Vortex Binoculars

Vortex Viper 10x42 Binoculars

About Vortex Optics
Vortex Optics is a family owned and run American company located right to the heart of Wisconsin. They have staff of about forty people who pride themselves on quality and customer service. All of their products are designed to their own specifications and inspected and serviced at their modern facility.

Vortex has dealers located throughout the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa and Australia. As well as binoculars they produce riflescopes, spotting scopes, monoculars, tripods and other optical accessories.

The Vortex Binocular Range

The range of Vortex binoculars is extensive and although they tend to focus on hunting, nature observation and birdwatching they will have at least one binocular to suit most peoples needs. Whilst it is an American company, many Vortex models are produced in China and I think I am correct in saying that the Viper series is produced in Japan. Also worth noting are the Vortex Stokes Series of Birding binoculars that are a licensed brand produced by Vortex Optics.

Popular Vortex Ranges:

 

Vortex Razor HD 8x42 BinocularsVortex Razor HD Binoculars

New for 2012, the Vortex Razor HD binoculars are an evolution on their "standard" Razor binoculars and are now slightly smaller, lighter and according to Vortex are also even brighter and stronger.

Available in 8x42 or 10x42 configurations, the new Razor HD binoculars come with the best-quality, hand-selected roof prisms and premium HD (High Density) extra low-dispersion glass lens elements in their awesome Apochromatic (APO) lenses, which are much better at reducing aberrations than the achromatic lens systems used in most other binoculars.

Like the original Razors, the Razor HD's feature and open bridge design that helps to reduce weight and for me are much easier to hold securely with one hand when walking through difficult terrain like dense bush.

As well as the HD Extra low dispersion glass, other optical highlights include Vortex's proprietary XR anti-reflective coatings and all lenses are fully multi-coated on all air-to-glass lens surfaces to increase light transmission. Phase corrected BaK-4 prisms are also used that give a sharp and high-contrast image over the full field of view.

Vortex also use dielectric high-reflective multilayer coatings on the roof prism, rather than the aluminum coatings used on cheaper binoculars. The dielectric coating causes the prism surfaces to act as a dielectric mirror and boosts the light reflectivity, giving you clearer whites and a sharper, brighter, more natural vision across the entire field of view.

The Vortex Razor HD Binoculars also their own ArmorTek ultra hard coatings on the exterior lenses to increase their resistance to scratching as well as oil and dirt.

The binoculars have a Magnesium chassis that further reduces weight without compromising strength. The optics are sealed with o-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular and filled with argon gas meaning that the internal air has been replaced with argon to ensure there is no internal fogging in areas of high humidity or rapid temperature changes. 

Also included is a rainguard, tethered objective lens covers, comfort neck strap and a deluxe padded carry case and the Razor HD's are also compatible with a tripod adapter (sold separately), allowing use on a tripod or car window mount.

Sizes & Models Available:

ModelEye ReliefClose FocusField of View
1000 Yards / Degrees
Interpupillary
Distance
Height x
Width
Weight
10x42 16.5 mm 6' 362' / 6.9° 55-75 mm 5.9 x 5.1" 24.78 oz
8x42 17.5 mm 6' 388' / 7.4° 55-75 mm 5.9 x 5.1" 24.2 oz

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Price Range

Depending on the model and where you buy them, Vortex Razor HD binoculars cost about $1200:

 

Vortex Razor 8x42 BinocularsVortex Razor Binoculars

The Vortex Razor is very pleasing aesthetically and features an open bridge design that not only helps to reduce weight, but I find that they are much easier to hold securely with one hand when walking through difficult terrain like dense bush. They are also covered with a rubber armor that will protect them from most minor bumps, makes them more secure in the hands and has the added benefit of dampening any sounds that you may make from knocking them, an important consideration if you are stalking easily spooked wildlife.

