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8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby Moose » Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:24 am

Im looking at buying some new binos. I hunt farm country and didnt know if i should look at 8x42 or 10x42? Im leaning towards the vortex crossfire vs the dimondbacks. Any suggestions would be appreciated!


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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby adavis » Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:57 am

I went with the diamondback HD 10x50 and absolutely love them. I previously had 10x42 and really appreciate how much better the 10x50s work in low light.I hunt everything from big timber to marshes to river bottoms to ag and have found the 10x50s to be the way to go.
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby Rich M » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:04 am

I've seen the Leupold McKenzie series and for a lower cost setup, they are real nice.

The 8-10x does make a diff for long range viewing. 8x would be best in cover and 10x better for looking across the fields.
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby justdirtyfun » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:42 am

I find a ton of useful info on Rokslide forum. They go bananas over optics.
And what is repeated over and over is to "buy once,cry once" since optics are a buy it for life type item.
Leupold BX4 are the best under $500 right now.
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby Huntress13 » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:51 am

I went from a cheapie 8 x 42 to the Crossfire 10 x 42s and I really like them a lot.
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby Rich M » Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:41 am

I looked thru a crossfire scope once and found it to be comfortable to the eyes. Buddy has the Diamondback and I have an older Viper (Scopes)

I bought a closeout Leupold binoc in 2017 and thought it was all that until 2019 hunt when buddy shows up with McKenzie and it was easier to see bedded deer with his. LOL!
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby gcronin » Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:47 am

Great question - I prefer 8x42s as they will give you a wider field of view which is what I want, especially for a hunting optic! 10x42s would be good for scouting more from the road or if you are hunting primary fields. If you get into a thick area in the woods, the 10x may be too much to get on target comfortably. If both of those are in your price range I would recommend jumping up to the Diamondback HD line as they will give you better clarity, resolution, and low-light performance compared to the Crossfire HDs.

Let me know if you have any questions on optics & good luck this season!
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby Trout » Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:30 am

I love my 8x42's. We have a local big box with every bino out there. When I got mine, I had the guy bring em all out on the display case and tried em one by one, then narrowed em down. I live in northern MI and decided on 8x42 because I dont need 10x, and I really liked the extra FOV you get with 8x, makes it easy to quickly find what you're looking for.

Its actually surprising how well you can see stuff far away with the 8x's, especially if you have steady hands.

I actually liked the Nikon Monarch 5's over the equivalently priced vortex's, they're super sharp, had em for two years now with no complaints.
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby iowa whitetail » Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:52 pm

I have 12x50 vortex I used to have 10x50 I won’t go back. 12s are awesome!!
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby The Mediocre Hunter » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:07 pm

I had a pair of pursuit 8x42 from bass pro and was fine with them until I looked through a decent pair and could not believe what a difference a good set make. Ended up having some cash till I could afford the vortex viper HDs. 10x50s I think. It's night and day between the pursuit and the vortex. Even though the magnification is different you can tell the difference in low light. My suggestion is get the best you can afford when it comes to glass. If you hunt open country the larger the magnification the better, if you hunt wooded and close quarters, 8 or 10 work great. For more open areas 10 or 12s. I also bought a cheap spotting scope from Amazon that's like 20-60 magnification x85 and honestly I stopped using it because I can make stuff out better with my binos on a tripod. For bigger magnification the more stable it needs to be so you can actually benefit from it.
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby Wolfshead » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:27 pm

I just updated my binos from a pair of 8.5x50 Vortex diamondbacks to 10x42 diamondbacks HDs.
Wow! World of difference!
Even though the exit pupil is greater with the 8.5x50s (5.9)the new HDs (4.2)is not even just as good in low light they’re better.
I thought about a pair of 10x50s but the size difference was greater that I wanted to carry in the woods especially if I’m on the move.
I would definitely recommend the Diamondbacks over the crossfires my set cost $219 off amazon, and they are well worth the investment I also hunt a lot of farmland but also big woods and I am extremely happy with my new purchase!
Vortex is the way to go!
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby Kraftd » Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:32 am

Wolfshead wrote:I just updated my binos from a pair of 8.5x50 Vortex diamondbacks to 10x42 diamondbacks HDs.
Wow! World of difference!
Even though the exit pupil is greater with the 8.5x50s (5.9)the new HDs (4.2)is not even just as good in low light they’re better.
I thought about a pair of 10x50s but the size difference was greater that I wanted to carry in the woods especially if I’m on the move.
I would definitely recommend the Diamondbacks over the crossfires my set cost $219 off amazon, and they are well worth the investment I also hunt a lot of farmland but also big woods and I am extremely happy with my new purchase!
Vortex is the way to go!


I also have the Diamondback 10x50s and love them. Paid about the same at cabelas. 8x would be fine for me 90% of the time but like having the 10s for when I want them. Can be very useful Marsh hunting with longer views. Never really found an issue getting things in view, even relatively close.
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Re: 8x42 vs 10x42

Unread postby Kraftd » Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:32 am

Wolfshead wrote:I just updated my binos from a pair of 8.5x50 Vortex diamondbacks to 10x42 diamondbacks HDs.
Wow! World of difference!
Even though the exit pupil is greater with the 8.5x50s (5.9)the new HDs (4.2)is not even just as good in low light they’re better.
I thought about a pair of 10x50s but the size difference was greater that I wanted to carry in the woods especially if I’m on the move.
I would definitely recommend the Diamondbacks over the crossfires my set cost $219 off amazon, and they are well worth the investment I also hunt a lot of farmland but also big woods and I am extremely happy with my new purchase!
Vortex is the way to go!


I also have the Diamondback 10x50s and love them. Paid about the same at cabelas. 8x would be fine for me 90% of the time but like having the 10s for when I want them. Can be very useful Marsh hunting with longer views. Never really found an issue getting things in view, even relatively close.


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