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Demo Units: ZEN ED2 7x36 Binoculars with Dielectric Prism Coating

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Regular Price: $455.00

Special Price: $295.00

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It features 99% reflectivity across the whole visible spectrum with sophisticated 40-Layer dielectric coating, extra low dispersion (ED) glasses. As a result, it boasts amazing image clarity and brightness and free of chromatic abberation.

Demo Units: ZEN ED2 7x36 Binoculars with Dielectric Prism Coating

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Limited Availability. We marked them down because of slight damage on the box. Optics and Accessories are brand new. Carry full lifetime warranty.

Offer ends 5/1/2017




  • Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass for chromatic abberation free image

  • VividBriteTM Ultra High Reflectivity (UHR) Dielectic Prism Coating for maximal brightness

  • SpeedDialTM focus wheel offers 30% faster focus rate

  • CrystalViewTM water/oil repellent coating

  • Phase-correction with BAK-4 roof prisms

  • Large 36mm objective lenses for crisp, bright imaging.

  • Magnesium Alloy body for long lasting durability and light weight

  • Open Frame Design to minimize the weight

  • Heavy-duty, 100% waterproof/fogproof construction: Argon charged

  • Metal alloy multi-stage Twist-up eyecups

  • Diopter adjustment to fine tuning focus

  • Extra large center focus knob for smooth and precise focus

  • Ergonomic shape for stress free use

  • Rubber armor absorbs shock

  • Fully multi-coated optics allows 99.5% light transmission at each glass/air interface

  • Locking Diopter


  • Lifetime Warranty



You might want to know that every ZEN binocular has gone through rigorous waterproof testing before leaving our factory floor by following the most demanding JIS 7 (Japanese Industrial Standard Level 7). What does that mean? We immerse every binocular into a 5 feet deep water tank for 3min. Only the one that passes the test can be released. So, let it rain!
Dimension (HxW) 5.8x4.8
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification 7x
Field of View 477ft/1000yards
Eye Relief 16.8 mm
Close Focus 5.1 ft
Weight 23 oz
Interpupilary distance (IPD in mm) 56-74
Carrying case EVA Premium Hard Case
Neckstrap Cushion Padded Premium Neckstrap with Quickconnect
Ocular Lens Cover Yes
Objective Lens Covers Yes
  1. Great Binoculars from Zen-Ray (as usual!) Review by OsageArcher
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    I like 10x and 12x binoculars and barely use several 8x I have. And before I got these I had and still have the ZR Prime HD 10x42 and the ZRS 10x32 which are fine binoculars I use a lot. So it was somewhat reluctantly I decided to try these out - I'm glad I did! The field of view is expansive and usable and the 7x is fine, for most things I do not miss the higher powers. The optical quality is as good and better than I expected, nice and sharp, bright, and good correction and these are definitely keepers for me. (Posted on 4/23/15)

  2. 良い買い物をしました Review by あっさん
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    この双眼鏡は質感が良いし、色収差が少ない、コントラストも良いので価格からするととても良いと思います。
    広い視野が魅力で購入しましたが、アイレリーフが少し短い様で、眼鏡使用時は7度くらいしか見えません。
    (画は綺麗ですし、それでも視界が狭いとは言えませんね。)
    眼鏡無しなら広い視野が実感できます。
    星を見るには少し暗い様ですので、星見では7×50ポロ機のサブとして、また、ハイキングや観光に持って行くのに良いですね。 (Posted on 1/27/13)

  3. Good binoculars Review by TANKO
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    去年12月末に購入。
    外観は質感があり、良い。
    光学系は視野が明るく、広角なのは気持ちが良いが、中心から70%を越えたあたりからシャープさが無くなってきている点は気になる。
    また、視野方向に明るい光源(太陽、夜間の街灯など)があると、迷光がやや目立つ。このあたりは作りこみ不足を感じる。
    光学性能は満足できるが、付属品が今ひとつなのはマイナス。
    対物レンズのキャップが緩く、本体側に固定するリングごと脱落しやすく、かえって紛失してしまう心配がある。
    また、付属のハードケースは双眼鏡の出し入れがしにくいこと、ストラップごと収納しにくいこと、空の状態でもかさばることから使い勝手はよろしくない。日常の使用にはソフトケースであった方が便利と思う。

