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Forum: Swift Sunday 8th September 2013, 22:46
Replies: 13
Views: 7,681
Posted By rdmadison
Alas

My Holiday Mark II along with two others just went up on the famous bidding site. I don't use them, mainly because they aren't waterproof and I have too many other "vintagers" for just hanging around...
Forum: Swift Wednesday 14th March 2012, 00:53
Replies: 45
Views: 20,620
Posted By rdmadison
Frank, do your Holiday Mark II and Sport King...

Frank, do your Holiday Mark II and Sport King have roughly the same field of view as you actually look through them? When I tried my Holidays against the fence the other day I came up with about an...
Forum: Others Monday 5th March 2012, 13:31
Replies: 25
Views: 12,001
Posted By rdmadison
I stand by my advice. When I birded with Zeiss...

I stand by my advice.
When I birded with Zeiss 7x42 BGATs I was told they were the best in the world. They may have been; they were better than anything else I'd seen. When they were stolen and I had...
Forum: Others Monday 5th March 2012, 02:35
Replies: 25
Views: 12,001
Posted By rdmadison
My primary binoculars (Zeiss) and scope...

My primary binoculars (Zeiss) and scope (Swarovski) are now both five years old and out of date. But they still blow away anything in the mid-range I've seen in terms of brightness and...
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Sunday 4th March 2012, 21:30
Replies: 44
Views: 25,223
Posted By rdmadison
Well, Frank, you hardly expected to get them for...

Well, Frank, you hardly expected to get them for $30, eh?
I liked the old days when you could tell if it was one of your friends bidding. Just for the record, I'm not the second bidder!
Forum: Swift Sunday 4th March 2012, 21:25
Replies: 14
Views: 7,611
Posted By rdmadison
Steve, The Holidays I refer to are of an earlier...

Steve,

The Holidays I refer to are of an earlier era, I think, than your era. Mine are pre-60 and 1967. Your JL B56, out there at 600', is leagues ahead of what my Holidays post:
Holiday1 (578'...
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Sunday 4th March 2012, 04:39
Replies: 44
Views: 25,223
Posted By rdmadison
Hey neighbor, How do you like those 6x30...

Hey neighbor,

How do you like those 6x30 Zephyrs? I like a six because it's so easy on the eyes, but the magnification on my Swift sixes might be okay for tanks but is insufficient for birds.

I was...
Forum: Swift Saturday 3rd March 2012, 21:47
Replies: 14
Views: 7,611
Posted By rdmadison
These are all very nice, and the Apollo story is...

These are all very nice, and the Apollo story is enlightening. If I were going to be covetous (moi?) it would have to be for the '68 Audubon. They are amazing compared to anything else of its decade....
Forum: Swift Saturday 3rd March 2012, 20:56
Replies: 0
Views: 2,475
Posted By rdmadison
1960 Audubon photos

Finally Mr. Ludd added four 1960 Audubon photos and a few others:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdmadison/sets/72157627243943850/
Forum: Others Friday 2nd March 2012, 01:18
Replies: 319
Views: 134,112
Posted By rdmadison
Frank, The best pair of vintage Bushnells I've...

Frank,
The best pair of vintage Bushnells I've had were a $9.99 auction pair of 7x35, very beat up, but branded as yours are. Test: do your 7x50s seem lighter than, say, an equivalent Swift? Mine...
Forum: Swift Friday 2nd March 2012, 01:04
Replies: 45
Views: 20,620
Posted By rdmadison
Well, if it looks like a good item (a 60's Mark...

Well, if it looks like a good item (a 60's Mark II, say) I like to snipe. Intermediate bidding just jacks the price up, while the three or four guys who are appropriately covetous bid only in the...
Forum: Swift Tuesday 31st January 2012, 02:00
Replies: 45
Views: 20,620
Posted By rdmadison
I love listening to you guys.

I love listening to you guys.
Forum: Swift Sunday 29th January 2012, 03:37
Replies: 45
Views: 20,620
Posted By rdmadison
Guys, I have a 4x40 field glass with only the...

