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  1. CSG

    New here, happened upon the conquest HD 8x32.

    The 8x32s are far better with the replacement extended eyecups. I didn't care for my 8x42HDs at all and returned them.
  2. CSG

    Why Does Zeiss Still Use 42mm HTs in their Marketing?

    I'd ordered the 8x32 SFs some months ago and aside from their construction issues with my sample, I thought the ergonomics were terrible. Needless to say, they were returned same day.
  3. CSG

    Why Does Zeiss Still Use 42mm HTs in their Marketing?

    Really? How so? Other than a wider FOV (good) I found the ergos are better on the HTs as is the light transmission and color clarity.
  4. CSG

    Why Does Zeiss Still Use 42mm HTs in their Marketing?

    I don't wear glasses and don't have an issue with the eyecups on the 8x42 HTs. Matter of fact, I think they're pretty good for Zeiss.
  5. CSG

    Why Does Zeiss Still Use 42mm HTs in their Marketing?

    I think the 8x42 HTs are the finest binoculars in that size class ever made. Better than anything from Swaro or Leica in the same size. My opinion, of course. I have no idea why Zeiss so quickly dropped them. Their ergos are better than the SFs even though the SFs have a wider FOV.
  6. CSG

    Lost eye cup for conquest HD

    I've had good luck with Zeiss USA as well. I think I'm on my 3rd pair of eyecups for my 8x32 Conquest HDs. What would be even better was a redesign so they worked better or didn't come apart. When the Terras eyecups are a better design and function better, that says something. I love these...
  7. CSG

    Alpha Glass and Fear of Theft

    If only. It's heartening to hear stories like this as most of the world's population would have grabbed them as quickly as possible. I keep hearing and seeing stories of porch pirates all over our country. Should be a capital offense IMO. Living where I do in Idaho, the likelihood of...
  8. CSG

    Alpha Glass and Fear of Theft

    Like with anything in life, don't ever spend more on a material thing than you are comfortable losing.
  9. CSG

    Zeiss Terra ED

    I bought a used pair of first gen Terra 8x42s from someone here a number of years ago. I think they're great for what they cost me ($200-250 shipped IIRC) but imagine they are in the middle of the pack of $500 chinese binoculars. I've had no issues with mine other than the Z logo falling off a...
  10. CSG

    Is the 8x32 Victory SF really worth almost 2.5x the cost of the 8x32 Conquest HD?

    When I bought mine in 2013, I paid $719 which I think may have been a sale price. Today, they are about $930 and you can get an occasional sale price on them. If you're selling a used pair, my guess would be in the $650-700 range. Does the warranty on Zeiss transfer over to a new owner? If...
  11. CSG

    Is the 8x32 Victory SF really worth almost 2.5x the cost of the 8x32 Conquest HD?

    It won't. Worth it if you have money to spend on the best (assuming you get a well made sample) but the optical differences are more subtle than some here would have you believe. Much nicer eyecups. Personally, aside from the construction issues I had with the SFs I received, the front hinge...
  12. CSG

    Brand New Victory Issue?

    Sounds like the pair I got!
  13. CSG

    Brand New Victory Issue?

    Paul, reading comprehension is not your strong suit. Welcome to ignore. :rolleyes:
  14. CSG

    New Swarovski 7x Binocular

    While I generally love my older Victory Pocket 10x25s, sharp as they are, they are good for only occasional use (I bought them when I was on a local Search & Rescue team and packed a lot of gear on missions) because if I pull out the eycups, the diameter is too narrow and they tickle my...
  15. CSG

    Brand New Victory Issue?

    Not meant as a dig or to be offensive Lee. I've been a member here coming up on 16 years now. My point is that I wasn't going to argue with you that I read that every time someone posts about an issue with a binocular, especially an alpha class binocular, others chime in to say theirs are...
  16. CSG

    Brand New Victory Issue?

    You're the moderator so what you say goes.
  17. CSG

    Brand New Victory Issue?

    I love all the defensive posts when someone complains about a problem with a new pair of binoculars. Yes, we know most people get good samples but some don't. People posting how theirs are perfect doesn't contribute anything to the conversation or the problem Smoothoperater is posting about...
  18. CSG

    Brand New Victory Issue?

    Unacceptable. My pair of SF 8x32s had a quarter inch of free play in either direction. Other issues as well. Returned same day.
  19. CSG

    Is the 8x32 Victory SF really worth almost 2.5x the cost of the 8x32 Conquest HD?

    OP here. The more I thought about my own experience with the 8x32 SF vs. the 8x32 Conquest HD, even had I gotten a properly working SF, I came to this conclusion: Yes, the SF optics are slightly better, no question but only very slightly. The wider FOV wasn't something I took much note of as...
  20. CSG

    Victory FL vs SF

    There are longer eyecups available for the Conquests and solve the problem you describe.
  21. CSG

    Victory FL vs SF

    In spite of the defective focuser and diopter adjustment on the pair of 8x32 SF I received (and returned the same day), I noted there was a subtle but noticeable improvement optically over my Conquest HD 8x32s. If Zeiss had made a decent quality pair, I might have kept them but it would have...
  22. CSG

    New Retrovid 7x35

    GT, my own opinion (and that's all it is) is that if the 7x42 UV+ fit you ergonomically, they are really great bins. The focus wheel, diopter adjustment, and optics were all superior to the 7x35 Retrovid's same components. I think the 7x35s are more for retro fun because of their old school...
  23. CSG

    New Retrovid 7x35

    Speaking only for myself, but for in town carry, I would prefer any of the compact bins in an 8x25 configuration. Those 7x35s are still fairly large for that use (for me). But I absolutely understand their appeal; they are gorgeous!
  24. CSG

    New Retrovid 7x35

    Curious, if you're a "10X" guy, why would you be shopping for 7X bins? As I posted awhile back, I had both the 7x42 and 7x35 and returned both the same day. the 7x42 UV had too little eye relief for me (and I don't wear glasses). Lot's of blackout and due to their small size (length), I...
  25. CSG

    What Discontinued Binocular Would You Redesign and Bring Back If You Could ?

    Have one and save for the too-easy-to-move diopter adjustment, they're a great pair of binoculars.
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