Vortex Diamondback 8×42 Review

In 2022, If you are keen on going for an 8x42 binoculars rather than 10x42’s, there is a fair chance that you might be considering the popular Vortex Diamondback 8x42.

Vortex is one of the most profound names in the field of sport optics and has created a great name in the market.

Particularly, The vortex Diamondback brand has set a definite standard for a well made, reliable and economical optics in the lower mid-price segment for binoculars.

The Vortex came with a newer better second generation of the Diamondback in 2016 with lots of improvement in design and construction quality.

Here in this Vortex Diamondback 8x42 review, we analyse the various parameters of performance and optical configuration of the binoculars in detail.


Vortex Diamondback 8X42 Binoculars Specifications

Product Specifications

VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 8X42

Prism Type

Roof

Magnification

8.0X

Objective Lens Diameter/Type

42 mm/BAK-4

Angle Of View

7.5 degrees

Exit Pupil Diameter

5.3 mm

Field of View [email protected]

395 ft

Eye Relief

17 mm

Minimum Focus Distance

5.0 ft/1.5 m

InterPupillary Distance

55-75 mm

Rating and Price

The Vortex Diamondback 8X42 Binoculars Review & Detailed Analysis

Vortex Optics New 2016 Diamondback 10x42

Magnification

The device has 8 times magnification with a 42mm diameter objective lens.

One of the reasons for choosing an 8 power binocular is that it gives you more stability than a 10 power binocular. The more you magnify the image more the shakiness increases.

If you are going to hunt at greater distances and where you can make the binoculars rest on the stand, then use the 10x, otherwise, go with the 8x.

Eye Relief/FOV

If you have chosen the 8x42 for the 10x42’s due to eye relief, which is important for an eyeglass wearer than let me tell you Vortex Diamondback 8x42 binoculars won’t disappoint you.

The binoculars come with an appropriate 17mm eye relief. Even If you are a person wearing glasses, you would feel comfortable in glassing through these Diamondbacks 8X42.

Also, The field of view is huge and stands one of the best in its class which is 393ft. You would be equally comfortable in scanning through long distances quickly with wide FOV.

Image Quality/Optical Quality

The vortex 8x42 has less magnification than the 10x42’s but the binocular produces brighter images. The extra magnification compromises the light gathering ability in 10x42 than the 8x42.

The lenses are fully coated with dielectric coating and have optimum light reflectivity.

The prisms are fully multicoated and are phase-corrected which gives a clear and bright illumination.

I used the binoculars at dusk and the view seems to be bright and sharp with detail.

The Diamondback range is not fitted with ED(Extra-low dispersion) glass but in general daily use, you would notice little color washing.

Chromatic aberration is evident in certain light conditions particularly at the edge of the field of view. However, It is not too distracting.

Overall, the Image seems to be crisp, sharp and natural with these diamondbacks with negligible distortions.

Build Quality & Construction

The binocular feels very sleek and well carved in your hands.

Rugged rubber armor coating on a magnesium chassis makes the binoculars sturdy, solid and well built.

The right sized and shaped binocular barrels helps in easy gripping with your hands. Also, the thumbs feel well stuck in the ribbed area on the green rubber armor.

Located on right eyepiece the diopter knob adjusts aptly for differences in a user’s eyes although they are not lockable.

Adjustable tapered eyecups twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Although, Personally I felt Vortex could improve upon on eyecups for the future versions.

The prism inside is of Schmidt-Pechan roof prism arrangement which is phase coated. The prism is made of BaK-4 glass and is multicoated.

The Binoculars come with an O-ring sealed body for waterproof performance. Argon gas purging makes the device fog proof too. You can use the binoculars even in harsh Alaskan weathers with confidence.

The Diamondback 8X42 model comes with a deluxe molded hard carrying case, protective covers for lenses, 2 carrying pouches one for device and one for the hard case, Rainguard, user manual, and a good cleaning cloth.

Weight/Size

Weighing only 21.8 ounces, the binocular feels light and compact in hands. You can carry around these binoculars all day easily without feeling strain.

Tripod


The binoculars are compatible with a tripod adapter, allowing use on a tripod or car window mount.

Warranty


Let me tell you, I really like amazing Vortex VIP unconditional lifetime warranty.

Vortex promises to repair or replace defective or damaged products, absolutely free. No matter the cause. The only exceptions are lost, deliberately damaged or stolen items.

Surprisingly, sometimes quality control can fail even at Vortex and you can expect to use that warranty sooner or later.

Build Quality & Construction

The binocular feels very sleek and well carved in your hands.

Rugged rubber armor coating on a magnesium chassis makes the binoculars sturdy, solid and well built.

