My buddy just purchased the same Zen Ray bino's and neither one of us could tell a difference between them and my Vortex Diamondbacks in a side by side comparison out in the field. We had a few hours to kill before sunset and passed the bino's back and forth a few times to compare.The current style is being clearanced everywhere right now because Vortex introduced a new Diamondback this year. Good binos for the money, especially at the sale prices we see right now. Vortex has the new version on their website now. I haven't seen what price they sell for, but they should be good.
I bought a Zen Ray ZRS HD from cameraland for $200 at Christmas. It kicked the trash out of the Diamondback and is right on the heels of the Viper as far as performance go. Build quality is similar to the Diamondback, but optically significantly better. I have a feeling there are several good binos in the $200-$250 range now and that is why Vortex had to do the upgrades. One thing I am learning about optics is that they are getting better all the time which is why the various mfg. have to keep raising the bar. This is a good thing for us. We can get really nice views for much less money than 10 years ago.
Have fun and good luck finding the best one for you.
Goes to show how important looking through them and picking what is best for your eyes is. To me it wasn't even close, but I am an 8x guy as I struggle to hold a 10x steady. I was comparing 8x42 to each other. Maybe that is why.? My buddy has the 10x Viper HD and was totally impressed with my Zens. I have been told that the Zen Ray ZRS HD is very similar to the "non HD" Vipers. That is probably true, but can't say for sure. Also, Zen Ray makes the Vista which is supposed to be neck and neck with the Diamonback. I don't know as I haven't looked through them, but I sure like the view in these ZRS HD I got.My buddy just purchased the same Zen Ray bino's and neither one of us could tell a difference between them and my Vortex Diamondbacks in a side by side comparison out in the field. We had a few hours to kill before sunset and passed the bino's back and forth a few times to compare.