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    Pentax ZD ED series

    Is there anyone who has tried out the new ZD ED series? The prices are close to the prices of Swarovski SLC and Zeiss Victory HT series. This requires a very high quality to justify the price tag, especially because the 8x43 and 10x50 have the same (relatively seen)narrow 50 deg AFOV as the...
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    Binocular Comparisons - what do you think?

    What is your opinions about these comparisons? *Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 better image than Leica Trinovid 8x42. *Vortex Viper HD 8x42 better than Razor HD 8x42. *Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 better than Leica Ultravid 8x32. And so on... Yes, these are no true reviews and image quality over the...
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    Spottingscopes and 1,25" eyepieces

    Pentax spotting scopes are designed for use with any astronomical 1.25" eyepiece and that's great. But which other brands and models have the same feature?
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    Vortex Viper 8x28 and Kamakura 8x28 the same?

    The same FOV and ER. Are these the same binoculars under different brands and just a slightly different body design? Same optics? Anyone who knows?
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    Pentax DCF ED 10x50 and Vortex Viper HD 10x50

    I wonder about the difference between Pentax DCF ED 10x50 and Vortex Viper HD 10x50. These two are very similar in several aspects. Vortex has slightly larger FOV but Pentax slightly better ER. Vortex is much lower price, though. Anyone who has experience of these two?
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    30 years ago - my first real binocular

    This day, july 28 in 1979, it was my 12-years birthday. The Expert chain of stores, advertized a serie of binoculars with the EXPERT-logotype. If I recall correct there where following models available: 8x30, 8x40, 7x50 and 10x50. (unsure about the 8x30). I remember the price was 295 SEK for the...
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    Leica Ultravid 8x20 BR

    Today I received the Leica Ultravid 8x20 BR. I ordered it because of earlier experience with the 10x25 version, which I became very impressed with. Leica Ultravid 8x20 is the first ever 8x20 which allows me to see the entire field of view with eye-glasses on. Though it's not that comfortable and...
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    Impression of Swarovski SLCnew 7x42 B

    Hi again! Yes, I am an incurable binoholic. Recently purchased a Swarovski SLCnew 7x42 B, which was offered at a lower price because it isn't the latest version with the new Easy-to-clean coating. This issue I think I don't really need, however. During the years I have several times tried...
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    Recently purchased the Leupold Yosemite 6x30

    Leupold Yosemite 6x30 Last week I have had one week holiday and have been 4 days at a place north of the polar circle near the border to Finland. There I found a store which carries some models of Leupold binoculars. One of these was the Yosemite 6x30, which I long time, based of the good...
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    What demands can I make of high-end binoculars?

    Some days ago I visited an optical dealer in my city. Among some other quality binoculars as Kowa and Swift they carry the new Swarovski SLC New models in the 8x30 and 7x42 versions. The SLC New has in my opinion a more attractive design than the predecessor. The SLC 7x42 has long time been one...
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    Too high powered compacts

    I have wondered about this matter long time. Why are compact binos mostoften 8-10x? Generally a 10x50 provides at least the same stable image as a typhical 8x20, likely better. Because of the light weight and small format the image can't be as stable as with larger binoculars. Why the...
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    Zeiss Victory T*FL - eye relief

    If I understand it right the new Zeiss Victory T*FL serie is among many binocular users considered as the very best binocular in the world. This serie is unique in one respect: the stated eye relief is the same of everyone of them. 16mm is to be considered as decent for the 32 mm models but...
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    Konica Minolta closes down

    Konica Minolta announces withdrawal plan for camera business and photo business. Does that mean that even the whole production of their binoculars stops? If that is the case it's sad. Then it means that a serious competitor to Nikon, Pentax, Swift, Bushnell, and more brands leaves the market...
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    Dowling & Rowe

    Those binoculars are interesting. Has anyone tried them? http://www.monkoptics.co.uk/Birdwatching/dr-pcwp.html
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    Don't forget the praiseworthy midprice porros

    I have a wondering. I know that roof prism binoculars are more durable with characteristics as inner focusing and in general shorter focusing distance. But today there are many durable porroprism binoculars in waterproof performance for less than 200 dollars with an optical performance in every...
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    Hello from Sweden

    I am Patric from the north of Sweden, and I'm interested in both astronomy and birding. Though I don't always need anything specific to watch, I just love binoculars, and it's my hobby since about 15 years to hold me updated to the evolution of binoculars. It,s very pleasant that it's nowadays...