• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Search results

  1. MandoBear

    Nikon Prostaff 7S (10x42) vs Kowa SV or SVII

    Nothing at all against Kowa, but I would think that at the level of the Kowa SV or SVII, they are just as much "mass produced" as the ProStaff. As always, if you can try before you buy, you're more likely to make a satisfactory purchase.
  2. MandoBear

    Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25 Diopter fell off

    Hi Edmund, Are you able to post up a photo of the "stub" where the diopter knob has fallen off? I'm considering a purchase of the VP 8x25, and am curious as to how they are put together, and how the knob may have come off. Thanks. I recently tried a pair using the Try Zeiss free hire scheme...
  3. MandoBear

    Nikon monarch 7 8x30

    It's a nice, compact binocular - quite small for an 8x30, but not really "pocket" - unless you have a hunting type of jacket with big pockets. It's a nice bin though, and good for the price.
  4. MandoBear

    Do I want an EII 8x30?

    Indeed - I find many of these threads are merely a springboard into all sorts of interesting streams of thought and pools of insight. It's fascinating to see which way the current will take them. A conversation, like life, very rarely proceeds in a straight line. I have always considered the...
  5. MandoBear

    Zeiss Dekarem 10x50 cheapo's!!

    Good catch - and kind of hard to go wrong at that price. I have a pair of CZJ Deltrintem 8x30s from the 1950s. They don't appear to have ever been serviced, and they work flawlessly. It's hard to beat simple, quality engineering.
  6. MandoBear

    Do I want an EII 8x30?

    Something you do on a frequent basis, Lee? Just need to know in order to understand how robust your basis of comparison is :LOL:
  7. MandoBear

    Do I want an EII 8x30?

    It's funny, I was also just musing on the fact that this thread, like a river nearing the ocean, had meandered far and wide from it's original starting point.
  8. MandoBear

    Comparison pics cl 8x25 side by side with ultravid 10x25

    "Cody Spy"...? I'm guessing that's autcorrect-ese fro Cley Spy? :D
  9. MandoBear

    Help picking new Swarovski binoculars

    No Time Lords, but didn't you know about the special chip implanted into all Swarovski binoculars? They know what you are thinking...
  10. MandoBear

    Do I want an EII 8x30?

    I use my EII with glasses all the time, and therefore keep the eyecups rolled back permanently. I really don't find it a problem, and, with the glasses I wear which are the rimless variety, I find the eye relief to be adequate, though not generous. One advantage of having the eyecups rolled...
  11. MandoBear

    Nikon Monarch 7 8x30, 10x30 vs Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32

    Glad you like the little Monarch 8x30. I got mine in 2017 and have used them a lot - no issues with the armour (seems pretty hard wearing). For the price, they work very well, bright, clear and a nice wide field of view.
  12. MandoBear

    Help picking new Swarovski binoculars

    P.S. The CL Companions are nice. I have the 8x30 and they complement my 8.5x42 EL FP very nicely.
  13. MandoBear

    Help picking new Swarovski binoculars

    Shoot a quick email to Swarovski - they'll send you some for free.
  14. MandoBear

    Do I want an EII 8x30?

    Nothing like stretching a point until it breaks, is there Dennis?
  15. MandoBear

    Do I want an EII 8x30?

    Dennis - interesting. I don't have the EL 8x32, but I do have the 8.5x42FP, a CL Companion 8x30, and a Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 at my disposal - all of which I use regularly and am familiar with. Whilst each instrument has its own characteristics and differences, I have never considered the view...
  16. MandoBear

    Do I want an EII 8x30?

    Lack of contrast? I don't know what you're on Dennis, but my E2s have contrast and clarity aplenty - they only struggle a bit when used against a low sun, and in those situations my Swarovski 8x30CL Companion demonstrates its better baffling and stray light suppression. For the OP, the Zeiss...
  17. MandoBear

    Pentax VM 6x21 WP Monocular/ 18x Microscope

    I suspect that being "only" 6x magnification makes the focussing less critical than if it were 8x, and perhaps this makes the rocker-type focussing an acceptable solution. I agree with Binastro that the rocker focussing binoculars that were available in the 70s and early 80s just weren't worth...
  18. MandoBear

    HGL and EDG, first impressions

    In many of these hinge adjustments, one of the "holes" conceals a locking grub screw (allen headed or slotted) which has to be backed off first in order to enable the adjusting nut to be turned. Once the tension is right, re-tighten the locking grub screw.
  19. MandoBear

    Advice need please re. eye strain with Monarch 7 8x30

    Hi Sue, I've only come to this post late - and I'm sorry that I was therefore unable to help you. I live in Herefordshire, and have a pair of Monarch 7 8x30s (and you'd have been welcome to try them) which I find pretty good, though they are quite exacting in terms of eye placement, but it...
  20. MandoBear

    Pentax Papilio II 6.5

    I'm with you AP - I would love to see a more "premium" version. I have the 8.5x, and what amazes me is how much performance Pentax seem to have been able to squeeze out of such an inexpensive and relatively basic binocular. My sample really is very sharp and clear - even at distance.
  21. MandoBear

    Pentax Papilio II 6.5

    The Papillios are actually a very clever design in that the objectives are mounted on converging tracks which move them closer together at nearer focus - this applies an appropriate amount of de-centering to the left and right images at closer focus and means that the viewer doesn't have to go...
  22. MandoBear

    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    I'm feeling somewhat puzzled. My EL 8.5x42s were marketed by Swarovski under the tag line "Limitless perfection" - and now Swaro are marketing the NL which is supposed to be BETTER than limitless perfection... The EL has been relegated to "The Legend". Obviously, even limitless perfection has...
  23. MandoBear

    Carl Zeiss Notarem 10x40 B MC

    Hi Tony. Welcome. I don't have direct experience of the Notarems, but almost certainly, they won't have the benefit of phase coatings on the prisms, and at very best the reflective coating on the prism faces will be silver (or aluminium) and so less reflective than modern dielectric coatings...
  24. MandoBear

    Damaged Zeiss Conquest 10x42..

    The eyecups can be screwed onto the binocular body surprisingly firmly without causing any harm, though doing so to make them secure can feel somewhat "brutal" to those with mechanical sensitivities...