    I purchased 7x36 ED2 binos last Dec from Japan.
    I satisfy with their optical performance, clear wide field, and quality of the body.
    But not satisfied with the accessories.
    The objective lens covers are too loose and easy to drop out.
    The hard carrying case is not convenient, not easy to taking out and putting in a binoculars with a neckstrap, and is bulky.
    I prefer a soft carrying case in a field.

    (Posted on 1/13/13)

  4. 本当に良かった! Review by こくたん
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    日本の方でレビューが多かったので買ってみました!
    8日で届きました。
    箱もストラップも質が良く、前後キャップは本体またはストラップにとめられるので便利です。
    箱はセミハードケースで他の荷物と一緒でも安心できるでしょう。
    クリック式見口は二段階でしっかりしています。
    ピントリングが絶品て、重すぎずしっとりと合わせられます。
    本体は若干重いですが、質感は安心感がありスワロフスキーに近いです。
    36ミリでは小さいかなと思いましたが、10×50と比較しても見える星の数は変わらず、視野が9度で7倍なので手振れも少なく解放感があり素晴らしいです。
    艶のある光はリアリティーがあり、風景にも最適でしょう。
    防水は窒素より上のアルゴンガス封入となっています。
    コーワBDやツァイスコンクエスト、ニコンモナーク7、に勝る性能を感じます。値段から考えるとありえないです。
    これ以上となるとビクトリーやスワロフスキー、ライカ、EDGなどですが、あまり縁がない値段ですね。
    コーワのファンでしたが、ジェネシスよりもzen-rayのほうが見ていて気持ちがいいです。
    本当におすすめします。
    もう双眼鏡で散財するのはやめます。 (Posted on 12/24/12)

  5. Great field of view Review by Reflector
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    Today is totally overcast at noon. I compared the Zen-Ray 7X36 ED2 (477 feet field of view / $375) with the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD ED2 8X42 (426 feet field of view $160 with rebate) and the Swarovski z5 5-25X52. After adjusting the diopter on both binoculars to my eyes till I really liked them I fiddled with the Swarovski. I tuned it up from 5X till I could clearly make out the “Can you read” at 127 yards. Then I fiddled with the side focus until the image was as sharp as I could get it. I turned the power ring down again till I could not make out the first line and turned it back up till I could easily read the first line. I looked at the power ring: barely past 8X. I looked again through the scope to check if I could read the second line but could not. I could make out some of the letters.

    Both binoculars appeared to be about the same when I looked into the woods and at the deer antlers 131 yards away beyond the pump house. To really check out their ability to resolve detail, though, I went back to the “Can you read this?” chart. With the Bushnell I could read Lines one and two but could not make out number three. The Zen-Ray allowed me to easily read the first line but could not read the second line. Its value was the increased field of view if it was as good as the Bushnell.
    (Posted on 12/5/12)

  6. excellent Review by white
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    crystal like view as expected. enjoyable (Posted on 11/28/12)

  7. revew in japan Review by m.Goto
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    私も日本人のために書き込みます。この双眼鏡は非常に良いです。
    既に持ってる8倍の双眼鏡と比べても非常に明るくシャープで、倍率の違いは全然気になりません。むしろ手振れの影響も少ないのでこちらの方がよく見えるます。
    星も綺麗に見えるので、凄く楽しいです。打ち上げ花火も見ましたが万華鏡の様で面白かったです。購入して一か月くらいですが、山の紅葉や星を見て楽しんでいます。
    コストパフォーマンスは最高ですし、この双眼鏡を購入した方は絶対手放せなくなると思います。
    私は初めての海外通販でしたが、それほど難しくなく対応も丁寧でしたので満足しています。
    Thank you very much Zen-Ray! (Posted on 10/25/12)

  8. They really are as good as people say. But big. Review by Old Racer
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    My refurbs arrived today. Refurb?!!? I could see nothing in the product, accessories, or packaging that would indicate anything but brand new goods.

