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All New Zen-Ray PRIME HD 8x42 Binoculars with Dielectric Prism Coating

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All New Zen-Ray PRIME HD 8x42 Binoculars with Dielectric Prism Coating

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superb Review by Greg
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I have three pairs of decent binoculars in this price range and these are better in just about every way and they really have no weak points - they do it all, low light, very short focal distance, great ergonomics and quality. I don't own a pair of alphas but have friends who do and I've done the side-by-side with swaro, leica- and the difference, if any, is negligible and certainly not worth the extra $1500. 250-$300 used to be the sweet-spot for value until binos like this cam along and brought alpha quality to the under-$600 price range. Buy the right one first if binos are going to be something you plan to use regularly, and save your money on the europeans. (Posted on 11/2/14)
I have 4 pairs of bi Review by Jeany
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I have 4 pairs of binoculars, indlcuing a excellent pair by Nikon, but I must say, as a person who wears glasses, these provide the best view. I have to remove my glasses with my other binoculars to get as good a view as I do with these when my are glasses on! (Posted on 6/23/14)
great value and quality Review by Boner
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these are great Binoculars for the price. you would find it hard to find better. (Posted on 1/28/13)
Superb optics, good quality. Review by Minglei
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I bought this binoculars for general use. The optics is superb and the build quality is good considering the price.

I am an amateur astronomer so I also used this binoculars for stargazing. Although it's not built as an astronomy binoculars, the view at infinity is very good with no obvious color and focus aberrations. I could see the Galileo moons of Jupiter easily. The conclusion is that this binoculars can be used for stargazing as a supplement to the telescope. For some large open clusters, for example, M44, this is the presumable way to see the whole object.

The build quality of the binoculars is solid. Some of the accessories like the neck strips and the lens covers can be better. Above all, I'm very happy with the purchase. (Posted on 1/28/13)
Really Nice Review by deltaeta
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I've been using a pair of Nikon Monarchs for deer hunting but decided to try the new Prime HDs. They are clearer and brighter. Couldn't be happier. (Posted on 11/28/12)
great value Review by ac
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i bought these for field archery and 3d,they replace my nikon monarch 3 8x42,i should have bought these first,i can now see the thin scoring rings on the paper animal targets even at 50 yards perfect for me,also the carry case is really well made and fits very well on my belt,very pleased! (Posted on 11/1/12)
Great binos and excellent service Review by Michael
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The optics rival the " Alphas " bright, flat with a huge field of view, and it's build like a tank. Customer service is second to none. (Posted on 10/13/12)
beautiful clarity...excellent service Review by mkitezr
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Pre-ordered and the discount was ridiculous mine for about 2 weeks.

Spent 2 days in outdoors sports comparing tonnes of binos in the 300-1000 range, and also looked swaros...inside the large dimly lit store and outside. Vortex, Nikon, Bushnell Legend Ultra HD, steiners. Up to that point, was real close to bushnells. Wasn't really "thrilled" with them because of relatively wide edge were things got not so crisp.

Took a chance on pre-order based on reviews of ED2 and ED3s. Figured with the warranty I can beat it and with reviews like that there has to be a good reason for all the praises.

Finally arrived in July.

Looked at mostly wooded areas. We have a river that we can see from our house, and across it a forested embankment 200-300 ft high. This was evening. Actually could see the forest floor on the embankment clearly. Had zeiss range finder and pegged it 450m to 600m. Found a tree mounted camera I had no idea was there...probably because a bike trail and train track are there too.

FOV is best i've seen in 8x42s. Clarity was "wow" almost edge to edge, no CA I could notice. Even determining where edge was was difficult.

A few weeks later went to a friends house kind of on a ridge in rural area. Can see for many km's over fields and forests and sky. Saw animals on field at least 2km's away but couldn't identify if cow or bull. Should of got the 10's was first reaction.

Birding never interested me, but holy, it was looking like at national geographic videos of close-ups but 50 feet away. Spent the next 2 hours birding. Focus was fast and stable.

Armor and generally feel to hold was awesome.

FOV and brightness was so good I though maybe I should have gone for the 10s.

Negatives:

I did noticed permanent black specks in both oculars trapped between layers during this outing. Looking at clouded sky.

Diopter cup came loose.

Super Pros:

Sent them back, got new ones within 2 weeks. 8x42s were only coming in a couple of weeks, and asked if I wanted 10x42s now...so I can have something for hunting. OK, twist my rubber arm!

Perfect 10s.

Summary:

Optical quality, superb. Build quality, a bit glitchy ZR made it right quick. Now superb. Lifetime warranty combined with service invaluable.

Best, and I mean best investment I made into optics. Glad I'm making the leap from average binos.

Will not buy another pair...unless I lose them. Is a ZR Prime HD Spotter coming?
(Posted on 9/22/12)
Beyond impressed with Prime HD!! Review by never_catch
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The Zen-Ray Prime HD 8x42 binocular is hands down one of the best peices of optics I've ever looked thru in any light condition!! I have a 65mm Swarovski scope and my Zen-Ray Prime HD's are brighter and more clear in low light!! I could not be happier with my new binoculars and will use them heavily come hunting season :) (Posted on 8/4/12)
Great value and design Review by Scott
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I recently bought a pair of Cabelas Euro series and then the newer Euro HD series which I returned both due to weight. I have been looking at Zeiss and Swarovski and for less than half the price I preordered the Prime HD's. Best investment I have made as I read reviews on previous models and decided to wait on these to come out! These are very clear and bright and very little color fringing. I can't wait to use them this fall. (Posted on 8/2/12)

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