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  1. J

    Vintage Swift Saratoga MkI 8X40 Binocular

    Oh forgot to mention the mechanicals. The hinges are some what stiff like a i might expect new pair of binoculars may be. Focus wheel nice and smooth. Felt fairly balanced in the hand, albeit heavy like a brass bodied thing. Heavier than my 7X50. We both have become spoiled however at how our...
  2. J

    Vintage Swift Saratoga MkI 8X40 Binocular

    I'm very grateful for your expert information. I checked the interior for mold, but it seems clear to me. I gave the lenses a cleaning. I wonder at the moniker, "Fully Coated". I figure that means both sides of optics are coated? Our modern binos say, "Fully Multi-coated". In any case, my wife...
  3. J

    Vintage Swift Saratoga MkI 8X40 Binocular

    Yes, I'm certain it's got the Bak 7 prisms. Didn't see the self portrait; hope my crossed eyes didn't show up well though!
  4. J

    Vintage Swift Saratoga MkI 8X40 Binocular

    I should send a photo of the complete binocular kit; The case with the Made in Japan and Inspection stickers still looking pristine, binoculars, user pamphlet. Oh, and here's a view through the 40mm objective. Perhaps it's useful knowing how much it cost; I assume it might be worth the same...
  5. J

    Vintage Swift Saratoga MkI 8X40 Binocular

    You both are very kind to respond! I didn't realize the Mark I was produced at such a late date; I thought the Mark II was made in the 70s. Your information have enlightened me greatly! I should've mentioned the focus wheel is stiff and pivots are also stiff. My wife and I starting getting into...
  6. J

    Vintage Swift Saratoga MkI 8X40 Binocular

    This is my first post, though I've lurked around on and off- I inherited a pair of Swift Saratoga MkI 8X40 Binoculars from my father-in-law. They're in quite good condition; very good I'd say. It's other markings are: J B56, Serial # 753441, and says on body, "Fully Coated", & 488ft at 100yds...
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