    My reason for buying these is that I have been traveling with a pair of Leupold Katmai 8x32s that have gone missing, stolen or lost. :-) I loved those things for their compactness and quality but now need a replacement.

    It's bright and sunny outside so I immediately tested them against some cheap Minolta 7x50s that hang in our living room (we live on the Mississippi river) and against some Zeiss 10x25 T* binocs that my wife uses when we travel. The Zens are the equal of the Zeiss in color, contrast, smoothness and ease of focus. Less fiddly and with a wider field of view because of the lower power design, of course. Between the two I would pick up the Zens every time. The junkiness of the old Minoltas was almost painful to see in comparison.

    But ... these are pretty big and heavy. I guess that I was hoping, even after reading the specs, that I would have something not too far from the Katmais. But no luck. Weight is actually 3/4 oz. more than Zens' spec and 25% more than what Leupold lists for the Katmais. The Zen is also 20% bigger in both directions, which doesn't sound like a lot until you see it in person. The product is everything it is said to be but it’s bigger than I want. So, I’ll take advantage of the return period to hunt for a good pair of used Katmais or decide to pop for a new pair that Eagle offers. If I don’t find a used pair and decide not to go the additional money for a new pair, I’ll keep these and suffer with the additional size when traveling. They are really a pleasure to use.
    (Posted on 10/1/12)

  9. Excellant Review by ps5xgew
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    In the past I have bought more expensive optics from big name manufacturers, the Zen Ray bino's I received are much clearer and work well with my eye glasses on. I highly reccommend these and I know now I will be purchasing more Zen Ray products. (Posted on 9/26/12)

  10. Good Buy! Review by COS
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    These ZEN ED2 7x36 binoculars were sold as a demo unit but appeared to be in new condition. I lead a number of birdwalks where people often have no optics or poor quality binoculars so I have a box of loaner binos.These have already been borrowed twice and both of the walkers liked them.I don't think there is anything at $275 that matches or even comes close to the quality and value of these binoculars.They are a tad heavy but optically they are impressive and I woud recommend them for anyone looking for a good birding binocular. (Posted on 8/24/12)

  11. for Japanese Review by DAISUKE
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    このレビューを見る日本人のために書きます。
    結論から言いますと,このZEN-RAYの双眼鏡は買って損はしません。まずこの値段がありえません(送料込みで27000程度でした)。また,直接このWEBサイトから注文できます(転送業者は必要ありません)。そしてその性能は日本で売っている同価格のものと比べるとずば抜けて良いです(EDレンズ使用,何層ものコーティング,撥水コート,視野の広さ,手にしたときの質感etc.)。見える画像も明るさ,抜けの良さがたまりません。先日,星を見に行きましたがビクセンのアルティマ7×50よりも星がきれいな点像でまた視野が広大でした。見ていて気持ちが良いです。私は極度の近視なのですが裸眼で無限遠にピントが合うのもプラスポイントです(アルティマは合いません)。とにかく,コストパフォーマンス最高で日本の双眼鏡を買う気がしません。最後にZEN-RAYの対応も良いですよ。初めこのデモ製品に気づかず正規の価格で購入しようとしましたが,キャンセルのメールですぐ対応してくれました。ありがとうZEN-RAY! (Posted on 7/9/12)

  12. Unbeatable Price for These Quality Optics Review by Ronald
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    I purchased my second set of 7x36 ED2's after using my first set for about four months. As a former Product Specialist for Cabela's, I am familiar with just about every make and model of binocular out there. I've used Svarovski EL's at a retail price of $2600, and yes, they are better than anything else else you can buy, but they are NOT worth anywhere near $2300 more than the Zen ED2's! Moreover, if Field of View is important for your needs, you cannot find anything near the quality of the 7x36 ED2 binocular at any price. Also, the service provided by Charles is outstanding. You cannot go wrong with the no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee either. I plan on purchasing additional Zen Ray products in the future. (Posted on 5/6/12)

