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    NL Pure 8x32 and NL Pure 10x32!

    I really like the color I've seen on samples from the R5 and R6 - it looks like Canon is improving the quality of the pixels. Edmund
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    NL Pure 8x32 and NL Pure 10x32!

    I think pricing is getting out of hand here. I mean it would make more sense if there were an intent to make a boutique product eg. like those big Nikon bins etc, and destined to be used very carefully in controlled environments. But for something to be thrown in a backpack and taken to the...
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    "Leica 7x42 Ultravid HD Plus" owners experience compared to non "Plus"

    My local FNAC Leica salesman confirmed they were hazy. Leica Paris said "they weren't the latest model" Leica Paris pretended to send them in. ( the employee had some "issues" and then they couldnt find the binoculars) I am really unhappy with their behavior. They provided an invoice which said...
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    "Leica 7x42 Ultravid HD Plus" owners experience compared to non "Plus"

    My UV HD 7x42 new old stock were cheap and now that I've cleaned the oculars they're ok. The resolution is not spectacular, but eye comfort and general usability are great. In french terms, they're like a good local restaurant, no stars but very pleasant to go to. I'm thinking of finding a...
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    8x32 roof with least glare

    I think the 7x35 Leica is now the best small bin. I think it beats the 7x42. The Zeiss has unbeatable optics in its size range, but horrible to use for longer periods.
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    What should I clean binocular lenses with?

    If you're gonna repeatedly pick up liquid cleaning product chemical residue from the oculars with your eyelashes, and drag it into close contact with your eyes, the stuff you use had better be friendly. That is one big difference between camera lenses and binocular oculars. Edmund
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    What should I clean binocular lenses with?

    Interesting. Which would mean my advice was wrong too, but then I'm not an "expert". Maybe we should ask the manufacturers for their opinion on this topic. One -minor- issue is that what is good for lenses is not necessarily good for the human. I used an optician's spray to clean my glasses...
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    What should I clean binocular lenses with?

    I found that it's easier to find a pharmacy mostly anywhere you go. This pharmacy will gladly sell you a small bottle of non-toxic (non altered) ethanol. I guess you can drink that without excessive harm, or use it as a desinfectant for cuts etc, but the same pharmacy will also sell you...
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 8x32

    They still seem to be sitting there selling $14k cine zooms, although for all I know these might be rebranded chinese products :) https://www.ducloslenses.com/pages/angenieux What I heard re their consumer zooms at the time was that a japanese third party lens brand needing a zoom product...
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    UVHD+ coating change between 2015 and 2019?

    Gijs, Could you pm me your email so I can send you a summary, and a phone number/whatsapp please, and I‘ll try and call you daytime? I have a feeling we might get an interesting paper out of this discussion, and I have no problem being second author ;) If what you want is transmission data...
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    UVHD+ coating change between 2015 and 2019?

    With respect, Gijs, the transmission curves are factual data determined by a measurement method which, by my respect for you I assume reproducible; however interpretation of the curves would assume spectral assumptions about both illuminant and subject, as well as assumptions about the...
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    The Zeiss Victory SF 8x32: a somewhat idiosyncratic, but comprehensive review

    I own a bunch of spectrophotometers, and even designed a colorimeter once, so although I am not the sharpest knife in the box, I have some understanding, or rather familiarity, with color issues. My eyes are those one can expect from a color consultant. The issues here seem are complicated...
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 8x32

    When I say perfected I mean perfected. They got yet another Oscar in 2009, again for some zooms which presumably were still then considered ok. https://www.zoomlenshistory.org.uk/who-invented-the-zoom-lens/pierre-angenieux/ As we all know, the french historically were some of the first and...
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 8x32

    I would expect to find Angénieux binos of any period, as bought for french government use, just as in Germany you would expect to find those from local manufacturers like Zeiss or Hensoldt. You could ask Angénieux about their history of long range optics :) Edmund
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 8x32

    You can read a history of Angénieux here http://optronique.net/defense/acteur/75-ans-optique-chez-thales-angenieux The founder of the company simplified the computation of lenses, which allowed him to create more complex designs. Pierre Angénieux received two Academy Awards, which I guess means...
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    Observation distance

    The interesting ones seem to always be at a serious distance away :) Edmund
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    Observation distance

    What sort of distance usually separates you and the bird(s) of interest? -Garden distance -Pasture distance -Other end of the beach distance I find I tend to need my binoculars most in the garden to look at the bench where they perch and INSIDE hedges, and then around 200-400m. In the middle...
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 8x32

    Maybe Zeiss should have released the 32 first and then the 42, as the 42 created expectations that may have been excessive. Of course those who want to buy into the reputation and the view of the 42 can just do some muscle conditioning and get the 42 :) Edmund
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    Opinions about unit variability on 8x32HD+'s?

    I bought a flute the other day, the shop's demo, as I loved the way it sounds, but there's a scratch in the varnish. Do you think I should return it and get another from the same manufacturer? Edmund
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    BINO THOUGHTS #9, The Inexperienced Shopper

    Bill, you never fail to entertain. Btw, re your quote, I've been struggling with General Relativity for a few months, and have started to feel I'm not the sharpest knife in the box at my age. I told a friend so, and added that maybe there is a real mathematical difficulty in this theory as...
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    Several New Tests from Gijs!

    Did Gijs' mother have identical quintuplets who masquerade under a single name, or does he have a sleep disorder? If this sort of work ethic becomes usual in Europe, the Chinese Workers' Representatives are going to march in protest in Brussels :) Edmund
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    Leica Noctivid 8x42 design flaws and review - owners please check

    I really like the wonderful warm color of the Noct, and the very easy view but I have also seen the painful glare against a winter sky. I think that in this forum one could just say that the Noct is the current Leica alpha, each company having its strengths and weaknesses, and move on to other...
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    Review of 8x25 Victory Pocket

    I find the view seriously improves WITH THE RUBBER EYECUPS COMPLETELY STRIPPED or removed. Don't ask me why. Edmund
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    Zeiss SF 8X32 after 8 weeks of use...

    Hehe. The SF sounds like a few years worth of optical improvement, and a lot of luxury level price inflation. Edmund
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