Zen Ray ED3? other options?

Discussion in 'Firearms, Optics and Accessories' started by Bill999, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Bill999

    Bill999 Well-Known Member

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    Im in the market for a decent pair of binos, my current set is not only large and heavy but iv also discovered that they are not waterproof

    they will do for the mean time while I sort a new set out but Im looking at getting a smaller, lighter and hopefully better set of binos
    zen ray and vortex keep coming up as great binos, but it seems everyone reccomending them is selling them so vested interest reccomendations dont count in my books

    are these binos awesome? Im looking at either a set of 8 or 10 power binoculars and I realise I know basically nothing about binos
    Im happy to spend a bit on binos but not the $2800 that is bieng asked for the best of the best

    Id like light, to reduce pack weight and good glass budget is flexable

    anyone care to share wisdom?
     
  2. madjon_

    madjon_ Ex stick thrower

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    Bill, ED3 are not light,but are good binos
     
  3. GravelBen

    GravelBen Well-Known Member

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    Nice glass is rarely light unfortunately!

    (I'm rather fond of my ED2's though)
     
  4. Ground Control

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    Do you guys get Meopta optics in NZ ?
    I'm very impressed with a pair that a friend has .
    They are in my option just as good as my Kahles binocs for a lot less money .
    I have a Meopta 3-9 scope which is also great quality for the price .
    They are very good European optics without the price tag of some of the better known brands .

    Ken
     
  5. Bill999

    Bill999 Well-Known Member

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    What is there around that is a better option?
     
  6. Kiwi Greg

    Kiwi Greg Terminator Products

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    Other than secondhand Leica etc, not much.
     
  7. 300MAG

    300MAG Well-Known Member

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    Bill I have a set of Zen-Ray ED3 10x43 (as new condition)for sale as soon as my New Leica HD-Bs arrive PM me if your keen.
     
  8. Bill999

    Bill999 Well-Known Member

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    Iv Pm'd ya. keen to hear what makes the very good binos worth the extra 1500 over the good ones, if it is just weight ill lump the extra 200-500 grams
     
  9. scoped

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    I got the ed3's in 10x43 , they are equal to a 8-1000$ pair of binos youll buy in shops here.
     
  10. Tahr

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    I've got ed3's and would be happy to sit next to anyone with any binos for a spotting contest. Well, up until I got cataracts anyway.

    Remember too, you first need to know what you are looking for and where to look. There's lots more to spotting animals than $2500 binos.
     
  11. Hayden C

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    Was there mention of an HD ED3 model coming soon or have I confused myself with another brand?

    There cheap over here in Auz….
     
  12. Ground Control

    Ground Control Well-Known Member

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    How much , where from ?

    Ken
     
  13. GravelBen

    GravelBen Well-Known Member

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    I think the model up from the ED3 is called the HD Prime, maybe they are making an in-between model as well.
     
  14. Hayden C

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    Buy them direct from Zen Ray 440ish? (Can get demo models cheaper) I’ve been told that you don’t get stung for GST in Australia, weather that’s true or not I don’t know.

    Not sure the current retail in NZ? Might import a set of HD ones and see how they go.
     
  15. scottrods

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    bugger all supprt for ZR's though. Digit can try as best as possible but he indicated to me that ZR no longer supporting older models in NZ, so my ED2's are never going to get any support :(

    Stick to the brands with good support. Buy well, support well.
     
  16. username

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    I have a pair of vortex viper HD and i love em they come with a no questions asked warranty.. I had them along side $4000 swaros in bright clear conditions and i couldn't see the difference. They are ergonomic and compact definitely worth a look
     
  17. Bill999

    Bill999 Well-Known Member

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    what is the wieght those vipers we another one that kept popping up when researching, they look fantastic not particularly light but it seems like you have to go big $$ to get light
     
  18. GravelBen

    GravelBen Well-Known Member

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    Digit is no longer the agent, but I've never seen anything to suggest ZR will stop honouring warranties because they don't have a local agent? Or do you mean something else by 'Supporting'? Its a pretty ambiguous term.
     
  19. Digit

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    We still support the warranty on the Zens by sending the optics back to the USA for repair.
    The reason we no longer bring them in is that we cant be competitive with the likes of Cameraland and Zen-Ray themselves. The wholesale margins on the Zens were around 25-30%. We pay gst on everything we import whereas almost all of the zen ray range fitted under the NZ gst threshold. Cameraland sells thousands of dollars of zens to NZers per month. We didnt get anywhere near that amount of sales even though we were the ones that introduced these binoculars to NZ and raised the profile here to a point where cameraland and zen-ray now cash in big time.

    Its no skin off our nose though and they are still the best binocular available for anywhere near the money. We still tell consumers to buy direct from Zen Ray and we still support our own customers who purchased through us for warranty. Unfortunately if you buy from overseas you are on your own for warranty.

    The Vipers I think are a budget version of the Zens - but sell for more here in NZ? Likewise with the top of the range spotting scope.

    If you are looking for a great value binocular you cant beat Zen Ray.
     
  20. Bill999

    Bill999 Well-Known Member

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    of all the zens which one is the one to go for Digit?

    how can anyone not like you when your such a good bugger
     

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