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    Pocket binoculars that fit in your pocket!

    My local dealer has both 7x15 and 6x15 and the 7 sample is incredibly better. I think sample variation may be an issue with the Mikrons. Some people have bought 5x on the used market. One thing is certain, there is truth in advertsing with the Mikron, they really are binoculars not toys, and...
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    Pocket binoculars that fit in your pocket!

    They’re not supercompact, but they look very tough. I don’t think there’s anything to be gained from the “specifications”. I think the economies of scale on these toys are huge, Nikon probably runs off a few hundred thousand a year, and so one can expect the same quality one gets from a...
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    Pocket binoculars that fit in your pocket!

    I dont understand why nobody mentions the $70 Nikon Aculon which have perfectly acceptable views https://www.bestbuy.com/site/shop/nikon-compact-binoculars A huge heavy Swaro 10x32 at $2500 has basically the same pupil size as a $70 8x21 so obviously you cant expect the same performance from...
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    Gijs' Comprehensive Test of Transmission in Pocket Models

    thx - I was just wondering whether I’d tried the old one. it really is a standout design … Edmund
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    Roger Vine's thoughts on the 7x21 Curio?

    I've seen them. They seem to provide a good view a bit smaller than the Zeiss 8x25. If someone has a curio to swap for the Zeiss, I'm game.
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    Gijs' Comprehensive Test of Transmission in Pocket Models

    Since when has Papillio-2 been marketed? The store which had the Papillio has now gone out of business, after selling their stock of those pre-ultravid Trinovids - you know what I mean - so they has some older stock. The Trinovid I tried was pretty good, but oh so heavy :) Update - the...
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    Gijs' Comprehensive Test of Transmission in Pocket Models

    Tom, all you say is very true. I would add that in my view the Papilio is probably optically representative of the $100 class of small japanese instruments, all of which are perfectly nice for observations. Edmund
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    Gijs' Comprehensive Test of Transmission in Pocket Models

    Gijs, I compared the Papillio sample at my local photo shop to my Victor Pocket 8x25. I assure you the Zeiss was worth two Papilios :) You may have had a better sample. Ergonomically, I much prefer the Papillio, and if I needed to spend money again it’s the one I would pay for; but then I’m...
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    Gijs' Comprehensive Test of Transmission in Pocket Models

    the only papillio I saw was dim and not very sharp, but the ergos are so good and the price so low that it is a good deal. Edmund
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    Extreme Nearsightedness--Focusing at infinity without eyeglasses

    Repair shops and manufacturers can adjust this, making a bin compatible with us myopics. If we can find such support. Edmund
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    Gijs' Comprehensive Test of Transmission in Pocket Models

    That stuff makes women more beautiful - and sends the rest of us to a dark room - BellaDonna I'm sure you sell it in Holland, other places the eye doctor gives it to you for free :) Edmund
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    Sub-alpha advice.

    Nikon makes a bunch of $100 pocket bins.
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    Why do Zeiss need another marketing gimmick, rather than just lowering prices on the optically proven SF? I mean I could see them do a VP/Terra hybrid 8x25 adding robustness and lowering price, but the SF is a perfectly nice product which just needs a lower price to sell more. Edmund
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    Gijs, I own 6 spectros and have good eyes. My first VP 8x25 had a green cast. The second doesn't. Edmund
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    the green is loved by the japanese. Edmund
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 10x32

    I tried out an SF and an NL today, and they are actually very different in ergos, color and even sharpness. That in itself is surprising. Even in this price class, or maybe especially in this class, each instrument seems to have a distinct personnality. Both instruments demonstrate that one...
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    Gijs' Comprehensive Test of Transmission in Pocket Models

    I can use the Zeiss VP without glasses and for the Curio I tested, I need glasses. I just tried it yesterday, and Swaro has got a lot of things right with the Curio. I wonder whether Swaro will add a diopter or so to infinity on request for us shortsighted bookworms? BTW, may I say THANK...
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    Review of 8x25 Victory Pocket

    You are quite correct, only a few users have posted on the forum that they lost the diopter knob. The reason I advise people to take care with the diopter, as you know, is that in my case Zeiss did not perform a correct warranty repair, and my dealer was forced to step in and replace the...
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    New Retrovid 7x35

    I used an old Zeiss porro 6x30 last weekend. Suddenly I realized that a focus point at 20m or so basically covered the whole medium field. No need to refocus, even at age 65 I could accomodate. Edmund
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    Review of 8x25 Victory Pocket

    You do realize that any hit to the diopter knob and your glasses are dead? Edmund
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    Pocket binoculars that fit in your pocket!

    This weekend I have been using a 30 Euro Zeiss 6x30 Porro as a pocket binocular in the countryside. Pocketability depends on the pocket. I had an anorak iwth an inside down vest, and the old Zeiss Porro fit in an inside fold-in pocket. I was cycling, not walking. My watercolor kit went into...
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    Surprise through my old Zeiss

    I need to clean the inside of the objectives. I could take the "box ends" apart - there seem to be screws for that, without unscrewing the objectives, this might avoid the need for recollimation? Edmund
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    Surprise through my old Zeiss

    For 30 Euros, an old guy sold me a Zeiss Silvarem 6x30 porro he'd inherited a long time ago; it seems to date from the 50s and has some sort of deposit or fungus inside the objectives but is still useable. This oldie shows me a better view from where I stand, while my modern roofs just take me...
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    Review of 8x25 Victory Pocket

    On the other hand, carrying the Zeiss unprotected is unadvised because it can have its diopter knocked off, and that huge case is larger than the Leica x32 and adds a bit of weight. Did I hear anyone say "millionaire's opera glasses"? Edmund
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