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    Kowa BD II HD 10x42 & Vortex Viper 10x42

    It's hard to judge what is overly stiff. I think some people, such as me, think they're too stiff, while others might just think yep stiffer than some binocular focus wheels, but not an issue. I emailed Vortex several weeks ago and it confirmed they are, by design, quite stiff. It even provided...
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    Kowa BD II HD 10x42 & Vortex Viper 10x42

    I usually use 8x binoculars for birding, but decided to also buy some 10x. I'm an amateur, btw, with relatively little experience compared with many here. I bought a Viper 10x42 a few weeks ago, which I can still return. I really like it, but was slightly surprised by the pretty firm focus...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    It really is a lovely color. I'm very impressed by it. I've not seen the NL Pure in the flesh in burnt orange. It would interesting for me to see an even larger expanse of the colour and see how it looks and feels, so to speak. I recently bought a green NL Pure 8x32. No regrets, but now I'm...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    Thanks. I'll think I'll only be using a wrist strap - which for me is usually a piece of cord I cut to length, believe it or not. It's worth knowing that it may mark, but if it does, in some way, I think I'll still be a fan of the colour and of the silver.
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    For anyone interested, I finally chose the burnt orange Curio. Usually, for any binocular, I'm happy with green, or black if need be, and wouldn't consider other colours if they happened to also be an option. For anyone with a black Curio, it's very nice looking, of course. At first I was wary...
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    Vortex Viper HD and Bushnell Trophy - A noob’s review

    Thanks, that's great news. I'll see what Vortex say in reply to my email and then consider sending it to the UK lab. I've seen the Kowa mentioned a fair few times here, so - depending on what I do with the Viper - I think I might order it to have a look. I find the FOV feels pretty wide on the...
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    Vortex Viper HD and Bushnell Trophy - A noob’s review

    At the risk of going off topic and/or hijacking this thread, I noticed an odd thing today, when comparing an NL Pure 8x32 with a Vortex Viper 10x42. At least it's odd to me, someone with relatively little experience or knowledge of optics. Ultimately it doesn't matter - but when looking through...
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    Vortex Viper HD and Bushnell Trophy - A noob’s review

    I briefly tried a Diamondback 8x32 a few years ago, and it was very good. I've had a Vortex Crossfire II for over ten years. Good for the price, but my recent purchases have put it in the shade somewhat, unsurprisingly. I've just emailed Vortex, who are always very helpful, to ask them about...
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    Swarovski focus wheels

    Since starting this thread, it's got a bit warmer here in the UK - and I think that's may have helped the focus wheel, or rather my personal experience of it. Now I can hardly notice the slightly increased resistance when focusing at around 25 feet. Long may the warm weather continue!
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    Vortex Viper HD and Bushnell Trophy - A noob’s review

    I've been more of a 8x binocular user. But I'm currently trying out a Vortex Viper 10x42. The focus wheel is indeed pretty stiff, but I think I'll get used to it. Apart from the bright, sharp image, the stand out thing for me is the FOV - or rather how I experience it. On paper the FOV of course...
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    Swarovski focus wheels

    I had no idea about this. Thanks for your reply. I don't feel too bad about my NL, now. Because although it's superb, the focuser was bothering me a bit, tbh. Because once you notice it, it's hard to ignore when you've no idea about the cause. I do wonder though whether it might have been better...
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    Swarovski focus wheels

    Just thought I'd go out on a limb here and make some comments about the focuser or focus wheel - or whatever you prefer to call it - on four Swarovski binoculars, all of which I've tried and one of which I own (NL Pure 8x32). I'm nowhere near as experienced as many here, but I've had such...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    Sorry, can't help you with the strap question. I opted for the Curio, too. Decided to send it back (along with returning the Pocket 8x25) because of the paint chip, but will be ordering it again it very soon, when I've decided between black and orange/silver. I hadn't previously considered...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    Do you find the Curio's focuser is dryer when turned anti-clockwise than when turned clockwise? Especially when turning anti-clockwise when focusing at nearer distances. Clockwise it's smooth, anti-clockwise dryer, as you put it. That's how I experience it on the Curio I have. It's not a...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    I might unscrew them tomorrow. After your comments I'm no longer worried about the gap, thanks. Also, I looked at a few photos and one video which showed similar. In fact in the video, filmed in 2022, of the burnt orange colour, both eyepieces are way off centre. They make mine look almost perfect.
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    The awkwardness was something I hadn't borne in mind enough when I first tried the Curio. Now I can deal with it pretty well - and the payoffs in terms on size and weight are great. I do find the small eye cups a bit frustrating (but only a bit). I hold them slightly away from my eyes, because...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    For a while today I thought the same. But as you say, for a binocular of this type keeping both doesn't make sense or feel right, because they have virtually the same application. Not sure if that's the right word. It is a difficult decision if you like both - and I don't entirely dislike the...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    Thanks for checking yours. It sounds similar to mine, except that the narrower gap between the rubber and eyepiece is on part of the right ocular, rather than the left. In fact, as you may be able to see on the photo above, there's almost no gap at all on the top half. Maybe yours is like that...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    Maybe used. It was good to get your opinion, as it all helps. But apart from the lack of paint on that bit everything is absolutely pristine. Not a speck of dust, fingermark, etc. I checked very closely on receiving it. Straps still in original packaging. Box entirely unmarked inside and out...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    They certainly are.
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    Just to the left of the focus wheel. I'm pretty certain these are brand new. Apart from the missing paint, the pouch, box and everything in it is in that condition when you can tell it's highly unlikely to be an item that has been returned by another customer. Spotless. If I'd owned it for a...
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    Curio 7x21 vs. CL 8x25 pocket

    I currently have both the Curio and the CL Pocket 8x25, which I've been trying out at home today (I overlook fields and a hill, with a variety of features at different distances, beyond the garden, so I can give them a reasonable test). I'm an amateur compared to most here, and these are my...
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    Swarovski NL Pure 8x32 vs CL Companion 8x30

    I can understand why some, for example you, don't like the wasp waist, as I think Swarovski call it. But I love it. Personal taste, I suppose. As for the CL, I'm still unsure whether to return mine. Excellent in all ways... except, don't you think the focus wheel is a bit odd, as some others...
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    Swarovski NL Pure 8x32 vs CL Companion 8x30

    I've been having second thoughts today about whether to keep the CLs. I really like them, especially the design and optical quality, but not the focus wheel. 'Lumpy' describes it well (though for those who've never tried a CL that may make it sound really awful, which it isn't). I compared the...
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    Swarovski NL Pure 8x32 vs CL Companion 8x30

    Glad I read your comment above and your mention of focus adjustment. I've just been trying out the current version of the CL Companion (I've never used the previous one), and was just about to create a new thread asking for opinions about the focus on the CL. The focus wheel operation isn't bad...
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