These are high end optics and as you would expect, they use quality components and optics are used throughout with fully multi-coated lenses that increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Phase corrected BaK-4 prisms are also used that give a sharp and high-contrast image over the full field of view. They also feature extra low-dispersion glass, which is usually shortened to ED Glass, but Vortex call theirs XD glass, but whatever the name they increases performance further and enhances the light transmission.

Vortex also use dielectric high-reflective multilayer coatings on the roof prism, rather than the aluminum coatings used on cheaper binoculars. The dielectric coating causes the prism surfaces to act as a dielectric mirror and boosts the light reflectivity, giving you clearer whites and a sharper, brighter, more natural vision across the entire field of view.

The 8x42 Razor has a very impressive field of view (410 feet/1000 yards), which should please most birders and perhaps is a result of some feedback from Don and Lillian Stokes who have often worked with Vortex in the past.

The binoculars are 100% waterproof and filled with argon gas meaning that the internal air has been replaced with argon to ensure there is no internal fogging in areas of high humidity or rapid temperature changes. 

These are compatible with a tripod adapter (sold separately), allowing use on a tripod or car window mount. Some Razor models are also available in kits, where you get a 2x Binocular Doubler, Harness Strap and a Fog Free Lens Cleaning System as well as the binocular.

Sizes & Models Available:

  • Vortex Razor 10x42 Binoculars
  • Vortex Razor 8x42 Binoculars
  • Vortex Razor 12x50 Binoculars
  • Vortex Razor 10x50 Binoculars
  • Vortex Razor 8.5x50 Binoculars

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Price Range

Depending on the model and where you buy them, Vortex Razor binoculars cost between $750 and $800 or between £450 and £600 in the UK:

 

Vortex Viper 12x42 BinocularsVortex Viper HD Binoculars

New to the Vortex range are their Viper's that come with HD glass (low-dispersion glass).

These premium binoculars are available in three different objective lens sizes (50, 42 and 32mm) and a range of different magnifications, there should be a model to suit most peoples needs and uses.

All Vortex Viper HD binoculars are both water and fogproof, and as well as their HD glass are fully multi-coated with proprietary XR high-quality coatings that produces an image that is incredibly very bright, sharp and with minimal softening around the edges of the view.

These Viper HD binoculars also come with tethered objective lens covers, deluxe contoured neck strap, a soft padded carry case, and the very impressive Vortex VIP warranty. This covers your Viper HD binocular if they require service - No matter the cause, Vortex Optics will repair or replace the binocular at no charge to you!

Just like the standard Viper models, most come with Long Eye Relief and are therefor ideal for those who wear glasses. For example the 8x42 Viper HD has a very impressive 20mm of eye relief, which is more than adequate for nearly all glasses wearers.

Sizes Available:

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Price Range

Depending on the model and where you buy them, Vortex Viper HD binoculars cost between $540 and $660

 

Vortex Viper 12x42 BinocularsVortex Viper Binoculars

Designed for tough environments, this binocular is rugged and solidly built, with a serious rubber armoring that will stand up to hard use. These high end Vortex optics are both water and fogproof, and some models use a low-dispersion glass ("XD glass") and proprietary high-quality coatings ("XR multi-layer coatings" to produce a binocular that is very bright, with excellent resolution, fine detailing, and true color.

All Viper binoculars comes with a rainguard, tethered objective lens covers, deluxe contoured neck strap, deluxe padded carry case, and the Vortex VIP warranty.

An interesting model is the 12x42, that offers a unique combination of 12x Magnification in a lightweight 42mm binocular. At this more powerful magnification, you may be concerned with image shake. If so, they are compatible with a tripod adapter (sold separately), allowing use on a tripod or car window mount.

With Long Eye Relief, many of the Vortex models are ideal for those who wear glasses. For example the 10x42 Viper has 16.5mm of eye relief, which is more than adequate for nearly all glasses wearers. And the 8x42 has 20mm of eye relief, which should work for virtually everyone!

