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Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 16:16
Replies: 117
Views: 13,415
Posted By John Frink
Here are my two examples - Zeiss Victory...

Here are my two examples -

Zeiss Victory Compact 8x20
Folded - 93 x 77 x 44 mm (height x max width x max depth)
Open (65 mm IPD) - 93 x 99 x 44 mm

Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25
Folded - 111 x 79 x...
Forum: Leica Friday 28th September 2018, 19:25
Replies: 73
Views: 3,640
Posted By John Frink
Just my opinion, of course, but I find my 7x42 UV...

Just my opinion, of course, but I find my 7x42 UV HD+ controls lateral CA about as well as anything out there; and I've tried most of them. It's quite compact, with good ergonomics if you don't mind...
Forum: Nikon Monday 24th September 2018, 23:48
Replies: 10
Views: 347
Posted By John Frink
I have a very clean example of the 12x36, and...

I have a very clean example of the 12x36, and even without phase correction and the latest coatings it's still a competent bino. Very nicely made, as you said.
Forum: Nikon Sunday 23rd September 2018, 16:02
Replies: 10
Views: 347
Posted By John Frink
They also made a 9x30 and a 12x36 on the same...

They also made a 9x30 and a 12x36 on the same frame.
Forum: Leica Sunday 2nd September 2018, 13:09
Replies: 15
Views: 676
Posted By John Frink
Andy, I agree; I have 8x42 UV BR, Trinovid...

Andy,
I agree; I have 8x42 UV BR, Trinovid 40008, and UV HD+, and I would rank them in that order, bottom to top. All three are excellent binos, in my opinion, giving bright, sharp, easy views.
I...
Forum: Swarovski Wednesday 29th August 2018, 00:03
Replies: 13
Views: 1,096
Posted By John Frink
My 2003 EL 8.5's are still going strong, and I...

My 2003 EL 8.5's are still going strong, and I really like the view they provide; in fact, I like them better than the newer SV and FP versions. At one time I owned both 8.5 EL and SV, and and I...
Forum: Leica Monday 13th August 2018, 14:46
Replies: 174
Views: 8,808
Posted By John Frink
Good for you for standing your ground in the face...

Good for you for standing your ground in the face of such an avalanche of advice from the (presumably) well-intentioned bino-nuts that haunt this forum!

Over the years I've owned or used just about...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 7th August 2018, 12:08
Replies: 29
Views: 1,890
Posted By John Frink
Hello Andreas, I've owned both the SV12X50 and...

Hello Andreas,
I've owned both the SV12X50 and 10X50, though I no longer have them, so this report will be from memory. The SV12X is an outstandingly good bino, in my opinion. Wide field, sharp to...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 19th June 2018, 13:11
Replies: 99
Views: 6,257
Posted By John Frink
Tom, It was my own comparison, conducted over...

Tom,

It was my own comparison, conducted over the space of a couple hours at the Cape May Bird Observatory's optical shop. The shop faces Lake Lily, a 13-acre freshwater pond surrounded by varied...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 9th June 2018, 00:50
Replies: 6
Views: 1,040
Posted By John Frink
Victory Pocket Strap Recommendation

Like others who have reported in this forum, I am very favorably impressed by the Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket bino. At first I disliked the tiny strap lugs (if they deserve to be called lugs); but...
Forum: Leica Friday 8th June 2018, 13:20
Replies: 99
Views: 6,257
Posted By John Frink
Tom, Three highly subjective points of...

Tom,

Three highly subjective points of comparison -
1. I have both 7X and 8X UV HD+, and I can detect no differences between them in terms of sharpness, glare/flare control, etc. Both are superb...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 25th May 2018, 14:00
Replies: 29
Views: 2,803
Posted By John Frink
With all due respect, these statements confirm...

With all due respect, these statements confirm the time-honored adage that all binocular preferences are intensely personal and subjective (and that's OK, of course). My experience with the 7X42 SLC...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 16th May 2018, 13:44
Replies: 26
Views: 2,421
Posted By John Frink
Hi Tom, Im of the older persuasion myself, and...