  13. Excellent Binos Review by JamesE
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    I have been look for new bino for years. Comparing everything on the market to the Alpha binos. I bought these demo units when I seen the incredible deal on them and I could not be happier. These are a lot of bino for the money. Clear lenses, strong body, look brand new. I am a very happy customer.

    (Posted on 3/30/12)

  14. One of the Best Bargains Ever! Review by Ron
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    I ordered these ED2 7x36 Binos to replace a set of Steiner Military and Marine 6x30's, which I used for still-hunting for deer in deep woods and swamps of northern Michigan. Steiner refused to repair the 6x30's because they are no longer offered in the U.S. I loved the 450' Field of View on the 6-power Steiners, but was unable to find a replacement for them until I stumbled onto the Zen-Ray 7x36, which has a 477' FOV! The fantastic glass quality and good mechanics are a real bonus. I just ordered another 7x36 as a gift for a good hunting friend. For the heavy cover hunter, these cannot be beat. As long as I can get this kind of quality in a low-powered optic, I'll stay with Zen-Ray. (Posted on 3/29/12)

  15. great binos Review by nbba79
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    The clarity and low light performance cannot be beat in this price range. (Posted on 3/28/12)

  16. selling my Leicas Review by scriber
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    these are so bright and sharp, but the thing i value most (as an artist) is the magnificent COLOR BALANCE, rich and true, of these stunning optics! (Posted on 3/16/12)

  17. Addicted to the view Review by Black Crow
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    I've had these for about a month and a half now and I like them better every day. I own about a dozen pair of good quality binoculars and these have become my hands down favorite pair. I love the bright views, stellar center optical quality and expansive field of view. In fact I like them so much I bought a pair of the 9x36 to go with them. (Posted on 3/7/12)

  18. You get what you pay for! Review by Scott
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    Paralysis by analysis. That is the point I had reached in looking for a new set of binoculars. Go to 10 different websites and you will get 10 different opinions. My goal was to get the best pair of binoculars I could for $ 200 or less. I really wanted to buy new as I had been disappointed with what I received using online auction sites.

    I came across several articles raving about the Zen Ray products as well as say numerous comments about the positive experiences folks were having with their staff. You would think the decision would have been easy at the point. Not so. Although I knew WHO I wanted to buy my binoculars from I now needed to know WHICH model I wanted WHAT magnification / objective size would suit my purposes. I sent Zen Ray an email telling them I wanted a pair that would be suitable for medium range outdoor activities but also indoor sporting events, specifically hockey. Within 24 hours I had my reply, and due to the greater field of view and proximity of what I would be watching, they suggested I go with the Zen ED2 in the 7 x 36 setup. Coincidentally, they had several pairs in their "Demo" bin and carried a reduced price that put them within $ 5 of my spending limit.

    When the binoculars arrived I thought they had made a mistake and that they sent me new binoculars instead of the demo units. The box and contents looked as if they had never been opened or touched, the lenses were perfect and I looked over the entire product and did not see a nick, scratch or imperfection anywhere. There are very impressive binoculars, I cannot believe I waited this long to buy a pair.

    Within minutes I was outside scanning the tree line. I must say I panicked when looked through the ED2's. Everything was off, I was seeing items overlap and could not get anything to line up. What did I do? Imagine how embarrassed I was when I figured out that you had to thread out both eye pieces to get the proper distance to each lens. But who wants to take the time to read the instructions?

    I used the Zen's for the first time Monday for the first hockey game of the season. It was amazing. The ice actually looked white and you could see the difference in colors of the dark blue compared to the black - I had never noticed this before with my other pair of "zoom" binoculars. The 7 x 36 were light enough to hold up for an extended period of time and the field of view allowed me to see the entire rink, even from a reasonable close seating position.

