The Vortex Diamondback 10X42 Binoculars Review-Updated 2023
Diamondback Now Available in Vortex Diamondback HD Version- 2023 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.
Initial impression was great quality, solid built but not too heavy. Tolerances are all tight with little to no play.
Controls are fairly easy to adjust but are tight enough that they will not move on their own.
Glass is clean and easy to see through. Definitely the weak point of the binoculars, I’ve used other scopes that look much better but for the price it is actually very good
The Diamondback HD is Lightweight and has a heavy-duty magnesium chassis.
Yes, The Diamondback HD has a magnesium body with a rubber coating, not polycarbonate.
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.
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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 ft@1000yds
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.