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Old Sunday 14th June 2020, 17:09   #76
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I think that comment is right on point and I would label this as an “enthusiast” vs a “collector”. The distinction to me is whether you USE them or have them sitting in a display case.

If you’re an “enthusiast” it makes sense to have different options with similar functional goals where you can appreciate subtle differences in their “personalities”. Just like a music enthusiast having different versions of the same song or a movie enthusiast having different copies of Blade Runner in various cuts. It’s fun to compare and contrast for the pure pleasure of the hobby.

Myself, I would say I’m mostly a “utilitarian” user with a bit of an “enthusiast” lean. I’m primarily a field birder so I like to have a couple of primary optics that perform, these days that would be an 8x32 for general use and a 10x42 for longer distance birding. However I really do enjoy trying different bins to understand their strengths and weaknesses hoping to find the Goldilocks “just right” pair, so I might have 2-3 others around that I’m playing with. But I would never be the type to own 20 pairs with multiple options in each class. And I like to have an inexpensive “backup pair” that’s a light, general use bin to use in the yard or toss in the car. Plus now that I have kids I also have a couple of small hands options.

Current lineup:
- Cabelas Euro HD 8x32 (primary general use bin, currently awaiting repair)
- Tract Toric UHD 10x42 (long distance birding, sadly also in the shop for repair)
- Pentax 9x32 WP (Sightron clone, primary “cheap” backup / backyard / loaner bin)
- Minox HG 10x42 (current “play toy” I’m trying for fun, getting more use with primaries needing repairs)
- Leica Ultravid HD 8x32 (wife bins, she’s a “one and done” binocular gal)
- Pentax Papilio 6.5x21 (kid bin #1)
- Leopold Yosemite 6x32 (kid bin #2)
- Nikon Monarch 10x42 ATB (emergency backup, 15 years old but just in case...)

So 8 total, with little redundancy. My two main bins, one extra I’m trying out for fun, my wife’s primary bins, and four inexpensive extras for backup / kids / loaners / emergencies. Feels reasonable to me :p

Edited to add: if there is one format I’m missing it’s a 7x42 for low light / big exit pupil situations. I think for a serious birder the trio of 8x32 (light weight, general use), 10x42 or 10x50 (long distance), and 7x42 (low light / pelagics / big exit pupil) is about as perfect a combo as it gets for having all typical birding situations covered with as few bins as possible.

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Old Sunday 14th June 2020, 18:30   #77
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Love threads like this myself...! Makes me feel no so insane.. I am just as bad with cameras too..:)
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Impressive collections.
Without wanting to offend anybody. Aside from pure collectors why do people own very similar binoculars at the same time in parallel? I understand to own something for high magnification, something light weight and such but like almost the same model in several copies? Wouldn't make sense to me.

I love all things with lenses!!
I also am a collector of all sorts of things like watches, Lathes and other machinery and airguns (They're all machines- Watches are mini machines!)
I have 8 Weihrauch HW35 airguns and also I have 12 BSA Airsporters, Each one although the same have different charactristics so I buy them when offered!!

Here's some of my optical stuff but not all!


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How many binoculars do I have? More than enough.

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Old Sunday 14th June 2020, 22:29   #80
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I just made a rough count, and I came up with 70 binoculars, all shapes and sizes.

I have slowed on buying new ones, but cannot find the effort to sell. I have recently given
away more optics than anything else.

Someday I should make an optics grouping photo by size, the 8x30-32 group is interesting.

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Old Monday 15th June 2020, 10:11   #81
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Without wanting to offend anybody. Aside from pure collectors why do people own very similar binoculars at the same time in parallel? I understand to own something for high magnification, something light weight and such but like almost the same model in several copies? Wouldn't make sense to me.
Not offended in the slightest! I gladly confess my three 8x30 are nostalgia binoculars, though I do use them regularly (not so much this year, but over the time period I've owned them, yes - quite often at that). They fog up when it's cold, and the coatings don't match even a reasonable made in China product of today (oh god if only...), but neither of those are issues in nice summer weather, and I find great pleasure in using something so light, handy and beautifully made. I have to remove my glasses to use them, and therefore use them only when I won't need to go quickly to or come quickly off my binoculars, but even that has a certain element of charm, as side light is blocked off better than when I have my glasses on - which contributes greatly to the "immersive view".

I like to have the choice between 10x40 and 10x50 - 10x40 smaller, handier, for when I want closer birds to look bigger than in 8x magnification, and 10x50 with its larger exit pupil that is more comfortable when "in the glasses" for most of a three to five hour session, scanning for distant targets. My 10x50 (old Zeiss West) is also somewhat a nostalgia binocular, but it's still pretty good at the task I use it for.
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Old Wednesday 17th June 2020, 22:38   #82
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Five binoculars and one monocular. Nikon EDG 8x32, Nikon EDG 8x42, Nikon EDG 10x42, Meopta Meostar HD 15x56, Nikon Mikron 7x15 and the Leica Monovid Monocular 8x20.
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Sancho. I went through at least 100 binocular's in 10 years. Like you I am down to 5 that I use. I decided only to keep my favorite alpha's because I use them the most.
Interesting that I see you are selling the Nikon EDG 8x32, the Nikon EDG 8x42, and the Meopta Meostar HD 15x56 on eBay now

The fickle whims of Dennis. I guess it's nice to know some things never change, although I'm not sure at what point you decided plural words are supposed to have apostrophes
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Old Thursday 18th June 2020, 08:16   #83
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Posting after a long absence (and a bit of lurking): 23 [I just took mental inventory].