Guys,

I have a 4x40 field glass with only the Swift bulls-eye--but it is also marked "Made in Occupied Japan." And the May-June 1958 AUDUBON magazine ad for the 804 is over the name "Swift &...
Forum: Swift Wednesday 25th January 2012, 22:54
Replies: 45
Views: 20,620
Posted By rdmadison
Ron, Remind her that you are her favorite...

Ron,

Remind her that you are her favorite son-in-law.

Bob
Forum: Swift Tuesday 24th January 2012, 21:41
Replies: 45
Views: 20,620
Posted By rdmadison
Moral support for Frank's Holiday

Well, it's a sunny day in Arkansas so just for moral support I took a Model 766 (322110, pre-1960, Taisei) out to the back yard. Soooo easy on the eyes. These have the wheel, which I prefer to the...
Forum: Swift Monday 9th January 2012, 13:19
Replies: 7
Views: 10,339
Posted By rdmadison
I was referring to 260909266511, an 8x40. The one...

I was referring to 260909266511, an 8x40. The one you mention, the 8x30, certainly carries over the engineering but the soft case looks about two decades newer. Of course, there's no guarantee that...
Forum: Swift Monday 9th January 2012, 04:14
Replies: 7
Views: 10,339
Posted By rdmadison
Old Tecnar

Friends,

Take a look at the Tecnar on the Famous Bidding Site (8 Jan 2012). Looks like Vega-era construction and a black version of the 50's era pigskin case. Serial number without date or prefix....
Forum: Swift Wednesday 4th January 2012, 17:48
Replies: 31
Views: 16,912
Posted By rdmadison
All my Swift pictures are...

All my Swift pictures are here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdmadison/sets/72157627243943850/
Forum: Swift Wednesday 4th January 2012, 03:47
Replies: 31
Views: 16,912
Posted By rdmadison
Bushnell introduced its ten-degree Rangemaster 7...

Bushnell introduced its ten-degree Rangemaster 7 x 35 in 1951.

The first mention of Vega in a Swift ad occurs in 1956. By autumn of 1957 the Vega logo was dropped from the ad, even though a...
Forum: Swift Wednesday 4th January 2012, 02:30
Replies: 7
Views: 2,337
Posted By rdmadison
Sorry guys. The 1960 Audubon ending 31 Dec is on...

Sorry guys. The 1960 Audubon ending 31 Dec is on its way to Arkansas--and then, most likely, on to Massachusetts to be cleaned.

Full report after they arrive. I'll try to add photos to "Bob's...
Forum: Swift Friday 29th July 2011, 13:19
Replies: 6
Views: 2,555
Posted By rdmadison
I'm just curious, as a professional birder did...

I'm just curious, as a professional birder did you consider making the (perhaps distasteful) leap to an image stabilizing optic? I worked with a young ornithologist last year who used a pair, and "by...
Forum: Swift Monday 25th July 2011, 00:20
Replies: 14
Views: 2,795
Posted By rdmadison
Previous comments on the Osprey kept the price...

Previous comments on the Osprey kept the price low enough that I was able to get mine MIB for very little--certainly one of my best buys.

BaK4. Don't get seasick panning (not like the Sport King or...
Forum: Swift Saturday 23rd July 2011, 16:17
Replies: 14
Views: 2,795
Posted By rdmadison
My 825 is almost sloppy in the hinge and is...

My 825 is almost sloppy in the hinge and is certainly not tight in the focus, so it is a good binocular for a couple of students who are handing off.

My favorite? Well, as I hinted in the notes, my...
Forum: Swift Saturday 23rd July 2011, 16:06
Replies: 14
Views: 2,795
Posted By rdmadison
I believe Vega is the coating process, too, and...

I believe Vega is the coating process, too, and Swift in its literature mentions a Super V Coat some time after the Vega logo disappears from the binoculars.

The clones use a different serial-number...
Forum: Swift Friday 22nd July 2011, 00:53
Replies: 9
Views: 3,016
Posted By rdmadison
See my earlier thread named "Code Breaking." Then...

See my earlier thread named "Code Breaking." Then check your Swifts for consistency. My sample isn't huge, but it has no exceptions yet.
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