    Overall I am thrilled with the purchase. I am confident that other Zen Ray products are of equal quality, I would definitely recommend this company and their products to anyone looking for a top pair of binoculars. I just can't imagine optics and better at any price, thank you for all of your help and recommendations. You have a customer for life.

    Scott E.
    Tampa, FL. (Posted on 10/19/11)

  19. Wonderful optics and value, with a few minor nitpicks... Review by ealtman
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    This review will not break new ground, as I found the 7x36 ED2's to be everything they are cracked up to be. If you read reviews here or on websites like birdforum or opticstalk, you will already know the basics, and I can just add another voice confirming that the general consensus is accurate:

    PRO - with a combination phenomenal light transmission, good depth of field, wide field of view, and awesome CA control the view is gorgeous, vivid and relaxing. The view is bright, with rich colors, great sharpness in the center, and no color fringing.

    The bottom line is at the price of these demo pairs, for 300 bucks you cannot find better raw optics, period. The value proposition on these is simply incredible, especially given the great service provided by Charles and Zen-Ray. It is a great time to be a "budget birder" as we have finally reached a point where the difference between a phenomenal sub $500 pair of bins and the true "alphas" is pretty minuscule.

    That said, I ended up returning my pair. Why??? Again, no new ground is broken, as all of these flaws have been mentioned by others:

    CON - The deal killer for me was the poor stray light control. While things have reportedly improved since the first ED2's, the internal baffling is still not the best and (my pair at least) the 7x36 ED2's are plagued by flare, causing veiling crescents of glare to obscure the bottom half of the FOV in certain situations.

    Now, there is probably some sample variation as well as personal issues (everyone's face is shaped differently and somethings bother some more than others, etc) that makes this worse for some than others, as there are plenty of folks who don't seem to mind this. However, for me it was really annoying (especially since I was directly comparing to a pair of Vortex Vipers which didn't have this problem).

    The other "flaws" with this binocular are all very minor nitpicks.... again nothing new here, and none of these would have caused me to return the ED2's on their own, but I should point them out as one more corroborating voice:

    - poor edge performance... part of this is the wide field of view, but outside of the inner 70-80% of the field there is blurring, distortion, etc. This is not a big deal to me at all since I don't spend time looking at field stops, but it is true as you have probably already heard.

    - focus knob... one of the compromises you must make when delivering this kind of optical quality at a low price point is that you can't over-engineer every aspect of the design like Swarovski. The focus knob feels a bit cheap, the action is fairly smooth and buttery but the parallel ridges don't give the best grip and there is definitely some slop as reported by others.

    - ergonomics / looks... I think the rubber armor is too slick and plasticky, the little bumpies on the sides are better in theory than reality, and the overall look is a bit cheesy with all the bling and badging.

    I want to reiterate once again that the optics are SUPERB and all of the above are minor nitpicks, which most people probably wouldn't care about. But for the obsessive types, they are enough to keep this from being a "perfect" package. That said, there are always compromises when delivering to a much lower price point and Charles has done an amazing job.

    Furthermore, it looks like all of the issues above have been corrected with the new ED3: better coatings and glare control, better rubber armor, better focus knob, and a classier look. So despite the fact that I ended up returning these 7x36 ED2's, an ED3 may still be in my future! (Posted on 10/17/11)

  20. These are keepers! Review by Chad
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    After a three week evaluation against several other top rated mid-priced binoculars, these 7x36 ED2s are the hands down winner. I am not about to burn money on a pair of "alpha" bins, but in the mid-price category, the image quality stood head and shoulders above the other contenders. I bought a demo pair to save a few dollars, and they are indistinguishable from new.

