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Forum: Binoculars Friday 15th December 2017, 16:04
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By WJC
Stating the “obvious” as Ceasar said: In two...

Stating the “obvious” as Ceasar said:

In two places, you say not to compare Japanese-made vs Chinese-made binoculars. However, your first two sentences seem to indicate the opposite. What am I...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 14th December 2017, 00:05
Replies: 92
Views: 7,816
Posted By WJC
Hi, Andy: I usually say "Western Washington,"...

Hi, Andy:

I usually say "Western Washington," because Washington is like two different states—weatherwise and political. Western has snowcapped mountains, rain forests, and the Sound. Eastern has...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 13th December 2017, 21:15
Replies: 92
Views: 7,816
Posted By WJC
WARNING! If it's as cold there as it is here in...

WARNING! If it's as cold there as it is here in the "banana belt" (that's what some called it BEFORE our move to southern Idaho, you may freeze before getting to read it! 35 years in western...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 8th December 2017, 01:45
Replies: 11
Views: 629
Posted By WJC
Hi, Dave, I'm certain there were changes. Could...

Hi, Dave,

I'm certain there were changes. Could any mortal perceive the difference? I'm certain they couldn’t. Think about it. If all the changes in optical performance that people like to talk...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 7th December 2017, 18:50
Replies: 32
Views: 1,625
Posted By WJC
Hi, Sarah and Welcome: My birding bino is a...

Hi, Sarah and Welcome:

My birding bino is a Nikon 8x32 SE. That choice has nothing to do with what YOUR choice should be. However, at the time, I ran an optics shop which sold Zeiss, Leica,...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 7th December 2017, 18:40
Replies: 4
Views: 601
Posted By WJC
And well you should. Franklin ......

And well you should.

Franklin ... Louisiana?

Bill
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 6th December 2017, 19:23
Replies: 22
Views: 1,068
Posted By WJC
“Necessarily?” NO. Traditionally? YES. Shorter...

“Necessarily?” NO. Traditionally? YES.

Shorter focal ratio systems CAN be equal to longer ones. However, it usually requires MORE EXOTIC glass types (read: $$), at least one ASPHERIC ELEMENT (read:...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 5th December 2017, 21:48
Replies: 22
Views: 1,068
Posted By WJC
Not quite. But I was being kind by only invoking...

Not quite. But I was being kind by only invoking AMATEUR telescope makers. And their work began to take off in the late 1920s. :cat:

Bill
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 5th December 2017, 17:02
Replies: 22
Views: 1,068
Posted By WJC
Hi, Henry: Binocular owners are now learning...

Hi, Henry:

Binocular owners are now learning what telescope makers have known for almost a hundred years. But, better late than never. :cat:

Bill
Forum: Leica Saturday 2nd December 2017, 23:01
Replies: 76
Views: 4,524
Posted By WJC
This Snippet from my book might be of...

This Snippet from my book might be of interest.:cat:

Bill
Forum: Swarovski Friday 1st December 2017, 00:30
Replies: 29
Views: 1,060
Posted By WJC
Hi, Rabbix: There is no doubt that even such an...

Hi, Rabbix:

There is no doubt that even such an infinitesimal scratch will affect resale value—especially to the irrational optical nitnoid. And, I know people on BirdForum change expensive...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 30th November 2017, 23:02
Replies: 29
Views: 1,060
Posted By WJC
Hi, Rabbix: NO binocular is EVER perfect. But, I...

Hi, Rabbix:

NO binocular is EVER perfect. But, I would say that if the binocular is worth more to you to look AT than look THROUGH, you should ignore all the good advice that has been given you and...
Forum: Zen Ray Thursday 30th November 2017, 17:54
Replies: 27
Views: 4,030
Posted By WJC
If you liked the ZR product, and the company IS...

If you liked the ZR product, and the company IS out of business ... you will undoubtedly be able to find virtually the same product from MANY other vendors. The COSMETICS will be different, the...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 30th November 2017, 02:00
Replies: 29
Views: 1,060
Posted By WJC
Ed: You're being nice, again. That scratch is...

Ed:

You're being nice, again. That scratch is only ~20% of minimal and creates much more flutter than flight. :cat:

Bill
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 29th November 2017, 16:33
Replies: 24
Views: 1,177
Posted By WJC
Hi Malcolm: I was a Minolta dealer before and...

Hi Malcolm:

I was a Minolta dealer before and after they tried to save their company by merging with Konica. But, as a life-long tech, I would like to offer another piece of the puzzle. There can be...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 28th November 2017, 23:44
Replies: 56
Views: 7,084
Posted By WJC
Thanks! I was thinking strictly binos. I wasn't...

Thanks! I was thinking strictly binos. I wasn't thinking that name was used with cameras. Hey, ain't dementia great? By the way ... I don't recall giving you this number. 8-P
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 28th November 2017, 16:48
Replies: 16
Views: 1,011
Posted By WJC
Show off! :cat: BC

Show off! :cat:

BC
Forum: Binoculars Monday 27th November 2017, 20:50
Replies: 56
Views: 7,084
Posted By WJC
Hi, Peter: Since there are no non-electronic...

Hi, Peter:

Since there are no non-electronic "auto-focusing" binoculars, you must be depending on spatial accommodation to keep them in focus. But, please remember two things. Unless you are very...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 27th November 2017, 20:42
Replies: 56
Views: 7,084
Posted By WJC
Hi, Rathaus: You use "FPO" a great deal. What...

Hi, Rathaus:

You use "FPO" a great deal. What does that mean; I can find no association with the Rangemaster. :cat:

Bill
Forum: Leica Sunday 26th November 2017, 06:07
Replies: 39
Views: 2,173
Posted By WJC
Yes, I know. That's why there are so many great...

Yes, I know. That's why there are so many great reviews on the back from optical engineering professors, authors, and industry professionals and so many 5-star ratings from readers on Amazon.com. So,...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 25th November 2017, 20:01
Replies: 93
Views: 4,589
Posted By WJC
Hi, Patudo: As George Bernard Shaw said:...

Hi, Patudo:

As George Bernard Shaw said: “England and America are two countries separated by the same Language”—Patton misquote notwithstanding. Hopefully not, but I get the impression you are...
Forum: Opticron Tuesday 21st November 2017, 23:22
Replies: 11
Views: 941
Posted By WJC
Most companies place a high priority on staying...

Most companies place a high priority on staying in business, and loosening QC can be a part of that. When the original TASCO was going under, I bought their Fujinon U.B.M.M. collimator. The...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 21st November 2017, 21:40
Replies: 20
Views: 1,679
Posted By WJC
Ah, Gijs and Ed both together, Great. I defer to...

Ah, Gijs and Ed both together, Great.

I defer to my stroke concerning my forgetting of names of people I have known for a long time and it happens, again.

What was the last name of Zeiss' Walter...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 20th November 2017, 17:31
Replies: 23
Views: 1,655
Posted By WJC
In theory, yes. BUT, you should have the eyecups...

In theory, yes. BUT, you should have the eyecups in or out to where they are the most comfortable and efficient. Theories won't drive nails. :cat:

Bill
Forum: Binoculars Monday 20th November 2017, 16:14
Replies: 23
Views: 1,655
Posted By WJC
Many thanks! Bill

Many thanks!

Bill
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