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Forum: Leica Saturday 17th June 2017, 23:20
Replies: 50
Views: 15,759
Posted By jwillson
If I base my judgment on what I see on this forum...

If I base my judgment on what I see on this forum and a Leica camera forum I frequent, I would have to say that Leica service is highly variable. I read about excellent service after the sale, and...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 6th June 2017, 17:39
Replies: 253
Views: 71,063
Posted By jwillson
Magnification Purchased (8 or 10): 10x 2. Months...

Magnification Purchased (8 or 10): 10x

2. Months Owned: Don't know exactly... Seven?

3. Price Paid: U.S. List

4. Brick and Mortar Purchase Or Internet: Brick and Mortar (my local Leica...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 22nd December 2016, 16:26
Replies: 1,111
Views: 255,037
Posted By jwillson
The law of diminishing returns is nothing new. ...

The law of diminishing returns is nothing new. The "alpha" version of almost any product is rarely the best value. Perhaps with the new offerings from Tract and Maven the gap is a bit smaller than...
Forum: Leica Monday 19th December 2016, 21:55
Replies: 37
Views: 4,982
Posted By jwillson
It's a very nice image, but I'm not sure what the...

It's a very nice image, but I'm not sure what the Leica 3D and plasticity is from this image. Obviously, the contrast is very good. It's hard to tell anything about microcontrast and resolution...
Forum: Leica Monday 19th December 2016, 21:13
Replies: 17
Views: 15,977
Posted By jwillson
"Good, all around and birding pocket bino..." ...

"Good, all around and birding pocket bino..." The Leica Ultravids would definitely qualify. I think they are probably the best pocket bino on the market today. That being said, I have two...
Forum: Leica Monday 19th December 2016, 21:02
Replies: 227
Views: 62,363
Posted By jwillson
I've still got my 8x32 Ultravid HD's, and if...

I've still got my 8x32 Ultravid HD's, and if Leica comes out with an 8x32 version of the Noctivids, I probably won't buy it (assuming the same set of compromises they made in the 42mm, full size...
Forum: Leica Monday 19th December 2016, 01:53
Replies: 227
Views: 62,363
Posted By jwillson
Correct--I never owned any HD+ bins--just the...

Correct--I never owned any HD+ bins--just the HD's. It is possible that there is a big difference between the HD's and the + version.
Forum: Leica Friday 16th December 2016, 22:50
Replies: 227
Views: 62,363
Posted By jwillson
Honestly, I think the only place where the...

Honestly, I think the only place where the differences between high quality binoculars of a given aperture and magnification is large is in the ergonomics. Are the binoculars comfortable to hold...
Forum: Leica Friday 16th December 2016, 22:31
Replies: 227
Views: 62,363
Posted By jwillson
I own a pair (10x version) and am very happy with...

I own a pair (10x version) and am very happy with them. They are the nicest bins I have ever had. No binoculars are perfect, of course, but the views through the NV's are really, really nice. I...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 6th December 2016, 17:07
Replies: 52
Views: 6,290
Posted By jwillson
If she wrote down the model number, I'm sure she...

If she wrote down the model number, I'm sure she really DOES mean the Trinovid BN's--the older version not the current model. And if she knows what she wants, I don't think any of us should second...
Forum: Leica Thursday 1st December 2016, 19:02
Replies: 43
Views: 14,846
Posted By jwillson
Yeah, same for me. Vivid, yes. More 3D than...

Yeah, same for me. Vivid, yes. More 3D than other 10x42 roofs? Nope. Frankly, I'm not even sure that is possible optically. All roof prism bins are separated by just your interpupillary...
Forum: Leica Thursday 1st December 2016, 13:58
Replies: 43
Views: 14,846
Posted By jwillson
Hey, I thought we were done with this "plastic"...