    - Sharpness, contrast, color rendering, and depth of field are astonishing, with a great 3D view. The image quality also holds very well across the FOV, with only the slightest degradation confined to the very outermost edges. To me, this makes the ED2 a true "Wide-FOV" binocular, since the whole FOV is usable with no distracting artifacts or annoyances in the periphery.
    - Good campatability with eyeglasses.
    - Nice light feel, very comfortable to hold.
    - Over-sized focusing knob is smooth and quick - easy to find focus and track birds in flight. A pleasure to use.
    - Build quality is very good, if not excellent. Eye cups stay put. Locking diopter is nice. There are no rattles or sloppy mechanisms, nothing is too stiff or too loose, and nothing seems cheaply made. I find this remarkable given the price point and country of origin.
    - Supplied accessories are good quality. I would like to see a slightly nicer neck strap, but that's nit-picking to be honest. I am satisfied with the strap, case and lens covers.

    In short, these are superb binoculars at a bargain price.

    As for the competition, for three weeks I put these up against several other bins in direct side-by-side testing:

    Leupold Katmai 6x32. These are a superb binocular in their own right, and I still own them because of their diminutive size and weight; they are a great bin to travel with. Compared with the ED2, however, they are not quite as sharp or contrasty. The ED2s are consistently able to resolve greater detail - the magnification difference is only 6x vs. 7x, but the level of detail visible through the ED2 makes it seem greater. The Katmai color rendering is also less saturated and a little on the cold side, with just the slightest CA - it is easier to distinguish bird markings through the ED2s. The Katmais also suffer some pincushion distortion which I don't personally mind, but others may care about. The Katmai's also lose a few points in build quality ... the focus knob rubs slightly at one point in it's rotation, and the eyecups simply will not stay put when removing the rain guard - I always have to twist them back down. Objective lens caps are not tethered, so I had to find a replacement set. Ergonomically, they are not as comfortable to hold and use as the larger ED2's, but I consider this an inevitable trade-off for the compactness advantage. I would love to see Zen-Ray make a compact 32mm ED bin to compete with these.

    I also purchased (and later returned), the Bushnell Legend Ultra-HD 10x42, 8x42, and 8x36. I had read quite positive reviews, but was rather disappointed with the Ultra-HDs. Even with the significant price difference, I was expecing better. The 10x42 has serious eye relief problems, and the 8x42 doesn't work very well with glasses either. The 8x36 worked OK with my glasses, and offered center-field sharpness and contrast marginally better than the Katmai and very close to the ED2, with just a tiny bit of CA which was completely absent in the ED2. However, the sweet spot is very small (roughly the middle 1/3rd of the diameter), and the optical performance drops off dramatically away from center-field, with severe loss of sharpness and prominent color fringing in the outer half of the view; I found this persistently distracting. Oustide of the sweet spot, they were actually considerably worse than my old (albeit pretty decent) Bushnell Excursion 8x42.

    To sum up, I think it is very hard to find a better binocular under $500 today, and I can recommend these without any hesitations. In my opinion, the 7x36 ED2 is also well worth the extra cost relative to even the best binoculars in the next price bracket down. If you're an avid bird watcher, you won't regret purchasing a pair of these. (Posted on 7/23/11)

  21. high quality, low price Review by BigL
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    I'm very pleased to have these arrive looking (and smelling!) brand new.

    Focus is improved over my 8x43 ED2 and feels almost ideal to me. The view is comparable to my Nikon 8x30 EII porros, in terms of big AFOV, ease of view, depth of focus and 3D effect. That's saying something: the Nikons are a classic. The 7x36 ED2s beat the Nikons in colour saturation and low-light performance, and of course they are waterproof.

    My only disappointment is that the soft edge zone is off-center in one of the barrels, such that it forms a crescent rather than an even ring. But it's tolerable and not worth sending them back for (from the southern hemisphere). And, hey, sample variation still exists at ten times the price.

    Overall, I'm again impressed with the optical quality that ZR delivers at such a low price point. (Posted on 7/12/11)

  22. high quality, low price Review by BigL
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    I'm very pleased to have these arrive looking (and smelling!) brand new.

