Ed, the Linet is nowhere near 96* AFoV. Linet were notorious for their completely over-the-top claims on their prism covers. They wouldn't get away with it today. The AFoV is probably mid 70s so comparable with the new NL.
Hi Tom, Alas, nothing is perfect in this world and in the case of my 1993 7x42 Dialyt, it's also the focus which is imperfect - the optics are absolutely wonderful.
Some reviews I've read also identified the focus as a weak feature.
Gary at ECBR or Zeiss Germany can tell you immediately - just drop them a line. I think yours is a relatively late sample - maybe 2001 or 2002 but that's a wild guess.
Yeah it's a wonderful glass with superb transparency, contrast and colour rendition.
As you say, it's a glass to love...
1. It is rubber armoured. I don't believe that 'G/A' is part of the official designation for this model.
2. Yes. See my 'Magnificent Service from Zeiss UK!' post earlier today.
It's an excellent binocular.
I recently bought a 1993 Zeiss Dialyt 7x42B T*P which, although in broadly very good condition, had a few issues in that the right dioptre ring was broken, there was a speck in the right telescope, the focus was stiff and the armour was starting to lift.
So I sent it off to Zeiss UK in Norfolk...
I emailed Zeiss in Germany when I wrote the original post here and Zeiss emailed back confirming that there is no difference between the T*P and T*P* coatings. The extra * is for cosmetic symmetry only. It signifies no optical difference whatever.
Thank you for your very fast response Arthur. I'm pretty sure that there's little or no detectable difference between P and P* coatings and I think the P* marking first appeared when Zeiss changed their labelling from 'Made in West Germany' to 'Made in Germany' so I suspect it is marketing - but...
The Zeiss Dialyt 7x42 T*P and the Zeiss Dialyt 7x42 T*P* both have phase coatings on their prisms but is it known whether there is any difference between their prism phase coatings?
Does the Zeiss Dialyt 7x42 T*P* really have superior prism phase coatings to those of the Zeiss Dialyt 7x42 T*P...