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  1. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    Yes one of my eyes is consistently a warmer colour tone (the right one I think). The plots on Albinos and House of Outdoors correlate pretty well with what I see in terms of balance if not absolute level, so I don't think it's entirely subjective. It's closely related to frequency response...
  2. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    Let us know how you get on with the Meopta. If it has enough ER, you might be surprised how much you like it. I think of the HD models as cousins of Leica but cheaper and with less CA! In terms of the weight of a big glass, I am increasingly taking my 12x50 out for the birding I do around here...
  3. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    For me they would both be lacking deeper reds in the image which robs it of natural warmth. I have realised now that I like the Leica/Meopta/Nikon 'house styles' where all the red is present. To generalise somewhat: Swaro tends to lose too much red and increase the blue giving a cool/clinical...
  4. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    I already did Jim! The 10x42. It is just superb, despite what I hope is just dust in the left telescope and which I am told will be sorted out for me at no charge as described in post #25. The balance of extreme sharpness, brightness even in dim light, a natural 'transparency', even colour...
  5. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    So here is my story from today... I went to a specialist birders binocular shop in the UK and after many weeks of research and trying out different optics I finally decided to buy something because it impressed me and was the right price - a second hand Zeiss HT 10x42 which they had. The...
  6. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    I use rubber eye cups and they work very well. Actually I use them with all my bins, but they are particularly useful with the VP 8x25. I believe the outer diameter of the eye cup is 33mm but I can check. There are all sorts of options on eBay for ~£5. I'm always surprised if people decide not...
  7. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    Thanks very much PHA, lots of food for thought there. For your 8x25 can I recommend the Zeiss Victory Pocket as the best option optically - better than anything else I have looked through. Unbelievably sharp and with a surprisingly bright and wide FOV for a pocket binocular. Also the single...
  8. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    Hmmm, that's useful to know about as they are just as likely to be used in cold and humid climates. Are rubber eye cups likely to help by keeping your eyes away from the glass somewhat?
  9. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    Can't afford both unfortunately Paul! Need some budget left for my 8x42. I'm known for being a careful purchaser, but also for keeping the nice things I buy for a long time and looking after them rather than flipping. Hence the up-front work!
  10. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    Thanks Will, yes it would be for long distance slow moving stuff like on shore, estuaries and lakes and across fields where I want more pull but hopefully the targets are more static and so less focusing is required. Unless the brightness, contrast or other aspects of the image quality is...
  11. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    I should have said, lighter weight is also good! As you say, my shortlist and the Aurora also have this benefit but it's not an optical quality of course.
  12. hopster

    Optical comparison of Habicht 10x40 and HT (or FL) 10x42

    I have narrowed it down to the HT or Habicht as my upcoming 10x purchase, with good second hand examples of both on offer. Unfortunately I cannot compare them side-by-side in the shop and, even if I could, I'm sure I would learn more out and about in nature afterwards. I understand that the...
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