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Matt Palmquist 02-Sep-19
Pat Lefemine 04-Sep-19
I have good vision and don’t wear glasses or contacts. I have been using a pair of 10x42 Zen-Ray Prime HD Binos for quite a few years that I paid around $450. Decided I would upgrade this year to Swarovski SLC 10x42, and pass on the Zen-Rays to my son. I can see for a long ways off my deck and can see fields a mile plus away with cattle in them. I been testing them out at first light and right before dark last couple of days. I can’t honestly say I can tell any difference. I do like the Swarovskis are a tad smaller and I am sure better built. I certainly expected to notice a difference in clarity though.
From: Matt Palmquist
Only look through the swaros for several weeks and then go look through the zens. I have said the same as you when I paid good money for optics. Thought my older, less expensive glass was just as good. Then I looked through them after using the premium glass for extended time and it was night and day.
If you still don't see a noticeable difference sell the swaros and buy more Zens:)
I spend hours glassing your eyes will let you know there’s a difference. Cornell university does a comparison on optics
Swaros pay off after hours and hours of Glassing. Eye fatigue is way less of an issue. Also atheir edge to edge clarity. Full field of vision with them vs your others. You can check that side by side pretty easily. Notice how much less you have to move your glass....you can see clearly the entire view.
I am guessing I will really like the Swarovski’s, I have a Swarovski spotting scope that I love. I tried to look and couldn’t tell a difference on the edges. I ordered the outdoorsman stud and tripod mount. Ready to give them a try on elk in a couple weeks.
I have a hard time looking through anything but my ELs anymore!
From: Pat Lefemine
Agree. Glancing through optics at the store is not the same as being behind those things for six hours. Imperfections and angle deviation is not apparent right away but it sure is when you are spending hours and you get a splitting headache. Been there, done that.
I did the same as you. Even ran the same Zens. I noticed the biggest difference when glassing the last few minutes of legal light. With the zen rays I could tell it was a buck but not distinguish its points. When using the swaro’s i Could see the points even after legal time was over. Sad that zen ray went out of business they had a great product.