Originally Posted by dries1
I have been looking for a while for a mint 8X30 from Zeiss Oberkochen or Wetzlar. I found the early models from the 50s and 60s had insufficient eye relief around 10mm I think, but a 8+ degree FOV. They also made a 8X30B with rubber eye cups but with a FOV of 6.4 degrees.
Well by chance I found these at a decent price, but I was blown away of how they were kept all these years. They were purchased from an individual whose father was serving in the US military as a doctor in Germany and who purchased them there.
They are the later 8X30 B and have a 7.4 degree FOV with 18-19 MM eye relief and were the last porros Zeiss made in Wetzlar in 1978. Production spanned about 10 years.
Nice. Very nice, actually. I've got one of those as well, unfortunately on mine the coatings on the eyepieces is damaged, on both eyepieces, so it isn't mint at all. I've also got the model with the short eyerelief which I quite like, despite the short eyerelief. BTW, the 8x50B is also very nice - I sometimes think it would beat lots of modern roofs if it had modern coatings.
Check your 8x30B to make sure there isn't any internal haze - these porros often tend to have some internal haze, usually on the prisms. If yours aren't clean, have them cleaned. They're worth it. Unfortunately Zeiss doesn't service them any more, so you'd have to find someone who knows how to do the job.