Mid-priced Binoculars Review
by Michael and Diane Porter
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Michael and Diane Porter wrote the following article, which also appears in the January, 2012, Bird Watcher's Digest.
This review of the Vortex Diamondback is part of that review.
Vortex Diamondback 8x42
Overall Score: 4.32 (0ut of possible 5.0)
Another best buy.
The Diamondback is a notably hand-friendly binocular. The strap lugs are close to the eyepieces, so they don’t cut into your hands, and the armored coating swells out and covers them, making the binocular exceptionally comfortable to hold.
The diopter adjustment has no lock, but does have enough turning resistance to keep it from being accidentally moved. Focus knob turns 1 ¾ turns lock to lock.
The Diamondback sports a wide 420-feet field of view. The 18mm of eye relief is enough to make it good with eyeglasses.
Pro: Long 18mm eye relief; wide field of view; lowest priced binocular in our top ten overall scorers.
Con: No diopter lock
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