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Old Friday 12th October 2018, 23:11   #26
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I for one agree, no batteries in my glass.....at least not yet.

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Old Saturday 13th October 2018, 07:32   #27
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I'm with James on this. While I am aware that electronic IS tech is getting cheaper and more compact (don't know whether it is getting more effective) I don't like the shape of Canon IS binos from a handling point of view and I would be nervous of being out in rain for hours with electronic binos or indeed getting drenched by sea-spray. I would need a lot of convincing to feel comfortable about battery powered binos.
I don't know enough about mechanical stabilisation to conclude whether this technology is reliable and robust or compact enough but like James said: we are dreaming here.....

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Old Saturday 13th October 2018, 16:15   #28
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The Russians claim that their mechanical IS is very tough, long lived and reliable.
I.e. 20x50 Stabilised.

The older 16x50, that supposedly worked as a 16x35 was, I think, used primarily in tanks.

It is quite possible that there are many binocular technicians in Russia who routinely strip and align binoculars, including stabilised.
Because we have given up these skills, does not mean that they have.

I have not seen either of these binoculars, so I don't know how they perform, but they are probably heavy, which rules out the Dream binocular aspect.

I probably hate digital more than most, but have used Canon IS binoculars since about 1999.
There are no hand held classical binoculars to compete with them for fine detail.
I also use non IS binoculars.

I also use digital cameras.
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Old Saturday 13th October 2018, 17:36   #29
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Two things stand out to me:

I’ve had 9x35 Kowa and Swift in the past (one may have been 36mm in fact). This is the perfect birding spec for me but no alphas make it...

Second, as someone said very early in the thread, perfect ergonomics inc a deep field of view and very fast focus. The best I’ve used by a mile are Leica BA. Everything since then has been a backward step in these areas.
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Old Saturday 13th October 2018, 18:12   #30
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I'm with James on this. While I am aware that electronic IS tech is getting cheaper and more compact (don't know whether it is getting more effective) I don't like the shape of Canon IS binos from a handling point of view and I would be nervous of being out in rain for hours with electronic binos or indeed getting drenched by sea-spray. I would need a lot of convincing to feel comfortable about battery powered binos.
I don't know enough about mechanical stabilisation to conclude whether this technology is reliable and robust or compact enough but like James said: we are dreaming here.....

Lee
Only anecdotal evidence, but my Canon 10x42s served reliably for a decade, in very damp weather, offshore and in various climes. I can't fault them for robustness.
Of course, when the IS died, it was not easily repaired. I wound up buying another one as replacement. Imho, still a great value even with that expense factored in, because its performance is so much better.
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Old Saturday 13th October 2018, 20:56   #31
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Adaptive sunglasses with 15x zoom autofocus and image capture networked to a local device (phone-like?) that stores images and provides heads up display. Kind of Google Glasses on steroids. The Borg have had this capability for quite some time.
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 07:05   #32
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A really good zoom binocular is what I'd like to see, and it already EXISTS.
So no need to dream.
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 16:32   #33
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A really good zoom binocular is what I'd like to see, and it already EXISTS.
So no need to dream.
Please share the details with us.
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 16:50   #34
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Adaptive sunglasses with 15x zoom autofocus and image capture networked to a local device (phone-like?) that stores images and provides heads up display. Kind of Google Glasses on steroids. The Borg have had this capability for quite some time.

LOL !! I can think of two reasons why this would be welcome :)


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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 22:34   #35
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A really good zoom binocular is what I'd like to see, and it already EXISTS.
So no need to dream.
What, the Leica Duovid?
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Old Monday 15th October 2018, 12:14   #36
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The Leica Duovid is not strictly a zoom binocular.
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Binastro is right the Duovid switches between two magnifications, it doesn't zoom at all.

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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 01:53   #38
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I understand that Duovids don’t zoom, and am not sure that I really understand why that would be good handheld. Maybe on a tripod?

I do like the multiple magnifications of the duovid though. I just want it to be better. What is the big one 10/15x50? The 10x50 is cool, but if I am going 15x i am going to want 56 mm objective. Likewise with the little one, i’m Not that interested in a 12x42.

I would suggest the TRIPLEVID. I want all the magnifications in the objective that fits them. How about 7/8/10x42 and 8/10/12x50?

Make it small too, like an ultravid or an slc.

I would only need one 42 and One 50. That would simplify my life a bit.
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 07:39   #39
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8/10/12x50 sounds interesting and while we are dreaming lets make it a 52mm. Naturally we also want decent eye relief, excellent field of view, 2.0m close focus and to weigh 750g max.

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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 13:41   #40
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8/10/12x50 sounds interesting and while we are dreaming lets make it a 52mm. Naturally we also want decent eye relief, excellent field of view, 2.0m close focus and to weigh 750g max.
I could offer you a monocular with those specs... two tubes, not so easy...

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7/11 x 45 or 50. Specifications that allow a wide field at 7, and a tad more mag than usual on the upper end.
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The Leica Duovid is not strictly a zoom binocular.
I know, but it's the only multiple-magnification binocular I know of that isn't complete garbage, so I was curious as to what étudiant was referring to.

As to my dream binoculars, they would actually be quadnoculars, two of the barrels holding a decent 1" sensor each so they can record stereoscopic video and stills at the same time as the optical view. Parallax shouldn't be an issue at normal binocular viewing distances.

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