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Forum: Pentax Thursday 7th February 2019, 00:06
Replies: 3
Views: 1,449
Posted By clschmalz
The Pentax DCF WP series created a stir when...

The Pentax DCF WP series created a stir when introduced because they were first medium priced roofs with phase coating. The view through them was close to that of alpha roofs costing twice as much.
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 6th February 2019, 17:19
Replies: 24
Views: 1,060
Posted By clschmalz
FWIW - My 2003 vintage Kahles 8x32 binoculars...

FWIW - My 2003 vintage Kahles 8x32 binoculars were made in Austria. Not sure where they are made today though.
Forum: Binoculars Monday 29th January 2018, 00:44
Replies: 134
Views: 7,451
Posted By clschmalz
Steiners have to be tough, they are reputed to be...

Steiners have to be tough, they are reputed to be difficult, if not impossible to repair. They're glued together and Bill Cook refers to them as "disposable binoculars". There is a video on YouTube...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 28th January 2018, 17:06
Replies: 134
Views: 7,451
Posted By clschmalz
Further thoughts on original topic. We need to...

Further thoughts on original topic. We need to separate optical performance and ruggedness. Optically the alphas are probably the winner here, particularly some of their often lamented older Porro...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 23rd December 2017, 00:22
Replies: 50
Views: 3,976
Posted By clschmalz
The Minox 8x24 is a good compromise, mid priced...

The Minox 8x24 is a good compromise, mid priced between $$$ alphas and the $ Bushnells. Decent eye relief and larger objectives than the 8x20’s.
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 23rd December 2017, 00:15
Replies: 16
Views: 1,727
Posted By clschmalz
Second the opinions on the Custom 7x26. They are...

Second the opinions on the Custom 7x26. They are a great glass but a bit expensive, even on the used market. A lower cost alternative would be any of the Nikon Travelites or Venturers. 7x and 8x...
Forum: Pentax Friday 17th November 2017, 03:15
Replies: 35
Views: 13,885
Posted By clschmalz
Follow up to my 2008 posting. A few years after...

Follow up to my 2008 posting. A few years after getting the 7x35 Marine glasses i was again in San Francisco and revisited the shop where I'd purchased them. They still had the NOS 6x30 binoculars so...
Forum: Canon Tuesday 24th October 2017, 21:16
Replies: 22
Views: 12,547
Posted By clschmalz
Most professionals using big white lenses in...

Most professionals using big white lenses in situations requiring moving around quite a bit mount the combination on a monopod. They rest the lens on their shoulder when on the move. The monopod acts...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 13th March 2017, 05:07
Replies: 19
Views: 9,065
Posted By clschmalz
The Minox BD 8x24 double hinge binocular is a...

The Minox BD 8x24 double hinge binocular is a possible candidate. It has good eye relief and twist up eye cups. It's optical quality isn't bad and costs only a little more than the Papilios. Size...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 4th March 2017, 03:42
Replies: 27
Views: 21,930
Posted By clschmalz
There is a "How it's Made" segment on YouTube...

There is a "How it's Made" segment on YouTube showing the assembly of what appear to Steiner 7x50 binoculars. They use UV curing cement to set prisms and another adhesive to fasten objectives to the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 24th January 2016, 19:37
Replies: 67
Views: 13,177
Posted By clschmalz
To add to the confusion re Brunton and Manfrotto...

To add to the confusion re Brunton and Manfrotto mounting plates on the Brunton carbon fiber tripod:
There are at least two versions of the Manfrotto QR2 heads. The older heads, with the wide socket...
Forum: Others Thursday 5th November 2015, 05:19
Replies: 7
Views: 2,436
Posted By clschmalz
I believe the 'how it's made' video on binocular...

I believe the 'how it's made' video on binocular manufacture is taken at Steiner. If so they are shown glueing the binoculars together.
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 31st October 2015, 20:06
Replies: 120
Views: 22,430
Posted By clschmalz
Try https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ...

