Vortex Diamondback 10×42 vs 10×50 Binoculars Comparison

The  Vortex Diamondback binoculars are some of the most popular binoculars among outdoorsmen. Vortex Optics as a corporation is specialized in optics and the have binoculars for any price range you want. The Diamondback is one of their low mid-price range binoculars that gives you good quality optical performance. Although there are not the number one high-end in the industry, they are some of the some best among the low mid-priced binoculars.

Today, we will be looking at the Vortex Diamondback 10×42 vs 10×50 binoculars comparison. This comparison was asked by one of our readers.  We have done our research and gathered users experiences with these two binoculars and will present the findings to you for you to make your decision on which one to choose.

The Vortex Diamondback binoculars series have different models namely; 8×28, 8×32, 8×42, 10×28, 10×32, 10×42, 10×50, and 12×50.

Vortex Diamondback 10×42 vs 10×50 Models- Specs Compared

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Vortex DB-215 Optics Diamondback HD 10x42 Binoculars, Black
Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars 10x50
Name
Vortex Diamondback 10x42 Binocular
Vortex Diamondback 10x50 Binocular
Magnification
10x
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
50 mm
Field of View
330 ft/1000 yds
283 ft/1000 yds
Eye Relief
16 mm
19 mm
Focus Type
Center
Center
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.25
5 mm
Weatherproof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Min. Focus Distance
6.7 ft
7 ft
Tripod Mount
Yes
Yes
Weight
21.4 oz
29.6 oz
Dimensions
5.8" x 5.1"
6.7" x 5.5"
Lens Coatings
Fully multi-coated lenses
Fully multi-coated lenses
Prism Coatings
BaK-4 roof Dielectric, Multi-layer prism coatings
BaK-4 roof Dielectric, Multi-layer prism coatings
Preview
Vortex DB-215 Optics Diamondback HD 10x42 Binoculars, Black
Name
Vortex Diamondback 10x42 Binocular
Magnification
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
330 ft/1000 yds
Eye Relief
16 mm
Focus Type
Center
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.25
Weatherproof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Min. Focus Distance
6.7 ft
Tripod Mount
Yes
Weight
21.4 oz
Dimensions
5.8" x 5.1"
Lens Coatings
Fully multi-coated lenses
Prism Coatings
BaK-4 roof Dielectric, Multi-layer prism coatings
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Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars 10x50
Name
Vortex Diamondback 10x50 Binocular
Magnification
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
50 mm
Field of View
283 ft/1000 yds
Eye Relief
19 mm
Focus Type
Center
Exit Pupil Diameter
5 mm
Weatherproof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Min. Focus Distance
7 ft
Tripod Mount
Yes
Weight
29.6 oz
Dimensions
6.7" x 5.5"
Lens Coatings
Fully multi-coated lenses
Prism Coatings
BaK-4 roof Dielectric, Multi-layer prism coatings

Optical  Performance

The  Diamondback binoculars are the workhorse of the Vortex lineup. There are known for their impressive optical quality and durability. Their lenses and prisms are dielectric, fully multi-coated to help transmit more light and produce clearer and brighter images.

The interior of these binoculars is Argon purged to ensure they are fully weatherproof (waterproof and fog proof) in order to withstand extreme weather usage.

That been said, both binoculars are made with the same materials. However, the Vortex Diamondback 10×42 binoculars have a wider field of view at 330 ft/1000 yds compared to the Vortex Diamondback 10×50 binoculars which is at  283 ft/1000 yd. This gives a slight advantage to the 10×42 model which helps with efficient glassing of your surroundings and identifying your target easily.

However,  The Vortex Diamondback 10×50 will have more light to work with considering it has a bigger objective lens diameter at 50 mm compared to the Diamondback 10×42, whose objective lens diameter is 42 mm. So it will be an advantage in lower light conditions because it should be brighter than a 42mm (considering the fact that they both have equal quality glass and coatings).

If low light is a priority, then the Vortex Diamondback 10×50 binoculars will be better for you. But that will mean compromising in weight and field of view.

Their Multi-position eyecups twist up to allow for adjustable eye relief. They both have generous eye relief long enough to accommodate eyeglass and non-glass wearers alike.  Both at a value of 16 mm and 19 mm respectively. Even though 10×50 binoculars have longer eye relief.  A right-eye diopter also accommodates for focal differences in your eyes in case you need re-focusing.

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Prices

Both models are in the low mid-price range. Their prices fall between $200- $300. Which is a huge bargain price considering their performance in the field.

Weight and Dimensions

I believe that the size/weight makes a difference when one uses them day in and day out. If you are like me who prefer something I can……. easily carry around, Then you would prefer the Diamondback 10×42 binoculars because they weigh 21.4 oz and have a dimension of 5.8″ x 5.1″ which make them less heavy and bulky compared to the Diamondback 10×50 binoculars that weigh 29.6 oz and have dimension of 6.7″ x 5.5″.

For things like backpacking and everyday glassing, the former is preferred to the later. With the latter, you might need a tripod to help you with the weight and steadiness.

Body Construction/Chassis

The Vortex Diamondbacks are sleek, have short hinge design and have a durable aluminum body with rubber armor and thumb indents which leave more room for your hands creating an easier, secure and non-slip grip.

Included in the package are:

  • Rainguard Eyepiece Cover
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Comfort neck strap
  • Deluxe custom-molded carry case

Final Verdict

For carrying in the field, 10×42 is the way to go. They will be a much friendlier packing bino and also easily tucked in a jacket. They are lighter and have a better field of view. But if you would prefer a higher light factor to make your viewing more pleasant and enhance your contrast then you might want to consider the 10×50 model.

However, they are bulkier and heavier to hold in your hands for long hours. That will mean you probably mounting them at some point. The Vortex Diamondback 10×42 binoculars are generally preferred by many over the 10×50 model. Even though they are both great. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. You just have to know what your priority is when selecting them.

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