Vortex DiamondBack HD 10×42 Binoculars

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  • 10x magnification & 42mm objective lenses, these diamondback HD bingos are optimized with Select glass elements to deliver exceptional resolution, cut chromatic aberration and provide outstanding color fidelity, sharpness and light transmission.
  • Fully multi-coated lenses increase light transmission with anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Dielectric coating provides bright, clear, color-accurate images. Armorer coating protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.
  • Adjustable eyecups twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Center focus wheel adjusts the focus of both binocular barrels at the same time. Diopter (located on right Eyepiece) adjusts for differences in a user’s eyes.
  • Rubber armor provides a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection. Binoculars are tripod adaptable allowing use on a tripod or car window mount.
  • Argon purging and O-ring seals provide water and Fog proof performance in all environments. Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact. Includes glass Pak harness.



SKU: DB-215 Categories: ,


These binoculars are made with the experienced outdoors person in mind, allowing you to see great distances with impressive clarity.

Grab your Vortex Optics Diamondback 10×42 Binoculars and observe some of your favorite birds in their natural habit whether you still have miles to go for the day or have already made it to camp.

Specification: Vortex DiamondBack HD 10×42 Binoculars

Product Dimensions

9.2 x 7.8 x 5.1 inches, 8 ounces

Shipping Weight

2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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12 reviews for Vortex DiamondBack HD 10×42 Binoculars

4.8 out of 5
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  1. GrRecrot

    I got these because I needed a set of binos with a carrying case that can strap on to the chest, but the one I received came with a broken retainer clip. A lot of people like Vortex because of its value proposition.Firstly, holding these binocular the first thing you notice is how heavy they are. I measured them at 30.1 oz (without ocular lense eyecups). The finish is like a hard rubber which is slip resistant which is nice. The lenses came free from smudges or scratches.Looking through the binoculars was very mediocre. (Let me preface this by saying I have looked through many binoculars under 1k. Including Carson 3ds, Bushnell Legend Ms, Nikon Monarchs, Zeiss Terras.Now in regards to the viewing, it was quite disappointing. The lacking feature is the sharpness of the image. After setting and checking the diopter adjustment multiple times. I was never able to achieve a 100% sharp focus image like I get with my cheaper Bushnell Legend M’s. The image always seemed a little out of focus as much as you try to dial it in. While you could say it is expected at this price point I would argue that I own a pair of Wingspan Optic binos, that are absolutely sharp edge to edge and very easy to focus for under $150.As far as chromatic abberation goes, the optical system does a very good job at minimizing it. However, on certain objects you can make out abberations on the very edges of what you are looking at, I would rate it at 8/10.The slightly visible color fringing alongside with the almost impossible to get the focus totally dialed in made for an extremely mediocre viewing experience.The diopter adjustment works very lackluster. The ring turns very easily and you can definitely accidently bump then and change the settings unwantedly.Onto the focusing: As previously mentioned focusing is quite unpleasant this bino has a very narrow depth of field so even if you make slight distanse switches you will find yourself painstakingly using the focus rinf to attemot to focus the best you can. The focus ring, was also very lackluster, the amount of play in the knob was actually shocking. There is a good 15 to 20 degrees of free play rotation, before focus adjustments are actually made. Also, it is much easier to rotate the knob to the left then it is to rotate it to the right.Where this bino really shined was at night time, and no I don’t mean dusk I mean pure pitch black. Whenever, you aim at objects that produce light even if it is minimal, you will be able to gather enough light to actually have decent vision on it. However, once again focusing was as difficukt as it was at daytime, but no color fringing was apparent at this time.Also, shakiness is controllable almost as a 10x zoom. But 12x zoom is the absolute MAX you can hold with your hands anything more needs a tripod.The eyecups do rotate up and provide more then ample eye relief even people with glasses should have no problem.The accessories were nice, however, as I stated the clips on the case I received were broken.I was going to rate this bino at 2 stars, however the night time viewing managed to scramble itself another star.In conclusion, I don’t know how much better vortex’s top of the line models like the Viper/Razor are, but if you want a clear, easy viewing experience, I do suggest you look elsewhere. I personally recommend the Bushnell Legend M’s if you can settle for 10x zoom. You can read my review on that from my profile.If this review was helpful in making a decision, please feel free to hit the “Helpful” button.Cheers.

