Question: My wife has a pair of Vortex Fury 8X42. I really like them and was going to buy the same but note that they are discontinued. What is the equivalent? I like the 5 foot close focus possibility.Also, I prefer eyecups that twist up and down like the Fury's did.
Thanks so much for your inquiry. It’s true that the Fury is discontinued, and has been for a few years. I’d say the current equivalent would be between these two models:
Vortex Diamondback 8x42 Binocular ($219.99) Close focus 4.5’
Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42 Binocular ($329.99) close focus 5.2’
The image through the Ranger will be noticeably brighter and sharper than the Diamondback, but physically, the Diamondback looks more like the Fury did, and is a couple ounces heavier than the Ranger. I suppose the decision will rest with your budget, though. Both have no-fault warranties, and both have twist-up eyecups.
If you click on the “media” tab on the product page, we have a 1-minute video showing the features of each of the binoculars, including the eyecup mechanism. Click on the above links to view each of the binoculars and their videos.
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