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    Winning comparison points for 8.5x42 EL SV or F/Pro against 8x42 NL-P ?

    As part of a rigorous downsizing evaluation so that I get back more to birding instead of messing with instruments (!), I got sidetracked into some wondering about the following, now that some of you have had good time to settle in with your new NL Pure(s), and I'm hoping some of you are doing...
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    If you are very pleased with NL Pure... ...

    Till this week I had almost never (1 exception) sold or parted with any bins obtained since getting the birds'n'bins bug a few years ago - that's years in single figures. On Monday after some days' break from normal work and activities and with a day or two of walking and viewing for relaxation...
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    Zeiss Victory 10x32 T*FL (prompted by Arthur's thread)

    Sorry to post again... inspired by last weekend's very restorative nature walk and birding and after finding how light and easy and very good the 8x32 FL was — I hardly noticed it was there while walking along, I'd like to find out a bit more about the 10x version, again FL (not SF). Arthur...
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    Superb viewing experience in the field with 8x32 T*FL yesterday

    Keen to post this after turning round a low-ebb and unusually unproductive day of indoor admin to an uplifting and relaxing experience in the field. The weather was of the sort that would make any kind of viewing a pleasure. A bright clear day at a time of year when all is well on its way to...
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    How do you hear EDG said?

    A dealer mentioned Nikon EDG to me recently and he said it so it sounded like edge. Maybe that's how everyone says it but it hadn't occurred to me before. What do EDG users here say? I just say ee-dee-gee assuming it's short for extra-low dispersion glass (as in the ED suffix for similar...
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    Glass types in NL Pure-series

    Apologies if this has been covered already. With threads sometimes reaching a thousand posts it could just be easier to post this as a new question... When some bins are released or updated (e.g. Leica, when Ultravid was tweaked from HD to HD-Plus; and Carl Zeiss, when the HT-series came...
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    SF grey > black changes and also colour/handling/balance thoughts

    I've been reading Roger Vine's extremely positive reappraisal of the Zeiss SFs, which also includes some thoughts on the black SF in comparison with the NL Pure. Interesting that he prefers the NLs for astro but without coming off the fence for birding pretty much ranks them equal and sees why...
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    7x42 FL and 8x42 HT

    Is it just my love affair with Zeiss's good old Abbe-König glass or would I be close to the truth thinking that the two binoculars in the title beat just about everything in the 7 and 8 42 class for resolution/contrast/all factors that contribute to visible sharpness? At first sight Swarovski...
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    Optical differences between 42s SLC 'neu' and final production

    This might be hard to answer as I'm comparing a 7x neu (=new) model with the latest, just discontinued 8x and 10x models. Is it possible to find out what changes or improvements were made in the SLC x42 line between my final production 7x42 SLC and the restyled final production 8 and 10x42...
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    Leica camera (& binocular) manufacture in Midland, Ontario

    For some time Leica manufactured a large part of their camera body and lens line at Midland, Ontario. Dr Walter Mandler was the top optical designer there for many years, having emigrated from Germany to take that role. Were Leitz binoculars ever produced there, and also, does anyone know if...
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    Link to Leica SP and Zeiss AK thoughts/query

    Some of you might be interested to see what you think about something I posted in the Leica forum, as it involves some comparison thoughts / questions about AK prisms as against Leica Ultravid HD Plus glass. Probably an old theme but I'd be interested in any more thoughts beyond the helpful...
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    7x42: evaluating UVHD+ definition against Abbe-König Zeisses

    Utmost heresy about to be uttered but this is a serious question. I am a great Leica fan (appreciator would be a better description) and every time I look through the 7x42 UVHD+ it is a very special view - easy, relaxed, colourful and very three-dimensional. Also contrasty but see below for...
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    Good & bad samples, cherrypicking, etc

    A general set of questions and so no special reason to put them in the Zeiss forum except it was a Zeiss binocular I was just reading about: the 54 HTs, which received a lukewarm reception compared with its 56mm FL predecessors some years ago. On the other hand that has reminded me that I have a...
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    SLC 7x42 arriving today

    Within the next 4 or 5 hours my secondhand but pristine SLC 7x42 Neu should be arriving, courtesy of a Birdforum member. It will be interesting to use these binoculars that have had very favourable reports, judging from earlier reviews and information posted on here recently, especially as I...
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    Very quick surprise hands-on with NL 8x42

    Popping into my local optics shop for nothing more than some fourpacks of AA battery cells I was greeted by the owner who put an NL 8x42 in my hands and invited me to take it out of the shop to try it out in the arcade outside. Nice surprise! As it happens there is a supermarket alongside with...
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    greater contrast and colour depth with eyes away from eyepiece

    Can anyone explain this? It may be something you all know already and I'm just late to the party.. I could have posted this in any make of bins forum but since I first noticed it with the 8x42 SLC that I have been using for the last month or two, the Swarovski forum gets the honour... The...
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    Looking for a 7x42 SLC to go with the recent and now discontinued 8/10x

    Going back in time through Swarovski posts, prompted by the news of discontinuation of 8x and 10x 42 SLC models, I came across this old thread: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=75127 Now I am a bit of a sevens fan -- don't have a Swarovski seven though -- and wanted a bit of advice...
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    Is this a record? Re: Ultravid 8x32 HD Plus

    Read into this what you will, talk about it even but please do so behind my back as I am thin-skinned... Something I want to share as it has a happy ending, or perhaps it is more of a happy beginning now that a problem is finally solved. It has taken me just two years to set the dioptre...
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    Light transmission: Trinovid 8x20 green BCA

    Can anyone help, as internet searching has at best come up with ambiguities? The first and for nearly 25 years only binoculars I had were a compact pair of green armoured Trinovid 8x20 BCA in a little black leather etui or case. I thought they were amazing - that is till I got my first full-size...
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    Nomenclature and model confusion HD, WB etc

    On the subject of SLC models, I am confused by some of the nomenclature. In Roger Vine's Scope Views review of the 10x42 he calls it HD. Looking at his photos his binoculars look identical in badging and accessories (except for the green case) to the new one I bought this week in the modern...
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    First impressions: SLC 10x42 HD has arrived

    This thread is a direct continuation of the one I started a day or two ago at https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=388597 . In that thread all who contributed gave me useful thoughts about the SLC 10x42 HD, based on which I decided to take a stab in the dark and order one, necessarily...
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    Your experience of latest version SLC 10x40

    Your experience of latest version SLC 10x42 HD An idle, computer-based day today after enjoying equally leisurely days of birdwatching in the garden in these quieter times of less traffic and seemingly more birdsong. And my mind turning dangerously to thoughts of a higher magnification...
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    Iconic Leitz/Leica rivals to Zeiss Dialyt 7x42B/GA T* (P/P*)?

    While confined to the house for a while I've been looking out from the windows watching the antics of young squirrels as well as blackbirds - the blackbirds seem to like holly berries: one wrenches them off while the other flits to and fro not far away in the background on the same tree. To...
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    Dioptre setting on FLs and others

    This could as well be posted on another forum such as Leica but probably fits best here on Zeiss because of one of the questions below to do with poor light, a Zeiss speciality what with AK prisms in many last generation and some current generation models. It was pointed out to me in various...
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    Light transmission comparison esp. Zeiss

    Can anyone point me to a comparison chart not just for Zeiss (which is the brand I think of where light transmission is discussed, because of the AK prism advantage) but other makes? There are a few things I've been wondering which would be cleared up by looking at a single table: Does the...
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