Vortex Ranging ReticleVortex R/T Ranging Reticle
There are also a 10x50 and 8x28 versions of the Viper that come equipped with a hashmarked ranging reticle, that is designed to assist the user in calculating distances. This technology is mostly used in military binoculars and is therefore obviously aimed at the hunting market.

Sizes Available:

  • Vortex Viper 12x42 Binoculars
  • Vortex Viper 10x42 Binoculars
  • Vortex Viper 8x42 Binoculars
  • Vortex Viper 15x50 Binoculars
  • Vortex Viper 10x50 Binoculars, available with and without Ranging Reticle
  • Vortex Viper 8.5x50 Binoculars
  • Vortex Viper 10x28 Binoculars
  • Vortex Viper 8x28 Binoculars, available with and without Ranging Reticle

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Price Range

Depending on the model and where you buy them, Vortex Viper binoculars cost between $390 and $600

 

Vortex Kaibab 20x56 BinocularsVortex Kaibab HD Binoculars

Vortex describe the Kaibab HD range as the "ultimate long-range binocular" and are available with either a 15x or giant 20x magnifications.

This along with their specs and features (see below), makes it pretty hard to argue against that "ultimate" statement:

Whilst the very large 56mm objective lenses may make the body heavier and larger, they have the potential to capture much more light than standard sized bins.

As well as this they utilize many top end features like extra-low dispersion glass, phase correction and dielectric prism coatings, fully multicoated optics and the very best apochromatic (APO) lenses (like on the Vortex 8x42 Razor HD binoculars that I reviewed) which are able to focus three wavelengths of light instead of the two on must bins means that you are guaranteed a superior and brighter image than most of the competition.

Sizes Available:

  • Vortex Kaibab HD 20x56 Binoculars
  • Vortex Kaibab HD 15x56 Binoculars

Main Specifications:

  Kaibab HD 20x56 Kaibab HD 15x56
Eye Relief 15mm 15mm
Exit Pupil 2.8mm 3.7mm
Field of View 168 feet/1000 yards 215 feet/1000 yards
Angular Field of View 3.2° 4.1°
Close Focus 23 ft. 23 ft.
Interpupillary Distance 60-76 mm 60-76 mm
Width 5.7 inches 5.7 inches
Height 7.7 inches 7.7 inches
Weight 43.5oz 43.5 ounces

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Price Range

Depending on the model and where you buy them, Vortex Kaibab HD binoculars cost around $1200 - $1500:

 

Vortex Diamondback 10x42 BinocularsVortex Diamondback Binoculars

Due to their lower cost and wide choice of sizes and magnifications, the Diamondback binoculars are one of the most popular series of binoculars from Vortex.

Wide Field of View: As an example the 8x42 Diamondback has a huge field of view of 420 feet at 1000 yards (8°), which is one of the largest in their class. This should please most birders and hunters and is perhaps a result of some feedback from Don and Lillian Stokes who have often worked with Vortex. More on Wide Angle Binoculars.

All Diamondback binoculars are 100% waterproof and filled with argon gas meaning that the internal air has been replaced with argon to ensure there is no internal fogging in areas of high humidity or rapid temperature changes. 

New for 2012: Vortex have added 10x32 and 8x32 models to the Diamondback series which still have all of the great quality optical components and so still maintain a high level of performance like the other larger models in the series but in a mid-size package.

Sizes Available:

  • Diamondback 10x42
  • Diamondback 8x42
  • Diamondback 10x32
  • Diamondback 8x32
  • Diamondback 12x50
  • Diamondback 10x50
  • Diamondback 8.5x50
  • Diamondback 9x36
  • Diamondback 7x36
  • Diamondback 10x28
  • Diamondback 8x28

Price Range

 

Vortex 10x32 Crossfire BinocularsVortex Crossfire Binoculars

The Crossfire series is one of Vortex's entry level ranges, yet they still feature a few of the features of higher end optics. These include Fully Multi-Coated Lenses, that increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.

