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I bought the
Vortex Optics Diamondback 10x50 Roof Prism Binocular
as a (somewhat less expensive) backup to my Leupold 10x42 binoculars. I ended up liking the Vortex glass ever-so-slightly better than the Leupolds, so the Diamondbacks became my preferred binos even though they're heavier. In fact, I liked the quality and price point SO much, I ended up buying other Vortex products (the
Vortex Optics Sparc 2 Red Dot MOA (SPC-402) Scope, Black
Vortex VMX-3T Magnifier with Flip Mount
I say all of this because... instead of buying less expensive tripod adapters, I opted to go with Vortex's product, even though it cost twice as much or more than others.
Today, I went to mount my Vortex binos on my tripod... only to discover that the Vortex tripod adapter will NOT fit between the objective lenses in order to screw in the adapter. Oh, the irony. There is nothing in the product description or on the Vortex website to indicate this.
I am giving this four stars because the quality of the product and fitment are well done... on my Leupold binos. LOL. I guess my Vortex binos will get to sit out this hunting season.
Mated this to my vortex viper hd 15x50 binos and a vanguard veo tripod, system as a whole works pretty well with no huge concerns. As others have pointed out they can be tricky to screw into the viper hd but, 1) the item I received was not as pictured here, as the mounting/tightening screw is longer and easier to deal with now and 2) with just a little bit of thought I was able to make it work fairly easily, stand the bino on a flat surface or even hold them in your hands/arms and insert the adapter into the hole on the binos to engage the threads. Once engaged u do have to fiddle a bit to get them tightened all the way due to the minimal clearance between the bino tubes (half-turns at best until securely tightened) but it's doable and in my opinion no way near as difficult as ive read in some reviews. For me it does the job but once more as others have pointed out, it's not a very quick release sort of system and the adapter can't be left on the binos if u want to store them back in your pouch or other means of carry. 4 stars for the product itself, 5 for the seller, who immediately followed up with an email to confirm my complete satisfaction. I like that as it conveys that the seller does care and will at least try to fix any issue one may have... Hope this helps :)
I have a pair of Vortex binocs that I have used for years. I like Vortex. They replaced the original pair of binocs I purchased after the eyecup came loose on one side with a brand new pair, no questions asked. That was impressive to me. I wanted to use them to watch planets and the moon. Those objects are difficult to view holding the binoculars in your hand because the viewing area is so small, the slightest movements make it shaky. This seemed like a budget solution. I'm somewhat surprised at the size of this mount. It only stands 4 inches high. I haven't had the opportunity to use it with my tripod yet, but I'm wondering if it will be awkward using it with the tripod legs sticking out beneath the binocs and trying to get my head up to the eyepiece. The curve of the mount actually brings you closer to the tripod, which would seem to make it even more awkward. We'll see.
I love Vortex products and trust them for durability and quality craftsmanship. I just received this unit and it feels and looks quality . I just mounted it on my Pentax 20x60 binocs "poor excuse for binocs but my most powerful" and very heavy at 4.1 pounds .With the Gosky universal smart phone adapter these for this particular use and these particular binocs have to be mounted on the tripod at an angle of 20 + or - degree's which puts a side load on the mount and it shows. It mounts very easily and is very streamline but feels to me to be kind of on the lite weight side but i have nothing else to compare it too. I have mounted it on my Vortex 12x50 and 10x42's and it is very sturdy with those. The tension tab tightens pretty good without using any aids .I will be using this unit hard and moving around with it in rough terrains so time will tell! I will give a update in a few weeks. Over all i am very satisfied.
This is a great product, manufactured well. Only gripe I have (and it's very minor) is that it doesn't appear that you can tighten the thumb screw enough to actually keep the binocs from pivoting once they're attached to the mount. May be an intentional design feature to allow the set to pivot, but with a camera set up to the binoculars it makes it a little more difficult to have any interaction with the camera without altering the frame of view. Otherwise, great product, I dig it. And a reasonable price.
Quality adapter for a reasonable price. Works great with my Steiner 50mm binoculars. Only thing to not like is that when the adapter is attached to the binoculars it is designed not to lock up tight. So the binoculars have some side-to-side free play. I would prefer a solid lockup on the tripod and on the binoculars. Still work fine.
Great addition to my arsenal. Screws/mounts on multiple tripods that I have without issue. My only gripe is how tight the space is to be able to screw it in to the binoculars. It could be an inch longer (at least for my bino's) and work flawlessly with nothing hindering attachment, or a bevel gear and screw from the top. Not a huge deal, but less than ideal when attaching or detaching in the field with cold hands or big fingers. Would still recommend as is.