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Topic: Vortex razor hd vs swaro hd
Posted By: Ruff
Subject: Vortex razor hd vs swaro hd
Date Posted: March/31/2016 at 00:30
I'm looking to buy a new spotting scope. Can't decide between the vortex razor hd 20-60 85mm, or the Swarovski sts/ats 20-60 80mm. I can get a vortex for $1200 brand new, been looking for used swaro but still around $2500 or more. Wondering if swaro would be worth the extra $1300. How do the two scopes compare? Never looked through a vortex razor hd. Thoughts?



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Posted By: bugsNbows
Date Posted: April/01/2016 at 13:46
Not sure about the spotter ... but I have Vortex Razor HD Binocs that are VERY nice. My spotter is a Kowa (which is about as good as it gets), but the Vortex units will certainly do the job they were intended for. I would not hesitate on the Vortex.


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Posted By: BeltFed
Date Posted: April/01/2016 at 14:00
What are you going to use the spotter for and what kind of conditions?
If I had the money, I would go for the Swaro and know I had one of the best of the Alpha scopes and not look back. If money is an issue, then I would go for the Razor knowing it's the next best thing to Alpha glass, and be happy knowing I got the best I could afford.


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Posted By: koshkin
Date Posted: April/01/2016 at 14:02
Originally posted by Ruff Ruff wrote:

I'm looking to buy a new spotting scope. Can't decide between the vortex razor hd 20-60 85mm, or the Swarovski sts/ats 20-60 80mm. I can get a vortex for $1200 brand new, been looking for used swaro but still around $2500 or more. Wondering if swaro would be worth the extra $1300. How do the two scopes compare? Never looked through a vortex razor hd. Thoughts?

Swaro is better, but not by much.

If I were spending my money, I would get the Razor HD.

Somewhere between these two, however, is the new Minox MD88, which looks pretty impressive.

ILya


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Posted By: Whitefire
Date Posted: April/15/2016 at 23:20
I have experience with the Swaro and own the Razor you mention. As koshkin says, Swaro is better but not $1300 (in your case) better.

Though I do not always fall in favor of all Vortex products I strongly support this spotter.  The Vortex Razor heavily infringes on the grounds of alpha glass. Good scope, good value.

Wf


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Posted By: Sparky
Date Posted: April/16/2016 at 09:32
Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:


Somewhere between these two, however, is the new Minox MD88, which looks pretty impressive.

ILya


Interesting. Are you doing a write up on the Minox? I know I am very pleased with my Minox HG binos.


Posted By: SafariDreaming
Date Posted: May/18/2016 at 11:29
I currently own both the Razor 85mm and the Swaro ATS 80 (25-50x zoom).

Optically the Vortex is very close to the Swaro. Both have a wonderfully flat field with great colour. 

I'm using the 25-50x wide angle eyepiece in the Swaro so comparatively the FOV in the Vortex is slightly smaller across the range.

Physically, the Swaro is around 250g lighter - doesnt sound much but when you handle both, its quite apparent. 

That being said the biggest difference TO ME is the range of the focus on both scopes. When I'm trying to get focus to infinity, the Razor hits the end of the focus almost immediately, so there have instances when I'm not entirely sure if I've achieved focus or not because image just seem to be sharp.

With the Swaro, I've got about a quarter turn on the left after achieving focus so i can go back and forth on the focus ring a couple of times to be completely satisfied with image.

Ultimately, I dont think there's $1300 of difference in the two scopes, but the ergonomics and handling of one over the other made a huge difference to me, to the point where I'll be selling my Vortex Razor shortly and keeping the Swaro. I think its simply a much better scope FOR ME.


cheers
Jeelan




Posted By: stratofisher
Date Posted: October/15/2016 at 20:13
I have a few year old Leupold Gold Ring HD in the 60mm and was wondering if it would be worth trading for the Vortex.   Thinking the bigger objective would be helpful.



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