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  1. J

    zeiss sf 8x42 vs zeiss ht 8x42

    How are the ergonomics of the HT "Three steps back" from the FL?? The HT has the improved focus wheel position that puts it right under your index finger when the binocular is held. One of the big selling points by Zeiss on the HT was improved ergonomics over the FL Your opinion please.
  2. J

    Zeiss ht discontinued ?

    Many examples of rubber armor coming loose. Cap on focus wheel and hinge falling off. Nothing wrong with the mechanics or focus. Compared to the top Swarovski or Leica at the time they seemed cheaply built on the exterior.
  3. J

    Zeiss ht discontinued ?

    Build quality of the of the FL series was sub par IMO. HT is very much more solid overall and worth the slight penalty of a little extra weight. Love the focus wheel position.
  4. J

    zeiss sf 8x42 vs zeiss ht 8x42

    I much prefer my HT over the FL I had. Better optics, build quality and handling. I have not been impressed with the SF at all and I am not the only one. If I wanted sharp edges it would be Swarovski every time but I do not so that leaves the SLC and HT as the best choices along with possibly...
  5. J

    Comparative review, GPO, Maven, Stryka, Tract

    Steve, have you looked at the Sig Sauer Zulu 7 or Zulu 9 binoculars? They appear to be the same as the Maven B1 and B2 with different armor. The Zulu 7 is steadily gaining popularity in the hunting crowd. Better pricing than from Maven on the same glass? I have a 10x42 Zulu 7 in route and...
  6. J

    A thread to discuss Alphas where all opinions are considered equal.

    ?? Not from what I have seen and I have owned SV,FL and currently own the HT and a current model SLC.
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    Rolling ball effect - 8x , 8.5x and 10x

    The optics and ergonomics as well as the build quality of the HT is an clear improvement over the FL. Optically most notably in low light conditions. The HT as well as the SV have much better contrast and sharpness in low light IMO. The FL is bright but seems washed out and lacks as good of...
  8. J

    Prime HDs in Utah

    You need to look at the new Theron Questa. Basically the same glass with smaller eye cups.
  9. J

    EL 8.5X42 dilemma

    Why not just purchase a new current SLC 8x42? Other than differences in handling it would be optically superior to a pre swarovision EL?
  10. J

    Zeiss Victory HT 8X42 Binoculars

    In the last 5 years I have owned the 8X42 Zeiss FL, Swarovski 8.5X42 SV and now the 8X42 HT. The overall static view of the SV was hard to beat but the rolling ball while panning got to me thus it went down the road. The HT I have now is brighter, shows less CA and has a better focus mechanism...
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    Similar Designs: Victory HT vs Swarovski SLC in 10x42's!

    I have both a 8x42 HT and current SLC in 10x42. The HT handles CA and stray light/flare better. I also prefer its handling over the SLC. The HT will be brighter. The SLC is more compact and has a larger sweet spot. Both to my eyes have excellent contrast and neutral color transmission...
  12. J

    Best 10x42 for $500 for me?

    In your opinion what is the best 10x42 for $500? Here are my wants. No aspherical or field flattening lenses, I do not like the globe effect. FOV-normal or wide angle, nothing less than 315 feet @1000 yds. I am not too particular whether it is a single hinge or open bridge design. Do not get...
  13. J

    Review of the Brunton ICON 25-50x 80mm Angled Scope

    Two months later with my straight Icon with 25x50 I am still not seeing excessive lateral color or sharpness problems. Perhaps I have a very good eyepiece. My Zeiss Diascope 85 T FL with 20x75 zoom shows much more CA at powers below 40x than the Brunton.
  14. J

    Which one do you like better, the SLC or the SV.

    Had a SV, sold it and bought a SLC HD (and a Victory HT), I much prefer these two to the SV.
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    Review of the Brunton ICON 25-50x 80mm Angled Scope

    I just received a 25x50x80 Icon spotter in the straight version. I have started to compare it to my Zeiss 85 T FL 20x70x85. This scope I have compared to other premium scopes. I have not done a low light test. In all other aspects the Brunton is holding its own. Very little of any CA, sharp...
  16. J

    SLC Binoculars and Lack of Info

    The current version of the SLC is an excellent binocular. IMO the best buy in a premium roof at the moment. I upgraded to a SLC 10x42 from a Zeiss Victory FL. The Swarovision is out for me as the rolling ball in my 8.5x42 started to drive me nuts. I did not want to take the chance on a 10x42...
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    A long post about my experience of various optics..

    I do not agree fully with your findings on the Zeiss 85TFL spotting scope. Mine has a very wide FOV at lower powers, it is very bright and as sharp as any I have looked through . Yes there is some pincushion distortion at the edge of the FOV but it is there on purpose to eliminate globe effect...
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    NEW meopro HD x32 series

    On the website go to binoculars and choose the model, once there click on specifications. Numbers are for overall transmission, not individual lens transmission. There is no free lunch when it comes to optics. Meopro HD 80% Twilight transmission 85% Daylight transmission Meostar HD 84%...
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    NEW meopro HD x32 series

    On Meopta's website the transmission levels for the new Meopro HD binoculars are significantly lower than the Meostar HD so I doubt the two share the same optics.
  20. J

    Swaro's answer to the Victory SF?

    Out of sincere interest what 8x range binocular do you judge sharper than a 8.5x42 Swarovision? Thanks
  21. J

    Swaro's answer to the Victory SF?

    Swarovski all ready has an answer to the Zeiss HT and SF. The most recent SLC and the Swarovision.
  22. J

    Advice Needed: Victory HT or SF?

    You should also include the most recent Swarovski SLC in 8x42 on your short list. I prefer it over the HT.
  23. J

    Conquest HD & SLC 15x56s A Review

    I have not looked through the new 15x56 SLC but I did compare a discontinued 2012 15x56 SLC,Conquest HD 15x56 and most recent Vortex Kiabab 15x56 the other day. I was inside a store so take it for what it is worth. I could only test for resolution (resolution target on the wall, 5x8" price...
  24. J

    New Swarovski SLC 42 Binoculars

    Yes the focus mechanics of mine in not perfect. Slightly easier to turn one direction ( does not bother me at all). Big improvement however over my 2011 SV, it is a lot harder to turn one direction than the other and is more stiff in general overall.
  25. J

    New Swarovski SLC 42 Binoculars

    Just picked up The most recent version of the SLC in 10x42. Gave it a workout this last weekend in the mountains against my 8.5x42 Swarovision, a Meopta Meostar HD 10x42, Zeiss Victory HT 10x42 and my Golden Ring HD 8x42. I am a previous owner of a Zeiss Victory FL 10x42 and 2008 EL 8.5x42...