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Vortex Viper HD 8x32
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2 16646 Mon June 1, 2015
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100% of reviewers $559.50 9.0



Description: HD Lens Elements
XR Lens Coatings
Phase Correction
Roof Prisms
Ergonomic open-hinge design.
Fogproof - argon gas purged.
Rubber Armor
ArmorTek - Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.
Twist Eyecups
Center Focus Wheel
Locking Diopter
Tripod Adaptable
Keywords: Vortex Viper HD 8x32

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Chronically & Optically Impecunious

Registered: March 2013
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 332
Review Date: Sat June 15, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $560.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Compact, Solid, Low CA, Wide FOV, Comfortable

SOLID. The first words that came to mind when I held these. Compact and even though only 20.6 oz, they feel heavier only because this is all packed in a smaller package.

I'm not an expert in binoculars, just an overly obsessed enthusiast, always wanting more.

So when I decided I needed a compact set of binoculars and a brand new set of Bushnell Ultra HD Legends 10x32s failed me on the first day of ownership, that was the straw that stopped me from being cheap on binoculars. Yes you can get ED Glass in under $300, but the trade-off appears to be the quality of the build.

These Viper HD meets my needs for HD optics in a travel-friendly size, wide FOV (400 ft/1000 yd), close focus (3 ft), comfortable with or without my glasses, a worry-free warranty.

Comparing these with my Vortex Diamondback 8x42s reveals that the Vipers are indeed better, but not as much as I thought they'd be. A shade better light transmission (especially given the smaller objectives), finer detail, almost no noticeable CA, and all in a small, packable, and very solid, package.

Focusing is much smoother and more fluid than the Diamondbacks and the dimensionality of what I see looks more 3D. Given that the Vipers are 2.5X more than the Diamondbacks, this speaks the quality of the Diamondbacks and the law of diminishing returns. I'm not sure how much more I'd get from a pair of Zeiss Conquests or Victories.

Am I glad I made the leap (albeit modest)? Yes. Any buyer's remorse? No, but I would like to see these in 10X version too . The main reason I went with 8x32s is I thought they'd be more versatile for more activities both with their wider FOV for birding and their incredibly close focus (nothing like seeing every feather's barb and vane while viewing a bird at your feeder just a few feet away).

These Vipers are a great balance of size, features, quality and cost and I would highly recommend them to anyone both starting out and those who might have never thought of spending more than $500 for a pair of quality optics.
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Registered: May 2015
Location: Hammond, LA
Posts: 19
Review Date: Mon June 1, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $559.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fluid fast focus, glass quality, ergonomic, price

These binoculars offer a great viewing experience due to a quick natural focus and high quality glass and at the right price. They are not particularly heavy weighing at 20.6 oz but they do feel very solid in your hands. Bright vibrant colors and sharp crisp details at a distance and up close. Following an egret at 60+ yards was very clear and pleasant to follow with the fast focus and I can attest to the 3 ft close focus, crystal clear at 1 yard!
Ben Baham

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