Reviews and Problems with Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85
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100 % happy with the razor hd 20-60x85
kev the hunter, B&H Photo
8 April 2014
Excerpt: hi guys i brought the razor hd 20-60x85 from b&h photo video pro audio, first of all great company to do business with, i will be buying from them in the future. The razor hd spotting scope is unbelievable for its price, great image right upto 60 powered, ive had no trouble with it, so i cant wait to take it out on hunt in australia. incredible the image quality when viewing at sheep, cattle, buildings, etc at over 2 plus kilometres.
Pros: Adjustable, Clear lenses, Easy to install / use, Good in any weather, Good value
Summary: I've had my Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 angled spotting scope for a few months already and cannot be more pleased with the quality and ease of use. First, the optics are brite, clear, super resolution, bringing distant birds into sharp focus. The adjustable angled barrel is just terrific, whether using a tripod or a car window mount. The price for such quality is definitely worth it, very competitive, and suitable for bragging rights.
Excerpt: As a spotting scope this is worth the money. Very very sharp and very brite at 20x. As you climb up the scale 30x - 40x - 50x etc the view gets darker and darker but still very usable as a spotting scope. As a digi-scope I use this spotting scope for digi-scoping with my D3s and D600. It does an good job if you are looking to capture something far away using 20x. Once you move up the scale(30x - 40x - 50x) it really get difficult due to the view getting darker.
Pros: Clear lenses, Good in any weather, Lightweight
Summary: I have a friend with a comparable Swarovski scope (same specs and design), so when I read previous reviews about the quality of this scope, I knew I'd have a chance to do my own side-by-side comparison. You can imagine my delight in knowing that I saved about 50% on a scope that I believe is every bit as good as the Swarovski.
Excerpt: I bought this for birding and digiscoping. I've had it a very short time so this is my first hands-on opinion. This is a hefty piece of gear and looks like it could handle the rough stuff reasonably well.I hope I never have to backup that statement. Connecting the eye-piece was a little nerve racking as it is a very tight fit which required some effort. I guess it's not something your would constantly remove and re-fit.
Pros: Accurate, Adjustable, Clear lenses, Good value
Cons: Lens Cap Hard To Remove, Lens Cap Hard To Replace
Summary: I had been using an Alpen 20-60x60 and a Vortex Nomad 20-60x60. Both were great (especially the Vortex Nomad) but I was ready for something more. I had checked out all my friend's scopes (including the new STX Swarovski 95mm!) but I didn't think I was ready to go for anything more than $2500 so I had narrowed my choices to two: Kowa TSN 773, the Swarovski 80mm ATS. I had pretty much decided on the Swaorvski until I checked out my friend's new scope, the Vortex Razor.
Summary: This is my 1st spotter so I have nothing to compare it to. It works well to 35x zoom and the image degrades from there. This may be the case with any scope, as I said with nothing to use as a ref. so until I do, I cannot be sure. The scope had a small nick in the finish where the eyepiece mounts and it has some minor waves in the rubber armour coating.I bought this scope sight unseen and based on almost all the reviews I read.
Summary: Compared other top end scopes (Leupold Mark 4/Golden Ring, Swarovski STS) and selected the Vortex Razor HD based on all factors. Previous experience with Vortex Razor HD riflescopes sealed the deal. Optics Planet also offered a 10% coupon that made the decision even easier. No complaints, very happy with selection.