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  1. Troubador

    The Remarkable First Zeiss Conquests

    While it is true that from time to time, a member will post respectfully or even affectionately about the Mark 1 Conquests, these binoculars simply do not crop up very often on Birdforum, compared with other Zeiss models. Perhaps they were over-shadowed by the FLs, which were the replacements...
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    Unboxing Opticron’s New Flagship Binoculars: Aurora BGA VHD 8x42

    Way back in 2018 Pete Gamby was kind enough to submit to an interview, (https://www.birdforum.net/threads/interview-with-opticrons-top-manager.366708/ ) and in the course of this he said, “Price-wise we certainly won’t go above £800 as this region is occupied by Zeiss with their Conquest HD and...
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    Review: Opticron Discovery WA ED 8x32

    It hardly seems possible, but it was way back in May 2019 that I reviewed Opticron’s Discovery WP PC 8x32, and a nice little bino it was too, but here we are testing an updated version with ED glass objectives, a field of view expanded from 131m (7.5deg) to 140m (8 deg), eye relief increased by...
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 10x32, Final Sightings Update

    Gale force winds. Hail showers so dense the word shower is inadequate. They lasted just a few minutes but left several centimetres of ice on top of our car and you can guess what the birds did. In between these inclement events there were moments of excitement. A glimpse of a Raven Corvus corax...
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 10x32, Sightings Update No 2

    We are lucky to have a row of oaks across the bottom of our back garden that extends eastwards to join extensive woodlands on slopes too steep to have been built on during the centuries. This means we quite often get woodland birds such as Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major in our oaks...
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 10x32, Sightings Update No 1

    The European Jay is a forest bird and certainly we usually catch only glimpses of it as it flies from tree to tree or if we are lucky we might see more if it stops for a moment to look at us and make an alarm call. Occasionally we see one in the oaks at the bottom of our back garden but today...
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    Review: Zeiss Victory SF 10x32

    Introduction Well it’s a few months since I reviewed SF 8x32 so it is about time I had a look at the 10x32, and one has been obtained on loan for a few weeks. SF 32 has been around for a while now, but I sense that it is not widely understood how much of a development from SF 42 that it...
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    Averse to Binos or Birdforum?

    Do you want to like a Leica or a Vortex? Or do you think a Zeiss is twice as nice? Does armour with a bad smell Make you sick and feel unwell? Is a Swaro nice despite the asking price? Do you love a Leupold or drift towards a Swift? Do Zen-Ray or a Maven get you ravin’? Do brand names give you...
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    Binocular Design: A Personal Look at Selected Bushnell, Eden, GPO & Swarovski Models Plus a Surprise Guest & a Late Arrival

    Bushnell Legend M 8x42 and Trophy 8x32 The Trophy is the one on the left. Is this the ‘tactical’-look or should we call it ‘chunky’ or just ugly? The Legend on the right doesn’t go quite as far in the chunky direction but it goes quite far enough, and the dioptre ring, not quite filling the...
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    Binocular Design: A Personal Look at Selected Kowa, Meopta and Opticron Models

    Kowa Genesis 8x33 & BD II 6.5x32 XD Kowa’s Genesis looks smoothly confident to me, smart and with its dark metallic focus wheel, sophisticated too. But it is not without its quirks because the dioptre adjuster is in gloss black that contrasts with the eyecup above it due to its smooth...
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    Zeiss Binocular Design: A Personal Overview Part 2

    From Dialyt to SF, the aesthetics of Zeiss binoculars have evolved with several ‘diversions’ down a variety of different avenues along the way. I thought it would be entertaining to take a stroll down a few of these diversions to compare and contrast various models, and also have a few brief...
  12. Troubador

    Zeiss Binocular Design: A Personal Overview Part 1

    From Dialyt to SF, the aesthetics of Zeiss binoculars have evolved with several ‘diversions’ down a variety of different avenues along the way. I thought it would be entertaining to take a stroll down a few of these diversions to compare and contrast various models, and also have a few brief...
  13. Troubador