Which is probably about 15 too many, in one way, but all served their purpose (much of which was figuring out what I do and don't like) and none of the 'superfluous' ones are at the expensive end (and some of 'em have been excellent 'loaners').

I haven't added or removed a one of them for around 3-4 years, but I have been happily using some (the not-superfluous ones) quite extensively. Which is probably why I haven't been around for a while (I got out of the habit through pressure of work, and haven't felt a pressing need to research anything given how well set up I now am).

I was really checking back in to see what the longer-term view of Leica's Noctivids might be, and to check on whether Zeiss had produced their long-discussed 8x32 SFs. It looks like I timed my check reasonably well (I've no intention of buying either; I just thought to look.)

Although, having looked around, I now find myself tempted by some Zeiss Victory 8x25s, despite having had no real intention of doing any such thing.

I should have remembered that looking here is dangerous

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Old Friday 19th June 2020, 04:19   #84
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Swarovski 10x50 field pro, Zeiss 10x42SF, Leica 7x42 HD plus, Leica 7x42BN, Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX, Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX, and a 25x100 Zhumell are my current binoculars.
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Old Friday 19th June 2020, 09:03   #85
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Interesting that I see you are selling the Nikon EDG 8x32, the Nikon EDG 8x42, and the Meopta Meostar HD 15x56 on eBay now

The fickle whims of Dennis. I guess it's nice to know some things never change, although I'm not sure at what point you decided plural words are supposed to have apostrophes
Say it ain't so! Surely denco would only have parted with such wonderful binoculars under duress?

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Nikon EDG 8x32 for best 32mm birding binocular.

Nikon EDG 8x42 for best all-around binocular.

Nikon EDG 10x42 for best 10x birding binocular.

Meopta Meostar B.1 HD 15x56 for best high power binocular.
(just over two months ago...)
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Say it ain't so! Surely denco would only have parted with such wonderful binoculars under duress?



(just over two months ago...)
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I'm interested to know what replacements are planned...?
Hopefully the sales are not related to the pandemic and all is well.

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Old Saturday 20th June 2020, 08:22   #89
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Just two, o no wait; three. Somewhere is my old cheapo Reilo (or what's that brand) I first bought when starting birding and not sure if I'd ever like it. It's worthless in my eyes now but I've did with it for a year or two. Then there's the Vanguard Endeavor EDII 10x42, good glass but quite bad build, but it fared me well for a few years. And now I'm using the Meopta Meostar 10x42 HD, spectacular stuff, really happy with it.

So I always actually have (had) just one to-go-to bino for everyday's use. And it's for the best I don't have enough income to indulge myself on collecting bino's or even buy some more for different circumstances. With me there's always the risk of starting a collection, almost hoarding the stuff. I'm already having that with vinyl (lp's, music) and had it with old books, even fireworks. So better not go there, stuff per one is already expensive enough to me...
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Ries, I'm intrigued about the "firework collection" bit.
Aren't they all about the magic of actually making them explode? And then... collecting explosives sounds a little risky for me But, seriously, I've never heard about that. Is it for the different colours/sounds/power? Really intrigued.
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Just one: Swarovski CL 8x30 (1st gen)

Birding has become a bit more casual. It's more than satisfactory for my
needs these days and I really enjoy using it; size, weight , ergonomics and colors
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Just one: Swarovski CL 8x30 (1st gen)

