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  1. Curtis Croulet

    Swarovision 8.5x42 or 10x42

    Having owned both, I can say that although the 8.5x42 EL Swarovision is indeed very comfortable in my hands, so was the Zeiss 8x42 FL. It's a wash. I owned my Swaro about a day before I suddenly noticed "rolling ball." In regular daily use, it's been a non-issue.
  2. Curtis Croulet

    Peter Dunne's October Birder at Large column: Then and now

    Yes, being a subscriber, I have the issue and article. It does not have a review or test report of binoculars. However, the article is entertaining. Dunne tells how the Leitz rep was incensed that CMBO's test report in 1984 didn't put the Leitz (= Leica) bin at the top. The biggest problem...
  3. Curtis Croulet

    Leica Ultravid or Swarovski EL

    Interesting. My wife and I both wear glasses, and we experience good eye-relief with the 8x32 EL.
  4. Curtis Croulet

    Zeiss Victory 8x42 T* FL tested great!

    The CA caused by my glasses swamps anything I've seen in good binoculars, but I've seen terrible CA in some scopes. I bought a Swarovski scope in 2002 to cure that problem. Color biases? I'm color-blind. I see color, but -- well, I'll spare you a descripton of the confusions I experience...
  5. Curtis Croulet

    Zeiss Victory 8x42 T* FL tested great!

    I've owned both. The fate of my FL is discussed in the Zeiss section (thread about the quality of Zeiss service). I now have the Swaro Swarovision 8.5x42. I can see "rolling ball," but it's a non-issue when I use the binocular to actually look at things that interest me, as opposed to...
  6. Curtis Croulet

    Big binoulars question

    Hyakutake (1996) was the best I've seen. Hale-Bopp (1997) was bright, but the huge tail of Hyakutake, stretching from Ursa Major to Virgo, makes it tops for me. For some reason I missed West (1975) and Ikeya-Seki (1965). I guess I was involved with other things. McNaught four years ago was...
  7. Curtis Croulet

    Big binoulars question

    I viewed Comet Halley many times in 1985 & 1986 from San Diego Co., Calif. At its brightest it was a very good comet, one of the half-dozen or so best comets I've seen -- certainly not a "non-event." But I was viewing from about 33 deg north and a bit south of that, and with a superbly dark...
  8. Curtis Croulet

    Zeiss warranty service -- how good?

    I didn't expect the original repair to be free. I was happy it "only" $129. Would Swaro have repaired it free? I don't know. All I expect is competence. Don't fix one thing and mess up something else. As to why Swaro is more expensive, I suspect it has to do simply with the fact that they...
  9. Curtis Croulet

    Zeiss warranty service -- how good?

    Resolution of this thread. About three months ago I violated my own rule: never put anything on top of the car. So I lost my beloved, early-issue Zeiss 8x42 T* FL. The binocular in its virgin form was superb in every respect. However, I was less than thrilled with the repair service by Carl...
  10. Curtis Croulet

    My worst "hosing" buying binoculars.

    The only time I ever visited NYC was 55 years ago, and the visit was very brief -- one evening. My wife was there for a training class in Aug 2001, and she was practically singing "New York! New York!" when she returned. She said everyone was nice, always ready to help or give directions. So...
  11. Curtis Croulet

    My worst "hosing" buying binoculars.

    Many years ago, when I was really "into" large format photography, I learned quickly that I should avoid the NYC camera mail-order places. Those who spent time in the 1970s poring over the ads in the back of Modern Photography and Popular Photography will know the places I mean. I ordered an...
  12. Curtis Croulet

    Big binoulars question

    Many large binoculars have very short eye-relief. If you wear glasses, you may want to check this specification for any binocular you consider.
  13. Curtis Croulet

    Nikon service/warranty on Superior E 8x32

    The question isn't, "Can I fix them?" It's, "Can Nikon fix them -- permanently?" Anything I do is likely to void the warranty.
  14. Curtis Croulet

    Nikon service/warranty on Superior E 8x32

    Hey, Mike, I have an 8x30 E2 porro, and the leatherette is falling off. It (I think; bought in 2006) is still under warranty. Is there a permanent fix for this?
  15. Curtis Croulet

    The truth about binocular warranties (U.S.)

    I own a Swarovski ATS65HD scope and love it. So I'm well-disposed toward Swarovski products, although I think the price premium above Zeiss is excessive. However, I've read that the latest 8.5x42 EL Swarovision has returned to the slow focus of the original EL. Can you confirm or deny that...
  16. Curtis Croulet

    The truth about binocular warranties (U.S.)

    I recently lost (don't ask!) my 2004-vintage Zeiss 8x42 FL. But I had earlier experience with their repair facility. In Apr '09 I fell on them with my full weight, breaking the housing in the hinge area. It took about two weeks for the repair. They charged me (since it wasn't covered)...
  17. Curtis Croulet

    8x42 FL five weeks later

    People with problems are more likely to post than those who don't have them. What problems are you referring to? --------------- I don't get out for birding or wildlife viewing as often as I'd like. But we just got back from a trip to northern Arizona. We watched a lot of distant birds...
  18. Curtis Croulet

    Ultravid HD edge sharpness

    Florian, I own the Zeiss FL, so I don't often look at the Leica forum. If you were to replaced "Leica HD" with "Zeiss FL" in this thread, it would read like threads in the Zeiss forum. Especially when the FL came out, there was a lot of grousing about edge sharpness and alleged small "sweet...
  19. Curtis Croulet

    8x42 FL five weeks later

    After the repairs, star images are better than when my binoculars were new, and I didn't perceive any collimation or alignment problems then. I have beginning signs of cataracts, which is common at my age (64), so it's hard for me to get absolutely clean stars through any binocular or scope...
  20. Curtis Croulet

    Zeiss warranty service -- how good?

    Nothing for now. I'm not sending them back for the armoring issue.
  21. Curtis Croulet

    8x42 FL five weeks later

    Umm, it's Curtis. WRT the original repair, I thought there was a good chance they'd send me a new binocular. They were under no obligation to do so, of course. I was just hoping they'd be super generous and nice. I also did some preliminary shopping for new bins, in case they were total...
  22. Curtis Croulet

    8x42 FL five weeks later

    For detailed information on my experience with Zeiss warranty service, see my thread, "Zeiss warranty service -- how good?" The focus on mine has always been quick, very light and instantly responsive, now perhaps even a bit more so, after two trips to Chester, VA. I had no problem with the...
  23. Curtis Croulet

    Zeiss warranty service -- how good?

    An update. And this one's not so good. In mid-July I happened to look down into the objective ends of my FL, and I was horrified to see a huge, white, roughly spheroidal, object on the inner surface of the right objective ("right" as you hold it to observe). The spot had surprisingly little...
  24. Curtis Croulet

    Zeiss warranty service -- how good?

    It took three weeks to get my binoculars back. Repairs were performed in VA. They replaced the broken housing. They didn't replace or upgrade anything else: same eyecups, exact same pieces of rubber armor, same "Zeiss" medallion on the armor. Focus is a little stiffer, and the focus knob is...
  25. Curtis Croulet

    Just saw some Lovebirds here in Tempe, AZ

    Escapes or intentional release. Don't know about the AZ cities, but some species of parrots are common in some neighborhoods in so.Calif. (L.A. and S.D.), also FL. There are even feral Monk Parrots in Chicago. I'm not aware of lovebirds becoming established anywhere in the continental U.S...
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