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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    Well, the literal meaning of vivid is life-like.
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    And similarly, any high quality binocular shouldn’t show CA except on very high contrast targets.
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    The only SF/NL I have to hand right now is the NL 8x42. However, I also own or have owned the SF 8x32, 10x32 & 10x42, and the NL 10x32 & 12x42, and the difference to me, from the SFL 10x40 I have, is quite obvious. But again, if you just compared the CA on axis on a well-focussed target, you...
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    From my short time with the SFL 10x40, I'd say CA control is definitely not on a par with SFs and NLs. It would be strange if it were, as the SFLs don't contain fluoride glass. It's probably at least as good as Leica UVHD+s, from what I remember of the one pair I had. Exactly on axis and...
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    Maybe now would be a good time for a “sorry” for some of your ad hominem remarks. I’ll say nothing further on the matter.
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    I tested out an NL 10x32 in comparison to my SF 10x32, but kept the SF, as it was just a tiny bit sharper, although the difference probably wouldn’t have been noticeable in actual use. So my primary comparison will be with the SF 10x32, which I find excellent apart from the fussy eye placement...
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    My SFL 10x40 arrived today, earlier than expected (ordered from UK Thursday morning, local time, and arrived Sunday morning, DC-time). I'm packing up the house, so don't have time for detailed comparisons, but initial impressions are favorable. CA is very slight once focussed, and FOV doesn't...
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    I don't tend to see these subtle color-casts either. I do sometimes see the blue ring on the SFs if my eye is too far back and I'm not getting the full field of view. In comparing the 10x32 SF and the 10x40 SFL, the main differences I would expect to notice would be the easier eye placement and...
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    I should soon have both SF 10x32 and SFL 10x40. I plan on taking both to East Africa with me and getting a good sense of both. I might sell one eventually, or if their relative strengths and weaknesses are sufficiently complementary, maybe I’ll find justification to keep both.
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    So you'll be sending us each a Kowa 10x33 for comparison? :geek::ROFLMAO::unsure:;) Just messin' with ya. :devilish::whistle::censored:
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    Much clearer now!
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    Focus "speed" should be inversely proportional to distance in a standard instrument.
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    Zeiss SFL 8x40, A Field Review

    No optical device has a constant focus speed in that sense. Maybe he was asking whether the resistance on the focus wheel remains constant???
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    Insect ID solitary wasp? (Cotswolds, UK)

    I once spent a summer identifying phlebotomine sandflies (which look like 2mm-long mosquitoes) in Colombia. There are over 400 spp in a single genus. Many of them can be identified under the microscope from the shape of their mouthparts, but a lot of the spp can only be identifed by dissecting...
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    Zeiss 3x12 Monocular

    Well, Zeiss never got back to me, so I went the inner tube route.
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    New Retrovid 7x35

    The Retrovid shows how comfortable a compact binocular can be when the eyecups actually extend far enough for the eye relief. I can’t understand why other compact bins struggle so often to get that right.
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    Can I be your friend?
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    I know, right? Should I not have insisted on hand-delivering them in the middle of the day wearing full BDSM regalia?
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    New Retrovid 7x35

    As long as you can use them without constant blackouts making you want to throttle yourself with the neck strap 🥴 I also think the image is a step down, although still good on the HG.
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    I'm struggling to sell as new SFs for significantly under $1800.
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    New Retrovid 7x35

    UVHD 8x32 will probably fit into any pocket the 7x35 will, but they will stick out a bit more. Apart from actual pocket models, the Retrovid are the most discrete binoculars I own to wear under a jacket (and that includes the UVHD, which I have owned in the past). There may be some 8x30 or 8x28...
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    New Zeiss binos 8x40 SFL and 10x40 SFL

    Lets remember that the primary design philosophy of these is to be low weight. I'd assume very aggressive field-flatteners required more complex and heavier lens elements.
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    Binocular bargains

    May just be differences in the tax (no VAT to the US). May be tertiary price discrimination. Or maybe they just feel sorry for Americans because their system of government is non-functional and inexorably reverting to authoritarianism, and they think some excellent bargain binoculars will make...
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    Binocular bargains

    Optics Trade has the Kahles Helia S 8/10x42 on special at just over $1,200, including shipping to the US.
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    Fixed mag EP with shorter focal length than 40831

    You're breaking my heart here. Sometimes people are idiots and you need to tell them what to buy. Get the marketing people on it - "Real men keep it long and fixed!" or something like that. Or you need to design scopes to take standard astronomy eyepieces!!
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