Vortex 8x42 Diamondback HD Binocular

Model: DB-214

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Focus Type Center
Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Angle of View 7.5° (Actual)
Field of View 393' @ 1000 yd / 130.48 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 5' / 1.52 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 5.3 mm
Eye Relief 17 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 55 to 73 mm / 2.2 to 2.9"
Diopter Adjustment Yes

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 7 x 7"
Package Weight 1.9 lb

General Information

Prism Type Roof


Dimensions 5.7 x 5.1" / 14.48 x 12.95 cm
Weight 21.8 oz / 618 g


Water Resistance Waterproof
Fogproof Yes, Argon Filled
Expert Reviews
Outdoor gear lab.34298415
3 weeks ago

Whether you’re an experienced bird watcher looking to maximize optical performance per dollar or are seeking your first pair of binoculars and want something high-quality that won’t break the bank, we think the Vortex Diamondback HD 8x42 is a fantastic choice.

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    Excellent brightness, great clarity, comfortable

  • -

    Slightly heavy for backpacking

22 October 2019

That's all, I suppose. If I wanted to carp a bit I would also mention the maximum transmission level which graph you can find below.

  • +

    shapely, solid, and stylish chasis made of magnesium composites,, wide field of view,, sensational correction of astigmatism,, very low chromatic aberration,, slight coma,, moderate brightness loss on the edge of the field,, sharp image up to over 90% of the field,, very good colour rendition,, high...

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    truncated exit pupils.

Outdoor gear lab.34298415
3 weeks ago

If you're looking for the best image quality you can get for less than a grand, the Vortex Viper HD 8x42 should be at the top of your short list. These binoculars strike a great balance between price and performance.

  • +

    Very clear and bright, easy to adjust, comfortable, high-quality construction

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    On the expensive side

User Reviews
20 March 2017

I would be the first to admit I never invested a lot into binoculars. I didn't see the point. Well I totally see now. It's like when you put these up to your eyes it turns on a light. So glad I bit the bullet. You should too an you won't regret it.

  • +

    clarirty, feel, detail, light, bright, Clear, crystal clear

  • -

    weight, None, None

18 October 2018

These lightweight--one of the best features--binoculars are very nice for the very affordable price. IMPORTANT: If you have a small interpupillary distance, this is one of the only standard-size (as opposed to compact) binoculars that will close down far enough for you to be able to use them.

3 July 2017

These are very close to Swarovski quality, and I would rate above Ziess or Leupold. Very bright and have tested at Dawn or Dusk. Am able to pick up fine details of grassy meadows or dark timber in the mountains in the middle of the day or at last shooting light.

  • +

    Exceptional Quality and Clarity, Price, Lightweight, easy to use, bright, no fogging up, Eyecups adjust easy

  • -

    None. Great unit, None for me

10 January 2019

Had many people try to dissuade me from going 12x50 vs 10x42. After trying out the 12x50, they were the right choice. Definitely heavier, but not cumbersome and easy enough to hold steady. I have poor eyes and appreciate the little extra power.

24 February 2021

Binoculars feel good in the hand with nice thumb indents and a comfortable size. Good adjustment for use with glasses. Crisp focus. Good field of view. The length of the tethers on the tethered objective lens covers are too short, causing the covers to get in the way of the lens during use.

9 April 2018

I am using these binoculars to aid in spotting birds to be photographed. I love their light weight as I am often lugging a camera with long telephoto lens, tripod, etc. along with me as well. The optics are excellent- good field of view and sharpness.

31 August 2015

I bought these binos last year and have been really pleased with them. Vortex is by far the best bang for you buck in optics. I previously had a pair of Steiner 10x42's. The Razor HD's are by far superior. Just purchased a the Razor HD 11-33 spotting scope to go along with this bad boy. Love it.

  • +

    clarirty, feel, detail, light, bright, Clear, crystal clear

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    weight, None, None

5 June 2018

I bought these for a trip I'm taking to the Galapagos Islands. Nice and light weight, excellent clarity. I like the feature to lock your personal eye settings into the binoculars for focus.I think they are a good value for the price.

4 January 2016

Bit pricey but cheaper than Swarovski and just as good. Will not be disappointed. Light weight, Fast focus. User friendly. Put the binos through a elk hunt in Colorado and they worked great. Also this is not a bias review I also own Swaro binos to compare with.

  • +

    clarirty, feel, detail, light, bright, Clear, crystal clear

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    weight, None, None

3 October 2018

For the price these binoculars can't be beat. Amazing clarity and only slightly larger than my 10x42 Leupold BX3. I was worried the 12X magnification would be difficult to hold steady, but I was pleasantly surprised. #vortexnation

Product Highlights
  • High Definition Optical System
  • Phase-Corrected Roof Prisms
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • Wide 60° Apparent Angle of View
  • Argon-Filled Water & Fogproof
  • Large Center Focusing Knob
  • GlassPak Binocular Harness
  • Rubber-Armored Magnesium Housing
  • Tripod Mountable with Optional Adapter
  • Twist-Up Rubber Eyecups/Diopter
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In The Box
  • Vortex 8x42 Diamondback HD Binocular
  • Vortex GlassPak Binocular Harness (Tan)
  • Neck Strap
  • Rainguard Eyepiece Cover
  • Tethered Objective Lens Covers
  • Lens Cloth
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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