OK, the Excursion 8x42 is here. I had some trouble withe the 8x36 EX
these were 6 dollars more. Of course they are bigger and wight more, not more than other brands at this level. They will be competing with 8x42 porros and 8x32 Legend roofs for my time.
Mechanically they are quite good, I expect as good as Nikon Monarchs. I suspect they are not as bright as 8x42 Monarchs, but sharpness is really good. About the same as 8x32 Legend roofs. A touch better maybe than the 8x36.
Five years ago we had nothing like this for under 200 dollars.
Color is not as pure white in the image as in my 8x42 porros. There is some slightly warm shade.
Are these better than Diamondbacks? Probably not, may even come from the same plant. For sharpness I can't recall the Vortex Diamondbacks, but the general view and sweet spot, very good really, are similar.
Stray light and CA...I did not see an obvious problem indoors. I am more interested how they look on a cloudy day.