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Forum: Leica Tuesday 19th June 2018, 13:11
Replies: 99
Views: 4,436
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: 4
Views: 374
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: 4,436
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: 1,891
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: 1,929
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: 1,537
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: 2,291
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: 2,291
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: 27
Views: 1,398
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: 476
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: 1,266
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: 1,266
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: 1,642
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: 1,648
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: 12,724
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: 1,987
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: 12,783
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,...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 16th October 2017, 20:38
Replies: 6
Views: 1,065
Posted By John Frink
Possible source of veiling glare?

OK, heres a question for all the older bino-freaks out there. A few days ago I was running at sunrise in the park near our house. I dont wear my glasses when Im running. I was headed east, and as...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 5th October 2017, 00:07
Replies: 16
Views: 2,990
Posted By John Frink
I've owned several EDGs, Type I and II, and I've...

I've owned several EDGs, Type I and II, and I've never had a problem with the diopter control slipping or "wandering". They do have an eye relief distance that's a bit too long for my eyeglasses and...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 2nd October 2017, 20:09
Replies: 26
Views: 4,320
Posted By John Frink
2334xxx, eh? I have 2395xxx and 2529xxx; I wonder...

2334xxx, eh? I have 2395xxx and 2529xxx; I wonder when they were built?
Forum: Zeiss Monday 2nd October 2017, 20:05
Replies: 28
Views: 3,943
Posted By John Frink
I just looked inside my 7x42 Dialyt (2395xxx) and...

I just looked inside my 7x42 Dialyt (2395xxx) and it's clean: no haze, no cloudiness that I can see anywhere.
Forum: Binoculars Monday 2nd October 2017, 19:48
Replies: 4
Views: 1,994
Posted By John Frink
I think they're very good, relative to the state...

I think they're very good, relative to the state of the art at the time. My example is 709xxx and it's not quite as good as a Leitz Binuxit, but it's very nice. Focus direction is ccw to infinity,...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 29th September 2017, 13:33
Replies: 7
Views: 2,197
Posted By John Frink
My experience was the opposite of what Pileatus...

My experience was the opposite of what Pileatus found, namely that 1) the 12x view was more satisfying to me than the 10x, 2) there was no difference in brightness between the two as long as ambient...
Forum: Leica Friday 8th September 2017, 20:45
Replies: 305
Views: 38,674
Posted By John Frink
The Uppendahl prisms I have looked at have only...

The Uppendahl prisms I have looked at have only one mirrored surface, the first (upper, sloping) reflective surface in the bottom prism; all other reflections are TIR.

John
Forum: Leica Wednesday 6th September 2017, 01:02
Replies: 305
Views: 38,674
Posted By John Frink
If I remember correctly the original Trinovids...

If I remember correctly the original Trinovids used the same body and prism assembly for all models. The Uppendahl prism has an advantage that there are only two air-to-glass surfaces in the...
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