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Having just returned from a birdwatching holiday in Spain, I got the idea of digiscoping and decided to buy. a Spotting scope. I had been invited to look through a couples spotting scope and was dismayed to see a lot of chromatic aberration around a bird I was viewing.Having gone into a lot of research on scopes I chose the Vortex. What a scope, pin sharp no discolouration around the edges, you certainly get what you pay for. Highly recommended. Parcel arrived swiftly and well packaged.
Realmente satisfecho con la calidad general del telescopio, buena construcción, robusta y elegante y una calidad óptica muy buena en todo su rango de aumentos, incluso a 60X la calidad de imagen es muy buena, sin apenas aberraciones cromáticas. Incluye una funda de neopreno con capuchas para visor y objetivo, es sencilla pero está bien.
Spectacular resolution. This is the ultimate ultralight spotter. Perfect for taking with you into steep terrain. Not as powerful as its big brothers but a great compromise if you need something light and easy to pack.
I got this scope 4 months ago. Since it first came out. I used to own the older model too. Sold it and got this one. And here are my honest thoughts about the new model compare to the old model.
They are both sharp, amazing glass. I honestly can't see a difference in clarity between new model and old model.
New model is for sure better looking. And I feel like it's more rugged ( I say I "feel" because I haven't actually drop them to find out ) The slim shape of new model makes it easy to handle, pack, and I can grab it with one hand better since it has the focus wheel around the body. I didn't like the fact the old one had two focus wheels. Always ended up using the fine focus anyways. I also like the green color better. Looks a lot likely the Swarovski.
I was also able to use the same black cordura nylon fitted case they sale separately for the old model for 50$ On this new model. Since the case they give u with both are just crap, and don't want the body to get scratches.
I've used it for wildlife viewing have watch from elk at dawn, chipmunks, squirrels, eagles, hummingbirds etc, the details are amazing....The hood really works nicely when sun it's out and bright. (With both scopes, the experience was the same)
When i got the new model the eye cup was super loose. I don't wear glasses so really need the cup all the way up. So I sent it to vortex and they took care of it. And send it back to me within 2 weeks. I didn't even pay to send it. They sent me a prepaid label.
Bottom line. If u don't care about the color, the two wheels that take some extra room, the fact that the new one is made in japan and assemble in the US and old one made in China, and want to save like 400-500 bucks, buy the old model for sure!! You will see your game with the same clarity. They will also weight about the same so no big change.
Also I got a manfrotto aluminum tripod with a pistol grip head. I find the pistol grip to be the best. Takes less room and it's faster to move.
Given the $699 price it's hard to find fault with this scope. I purchased the 11-33X50 to reduce my field load after years of packing a Leica 77 APO & field case with Manfrotto 3221G tri-pod at 20+ lbs. The Razor HD scope & Vortex SS-P tri-pod are less than 5 lbs combined, so a big weight savings. Scope performance is superb for this price point and my only nits are with coarse focus wheel stiffness (fine focus wheel is silky smooth) and the field case is bulky and loose fitting as others have mentioned. Low light transmission is as expected from a 50mm objective, magnification adjustment is both smooth and positive throughout its range, and lens edge aberration is surprisingly minimal. An unexpected benefit of its small size and weight is that it can easily be used without a tri-pod for distant viewing while on the move. Highly recommend this scope!
great size and weight for my needs, which aren't extremely demanding--looking at backyard critters and lake scenery, and I plan to see how far it will let me sight bullet holes at the range. Bright and clear even at 30x+ power. Haven't done a side-by-side with Swar., Leica, etc , but this Vortex seems to be a reasonable quality and value. I'll be honest, I also bought a Roxant Blackbird 12-36 x 50mm to compare, and it's also excellent for one-sixth the cost of this, but also a good, honest value. I'm keeping 'em both!