Hey, I thought we were done with this "plastic" stuff. They are named after owls--genus Noctua in Latin. Funny how that happened to fit right in with Leica's naming convention for lenses where the...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 30th November 2016, 23:01
Replies: 43
Views: 14,846
Posted By jwillson
"Vivid" sounds like the right translation and...

"Vivid" sounds like the right translation and would definitely apply to the Noctivids. Between the saturated colors (from the reflection suppression, presumably) and the high contrast they are...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 30th November 2016, 14:46
Replies: 43
Views: 14,846
Posted By jwillson
Anyone even know what the Leica marketing team...

Anyone even know what the Leica marketing team even meant by a more "plastic" view? Is that just something that doesn't translate well from German? 3D I understand--or at least I think I do. I may...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 30th November 2016, 14:40
Replies: 43
Views: 14,846
Posted By jwillson
I didn't take offense at anything you said--if...

I didn't take offense at anything you said--if you prefer mid range bins or a different set of alphas, by all means go for it and feel free to express your opinion. There was no ad hominem attack...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 30th November 2016, 14:33
Replies: 43
Views: 14,846
Posted By jwillson
Nothing wrong with your choice not to get an...

Nothing wrong with your choice not to get an alpha bin. They're not the kings of value. I wouldn't want others to get the wrong impression, though... The blackouts are only if you move your eye...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 29th November 2016, 22:40
Replies: 43
Views: 14,846
Posted By jwillson
I'd be happy to add more as the "first...

I'd be happy to add more as the "first impressions" become more of a "review". This report is based upon perhaps five hours of observing time with the binoculars, so it's just enough to give a rough...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 29th November 2016, 18:32
Replies: 43
Views: 14,846
Posted By jwillson
Noctivid First Impressions

I picked up a 10x42 pair of Noctivids on Friday at my local Leica boutique--something I had been waiting for since the initial announcement. My previous pair of full size bins was a pair of 10x42...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 29th November 2016, 18:02
Replies: 15
Views: 3,635
Posted By jwillson
Oh, one refinement to my post above... I...

Oh, one refinement to my post above... I basically ignored the fact that binoculars don't treat all colors equally. A binocular may be much more efficient in the green portion of the spectrum and...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 29th November 2016, 17:24
Replies: 15
Views: 3,635
Posted By jwillson
Interesting question. Can binoculars ever have...

Interesting question. Can binoculars ever have too much contrast? Could a binocular with more contrast actually show less shadow detail? With a couple caveats, I think the answer is no. First,...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 11th March 2008, 19:45
Replies: 11
Views: 10,405
Posted By jwillson
I haven't used the Kowa's, so I can't comment on...

I haven't used the Kowa's, so I can't comment on them. As far as the Ultravid vs. the Victory FL's goes...

The Victory FL's have noticeably less chromatic aberration (color fringing) and higher...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 11th March 2008, 19:35
Replies: 11
Views: 10,405
Posted By jwillson
No, they changed more than that. You can't just...

No, they changed more than that. You can't just drop in a different lens material and have everything work out. The mating element in the doublet also needs to be changed, as well as the optical...
Forum: Leica Friday 5th October 2007, 00:17
Replies: 25
Views: 6,449
Posted By jwillson
I can't say I agree with the opinion of the...

I can't say I agree with the opinion of the original poster. The inclusion of fluoro crown glass will likely reduce chromatic aberration, though many may find that the improvements are minor and not...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 27th September 2005, 17:19
Replies: 19
Views: 20,175
Posted By jwillson
Actually, as long as the exit pupil of the bin is...

Actually, as long as the exit pupil of the bin is greater than the eye's entry pupil (which is virtually ALWAYS the case with 10x42 except during late twilight or night), all 10x binoculars have...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 15th September 2005, 20:38
Replies: 50
Views: 20,350
Posted By jwillson
Very interesting results--and slightly different...

Very interesting results--and slightly different from what I was taught in a college optics class. In that class, we were told that 10% was about the lowest change in brightness that was detectable...
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