We are considering the vs the and are wondering what is the major difference between the two, since there is quite a price difference. We noted the Ranger is ED and the Denali is not; what difference will that make in our viewing? We are looking for a good quality binocular to use for scenery and wildlife viewing. Also we do both wear eyeglasses. Also do these include flip lens covers and a comfortable strap?
Thank you for any help.
Thanks for your inquiry. The Denali and Ranger share many of the same features. Both are waterproof, work well with eyeglasses, and will come with a similar set of accessories which include a nice neoprene neck strap and tethered lens covers which attach to the front barrel of the binocular.
The difference between the two models, in a general sense, is the quality.
The Ranger ED is a higher quality binocular both in terms of the build quality and mechanics (higher quality parts/materials) as well as the optical system. The Ranger will be a noticeably sharper binocular, providing a higher level of visible detail than the Denali binoculars. The Ranger will also have better light transmission, so it will present a brighter and more colorful image to the user. This is aided by the use of ED (extra-low dispersion) glass as well as the various optical coatings on the lenses and prisms.
The Ranger ED is one of the nicer mid-priced binoculars. When we look at all the binocular offerings, starting under $100 and going all the way up to $2500, some of the best optics for the money come around the $300-$400 price range. If the Ranger is within your budget, you’ll end up getting a noticeably nicer binocular that most avid optics users would never feel compelled to upgrade from.
If you have any other questions, just let me know.