I’m looking at both the and the can’t seem to find a justification in the price difference of approx. $150.00. Can you tell me what the ED II has that the ED doesn’t?
Thanks for your inquiry. Most all the specifications between these two models are identical. They are essentially the same binocular with the ED II using higher grade optical components such as lens coatings, glass, and prisms.
I pulled both models from our display cabinet just now so I could draw a comparison between the two. The ED II is both a sharper binocular (resolves images better) and provides a brighter image. I was conducting this comparison indoors in a relatively low-light area here in our showroom. Under ideal lighting conditions, the differences between these two models would certainly be more subtle.
Is it worth the $150 price difference? That would be hard to answer on someone else's behalf. Much would depend on what sort of conditions you would be using the binoculars in and what your expectations are. I would say that the optical performance between the two is readily noticeable and you don't have to be an optics expert to detect it.
If you would like to compare them yourself, you are welcome to purchase both and then ship one back after comparing them for a full refund.
If you have more questions or if there is anything else we can help you with, just let me know.