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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    I have had good luck with all my Vortex binoculars except for one MIC Vortex Razor 10x42 that had something wrong with the diopter, so I returned it to the seller and got a refund. I emailed Vortex complaining that their quality wasn't as good because they moved their production to China, and...
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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    Vortex really took the time to answer your question completely. They sound very confident that MIC binoculars are every bit as good as MIJ and I tend to agree as long as the manufacturer overs sees the production and monitors the quality which Vortex probably does. Some lower end MIC binoculars...
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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    Good choice. I think you will like the Razor's and you got a good deal on them. It has excellent glare and CA control and is similar to the Swarovski NL in ergonomics with the tapered optical tubes. The Vortex warranty is excellent.
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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    What concerns me about the 1st generation EL is the slower focuser. I remember having one and I never did like it for birding. If he could get focuser changed by Swarovski it would probably be ok.
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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    Here are some brand new Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 on eBay UK for £679.00. Much faster focuser, way better with glare, bigger FOV and smaller and easier to carry than the Swarovski. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Zeiss-Conquest-HD-8x32-Binoculars/143026335148?hash=item214d08adac:g:7lwAAOSwPfhbkpPa
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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    Boy those Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 are expensive in the UK. We can get a new Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 on eBay in the US for £650 or $850. Also, a refurbished Nikon Monarch HG 8x42 can be purchased through Nikon for £520 or $680.00.
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    EL 8.5x42 Mk1 vs new kids on the block

    I think some new kids on the block could be a better value than the older EL that is getting a little long in the tooth especially one with a well-worn outer cover. I would take a look at a Nikon Monarch HG, Zeiss Conquest HD or Vortex Razor HD. I think any one of these would beat the older EL...
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