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Reviews by sherlock

Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Light, good optics, value for money
Cons
  • Drawtube operation, not waterproof, Flimsy HDF zoom screw
We have had our MM2 ED with HDF 12 x 36 zoom since late 2007.

Although we recently aquired a Nikon ed82 the MM2 is still used frequently including on a monopod while walking to and from prime bird watching areas and it serves us jolly well. The view through the ED glass is very good and having a steadyish monopod means higher magnifications can be used.

Problems with the MM2 to date -

When the lens cap is removed the rubber eyepad thingy keeps moving and it has to be pushed back each time

The adjustable eye relief securing screw worked loose once. Opticron sent another screw which I fitted but now it has worked loose again and I fear the thread has now worn because of the loosening screws. The thread on the screw is very small and not very long and the metal the screw goes into is not very thick. A weak point on the HDF zooms surely?

I made a modification as I disliked the drawtube operation. A sleeve of plastic was sliced to fit into the extending section. It is secured by very small nyloc cable ties. This negates the need for the scope to be opened in damp conditions and reduces the possibilty of allowing moist air into the internals everytime the scope is extended.

A good purchase although as I have the Nikon I now wish I had bought the Nikon ED50 so I could swap lens now and then.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Great value for money, superb image, tried and tested design
Cons
  • narrow fov with 25 - 75 lens
I went to a field day and had over 4 hours use of 4 tripods and 5 scopes - ES80ED & HR80ED from Opticron, latest 80 Swarovski 20/50, Kowa 883, Nikon ED82

Conditions bright but cold, looking North over the Exeter estuary.

I cant give much if any technical evaluations however -

I focused 4 scopes side by side at a time on one very distant object.

I Came home with the Nikon ED82 25-75 zoom. I was satisfied with the performance & value for money of the Ed82 compared to the others tested.

In use its just great to have that extra magnification when conditions are suitable.

It does have a narrow field of view and I have also noticed the focus wheel rubs on the stay on case but I hope to make a modification to prevent this.

Longer term I want to digiscope with the 25 x 75 lens hence why I am looking for a small old metal working lathe to turn some plastic to make some adaptors up. I know the results of digiscoping through the 25 - 75 will not be good however I only need something for ID purposes
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