All Crossfire Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular. This means they are 100% waterproof and because they are filled with argon gas there should be no internal fogging in areas of high humidity or rapid temperature changes. 

Sizes Available:

  • Vortex Crossfire 10x42 Binoculars
  • Vortex Crossfire 8x42 Binoculars
  • Vortex Crossfire 10x32 Binoculars
  • Vortex Crossfire 8x32 Binoculars

Price Range

 

Vortex 12.5x42 Fury BinocularsVortex Fury Binoculars

The roof prism Vortex Fury binoculars are mid level strong, light weight, and designed for comfortable viewing. Fairly uncommon among roof prisms, the center diopter on the Fury binocular lets you make all diopter adjustments without ever taking your eye off your target.

Wide Field of View: As an example the compact 6.5x32 Fury has a huge field of view of 445 feet at 1000 yards (8.5°), which is one of, if not THE widest in their class. This makes them ideal for birders and hunters looking for a high performance compact binocular. More on Wide Angle Binoculars.

An interesting model is the Fury 12.5x42 that offers you a very powerful 12.5x Magnification. The binocular is compatible with a tripod adapter (sold separately), allowing you to use on a tripod or car window mount to steady the image.

Features include quality Phase corrected BaK-4 prisms to give a sharp and high-contrast image over the full field of view. Fully multi-coated lenses are also used that increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. The Prisms are also Silver coated which is said to increase efficiency of light transmission through the prism block.

Sizes Available:

  • Fury 12.5x42
  • Fury 10x42
  • Fury 8x42
  • Fury 10x32
  • Fury 8x32
  • Fury 6.5x32

Price Range

 

Vortex Vulture 10x56 BinocularsVortex Vulture Binoculars

These superior low light performance binoculars are only available with large 56mm objective lenses. The Vulture series binoculars are designed to capture and deliver as much light to your eyes as possible. These attributes are critical at dawn and dusk when game and birds can be most active.

As well as the large objective's the Vulture's feature premium, Phase corrected roof prisms, fully multi-coated optics and Vortex's proprietary XR coatings deliver a super-bright image that’s sharp from edge-to-edge. Vortex also use their own "ArmorTek" coating on all exterior lenses that they say resists scratches and smudges.

The Vortex Vulture binoculars are specifically designed to work well when both birds and wildlife is most active - during the early morning, late afternoons and early evenings. This is also when light conditions are not at there best and so these binoculars with their large 56mm objective lenses provide up to 7mm of exit pupil (8x56), which is about the same that a healthy human eye can dilate to. this ensures that the maximum amount of light enters your eyes as possible.

These binoculars are tough and waterproof and therefore make ideal Birdwatching and Hunting Binoculars.

Sizes Available:

  • Vortex Vulture 15x56
  • Vortex Vulture 10x56
  • Vortex Vulture 8x56

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Featured Vortex Binoculars

Below are a few featured Vortex Binoculars that I have fully reviewed: View >> All Vortex Binoculars reviewed.


Vortex 8x42 Viper HD Binoculars

High quality binoculars that includes optical features like extra-low dispersion glass (HD), fully multi-coated lenses, phase correction coatings on the roof prisms, encased in a tough yet lightweight, fog and waterproof body.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 85%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

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Vortex 8x42 Razor HD Binoculars

The use of the very best quality optical components and coatings like high density ED glass lens elements and dielectric and phase correction coatings on the roof prisms contribute to producing an extremely high quality and bright image.

These Vortex binoculars ooze quality and the water and fogproof body is nice and light as well as strong thanks to a magnesium chassis. I also really like the exterior design that is both comfortable and secure to hold.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 90%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 9/10

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Vortex Optics Contact Details

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2120 West Greenview Drive,
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562.

Phone: (800) 426-0048
Email: info@vortexoptics.com
Fax: (608) 662-7454


 
 
 

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