Summary: I am pleasantly surprised at the clarity and light transmission of my new Vortex Diamondback 8x42 binoculars. I own Steiner 8x30 military/marine and Nikon 7x50 ocean pro CF binoculars and I like the Vortex better. They are sturdy and easy to focus. The only slight downside is they feel a little heavier than the Steiner or Nikon. All three binoculars are priced in the same range.
Summary: I wanted to upgrade from my EO Denali, so I paid a visit to the Eagle Optics store and asked to try the EO Ranger ED, EO Golden Eagle HD, and the Swarovski EL (the last one only to check the gold standard in binoculars, I had no intention to purchase something that expensive). Tom from Eagle Optics helped me and slipped in the Vortex Razor HD as well. I spent some time checking out all four, and drove away thinking the Golden Eagle was the one for me.
Summary: Incredible binoculars for the price. Heavy duty and great quality. I also heard they have the best customer service. My only compaint is the glasses fogging up. Just don't breath heavily on them and you will be good.
Summary: I think with this newest version in the Razor line that Vortex has really set the bar high for themselves. The specs speak for themselves and they are lightweight, and just feel so well made in your hand. I'm a glasses wearer and close focus and long distance viewing was great, all the way out to the edge of field.
Summary: I now have this binoculars for a few weeks and they are an excellent buy in my view. Waterproof, gas-filled, good and smooth running adjustment knob (even with gloves on), very bright and razor sharp image, rubber-like outside, which provides good grip. Looking at the value for money compared to the major league brands like Zeiss and Leitz this product is great. And Vortex offer a life long no questions asked guarantee to any owner (not just the first).
Summary: I have found the Vortex Razor to be excellent birding binoculars. They are easy to hold steadily(balance), hold diopter adjustment completely, and are truly fogproof. Color rendition, which is so important to me, is absolutely first rate. The only weakness is the developing of some looseness over time in the adjustable eyepiece extenders.