Looking at Canip’s just posted results on useable eye relief (see at: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=396397 ):
• Swarovski Habicht 8x30W: 10 mm (vs nominal 12 mm)
• Leica Ultravid HD+ 8x32: 12 mm (vs nominal 13.3 mm)
When people refer to 16 mm ER on the UV HD, it seems that...
An 8x40 Habicht - Real or Unicorn?
Hi Hermann (post #24),
Since you’re a Habicht fan, you may find this of interest
I’m aware of one example of an 8x40 Porro by Swarovski Optik!
It’s from a 2018 eBay listing by ‘militaryshop13’, see the attached images
There’s several points of interest:
Habicht Focuser Fully Operational Below Freezing Point
ProudPapa56 comments on the operation of the focuser at temperatures down to 0 degrees F/ - 17 degrees C
see posts #14, 18 and 26 at: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=294887
His experience seems to be the same as mine was at...
A) Centre Focus Binoculars
As a generalisation, all traditional style external focus binoculars use grease on the central focuser shaft to smooth the action, along with both preventing binding and taking up any slack
And while the focuser shaft is greased, the eyepieces that slide...
In terms of the feel of the focuser, the non-airtight version of the Habicht (from 1948 to 1984) has a feel similar to that of many other external focus binoculars
e.g. as with my 1962 model
The 1984 airtight (and nitrogen filled) upgrade to the Habicht is immediately recognisable by the...
In relation to the stiffness of the focuser . . .
As you seem to be aware, I have a great affection for the traditional Porro Habichts, and they are a great choice for a wide variety of general uses
However, they are fatally flawed for much birding - or any other activity - which...
Yes, Swarovski did make objective covers for the rubber armoured Habichts - a matching green cap with a body loop. However, they are no longer a listed item
They were offered to at least 2005, see page 51 from the catalogue
(the 99 page 7 mb catalogue in a choice of English, German...