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  2. John Langley

    I upgraded to the 10×42 diamondback HD from previously using a Leopold Yosemite 10×30.I’ve been in the field and tried Vortex Fury HD binos, and had the chance to check out Razors, Vipers, dbacks, and crossfires in the store.First words out of my mouth when I looked through the Dback 10×42 HD was “Wow”. Out of all the vortex products I own, this one impressed me the most out of the box.I also currently own:Razor HD spotting scope 11-33x50Viper HS LR 4-16x50Viper HS 2.5-10x44Dback 4-12x40Crossfire 2, 6-24×50

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  3. b.brown

    I have a pair of Bushnell elites paid just shy of $1000. And are spectacular, compared to the much more expensive swaros, at a fraction of the price, perfect for bird watching, so I wanted something with a little more power and read the reviews on the HD Diamondbacks and thought for the money I’d try them out, for brightness they are incredible, on a scale 1-10 for sharpness I’d give it 7.5 -8, as far as value 1-10 I’d give it a solid 10, they are more than sufficient, and lifetime warranty , won’t be my last pair of Vortex

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  4. Penjamin

    Wonderful binoculars, I also like that Vortex has essentially changed the optics market for warranties. Vortex was getting very popular due to their stance on a “no questions asked” warranty policy. Now almost all the other manufacturers have come out with their “version” of it. But back to the binos. I bought these about the same time as a coworker bought the Vortex Razor HDs (nearly 4 times the cost of these). We both brought them to work one day and compared them side by side. The winner… obviously the Razor HDs….but not by that much…in my opinion. When first looking through them it was hard to even tell a difference. Both were extremely clear. It was only after going back and forth between them numerous times that you started noticing the differences. The first most noticeable is the field of view. The razor HDs were wider but not by a lot. If you were glassing long distances for hours you would probably appreciate the added area but I don’t, so this wasn’t of much consequence to me. Other than that it was really hard to pick out the differences. Finally after going back and forth (and having several other do the same without previous knowledge on which was more expensive) we could tell a real difference. So I took some paper with varying font sizes on it and set it up across the room. When comparing the two we were able to more clearly see some of the font with the Razor HDs. So with the added field of view and slightly better (perceivable) clarity, the Razor HDs won the side by side comparison…shocker right? But I paid a quarter the price for these and they barely lost the comparison. Every person we had look through both said the same thing. For the money they would go with the diamond backs. In fact several of the people that did the comparison went out and bought the diamond back HDs

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    Identical in every way from the previous version apart from an upgrade to the optics, HD glass, extra coatings, one being to help prevent scratching of outer surfaces on the lens and an upgraded prism design. comes with the Glass Pack case that can be used as a chest high case or just a regular slip on style. Visually when compared with the previous version their is a slight increase in image brightness and a little less Chromatic Abberation. I thinks its a very good buy for the price.

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  6. Voodoo

    Un rapporto qualità prezzo imbattibile, immagini nitide anche con poca luce, messa a fuoco precisa e veloce, impermeabile e riempito di azoto per impedire appannamenti interni.

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  7. Amazon Customer

    These are awsome binoculars will be buying a par for the wife as well. You do not need to purchase the extended warranty offered at check out they have a lifetime warranty through Vortex.

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  8. Jitou

    J’avais auparavant acquis le modèle précédent (non ED), je n’en était pas satisfait complètement et voici les raisons :- molette dure (impression de mauvaise qualité)- réglage distance oeil / verre (fermeté inégale à droite et à gauche)- optique très bonne mais avec encore du chromatisme visible- pochette fournie pas pratique et encombrante.Donc je les ai offerte à un parent pour ensuite commander cette nouvelle version.- l’image est piquée aucune fausse couleur même en conditions extrèmes (verres HD/ED)- molette fluide sans à coup- mécaniquement plus sûre- petit sac adapté et très compact fourni- garantie à vie !

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  9. Michall

    I have been using old binoculars for years what a difference .Vortex grabs any light available and makes it possible to see almost at dark.Great for hunting .Your eyes won’t tire out as fast as well.I love it .

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  10. Wil Graham

    Very clear, sharp image. Relatively light and comfortable to hold when viewing.

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  11. Justin Smith

    Great quality for the money

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  12. Sarah Rosenke

    Product arrived broken…

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