Monday, October 5, 2009

Vortex Equivalent to Stokes DLS?

From: Thekralikkid
Subject: Stokes 10 x 42 DLS Equivalent Vortex

I have learned that the Stokes Birding Series DLS 10 x 42 binoculars have been discontinued. Do you know why? What is the current Vortex binoculars model that takes their place? Are the technical features the same? Same great VIP warranty?


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Hello, thanks for the email. The license agreement with Don and Lillian Stokes expired is why those binoculars are no longer being produced. Vortex Optics does not have an exact replacement for those, the closest optical match would be the Vortex Razor 10x42. The Razor will be a bit bigger in the hand and it is a few ounces heavier than the DLS, but many folks have found that its "open-hinge" design make it easier to hold steady than the more traditional center hinge design such as the DLS. The warranty will be exactly the same as with the DLS - it is Vortex's VIP warranty.

An almost exact match to the DLS both optically and physically is the Minox HG 10x43, though the HG has a bit less eye relief than the DLS did, and it close focuses to only 8 feet, the DLS was under 5 feet.

Hope this helps, thanks for your consideration.

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