In May 2019, this was the most popular binocular on Redstart Birding. If you’re looking for an exceptional binocular for under $300, the Vortex Diamondback 8×42 might just be your best bet. It’s surprisingly lightweight compared to other optics in its class, coming in just under 22 oz. An excellent close focus and generous field of view are perfect for bird watching, and the short hinge design provides a comfortable grip that won’t tire out your hands too quickly. The Vortex Diamondback 8×42 is backed by the Vortex VIP lifetime warranty. It has averaged five out five stars in reviews on the Redstart site.