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  1. james holdsworth

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Almost pristine. I always check with a mini Mag-lite that reveals even the tiny specks of dust between elements and on the prisms.
  2. james holdsworth

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Oh, I think we can all agree on that. I found that out when I compared my $200.00 Bushnell Custom to a new $1000.00+ Leitz Trinovid in 1988. It blew my mind that the Bushnell was sharper and brighter!
  3. james holdsworth

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    I guess my experiences with older porro's has tempered my enthusiasm. I have a very mint, late model 8x30 Oberkochen and have tried two examples of the revered 15x60 BGAT, with nearly modern coatings. Both are sharp, with good-sized sweetspots, but both have somewhat yellow white's, moderate...
  4. james holdsworth

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    I recall a few transmission figures from some older porro's - Jan posted them I think - some in the low 70% range. That's like a 20 - 25% difference from some modern glass, I'm sure it would have a big effect on the image quality in anything less than full sun.
  5. james holdsworth

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    I would love to give these a try, but I must say I am always a bit dubious when I hear the love for some of these older porro's. I have tried [and own] several of Zeiss's best - the 8x30, the 8x50, the 15x60. All are sharp, all are very good, all are blown away by really good modern optics -...
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