://www.binomani...aibab_15x56.php

 

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Posted 28 September 2021 - 05:18 PM

I was looking at them also to fill the gap from 10x50 to 20x80.  I did get a pair of vortex diamondback HD 8x28 I like for the trail or birding.  

I'll read the review from tmichaelbanks.

 

Enjoy what you get.



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Posted 28 September 2021 - 05:27 PM

I did purchase the 15X56

 

Will try to do a short review upon arrival.


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Posted 28 September 2021 - 08:30 PM

Thanks Hallelujah!

 

They sound like they slot in between the Vipers and Razor, neither available in x56mm.

 

https://www-binomani...to=ajax,nv,elem

 

My Zeiss Night Owls 10x56 came in. Not as heavy as the morning indicated and ergonomics are great. I'll be interested in a nighttime Conquest 1 v Night Owls (DS series, the name is not on the binos).



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Posted 28 September 2021 - 08:32 PM

Good luck Lighthound.

 

They should be excellent, even without considering the great pricing.



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Posted 28 September 2021 - 10:02 PM

You're welcome.

 

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Posted 30 September 2021 - 09:54 AM

I have them. They give clear sharp views. For the price point they are excellent.


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Posted 30 September 2021 - 10:40 AM

Awaiting their arrival.

Best price I've found was VA Canteen Service.

(Yes, I'm a veteran)

At least $50 cheaper than anywhere else I looked.

 

Hope they are what I'm expecting.

 

 

Thanks all,

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Posted 30 September 2021 - 02:51 PM

Awaiting their arrival.

Best price I've found was VA Canteen Service.

(Yes, I'm a veteran)

At least $50 cheaper than anywhere else I looked.

 

Hope they are what I'm expecting.

 

 

Thanks all,

Dave

If you order direct you get 40% of the msp if you are a vet or first responder.



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Posted 30 September 2021 - 03:16 PM

Thanks, nice to know.

 

Price paid thru VA Canteen was 40% off msrp.

Direct ship from Vortex


Edited by Lighthound, 30 September 2021 - 03:34 PM.



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