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Recent content by b_reynolds_ak

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    A Field Review of NL 8x32

    The cover that comes with the winged eyecup set is much more usable and comes on and off fine. While I do get flare at times as well, I would also get annoying reflections on the oculur lenses when the sun was behind or off to the side of me. The winged eyecups eliminated this issue atleast. I...
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    Review from Robby Denning on Rokslide that was posted today. Some interesting observations from him that I have not seen addressed as of yet. New Zeiss Bino—SFL 10x40–Review: To note, the SFL is NOT in any “family“ of the Zeiss lines like Victory, Conquest, it’s just got the SF in it’s name...
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    TSN-99A Stay-on Cover

    https://www.optics4birding.com/kowa-neoprene-case-for-tsn-99a.html
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    773 Neoprene Stay on Case?

    Does anyone know of any neoprene stay on cases for the 773, similar to the ones that Kowa makes for the 55 and 88 series? UK or US availability works for me.
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    NL Pure 8x32 vs 10x32

    I have the 10x32 NL with the headrest. I generally prefer 8x, but for the particular use case for this bino, 10x is what I need. The field of view is impressive, I think it is similar to what you already see with the 8.5’s. The headrest absolutely makes a noticeable difference in stability with...
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    Review of 8x25 Victory Pocket

    I’ve had my pair for over a year. In that time they have come on a mountain sheep hunt, ride inside the center console of my truck continually, observe wildlife and birds multiple times a week and come on every backcountry ski and snow machine trip into your mountains that I go on, riding in the...
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    What’s about Reviews of the NL 10x32

    I personally use, and love, the 10x32 NL. Denco’s and Bentleys observations and statements regarding them are absolutely spot on. I wanted to love the 10x32 SF, but the comments Bentley made regarding them are exactly what I found as well.
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    Focuser smoothness on NL Pure?

    I have tried two pairs of 10x42 NL’s and 2 pairs of 10x32’s. I was comparing directly to Zeiss 8x32 SF’s as far as focus is concerned. The Zeiss was smoother than any of them. The 42 mil objective NL’s both had really nasty stiction near infinity and again at about 15 yards. The first pair of...
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    NL32 vs SF32 (and a few others)

    I don’t wear glasses and do not know the specific environmentals at that time. Like Bill said, the relatively low profile eye cups and large ocular elements are the most likely culprits. I have the eye cups extended 2 clicks up from all the way in and also have the Winged Eyecups installed to...
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    NL32 vs SF32 (and a few others)

    I recently experienced more condensation than expected while using my 10x32 NL’s on a 50 degree morning. I’ve had this happen before with other optics, but it did seem like it was a little worse with these. In my opinion, I’m thinking it may be partially due to the coating on the external glass...
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    NL Pure 8x32 and NL Pure 10x32!

    I feel the same as you. Curiosity got the better of me and I purchased the headrest for my 10x32's. At closer viewing distances, I dont feel a need for the headrest. However I do a lot of glassing at long distances in the mountains. This is where the rest really shines. It makes a noticeable...
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    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    I got rid of the SF just because I really wanted a 10x32 and I could not get along with that format in the SF. It gave me rolling ball issues and were sensitive to blackouts. Love the feel and ease of use of the 8x32 SF. I’m very happy with the 10x32 NL. It really is spectacular using it in the...
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    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    My first pair of 10x32’s went back due to a poor seam on the armor of one barrel, along with a bump of glue under the armor where it wasn’t supposed to be. It also had a bit of stiction in the focus wheel, right at infinity. The pair I just received to replace it are much better. No...
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    NL 10x32 vs SF 10x32

    I have to agree with Jcnguyen. After receiving my 10x32 NL’s, I am beyond happy with them. However, I like the ergos and focus wheel of the SF better. They just feel better in my hand and the focus is buttery smooth in the SF’s. If I wanted the best 8x32, I would go SF. If I wanted the best...
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    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    To me, the bright spots indicate stray light and perhaps a tendency for more glare. I believe the baffles within the optic have a lot to do with this. Now that I have had both days of overcast as well as bright sun, I can confirm that this is indeed the case. The NL exhibits more veiling glare...
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