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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 01:36   #1
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New for 2019, Meopta Optika

https://www.meoptasportsoptics.com/u...a-hd-13194-26/
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 06:53   #2
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Thanks for the link, I'd only seen a press releases.

Perhaps not the model we've been waiting for from Meopta, but an interesting price point. Looks like a Terra competitor to me. The interesting phrase in the description is "Premium European optics". Does that mean Meopta make the lenses? Hope so.

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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 08:28   #3
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Just guessing, but maybe the stress on the "European" bit is because the Optika HD is only available for the US market? After all, the "perceived quality" of optics with a European pedigree is a strong selling point, isn't it?
I'm saying this because right now I'm looking at the non-US version of Meopta's web and the Optika HD are not listed yet, we get the Meopro HD instead (See screenshots of both sites, taken today 23.01.19). Maybe it's just a matter of time for the Optika to show up in the non-US version of the web, but it's kind of weird either way.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 08:35   #4
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David, post 2,
It would really surprise me if Meopta does not make the lenses and other optical components, since it is a large supplier for lenses etc. for many companies.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 08:58   #5
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Gijs,

We know they can, but with a suggested price below $300, perhaps a little unexpected?

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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 14:30   #6
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We know they can, but with a suggested price below $300, perhaps a little unexpected?

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Is THAT how much it's going to be?

It reminds me of a...dare I say it.... Zen-Ray Prime HD a little bit.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 15:55   #7
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Meopta has promised CameralandNY that these are Czech made. Mentioning Zen Ray and Meopta in the same sentence is blasphemy!!!!! :)
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 18:24   #8
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Was hoping it was going to be an improved Meopro without the glare!
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 19:15   #9
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Was hoping it was going to be an improved Meopro without the glare!
And slower focus.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 21:24   #10
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I wonder how it will stack up to the Meopro. If its nothing special, then it seems like a redundant line between the Meopro and Meosport.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Meopro 8x42 before I sold it. And I will never forget my Meostar 12x50 HD. That was a beautiful glass. Wish they made the 10x50 in HD.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 23:01   #11
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I wonder what the profit for these will be for Meopta as compared to the Meostar line in a few years (if they are a good value). Nikon did it with the entry level Monarch series, Zeiss with the Terra line. I am sure that there great profit margins here (for their sport optics business) ,selling lower cost glass. I have a couple of the Meostar models neither with HD, IMHO the best value optics out there. To me they represent more of a premium glass with respect to optics and build quality.

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Old Thursday 24th January 2019, 02:44   #12
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It seems everything under $500. is made in China. Where is the pricing of this new Meopta ?

I did not see that mentioned.

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Old Thursday 24th January 2019, 03:02   #13
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I think that Meopta is just making a name change, and may be just dropping the Meopro model.


This is just to distinguish the lower Meopro from the Meostar, flagship.
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Perhaps you are right about the replacement Jerry, I have not seen any prices for these yet. Additionally,your avatar is new again, bird ID?

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Old Thursday 24th January 2019, 07:47   #15
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It seems everything under $500. is made in China. Where is the pricing of this new Meopta ?

I did not see that mentioned.

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Jerry and Andy

Prices are a shade under $300, so placing these models right in the US market sweet spot. No word on whether these might come to Europe.

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This was the Meopta Shot shown press release.
"Company: Meopta USA
Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to introduce the new Optika HD binocular line. Available in 8x42 HD and 10x42 HD, these lightweight, rugged, magnesium-alloy binoculars are encased in a newly designed shock-proof, rubber-armored exterior for a modern look and feel. The advanced HD lenses, combined with phase-correction and dielectric coatings, deliver incredible brightness, superior color fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and increased contrast, allowing hunters to see better in low light. The twist-up eyecups on the Optika HD binoculars are metal with a soft rubber exterior, making them extremely durable and comfortable while eliminating the risk of breakage in the field. Like all Meopta binoculars, the Optika HD series is nitrogen purged and fully sealed for fogproof and waterproof performance in the most demanding conditions. Meopta Optika HD 8x42 - $289.95; Meopta Optika HD 10x42 $299.95"

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Meopta has promised CameralandNY that these are Czech made. Mentioning Zen Ray and Meopta in the same sentence is blasphemy!!!!! :)
That's good to know!

What do you think about that price point? Tricky?
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Old Thursday 24th January 2019, 14:54   #18
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Thanks for the info Lee and David, I wonder why it is not introduced in Europe at present.

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Old Thursday 24th January 2019, 19:30   #19
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That's good to know!

What do you think about that price point? Tricky?
Yessir, tricky! First thought that came to my mind was Chicom as well.
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Perhaps you are right about the replacement Jerry, I have not seen any prices for these yet. Additionally,your avatar is new again, bird ID?

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Northern Goshawk. You know who uses the Goshawk, don't you ?

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Thanks Jerry for the info, nice bird, and no I do not know who uses the Goshawk...

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