The right sized and shaped binocular barrels helps in easy gripping with your hands. Also, the thumbs feel well stuck in the ribbed area on the green rubber armor.

Located on right eyepiece the diopter knob adjusts aptly for differences in a user’s eyes although they are not lockable.

Adjustable tapered eyecups twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Although, Personally I felt Vortex could improve upon on eyecups for the future versions.

The prism inside is of Schmidt-Pechan roof prism arrangement which is phase coated. The prism is made of BaK-4 glass and is multicoated.

The Binoculars come with an O-ring sealed body for waterproof performance. Argon gas purging makes the device fog proof too. You can use the binoculars even in harsh Alaskan weathers with confidence.

The Diamondback 8X42 model comes with a deluxe molded hard carrying case, protective covers for lenses, 2 carrying pouches one for device and one for the hard case, Rainguard, user manual, and a good cleaning cloth.

Pros of Vortex Diamondback 8X42 Binoculars

  • Wider Field Of View
  • Is an affordable binocular
  • Constructed from a high-quality shockproof material
  • Can be used early at dawn as well as at dusk
  • Good low light performance with a large 42mm objective lens.
  • All its optics are fully multi-coated.
  • Vortex VIP Warranty

Cons of Vortex Diamondback 8X42 Binoculars

  • Less Zoom Power
  • To use its tripod socket, A Vortex uni-adaptor is needed separately.

Features of Vortex Diamondback 8X42 Binoculars

  • 8X magnification
  • 42 mm objective lens
  • Rubber coated magnesium alloy chassis, well built, sleek and sturdy.
  • Phase corrected coating on roof prism arrangement improves contrast and color fidelity.
  • Multi-layer Dielectric prism coatings provide bright, clear, color-accurate images.
  • Waterproof, Fogproof with O-ring sealed and Nitrogen purged.
  • Tethered objective lens Rainguard covers
  • Comfortable neck strap
  • Bespoke carrying case

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are the lenses Amortek coated to repel against fog, water, oil, dirt, and fingerprints?

Answer: No, the lenses on the Diamondback 8X42 do not have an Amortek coating; however, the lenses are easy to clean using a microfiber cloth.

  • Does this binocular come with a carrying case?

Answer: Yes, Vortex offers this binocular with a custom molded carrying case

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Pricing

We can comfortably say that they are almost at half the price of the big boys i.e  Leica, Zeiss and, Swarovski and;

Although, they compare very well with all these pricier binoculars on most of the parameters of performance, features, reliability and, durability.

Competition/ Alternative

Alternatives of Diamondback 8x42 can be Nikon Prostaff 7s 8x42 and Nikon Monarch 5 8x42. Prostaff are almost of equal price as diamondbacks and are really close in comparison. Monarch 5 are about $80-100 more but is slightly better in optics than the diamondbacks.

There are much much better binoculars, of course, improving the view and the stability on the mechanical front. Heavy contenders in my case are the Zeiss Terra ED and the Nikon Monarch 7 but they cost 2x the price of the Vortex.

Conclusion-Vortex Diamondback 8x42 Review

Coming to the final part, The vortex Diamondback 8x42’s are a great value for the money.

Hunters, Wildlife Enthusiasts, and Birdwatchers prefer the 8x42's owing to the brighter images it produces than the 10x42's.

The 8X configuration is equally great for hiking, boating, safari uses as well.

If you are looking for a binocular in the lower mid-price range, then they are one of the best choices available.

Also, If you do wear glasses, then unless you're prepared to pay top dollar, for a Zeiss Victory FL, it's a good idea to consider an 8x42 binocular.

Again, If you are not used to a binoculars 5 or 10 times their price, you would feel pretty satisfied with these 8x42 diamondbacks.

In Short, Vortex Diamondback 8x42 is a very good affordable binocular, lenses and prisms are phase-corrected, It has a wide field of view, it is weatherproof and has a robust housing, backed by Vortex VIP lifetime warranty.

If you want to add anything to our review, please write in the comments.

Vortex Diamondback 8x42 Binoculars Review

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 Bird Watching

 Hunting

 Fishing and Marine Uses

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If you love bird watching and wildlife viewing then you must have this brighter and affordable Vortex Diamondback 8x42 binoculars 


Smith
 

"Smith is an outdoor enthusiast and Just loves everything about binoculars. Since his childhood he has been a fan of optical gadgets & going into the Jungle with his uncle was his favorite pastime. Besides, He loves watching & studying birds & animals. He is a mechanical engineering graduate and New Jersey Resident. He loves to review binoculars and related optical Instruments and loves testing each one of them." When he is not fiddling with one of his binoculars, you can find him playing his favorite sport Pickleball."

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