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Recent content by b_reynolds_ak

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    Fine Swiss Watches in the Field..?

    Here is my Breitling Chronomat Evolution on a rubber strap, alongside the new Zeiss 8x32 SF. I absolutely love this watch and wear it out in the field quite often.
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    Zeiss SF 8X32 after 8 weeks of use...

    My pair of 8x32 SF's also have a slightly more noticeable click on the left eyecup than the right as well.
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    The Zeiss Victory SF 8x32: a somewhat idiosyncratic, but comprehensive review

    That will be an interesting comparison! I find that my 8x32 SF are really growing on me, especially when I use them out in the mountains under real world conditions. However, there is something about them that makes them seem slightly less sharp, as well as not such a 'brilliant' view, as EL's...
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    Zeiss SF 8X32 after 8 weeks of use...

    Yeah I ordered a pair of the 10x32 SF's from them earlier this fall and was able to use a 20% off Coupon. The actual binoculars shipped from Optics Planet. Its rare to find 20% off of newly released Alpha bins. However when I decided to go with the 8x instead, EuroOptic price matched Campsaver...
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    Where are all the 8x32 SF reviews? After all the speculation...

    I’ve had both the 10 and 8x32 SF’s. The 10’s were indeed harder for eye placement. I ended up with the 8’s as my keepers as they were easier for me to use and avoid blackouts.
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    The Zeiss Victory SF 8x32: a somewhat idiosyncratic, but comprehensive review

    Very nice review and enjoyable to read so far. Great job!
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    Do folks think the Ultravid HD+ 8x32 is on par with the Zeiss SF or Swaro EL 8x32s?

    I think you are on the right track with your last statement. After passing my BN’s on to you, I’ve tried the following: Swaro 8x32 EL WB, 8x32 EL SV, 10x32 EL SV, 8.5x42 EL SV, Zeiss 10x32 SF and have FINALLY found my perfect bino’s.. the 8x32 SF. It is so much better than the swaros as far as...
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    Trinovid bn 8x32, are they still worthy?

    So glad you both are enjoying them! If I didnt have to fund other bino's, I would have never sold. They are beautiful bino's that are built superbly. The view is just so nice.
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    Any EL optical improvements since c2016?

    Oh sorry about that, typo while using Tapatalk on my phone. The two pairs of 8.5x42's were manufactured in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
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    Where are all the 8x32 SF reviews? After all the speculation...

    To answer my own question, yes the 8x32 SF’s are easier to look through and less sensitive to eyecup position than the 10’s. The 8’s just arrived today and already they are noticeably easier for me to use comfortably. I don’t get the rolling ball effect that I was getting with the 10’s. Despite...
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    8x32 EL VS 10x32 EL ‘Which handles glare better?’

    Well.. I was still curious about the 8x32 SF, as I had only tried out the 10, which i didn’t find as good as I hoped as far as ease of use etc. I managed to find a retailer in the States that had one in stock. I sent them an email and got them to discount it by $350! It just arrived and I’ve...
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    Any EL optical improvements since c2016?

    Hey Matt, I do think that improved coatings have made a difference. I recently tried both a 2018 and 2018 8.5x42 EL and in low sunlight, I’m pretty sure I could tell a difference in glare reduction in the newer one. It sure looked like the 201& had more milky, veiling, glare. The ‘19 had the...
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    Do folks think the Ultravid HD+ 8x32 is on par with the Zeiss SF or Swaro EL 8x32s?

    It is super easy to trim the Field Optics winged eyecups to whatever size or shape suits you. I have done that with them for my Victory Pockets. They are now about a third of the size as normal and fit way better.
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    Where are all the 8x32 SF reviews? After all the speculation...

    I returned the 10x32's as I just did not have the comfortable viewing experience that I hoped for. I think I may give the 8's a try though. I placed a backorder for them, as they seem to have sold out of stock in most places in the U.S. already. The larger exit pupil and decreased magnification...
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    8x32 EL VS 10x32 EL ‘Which handles glare better?’

    Yes all good thoughts. This is the 6th new Swaro I’ve handled this summer and the worse quality control yet. I’m beginning to think that I should start my own thread with Dennis so that we can be bino butterflies together and not annoy everyone else haha I don’t think the hair and cleaning marks...
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