    Focus is improved over my 8x43 ED2 and feels almost ideal to me. The view is comparable to my Nikon 8x30 EII porros, in terms of big AFOV, ease of view, depth of focus and 3D effect. That's saying something: the Nikons are a classic. The 7x36 ED2s beat the Nikons in colour saturation and low-light performance, and of course they are waterproof.

    My only disappointment is that the soft edge zone is off-center in one of the barrels, such that it forms a crescent rather than an even ring. But it's tolerable and not worth sending them back for (from the southern hemisphere). And, hey, sample variation still exists at ten times the price.

    Overall, I'm again impressed with the optical quality that ZR delivers at such a low price point. (Posted on 7/12/11)

  23. These are really excellent optics, excellent contrast, resolution and close focussing. Review by ghooper
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    I find that these are excellent. I have a pair of Zeiss Dialyts and a couple of pairs of Zepher binoculars, which are really excellent. I also have a pair of Zeiss Jena bins. I am impressed and happy with the optics of the Zen Ray. They focus beautifully, have a wonderful wide field of view and great depth of field. If I were to complain about anything, I would say that they are slightly heavy and long. As I don't design binoculars, possibly the weight and length are necessitated by the design. The Zephyrs I have are amazingly lightweight and very sharp but they are porro bins so I assume it is easier to design a lightweight short porro. The depth of field the Zen Ray's offer, as well as the wide view really suit my preferences. For the price, they are really great. I am very impressed and happy to have purchased them (Posted on 7/10/11)

  24. Not a name where there is looked at with proud, but binoculars where you get proud of when you use them. Review by Hogeberg
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    I purchased my second pair of Zen
    Ray binocularssome time ago. In 2009 I got my first one; a 8 x 43 ED2 . I am very satisfied with them. Use for hunting and bird spotting.
    Hunting deer and boar in very difficulty circumstances in Holland and Germany confinced me of the quality of Zen Ray. Ergonomics, colour, sharpness are excellent. Befor I used Zeiss, and Bushnell glasses. I sold them and use for several years my Zen Ray. My friend and I compared the ED with his Swarovski. We concluded, that the Zens
    are even as good usable in our circumstances as de Swarovs.
    In the passed I used a Zeiss 7 x 42 and I alwys logend for 7 x glasses wth a wide field. My experiences with the Zens Rays brought me again on the site and I ordered the 7 x 36 ED2. This week I got them and using them a few days I can say : No regret. Top. Highr recommanded for hunting foxes, as a walking companion with even under dark circumstances very good charpness. I am very satisfied with both glasses.
    (Posted on 6/22/11)

  25. Exceptional in the field! Review by From B'ham
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    I picked up a ZR 7x35 Ed2 to compliment my Leica 10x40 Trinovid set.

    These binoculars are not as small or compact as my older Trinovids but they certainly deliver. And having pointed to size, they feel and handle beautifully. The focusing is superb. It is fast and responsive as you'd want it to be.

    Optically I find the 7x36 Ed2s to be first rate; fabulous in low light, and I have to work to get them to flare in direct sun. They are sharp well out of the center and tracking is a breeze even with one hand. I personally feel after using them (and I have been around good glass) that people reviewing really pick hairs! These will be your go to binoculars.

    The lower covers flop off of the binoculars pulling them out of the bag and that needs to be addressed and ZR should send me new ones when they are avaiable.

    It is no wonder we read from so many people on different forums that these bins are keepers! I am by the way new to 7 power and loving it! (Posted on 6/17/11)

  26. Just like factory new Review by Grant
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    These are nice binoculars. I wouldn't be a able to tell the difference of the pair I received from a new set.

    I have read a lot of reviews of these bins on the net before I purchased and the few negative items I read had to do with the softer edges. This feature does not bother me as the field of view is so wide I really do not notice the edge of the view with my eyes unless I purposely try to notice it.

