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  1. MandoBear

    A little perspective on water resistance...

    This weekend I was going through some boxes I've had in storage and found a BBC Wildlife Magazine from March 1989 -in which there was a test of binoculars of various makes and types from the era - including Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Opticron, Alderblick, Optolyth, Swift, Carl Zeiss Jena, and Bresser...
  2. MandoBear

    Swarovski service experience - part I

    I've been thinking long and hard about whether and how to make this post... The following happened a good few months ago, and it is history now. Nevertheless, I think other forum members may find my experience of interest. My intention is not to attack Swarovski, as they are a company who I...
  3. MandoBear

    Now I think I have seen it all... Radio binoculars, anyone?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183996606824?ul_noapp=true Perfect for keeping up with the cricket scores whilst looking out for that elusive Cetti's Warbler...
  4. MandoBear

    Pentax papilio ii eyepiece rattle...?

    I finally succumbed to tempation and bout a pair of Papilio ii 8.5x from Amazon last week. They arrived on Friday and I'm quite impressed with them optically - both at distance and up close. One thing that does bother me a little though is that I noticed that the outermost lens mounting in...
  5. MandoBear

    When did Swarovski become an "alpha" brand...?

    I was musing on this as I was out birding this afternoon. When I started out birdwatching in the late 1970s, Zeiss and Leitz (now Leica) were the top brands with their Dialyt and Trinovid binoculars, and I wasn't particularly aware of Swarovski being a premium contender (though I recall their...
  6. MandoBear

    Quality time with my EII 8x30s...

    I'm fortunate enough to work within easy walking distance of an area of rough grassland, scrub, mature trees and river. At lunchtimes I'm able to take a break from my desk and go for a stroll and relax with about 45 minutes of birding - it's a rare day that I don't see anything of interest...
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