Birding has become a bit more casual. It's more than satisfactory for my
needs these days and I really enjoy using it; size, weight , ergonomics and colors
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I always liked the colors in it also when I looked through them. It worked well with my glasses to and I liked it better than the new CL that replaced it. Nice binocular for sure I thought.
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Ries, I'm intrigued about the "firework collection" bit.
Aren't they all about the magic of actually making them explode? And then... collecting explosives sounds a little risky for me But, seriously, I've never heard about that. Is it for the different colours/sounds/power? Really intrigued.
Not really "collecting", though some collect dummies, but harvesting nice collections to fire on NYE. When you're years into it, you start to appreciate different effects more subtly, know to pick the special products and build a nice little street show with them. It's a year long "hunt" for the most special stuff for the lowest prices and make the nices configuration out of them, culminating in that just one special tense moment every year at 00h. Still nervous for that as I was as a kid.
And yeah, the magic is mainly in the beautiful nightskylighting fire that comes from just one tiny "boom". Small creations of beauty. Not into the loudest bangs... A beautiful fountain or ground flower gives more joy :)
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1. Leica Ultravid BL 8x42 : birding, winter, woods
2. Leica Ultravid HD+ 10X32 : birding, summer, seaside
3. Opticron Traveller ed 8x32 : sailing, travel, birding, tourism
4. Sightron BS 8X32 : desk, loaning (lending?) to kids, friends...
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And yeah, the magic is mainly in the beautiful nightskylighting fire that comes from just one tiny "boom". Small creations of beauty. Not into the loudest bangs... A beautiful fountain or ground flower gives more joy :)
Never thought about it, but I actually find this whole story has a very special beauty in itself: looking for the right thing for the right moment... to deliver an ephemeral moment of beauty to share with others. Hey, I think you convinced me!!! There's no shortage of firework culture in Eastern Spain No, I mean, seriously, what you described sounds somewhere in between a sommelier and a cheese "affineur". Nice. :)
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Old Wednesday 24th June 2020, 01:38   #96
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Zeiss 7x42 FL - the mainstay. Light enough to carry around all day, can do no wrong.
Swarovski 8x56 SLC HD - tripod-mount, most comfortable, perfect view
Swarovski 15x56 SLC HD - tripod-mount
Swarovski 8x25 - Light and bright, but not enough for dawn and dusk
Nikon 10x42 SE - Sharp and great color, yet strangely unsatisfying. Hard to hold steady
Nikon 8x30 WF - Amazing 8.8-degree compact porro. Also strangely unsatisfying.
Fujinon 10x70 FMT-SX - guarantees clouds at your favorite dark site
Canon 10x32 IS - bought on the road for an eclipse. Sharp but not as contrasty as fancy glass.
Canon 5x15 - theater - incredibly small folding glass
Pentax 6.5x21 Papilio - fun but niche
Orion 2x54 - another rainmaker
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Hmm, maybe I should preface this with "My name is Marc, and I have a problem...." If someone were to ask me how many, I'd say 5, as that's the number I more or less would keep. But in reality, I have 13. Plus two telescopes. Plus one spotting scope. Plus camera lenses that I can use with a spotting scope attachment. Ouch, that hurt.

Of the ones I think of as "keepers", I think I use 4 out of the 5. The compacts (8x20) I only really use when traveling. But when traveling, they are the champs. I don't like to have a bunch of gear strapped on when traveling (unless it's specially a photo shoot), so the 8x20 format is clearly the winner.

Almost all of these are bought used, some at really good deals because they had some sort of cosmetic damage to the armor. The ones I bought new are: Kowa 8x33, Leica 8x20, Nikon EII, Conquest 8x32, Monarch 5, and Trailblazer, plus the two "oops" at the end.
  • Most used: Kowa Genesis 8x33
  • Usually truck bins: Victory 10x42 HT
  • My best view, if I have less camera gear: Swaro 8.5x42 EL Pro
  • Compacts: Leica UV BR 8x20
  • Office: Nikon EII 8x30

I really love the Swaro 8.5x42 view the best, but I use the 8x33 the most due to size. Well, maybe its a toss up, because I keep the Swaro by the breakfast table and use them to look out the window a lot at the garden insects. The close focus is really a plus here.

I think I should sell the 8.5x42 and 10x42 HT and get a 10x42 EL or SF.

Ok, now on to the stuff that I need to dispose of. I collected some used 7x42 to compare them all. I have rigged up a system to do camera shots through all the tubes to compare color and brightness, but I need to set it up in a larger room.
  • Zeiss 7x42 BGATP
  • Nikon 7x42 EDG
  • Zeiss 7x42 T*FL

It is really close between the T*FL and EDG for me. I think I like the T*FL better, but it changes day to day. I'd like to add a UV HD or HD+ to the stable and compare them too.... My girlfriend likes 7x as it helps with shakes, and I often give her the Nikon 7x42 EDG. Money well spent, IMO.

These I need to dispose of too. They are "left overs" that I've been too lazy to sell.
  • Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 (they were so close to the Kowa I couldn't decide and ended up keeping them too).
  • Nikon Monarch 5, 8x42 (my first "serious" pair)
  • Nikon Trailblazer 10x25 (I actually sold these, but they got returned due to alignment problems, so I sent them to Nikon for warranty repair, now they are sitting on a shelf).

Oops, and I also have:
  • Pentax AD 8x25 WP (an experiment for Sharon who eventually said "nope")
  • Sighmark Solitude 8x36 XD (an experiment for me, who quickly said "nope")

I guess I need to start pumping out some "for sale" signs.

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[..]Ok, now on to the stuff that I need to dispose of.[..]
  • Zeiss 7x42 T*FL
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I guess I need to start pumping out some "for sale" signs.

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If you ever do feel the need to get rid of those 7x42 FLs, I'm sure I could help...

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Where does a fellow with one old pair of Telstar Precision Optics 7x50 fit in?
And one Nikon Coolpix L820.

Is it okay if I jump in here with you folks and stand around so I'll at least look cool?

Just kidding folks! Maybe someday I'll run up on a pair of good lightweight bins.
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Is it okay if I jump in here with you folks and stand around so I'll at least look cool?
Might I suggest you have strange ideas about who looks cool? Just sayin'...

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