The Vortex Diamondback 10X42 Binoculars Review-Updated 2021
Diamondback Now Available in Vortex Diamondback HD Version- 2021 Update
In 2019, Vortex company announced a new, updated Diamondback version. This one has HD in the name. The naming was changed to indicate a better glass quality.
Of course, we pitted the new HD version against the old Diamondbacks. It is interesting to take a look and compare the new HD version to the Diamondback we have known and loved.
The new HD glass has resulted in signicant reduction in chromatic aberration or colour fringing.
Reduction in color fringing leasd edges having greater clarity without green or purple haze.
With the Diamondback HD, when compared to the older model, the overall definition of the image have improved.
It's not something that jumped out at me, but after some careful comparison, the colour and contrast were more punchy, for want of a better word.
Chromatic aberration hasn't been completely eliminated, which we also cant expect in such a price range however, the improvements have been impressive.
The new diamondback HD also comes with a more refined focusing knobs. Fiddling with the knobs now feels smoother and easier. The central hinge also feels highly finished and well designed than the previous classic diamondbacks.
Surprisingly, the new Diamondback HD costs almost the same as previous vortex diamondback classics.
We consider this a welcome change owing to vast improvements in the glass quality and some excellent ergonomic design changes.
- 10x magnification & 42mm objective lenses, these Diamondback HD binos are optimized with select glass elements to...
- Fully multi-coated lenses increase light transmission with anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces....
- Adjustable eyecups twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Center focus wheel adjusts the...
New Vortex Diamondback HD Rating
Optical quality: 8.5/10
Build quality: 8/10
Value for Money: 9/10
Vortex Diamondback Binoculars Specifications
Objective Lens Diameter/Type
Angle Of View
Exit Pupil Diameter
Field of View [email protected]
Minimum Focus Distance
5.0 ft/1.5 m
6.7 ft/2.0 m
7 ft/2.1 m
Rating and Price
Update : As discussed above, The HD glass is a step up and the Vortex Diamondback HDs are the current Vortex model now. You may still be able to find the older models for a while at a discount.
Last update on 2021-11-21