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Old Tuesday 28th November 2017, 20:56   #1
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Five minutes with the Vanguard Endevour EDII 8x32

I had this binocular for five minutes today. ..A guy i know was carrying a pair in the field and we exchange views for a short moment.(I had my Kenko Ultraview Sightron blue sky clon)
.All I can say is that is a very nice binocular. Very compact ,seemed almost an inch shorter than the kenko,soft rubber clad was nicer to the touch than my kenkos,although maybe will prove less durable(nikon HG type of rubber)..focuser seemed smooth and precise. The diopter adjustment was the pull-push locking type and also had very soft rubber around..Image quality was comparable to the Kenkos,if not a bit better,but was not possible to determine if resolution was better or equal,what was evident was contrast ,if slightly,and definitely better glare control.Glare control was extraordinary in super harsh light ,brutal hazy bright sunlight at noon in front of the sea,creating the most challenging conditions for observation period.The Vanguard really did an amazing job with no crescents or artifacts at all.The Kenkos are fine in that regard,but small crescents started to show as i got close to the reflection of the sun in the water.The Vanguard was truly amazing in that regard.
CA was well controlled in both,I didnt have a chance to truly test this in the Vanguard..the Kenkos are good for a non ED bino,but the extra lenght probably helps there,..For the little I saw the Vanguard ,using ED glass( "good Hoya glass ",in the words of the owner)probably will beat the kenkos also in that area .AR coatings were so nice to look at,a bit more complex and deep looking that the Kenko..
So yup,a very nice binocular...I was a little envious,but found some consolation in the fact that I wasnt crazy about the hot yellow neon letters on the design....
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Old Wednesday 29th November 2017, 08:53   #2
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Thanks for that.

I had the Fujinon clone of the Sightron for review earlier in the year and compared it to my Vanguard EDII 8x42 quite a bit. The Vanguard is obviously a more sophisticated design with it's flat view, top spec ED glass, better engineering, and I guess most would choose it if price wasn't an issue. However the review sample of Fuji I had was an obvious winner one point, it's sharpness (effective resolution) was amazing. That was very nice?

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B&H is showing these for $279 plus a $80 mail in rebate. Final price of $199. Great price
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