    After the HT: 5 years with Zeiss Victory SFs

    I got my first SF in 2015 and have been using them intensively on expeditions to the west of Scotland and, following the sale of my FL 8x32 and HT 8x42 to our good friend Seldom Perched, an SF 8x32 has since joined the SF42s. After the HTs the open-hinge SFs felt familiar with a similarly...
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    After the FL: 7 years with a Zeiss Victory HT 8x42

    After the FL came something very different indeed: the HT. To me it looked classically and classily elegant, and its forward-placed focus wheel allowed three fingers of my right hand to grip the tube, with my first finger falling naturally on the focus wheel, so in hindsight it was nearly an...
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    After the Dialyt: 10 years with a Zeiss Victory 8x42 T* FL

    This account follows on from https://www.birdforum.net/threads/fond-memories-17-years-with-a-zeiss-dialyt-10x40b-gat.403025/ I shall deal with the obvious question first. Did I miss the 10x magnification when I moved from the 10x Dialyt to first 8.5x and then 8x? The answer is honestly, no...
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    Fond Memories: 17 Years with a Zeiss Dialyt 10x40B GAT*

    This is a look back at some of my memories of using a pair of Zeiss Dialyts but first, an explanation of how I came to acquire the Dialyts. My first binoculars were a pair of 1971 Swift Audubons which turned out to be totally unsuited to British weather, fogging up regularly and needing to be...
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    No Interview with Swarovski

    Just a note to say that I haven't forgotten Swarovski in putting together my series of industry interviews. I have invited Dale Forbes to be interviewed twice but on both occasions he wasn't able to accept the opportunity. Lee
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    Interview with Zeiss Senior Optical Scientist

    Continuing my series of interviews with people in the optics world, this time I have been lucky that Thomas Steinich of Zeiss has been willing to donate his time and take part. Troubador: Herr Steinich please tell us your official job title and how long you have been in this job. Thomas...
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    Interview with Zeiss Senior Optical Scientist

    Continuing my series of interviews with people in the optics world, this time I have been lucky that Thomas Steinich of Zeiss has been willing to donate his time and take part. Troubador: Herr Steinich please tell us your official job title and how long you have been in this job. Thomas...
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    The Inspiration for NL's Shape

    From the first moment I saw a photo of Swarovski's amazing NL, with its 'pinched', 'waisted' tubes, I knew I had seen that shape before. But where? This has been bugging me ever since. And then the memories came flooding back. In the deep south of France (and probably all over France) in the...
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    Interview with Zeiss Technician: The Creation of Victory Pockets

    With over 74,000 visits the thread starting with the Victory Pocket Review has been very popular so I sought out a Zeiss Technician to ask about the creation of the Pockets. The Technician is Tammo Sebastian Leuken, from the north of Germany. Troubador: Tammo, thank you for participating in...
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    Victory Pocket Creation Interview

    With over 74,000 visits the thread starting with the Victory Pocket Review has been very popular so I sought out a Zeiss Technician to ask about the creation of the Pockets. The Technician is Tammo Sebastian Leuken, from the north of Germany. Troubador: Tammo, thank you for participating in...
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    Separating male and female 'Ringtail' Hen Harriers

    Take a look at this terrific paper on how to separate ringtail Hen Harriers, it is fascinating and supported by many great photographs. The author is Gerold Dobler who led the design teams for SF binoculars and Harpia scope at Zeiss...
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    Separating male and female 'Ringtail' Hen Harriers

    Take a look at this terrific paper on how to separate ringtail Hen Harriers, it is fascinating and supported by many great photographs. The author is Gerold Dobler who led the design teams for SF binoculars and Harpia scope at Zeiss...
  25. Troubador

    Welcome to the Kite Forum

    This forum is where you can discuss all aspects of Kite binoculars! Lee
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