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Hawke Sapphire 8x43 ED

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Old Tuesday 7th August 2012, 01:26   #26
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Originally Posted by Veracocha View Post
I think you are going to get a nice surprise if you try the Hawke ED's. For me they provide an image that equals the Swaro's and in the case of my chums EL's then even better.
i agree, i have both and the first time i looked through the hawkes i could not beleive it. i have the frontier ed 8x.
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Old Saturday 23rd September 2017, 04:47   #27
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Good discussion. It looks like the Chinese are catching up with the Japanese etc? I'm considering buying the Hawke Sapphire ED 8x43 and the Vanguard Endeavor ED IV, both Chinese I think. But I might wait for the ED V to come out, hopefully with dielectric coating like the Sapphire.
Then there's the Sapphire ED 8x25, which also has good reviews.
Sorry about reviving the thread, but would like to know if anyone had any problems with these Sapphires or Vanguards?
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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 03:08   #28
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Funny you mention this - I just tried out a pair of Hawke Sapphire ED 8x43s today in New York City. Err...I shouldn't say a "pair": when I put them up to my eyes and tried to adjust the focus, only the right side focused - the left side was disconnect from the focus wheel, and would not focus at all(!) Obviously a quality control problem - don't they test these things before shipping them half-way around the world? BTW the focus wheel had a bit of play in it.

I'm giving up on that brand before I even get started.
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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 16:26   #29
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Oh, too bad. Premium brands have been known to be faulty too, but it's not so common in top bins, as far as I know.
They were rated highly on at least one well known review website. It's a pity because they supposed to be at least as good as others in the same price range.
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