    I have compared these bins to the Nikon Monarch 8x42 and Steiner 8x30 Predators and have to say the ZR 7X36 are much better optically and are much easier to view looking in the direction of a setting sun.

    One thing I have to say I was a little surprised about the size. I thought they would be a little smaller then they are. I would say they are a tad bit larger than the Monarch 8x42.

    I would recommend these bins to hunters looking for a fairly inexpensive binocular. The only negative thing I have found so far is that the objective covers fall of easily. In the couple of weeks I have had them they fell off twice, once in the field and the other time at home. I know one of these days I will loose the covers and have to get replacements. (Posted on 6/16/11)

  27. Amazing Review by Dexter
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    Great binos at a cheap price. The brightness and field of view are perfect for the mountains. A little blurry around the edges, but your eyes arent focusing on the edge anyways. Better than my old gold rings. Would recommend to friends. (Posted on 6/12/11)

  28. Excellent binoculars and top value Review by Mike
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    Since my wife's interest in birding has blossomed in the last few months, I decided to get her some good binoculars. Having owned the 8x43 ED's for over a year, and familiar with the quality of viewing they provide, I had no hesitation in going with Zen Ray again. Every time we go birding she says how much she loves her 7x36's.

    On 2 occasions we have compared with fellow birder's Swarovski binos, and all agree that the Zens are very close to the quality viewing they offer (at a fraction of the price).

    Prompt delivery too. Only 8 days to Australia! (Posted on 5/30/11)

  29. Excellent binos - very happy so far Review by countrygal
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    This will be short and sweet as I'm not into 'tech talk'! I live in a rural area and wanted to get a better view of our furred and feathered friends, especially at twilight. These binos do the job, and are especially good as the light is fading. I can, at last, successfully identify all the birds at the bird table - and keep an eye on the cat prowling through the long grass! Also, look forward to using them when we visit the beautiful areas of Killarney and Dingle next month. (Posted on 5/29/11)

  30. What more could you possibly need? Review by Tom
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    Owning several overpriced so-called alpha binoculars, and three of the ZEN ED2s I have to say that the latter offers pretty much all I need for birding. The difference with the so-called alphas has more to do with social status and aura than with quality. The 7x36 is simply a stunning piece of no-nonsense equipment for people who put quality first. Great exterior, excellent optics free of color fringing and ghosting, relaxed wide field of view, and compact enough to follow me wherever I go. I consider this one of the very best deals on the market. (Posted on 5/26/11)

  31. excellent binoculars extraordinary value Review by mike
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    I was looking for a set of mid-size glasses to complement my Leica compact binoculars which have spoiled my eyes. I compared the Zens to mid-size Leicas and Swarovski ELs as well as Nikon Monarchs. The Zens outclassed the Nikons and were virtually indistinguishable to the other much more expensive contenders. The 7x36's exit pupil made these brighter than the others and with price part of the equation it was a no-brainer. In the 7x36 size there is really no competition to the Zen Ray ED2s. (Posted on 5/20/11)

  32. Amazing Review by Highvoltage
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    Huge field of view. Bright and detailed image. Some distortion on outside of view, but past my field of perception so it goes unnoticed unless looking at edge(hence the 4 quality rating). Better than my leupold gold rings. I have no regrets and would recommend them to anyone that wants good quality without the $1000 plus price tag. (Posted on 5/20/11)

  33. WOW Review by Steve
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    The demo pair of binos are supberb. Quality and clairity. These will get lots of use. I would have never known they were a demo set. I did look at a lot of binoculars including the big germans, and these are every bit as clear. The only improvement would be a locking focus. (Posted on 5/11/11)

  34. Great optically, mechanically seems fine Review by Ken
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    From an optical point of view the glass seems as clear and bright as any reasonable person could expect. If there are any aberrations or optical defects, they are simply beyond the normal range of my visual acuity.

    From a mechanical point of view they seem reasonably solid and focus smoothly. Only time will tell how well they hold up, but nothing is obviously substandard in the build quality so far. (Posted on 5/7/11)


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