Vortex are one of the best brands around if you’re considering in getting yourself some new binoculars. However, Nikon have been a staple in the industry for decades and although they’re better known for other products, they’re still well known for their binoculars.
Depending on what your need is, one of these brands is likely to be a better choice for you than the other. Though binoculars do work in the same way, you’ll notice differences between the different brands. Everything from cost to design can factor as a reason why you might see a difference between each set of binoculars.
Vortex vs Nikon Binoculars
Nikon are known for their performance binoculars. They have some low cost binoculars as well, but they are probably best known for their expensive, high end models. Bushnell are one of the most trusted brands within the binocular industry, and they have a very wide selection of different binoculars for you to choose from.
If we’re comparing Vortex and Nikon, we’ll first take a quick look at the two brands and what their best options are if you’re looking for a good set of binoculars.
Vortex started off as a small family run company back in 2004, and in the lat 15 years they’ve grown to be one of the best selling optics countries in the United States (they’re based out of Wisconsin). In terms of binoculars and spotting scopes, they’re pretty difficult to beat (I also like Bushnell, but Vortex run them pretty close).
Here’s a complete list of all the current binoculars that Vortex have to offer as of 2019.
- Vanquish (Available in 8×26, 10×26)
- Raptor (Available in 6.5×32, 8.5×32, 10×32)
- Crossfire (Available in 8×42, 10×42, 10×50, 12×50)
- Diamondback Classic (Available in 8×28, 10×28, 8×32, 10×32, 8×42, 10×42, 8.5×50, 10×50, 12×50)
- Diamondback (Available in 8×28, 10×28, 8×32, 10×32, 8×42, 10×42, 10×50, 12×50)
- Hurricane (Available in 7×50, 10×50)
- Vulture HD (Available in 8×56, 10×56, 15×56)
- Ranger HD (Available in 10×50)
- Viper RT (Available in 8×28)
- Viper HD RT (Available in 10×50)
- Viper (Available in 8×28, 10×28)
- Viper HD (Available in 8×42, 10×42, 10×50, 12×50)
- Fury (Available in 10×42)
- Kaibab (Available in 18×56)
- Razor HD (8×42, 10×42, 10×50, 12×50)
Vortex Viper HD
The Vortex Viper HD are the most popular model from the brand, with their Viper HDs being a good option. They’re particularly lightweight and easy to carry around, which makes them a good option for those that want a portable set of binoculars. As you can see, they’re available in 8×42, 10×42, 10×50 and 12×50, which is a decent variety of binoculars to choose from.
They use apochromatic lenses (which is something you might have heard about before in terms of telescopes). Apochromatic basically means that they’re much better at dealing with color abberations, which can be one of the most annoying things about lenses in general. An abberation is essentially color fringing – you know when you take a photo and it’s purple around the edge? That’s chromatic abberation, which these lenses are great at reducing to a minimum.
These are generally some awesome binoculars which you’ll want to consider if you’re looking for a decent set of binoculars.
Nikon offer a wide range of different binoculars, each ideally suited to fulfil your own needs. One of my favorites from their range is the Nikon Monarchs , which take some beating if you’re looking for a decent set of binoculars, particularly for birdwatching or general use. The most popular ranges are the Monarch 5’s and the Monarch 7’s, which are available in a variety of different magnifications.
The reason that I say this model are great for general use is that they’re totally waterproof. This means that no matter what weather you’re experiencing, they’re going to be able to survive when you’re using them outdoors. The last thing you want is to spend money on binoculars and have them falter at the very first hurdle. It’s only recently that Monarch discontinued their other Monarchs which weren’t waterproof (which they call ‘All Terrain’) – they don’t feel they need to release non waterproof binoculars any more, as these are getting cheaper and cheaper.
They’re lightweight binoculars, and if you’re debating whether to opt for these binoculars as opposed to some more expensive, then it’s likely not going to be worth it. Unless you’re an advanced birdwatcher (or whatever you’re using them for), you’re unlikely to notice the difference between this set and other more expensive sets. So, if you’re looking for one of the best value for money sets around, the Monarchs are definitely worth looking at.
If you’re trying to decide between the two brands, then instinct might tell you to look at Nikon. They’re the older brand, and surely they have much more prestige in terms of optics, right? Well, this isn’t necessarily true, and in my opinion, for most people Vortex are undoubtedly the better option if we’re talking in terms of hunting or sports. They make great quality binoculars at a lower price than the majority of their competitors and if we’re talking a price to quality ratio, Vortex are hard to beat.
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