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  1. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Well, in this instance the FPO stands for Fuji Photo Optical, the manufacturer of the first of several of the Rangemaster series. from your description you are looking at an FPO version. The Tamron is the last version and has sort of a spaceship looking, kind of swept wing design. Bushnell...
  2. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    OK, I just did the big dipper test. All of my 11* marked binoculars will frame all four stars of the bowl. The FPO Rangemaster 10* will not quite frame them all. Either Dhube or Phecda is left just outside the fov, but it will frame the other three. The Tasco 116, listed as 10.5* frames...
  3. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Interesting. I'd never heard of Stellarium, so I just downloaded it. I'll see if I can figure it out later. I'll be interested to see what FOV data you get. I shall be quite surprised :eek!: if you are not impressed with that FPO Rangemaster.
  4. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Yes, I have measured the fov's. After looking back through notes, It seems that the one Tasco 400 that claims 578' in the prism plate is actually the same 604 feet as the other one. As to the Rangemasters, I make the Fuji to be just a little over its stated 10*, actually 10.3*. The Tamron...
  5. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Henry, Thanks for the evaluation. As always I learned something from that. As to the question of how the Rangemaster compares to other contemporary wide angle porros, I'll take a shot at that. I have some wide angle 7x35's in addition to the two Rangemasters. Those include: Jason Venture...
  6. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    I just passed on an early model with Bk-7 prisms ;). Sold pretty low, but as I have my eye on another sort of binocular right now, I let that one pass. I was interested in seeing how the Bk-7 and Bak-4 models compared. I am interested in your take on the two. I suspect the differences will...
  7. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    John and Henry I hope you can work out the lens shipment. I have taken some more pictures, but they are not what I need. I have no real desire to take the oculars off again, so I hope John can get his to Henry. I'd like to know about the coatings too. Although just looking at them they...
  8. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Thanks again. I'd like to see that booster! Edit: Just went back to Simon's stuff and looked again at his early Fuji Rangemaster photo, obviously has no prism plate screws. You learn something every day!
  9. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Thanks, I did not know that!
  10. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Somewhere I saw that ad, or a similar one with the same information. But couldn't confirm that, so thanks for that information. The surfaces I can see in my Fuji specimen certainly look like they are all coated. The coatings in the Fuji specimen are lighter in a blue hue than the ones on the...
  11. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Henry, I'll do that again tomorrow and see if it looks better
  12. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Henry, The lower (inner) surface of the ocular group appears coated. So do the prisms from what can be seen through the ocular tube, looking through the binocular. I don't have the right screwdriver to properly remove the screws in the prism plate so I can get better access to view the...
  13. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    OK, a couple of self inflicted face slaps here ;). First I have no idea why, but I referenced in several places, in text and photos my Swift Audubon 8.5x, 44 binocular. Somehow or another I incorrectly named it the type IIc :eek!:. It is a Type 1c from 1968. The second one is that I knew...
  14. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    OK, a few more, this should do it ;).
  15. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    OK, some more comparison photos, this with the Swift Audubon Type IIc, 8.5x, 44. One more with the Wards binocular.
  16. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Well, I've had to do a different photo route, since to my dismay, the version of Adobe Photoshop I have won't install on Windows 8, so I hope this works out ;). I tend to agree with John's above post. These really are a try them for yourself binocular. I have seen little if anything that...
  17. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    John, The surface looks flat. On both models, actually.
  18. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Fuji Rangemaster I was fortunate, I think, to get both these in excellent condition at so close to the same time. I've had active searches going for these for several years. A Fuji early IF model just sold prior to these for $168.50 (plus shipping), which I missed by a dollar. I would have...
  19. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    cjfrbw, Thanks for the observations. I concur with your assessments of the Rangemaster. I may need to keep my eyes open for a sample of the second generation Fuji. I am looking for a good slope shoulder Sears Discoverer 7x35 too. I let a couple go when I was in the waiting for the auction...
  20. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Pomp, I don't want to convey the impression I'm swinging into the porro camp, I'm not. In fact if the house was on fire and I could only save one binocular as i dived out the fire escape, I'd grab the Leupold Gold Ring HD 8x42. In many ways I prefer modern roofs. The collection aspect of...
  21. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    No, we are in agreement that the Fuji Rangemaster is the best ultra wide angle binocular ever produced. The Tamron is only ever so slightly behind. The Tamron is sharper, but the Fuji is deeper and has better edges. I'll have the full Fuji comments up in a day or two. I'm still trying to come...
  22. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Jerry, The Tamron was the last of the Rangemaster series, but the one I got first. The Fuji Rangemaster was the first of the series, mine I think dates to about 1952-56, and was the last one I got personally. For a 60 year old binocular it is flat out amazing. There has to be a whole lot of...
  23. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Pomp, I do not expect everyone will see these in the same light as I do ;). The satisfaction gained form the magnified view is compelling and deeply personal. To add a bit to my second sentence above the non binocular issues can be a wide range of things. Certainly there are the physical...
  24. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    I agree they are not as bright as modern stuff. The whole point is, despite those shortcomings (as few/many as they may be), is just how good they really are. Anybody who can't get detail with these has issues beyond the mechanical optics of the Rangemaster. Sans animus people, sans animus...;)
  25. Steve C

    Bushnell Rangemaster: Vintage Binocular vs. Modern Birds

    Well, I figured this had to come up ;). As I stated in my OP I tend to think people, in their subconscious anyway, tend to put a lot of advance credence in relationship to the bells and whistles they figure the binocular they have in their hands has. Yes, the old porros do lag somewhat in...
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