Binoculars Comparison Chart

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Vortex Diamondback 10×42 Zeiss 8×42 Terra ED Vortex Diamondback 12×50
Our Overall Rating: 86.5% 91.1% 96.5%
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Magnification Maximum 10 8 12
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm 42 mm 50 mm
Weight 1.53 lbs 1.59 lbs 1.9 lbs
Dimensions 5.6 x 5.9 x 1.75 in 10 x 6.5 x 7.5 in 6.5 x 5.6 x 4.25 in

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Kicking off the Vortex Diamondback Review

Vortex Optics is an interesting brand. They do offer some great products, yet their prices remain competitive across their entire range. Some of their products, such as the Diamondback, come at a very good price, and their optics and performance is on par with some pretty expensive competitors. Vortex is actually a Wisconsin-based family owned and operated business. They’ve been on the market since 1986.

They currently have a range of binoculars, as well as monoculars, rifle scopes, red-dot scopes and tripods. We suggest that you read our Vortex Diamondback review below, and you will see that you should also be looking into their other products as well. In case you need any of them, that is. Without much further ado, let’s take a look at what the Diamondback has to offer, and whether it is worth it or not.

We will be taking a look at two models, the Vortex Diamondback 10×42, as well as the Vortex Diamondback 12×50. Both are overall great products, and both come with a price tag below what you’d usually expect from a product like this. Let’s take a look at the individual details for both.

vortex diamondback review

Vortex Diamondback 10×42 review

vortex diamondback 10x42 review

Vortex have made a pretty big impact in the last couple of years, and once you take a better look at their products, it is clear why. As you’ll learn from this Vortex Diamondback 10×42 review, it is one of the best affordable options. However, it isn’t cheaply made by any means, and it comes with amazing warranty. There’s Vortex’s VIP warranty, which means that any problem with the product, and Vortex Optics will fix it, no questions asked. Buying a product whose company stands behind it is a very good thing nowadays.

With the Diamondback 10×42, you will be able to easily pick out any animals hiding, regardless of whether it’s early in the morning or almost night. The binoculars truly take in plenty of light, and you can spot things just as easily as you would with a much more expensive pair of binoculars.

Durability is also spot on. Since it’s something that you will occasionally set down on rough terrain when hiking or taking a rest, you want them to be durable. And, you did spend a good amount of hard earned money on them, right? Even after some scratches and bruises, the Diamondback holds very well. They also don’t fog up very easily, which is great if you use them in conditions that might cause problems on this field. Even if you own them for a while, you will not feel the need for a new set. If you’re on the verge of buying, stop thinking and order them.

Vortex Diamondback 12×50 review

vortex diamondback 12x50 review

Once you open the packaging, it is clear that these are good binoculars. You get a zippered, semi-hard case with them, as well as straps for both the case and binoculars. There is a large center focus knob, which is fairly easy to operate. The right eye ocular also comes with a diopter adjustment. The lens covers ate two-piece, and you can either leave them on the binoculars, or remove them completely.

You will be able to look at stars with ease with the Diamondback 12×50. Even handheld, the view remains steady. It stays nicely collimated, with no focus changes while viewing, and the center is very sharp. You will find some minimal distortion towards the edges, but overall, the view is great.

There is a tripod mount between the barrels. However, you should be aware that there isn’t that much room, and some larger tripod plate adapters might not fit. You might want to look into this if you consider you will need a tripod. Also, you can easily fit a smartphone to the binoculars, as long as you have the proper adapter.

Our final thoughts on the Vortex Diamondback 12×50 are that these are a very solid set of binoculars. Easy to hold, and all necessary adjustments are there. And they remain put, unless you decide to change them. The optics are great, albeit there is minimal distortion at the edges. However, you will not notice that distortion with terrestrial objects.

Finishing up the Vortex Diamondback review

As you’ll notice from the two mini-reviews above, Vortex make some seriously good budget products. Their optics are great, and build quality is on par with more expensive offerings. Their transferable unlimited warranty is also great. If anything happens to the binoculars, Vortex Optics replace it or repair it at no charge. This is pretty impressive for a budget option.

You can count on using any of the aforementioned pairs of binoculars in plenty of conditions, and they will last you for a good while. You may want to check out our Vortex Razor HD review as well.