Saturday, October 17, 2015

Binocular specs are comparable--why is one more expensive?

The specs of the  seem to be almost identical to the .

I wanted to buy the Viper 8x32 the first time I looked through it but didn't have the $600 for it then.

If the Ranger ED 8x32 is the same optically, its a much better price.

Please confirm.

Thanks,

-Tim



Dear Tim,
Thanks for your inquiry. The Viper and Ranger are different optically, even though the specs (on paper) are similar. Optical quality is something that is reflected—usually by price, but certainly by performance, which is something that has to be seen to be appreciated.

The Ranger (China) has been one of our best sellers for 20-some years.  The Viper (Japan) will have better resolution—brighter, sharper to the edge with better lens coatings and less chromatic aberration. Its build quality and internal parts are also of higher quality than the Ranger.  However, I will say that the latest generation of the Ranger, the current Ranger ED, is closer than ever in optical quality to the Viper. It’s one of the great values in binoculars in its price range.

This short video will help you understand how optical quality affects what you see.
If you have any questions, please let us know.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

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