Hi Tom,

Im of the older persuasion myself, and a couple of years ago I made the decision to buy my 7X42HD+ based on a head-to-head comparison with a Zeiss 8X42SF and 8X42HT, with my old favorite...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 12th May 2018, 00:14
Replies: 12
Views: 2,072
Posted By John Frink
I've had good luck buying and selling here on BF,...

I've had good luck buying and selling here on BF, and on Astromart [https://www.astromart.com/classifieds], and Cloudy Nights [https://www.cloudynights.com/classifieds/].

Hope this helps.

John
Forum: Leica Sunday 6th May 2018, 23:36
Replies: 49
Views: 3,248
Posted By John Frink
Confirmed: Leitz Trinovid Uppendahl prisms do not...

Confirmed: Leitz Trinovid Uppendahl prisms do not move; they are mounted firmly in place. I once owned a cutaway 8x32B and one could easily observe which parts moved for focusing and which did not....
Forum: Leica Friday 4th May 2018, 12:23
Replies: 49
Views: 3,248
Posted By John Frink
My understanding is that the red dot indicates...

My understanding is that the red dot indicates which ocular is affected by the diopter control on the bottom end of the hinge.

John
Forum: Swarovski Sunday 29th April 2018, 13:51
Replies: 31
Views: 2,651
Posted By John Frink
I just compared the eye relief on my 7x42 HD+ and...

I just compared the eye relief on my 7x42 HD+ and 8x42 HD, and they're identical, at least they are with my facial geometry and my eyeglasses. So if happens that you like everything about your your...
Forum: Leica Thursday 26th April 2018, 14:14
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By John Frink
I've had good luck with non-warranty service from...

I've had good luck with non-warranty service from Leica USA: 12X50BN, 10X32BN, 8X32BN all repaired without charge. They did charge for a prism replacement on a 7X42BA as I recall.

John
Forum: Swarovski Sunday 25th March 2018, 13:20
Replies: 13
Views: 1,514
Posted By John Frink
Swarovski did not charge me for the upgrade of my...

Swarovski did not charge me for the upgrade of my 2003 8.5 EL. I sent them in because I could see a faint thumbprint on the inner surface of one of the objective elements; Swarovski replaced the...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 22nd March 2018, 10:25
Replies: 13
Views: 1,514
Posted By John Frink
Having owned both models, here's my very...

Having owned both models, here's my very subjective impression of the differences between the 8.5 EL and SV -

SV has a flat field, sharp to the edge; EL has some field curvature, sharp almost all...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 2nd February 2018, 13:34
Replies: 18
Views: 1,713
Posted By John Frink
8.5x42 - 2000 vs. 2017 version?

Very favorably, in my opinion. I'm not a big flat-field fan, and I sold my 2015 SV 8.5 and kept my 2003 EL because I prefer the view through the earlier model. I accept that the EL's image is not as...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 31st January 2018, 12:28
Replies: 10
Views: 1,844
Posted By John Frink
Hi Rodger, I recently sold my EDG 8x32 II...

Hi Rodger,

I recently sold my EDG 8x32 II (replaced it with a 10x32 EDG), but it's my favorite 8x32 and I give it my highest recommendation. I've compared it to the 8x30 II, 8x32 SE, FL, BN, UV,...
Forum: Nikon Sunday 26th November 2017, 21:15
Replies: 33
Views: 14,236
Posted By John Frink
EDG pin spanner

I've found that that a 1.5mm "pin-type face spanner" such as one supplied by J. W. Winco < www.jwwinco.com > works really well on the EDG hinge; because of the right-angle face-spanner design, one...
Forum: Leica Monday 6th November 2017, 18:49
Replies: 14
Views: 2,093
Posted By John Frink
Hi Ludwig, welcome! If you could find a pair of...

Hi Ludwig, welcome!

If you could find a pair of Leitz replacement rubber eyecups made for the first Trinovid models (the original series, with the Uppendahl prisms), you'll find that the threads...
Forum: Swarovski Sunday 29th October 2017, 13:47
Replies: 61
Views: 13,868
Posted By John Frink
I agree! I have access to early and late examples...

I agree! I have access to early and late examples of the 8.5x42 - a 2003 EL WB (upgraded by SONA), and a 2015 SV, and I slightly prefer the view through the older one. Both are superb instruments,...
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