I've had the new Zen-Ray ED3 binoculars for a few days now,and have spent some time looking thru them at various times of the day,in different light,cloudy days,rain,etc.
These binoculars rock.The clarity is amazing for a $500 class bino.They aren't Swarovski EL's or Zeiss Victory's,but they sure run with binoculars costing more than their price
The focus ring adjusts great-not too stiff/not too easy.
The glass coatings really make the colors pop out,and they allow you to see clearly in the dimmest of light in the morning/evening.
The weight isn't bad-26oz,and the rubber armor coating feels good.It's not slick or sticky feeling,and it is textured on the barrels for sure gripping.
They come with tethered rubber objective lens covers,and a rubber rain cover for the ocular lens that attaches to the neck strap. These fit well,and are easy to remove for viewing.
The Hard/Soft case that they come in is one thing I really don't care for,but it works well. It comes with a neck/carrying strap,and uses a zipper to open/close the case. The case then opens up to about a 45* angle allowing access to the binoculars. This case will work fine for storage for me,but I'll use a binocular harness when used in the field.
I really like these binoculars,and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of them. I figured the glass would be 1st rate,as it is Japanese ED glass,but since I had never heard of the brand before,I was just going by others reviews on several optics forums.
If you need some quality binoculars for a decent price,Zen-Ray ED3's get my vote!