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    Zen Ray

    Whatever happened to Zen Ray? I have searched Google and seems they are still "available" from dodgy looking websites but cant really find any from a trustworthy looking source. I had a pair of ED3 10x43 back in the day (2014-15?) When Zen Ray and bushnell 6500's were all the rage. They were great binos for the money and I was recently thinking of getting a pair of spare binos to throw in the truck and thought they may be an option. Anyone still running a pair?
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    From what I gather they were very poor at honouring ever increasing warranty claims. I have a pair of ED2's that are still running.
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    Look at getting Vanguard Endeavour I think it is that @Tahr recommends.
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    Have the ED3's but they are hardly used, have done a couple of Tahr trips and live at Brians, really good glass, will cost me a pretty penny when I have to replace them to get the same optics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    Look at getting Vanguard Endeavour I think it is that @Tahr recommends.
    Yes. For the price they exceptional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    Whatever happened to Zen Ray? I have searched Google and seems they are still "available" from dodgy looking websites but cant really find any from a trustworthy looking source. I had a pair of ED3 10x43 back in the day (2014-15?) When Zen Ray and bushnell 6500's were all the rage. They were great binos for the money and I was recently thinking of getting a pair of spare binos to throw in the truck and thought they may be an option. Anyone still running a pair?
    Yes, I had ED3. Still going strong but I gave them to a cocky's son where I hunt.
    The company has folded.

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    I have the ED2s. Just side graded to Leica compacts. I just need to do a side by side comparison and see if I will use the zen rays again but if you are looking or a pair I would be happy to move the ED2s on. They have great glass and a wider field of view than the leica compacts. I just got sick of carrying full sized binos around...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Yes, I had ED3. Still going strong but I gave them to a cocky's son where I hunt.
    The company has folded.
    That's a pity. I had and used the older (ED2's) and I thought they were great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kudu View Post
    That's a pity. I had and used the older (ED2's) and I thought they were great.
    Yeah. On reflection mine were ED2.
    There's quite a bit of glass around at about $800-1000 (if you import it) that gives the Euro stuff a run for its 3x price. The best are "Tract" - they are direct marketed by the company.

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    I had a blast on those Vanguards the other day, they're good for the money but dont hold a candle anywhere near ELs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    I had a blast on those Vanguards the other day, they're good for the money but dont hold a candle anywhere near ELs
    They do a higher spec model but more $$$$$ still way cheaper than ELs, might be worth a look

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    I have a pair of ED2's.
    Keep them for visitors

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    Quote Originally Posted by noboots View Post
    I have the ED2s. Just side graded to Leica compacts. I just need to do a side by side comparison and see if I will use the zen rays again but if you are looking or a pair I would be happy to move the ED2s on. They have great glass and a wider field of view than the leica compacts. I just got sick of carrying full sized binos around...
    @noboots let me know if you decide to move them on please
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