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    Roger Vine's Zeiss 20x60S review

    Thanks. Sorry if I'm dense, but does that mean CA (as detected by RV) is: (a) at the exact focus point not noticeable; a bit inside and outside it present but not too bad, or (b) at the focus point and a bit inside and outside it present but not too bad?
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    Roger Vine's Zeiss 20x60S review

    The section on CA runs as follows. Could someone (perhaps RV if reading this) please explain what is meant by the words I have underscored, thanks. Chromatic Aberration I noted some false colour on high contrast targets, but it’s not generally intrusive. Crows in high branches do show feathers...
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    Lightweight binocular for a chair ridden friend

    Is he able to hold up (lift and then keep steady for long enough) a porro-prism ("traditional"-shaped, before straight-barrel) model of 470 grams or 16½ oz? If so the Kowa YF 6x30 (5mm exit pupil) should be a fine option. It's available (in stock) at $ 100 with leading online retailers in the...
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    10x32 viable alternative to 10x42?

    It seems that for 1½(?) decades the Zeiss Victory FL 10x32, which has just been discontinued, has excelled pretty much on all fronts. One gathers this from the few reports by those who used and wrote of them. See the thread linked here for example. It seems to me also that it did not receive...
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    10x32 viable alternative to 10x42?

    It is often said that in bird/nature viewing the difference in an image through, say, a 32 mm and a 42 mm, with the same magnification and same optical quality, can be seen for about a 5 to 15 minute period at dawn and dusk. This is only true about viewing something out in the open. In some...
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    Victory FL discontinued?

    End of an era? The Zeiss website has removed the Victory FL section. (Did it last have only the 8x and 10x 32s?) The sections now are: (Victory) SF, (Victory) HT, Conquest, Victory Pocket and Terra.
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    10x32 viable alternative to 10x42?

    Another option is the Zeiss Conquest 10x32. Below are comments by two well-regarded reviewers. As well as info. for the OP this is for myself to learn from responses if any. Zeiss Conquest 10x32 review, Scopeviews, Roger Vine, comparison vs Zeiss Victory SF 32: “[ . . . ] • The SFs may have...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    The tables are turned on me. Have others too had that experience, then? I'd like to know about this at any configuration though especially 15x56.
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    Theron Questa 8x42 and 10x42

    This is a pretty subjective aspect but another thing I liked about the McKinley was its color rendition and I gather from what I read that the Questa is similar in that. In Frank's thread he says, "Truly a beautiful, natural image greets your eyes every time you look through it." I found in the...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    John, the figure in the table of B1.1 (non-Plus) by Meopta in your image works out to 1240g so probably includes caps+strap. The figure of 1150g has also been noted down separately by me (in a comparison table to guide me in selection) some time back. Regarding price, that retailer currently...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    The data in the attached image shows that in 15x56 the B1.1 is at least 70 g lighter than the B1 Plus.
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    Theron Questa 8x42 and 10x42

    HoodieOR, reports generally convey that the 10x is not as good as the 8x. This is so with the Theron Questa and the other binoculars that are "clones with" it, or nearly, viz. the Zen-Ray Prime and Leupold McKinley. I don't remember specifics, only that the experience is less satisfying. This...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    Meopta's website says that compared with B1.1 "B1 Plus features enhanced optical tolerances to provide even sharper images and greater optical performance." Has anyone in BirdForum or elsewhere yet detected this? Jim, it's only on reading your post (#112) that I learnt MeoStar Plus is heavier...
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    Binocular Weight, a Triviality?

    John, thank you for all that, how thorough, as usual. Now (addressing others also), in my post before my last I asked what made the newer top-tier binoculars that much heavier, and as examples of the points I sought I listed (in regard to glass, i.e. in addition to other factors): "lenses for...
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    The mistake of buying an Ultravid HD+ 7x42

    CharleyBird, thanks for the reply on CA in Leica Uv. vs Zeiss Victory FL 7x42. Tom, thanks for that information. Zeiss Victory FL 7x42 (your post #59) is rather large, 6.5 inches long vs Leica Uv. 5.6 in. and Opticron Discovery 5.3 in., and I have a bit of a fixation for smallness. I have read...
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