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Recent content by Kiwimac

  1. K

    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    Well that is interesting; perhaps they have used some other coating instead? It would be helpful to see a bit more plain speaking from some of these brands sometimes.
  2. K

    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    One thing I have heard often here in NZ is that Swarovski's customer service is better than all the other alpha brands available here. I do not have any particular experience on which to base that myself but I have heard it from several different users. Being stuck in a small market at the...
  3. K

    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    Does this mean that the NL top of the range binocular now no longer sheds rain etc from the lenses like its competitors? That seems a bit backward.
  4. K

    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    I hadn't realised. I'd probably have bought Zeiss with Lotutec if I'd known.
  5. K

    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    I had no idea binoculars could be political!
  6. K

    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    That's an odd thing to do. Why?
  7. K

    Effect of (differential) LASIK on binocular use

    Ok. Good to hear. The ideal eyecup position seems to be mid way between fully extended and the first stop below that. Of course there's no way to make them stay at that point! I have noticed that eye placement is quite critical. One time you can put them to your eye and the view seems spot on...
  8. K

    Effect of (differential) LASIK on binocular use

    A couple of years ago, I had differential LASIK. This means that my left eye is sharply focussed at reading distance and my right at far viewing distance. IRL this essentially gives me at 53 the same vision I had at 16 - I can see everything clearly (if I use both eyes!) from near to far. This...
  9. K

    Higher Companion Magnification To The 8X42 NL Pure - 12X42 NL Pure?

    I presently have EL 8. x 42 and NL 12x42 on my desk. The 8.5 is most definitely the better in brightness terms in poor light. On a sunny day however I cannot perceive an appreciable difference between them in terms of brightness of image. Although it took me a few days to get used to the NL it...
  10. K

    Swaro EL 10x50 users in 2021.

    What is this "Field Pro" I keep seeing mentioned? It does not seem to be offered in NZ, whatever it is.
  11. K

    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    I have the 'automatic' rain guard that Swarovski make. I tried it on my NL 12x42 and promptly got condensation on the eyepieces because the fabric of the rainguard was directing my exhaled breath onto them! Took it off and since, no issue.
  12. K

    IN PRAISE OF THE SWAROVSKI 12X42 NL PURE

    I used contacts then progressed to LASIK. Of course, not everyone can follow the same path. Disposable contacts worked well for me. I was working as a professional photographer at the time, and glasses and camera viewfinders were as annoying as glasses and bins. The contacts solved that issue...
  13. K

    IN PRAISE OF THE SWAROVSKI 12X42 NL PURE

    I have not, no. Even before LASIK when I wore glasses all the time, I never used them with binoculars. I simply found it too odd putting them against the surface of my glasses rather than my face. Also, since glasses are invariably expensive, I was always terrified of scratching or marking the...
  14. K

    IN PRAISE OF THE SWAROVSKI 12X42 NL PURE

    OK, so this morning was a bit sunnier so I took the glasses out for a second run. Compared to my EL 8.5, the NL 12 definitely need a bit more light to come alive: they were much better with some reasonable sunshine. I can’t help but wonder if making them NL12x50 would have been better in some...
  15. K

    IN PRAISE OF THE SWAROVSKI 12X42 NL PURE

    Sooooo. The 12x42's arrived this morning. My initial impressions of the non-viewing aspects: Lighter Ergonomics are better Surprisingly easy to hand hold even though the forehead rest is not yet with me Why did they change the strap from the nylon cords of the EL (which was excellent) to flat...
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