Try https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
Also much of the same with comments at https://www.flickr.com/photos/clschmalz

I've neglected flickr for years but want to update and add photos. I...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 31st October 2015, 01:37
Replies: 120
Views: 22,430
Posted By clschmalz
Hello, my name is Charlie and I too am a...

Hello, my name is Charlie and I too am a binocoholic. At last count about 150 pair. Most usable. Actually only use about half a dozen on a regular basis however. Favorites are Asahi Pentax 7x35...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 1st August 2015, 04:50
Replies: 11
Views: 2,879
Posted By clschmalz
Reverse Porro's as a group are under appreciated....

Reverse Porro's as a group are under appreciated. Nikon Travelites and Venturers in particular were outstanding examples and are great bargins on the used market today. They are somewhat bulkier than...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 23rd November 2014, 04:46
Replies: 31
Views: 4,583
Posted By clschmalz
Leupold Yoseimite 8x30 in one car and Nikon 8x23...

Leupold Yoseimite 8x30 in one car and Nikon 8x23 Venturer (original model) in the other.
Forum: Leica Wednesday 19th November 2014, 19:55
Replies: 12
Views: 5,158
Posted By clschmalz
As I understand Leitz contracted with Leupold to...

As I understand Leitz contracted with Leupold to produce the 7x20. At the end of the run they produced a limited number of units with the Leica badge. The Leupold models are much more common, at...
Forum: Canon Saturday 2nd August 2014, 22:24
Replies: 2,263
Views: 868,798
Posted By clschmalz
I've used Sterlingtek ( www.sterlingtek.com) for...

I've used Sterlingtek ( www.sterlingtek.com) for half dozen batteries for various models of Canon and Panasonic cameras over the years. No trouble with any of them.
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 22nd July 2014, 00:52
Replies: 19
Views: 3,494
Posted By clschmalz
Optics aside, the ecological aspects of lead free...

Optics aside, the ecological aspects of lead free glass are largely marketing hype. After all the process for long term storage of highly radioactive heavy metals is to incorporate them in a glass...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 16th July 2014, 04:34
Replies: 15
Views: 9,412
Posted By clschmalz
I've used a red dot sight on a SX50. Overall they...

I've used a red dot sight on a SX50. Overall they work fairly well. I've used two models, a Millett Red Dot and a Browning Reflex. Only problem is that the dot image,even at maximum brightness can be...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 13th June 2014, 22:22
Replies: 82
Views: 9,220
Posted By clschmalz
I always thought one of the most extreme bits of...

I always thought one of the most extreme bits of hair splitting re. coatings was Steiners 8x30 series of half a dozen models differentiated by coatings "designed for specific applications".
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Thursday 5th September 2013, 01:07
Replies: 50
Views: 44,918
Posted By clschmalz
Re: 9x26 Customs. I bought mine on eBay about...

Re: 9x26 Customs. I bought mine on eBay about five years ago. I've had a standing search for 9x26 binoculars on eBay since then but have had no B&L Custom hit yet. They're obviously very rare....
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Wednesday 4th September 2013, 04:41
Replies: 50
Views: 44,918
Posted By clschmalz
A couple of comments to further clarify (or...

A couple of comments to further clarify (or muddle) things.

The B&L 7x26 Customs (polycarbonate body) were 61-0726, not 12 series. According to my 1997 Eagle Optics catalog their list price was...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 28th May 2013, 05:20
Replies: 14
Views: 3,832
Posted By clschmalz
Dakota Elites 7x28 and 8x32 roofs are a good,...

Dakota Elites 7x28 and 8x32 roofs are a good, very inexpensive binocular. Waterproof and phase coated. They are discontinued (originally marketed by the now bankrupt Ritz Camera). They show up used...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 25th April 2013, 17:41
Replies: 3
Views: 1,225
Posted By clschmalz
Steiner Coatings

I realize this is not strictly a birdwatching topic, but this group is the best collection of binocular experts I know of.

I've been trying to evaluate the differences between the various Steiner...
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