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Recent content by lgguy

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    Binocular bargains

    I wear glasses so the eyecup diameter hasn't been an issue.
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    Binocular bargains

    Maybe try making an offer for this one in the classifieds. :) https://www.birdforum.net/threads/cabelas-meopta-meostar-euro-hd-8x32.417791/
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    Swarovski Curio 7x21 versus Victory 8x25 and Ultravid 8x20

    Thanks. The size of the Curio is pretty compelling. I just worry the smaller size and exposed metal will make it tricky to handle. Might have to buy one to find out.
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    Swarovski Curio 7x21 versus Victory 8x25 and Ultravid 8x20

    Can someone post a photo of the Curio next to a Zeiss Victory Pocket?
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    Kowa Genesis 8,5x44 (Prominar) well worth it

    I'm a fan of the 8.5x44 Genesis also. Such a clean view and everything snaps into focus without any fiddling with the focus wheel. I wish it were a little lighter, I've been carrying 5 lbs of camera gear lately in addition to binoculars. I may have to try the 8x33.
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    Comprehensive test from Gijs of transmission of 8x30 and 8x32 models

    The GPO Passion ED 8x32 look impressive. Roughly the same transmission as the Victory SF and quite a bit lighter. Too bad the eye relief is only 13mm. I guess you can't have everything for 1/6 the price.
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    Binocular bargains

    Reconditioned Olympus 8x42 Pro, $240. Looks like they're close to $500 new. https://www.getolympus.com/us/en/outlet.html?cat=66&limit=36
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    Sparrow like bird, San Jose CA

    Can anyone help ID this? The head looks like a sparrow but the pattern on the back is unusual. I didn't get a photo from the front but it had a lot of yellow.
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    Leica Monovid 8 X 20 vs. Swarovski NL Pure 8 X 32 For Bird Watching?

    You may be able to compare at Camera Land, Welcome to Camera Land NY They're a sponsor and I've had good experiences with them.
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    Kowa Genesis 10.5x44 or Maven B2 11x45

    I compared the Genesis 8.5x44 and Maven B2 9x45 side by side about a year ago. The main thing I noticed was that the Kowa had much less CA. I preferred the Maven for its larger AFOV, brightness and overall feel, but couldn't get past the CA in some conditions. I'd demo the Maven, I think you...
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    Kowa after sales support?

    I bought a 8.5x44 Genesis off eBay. After close to a year of use focusing got a little sticky. Kowa USA repaired if in a couple weeks for free. If it hadn't been covered by the warranty the cost would have been under $100.
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    Genesis Update

    Thanks for the info, I was wondering the same thing. I have the 8.5x44, tempting to get the 10.5x44 also at this price.
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    Binocular bargains

    Kowa has instant rebates on 33mm and 44mm Genesis models which drop the prices to $799 and $999 respectively. Available on Amazon direct from Kowa.
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    Interview with Jan van Daalen May 2020

    Interesting, I hadn't thought about the lack of options between $1000 and $2500. The only ~8x42 options in the US are the SLC, Kowa Genesis, and Vortex UHD. Hopefully we see more competition in this price range soon. An updated Meostar B2, Kowa Genesis, Nikon MHG, and Zeiss would be interesting.
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    The Kowa Genesis 33 the best kept secret in premium midsize binoculars.

    I'm a big fan of the 8.5x44. A little heavier than newer models, but no complaints about the view.