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Old Monday 12th August 2019, 10:15   #1
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Zeiss at Birdfair 2019

Countdown has started for the world’s largest bird-watching event which runs from the 16-18 of August. It’s only a few days until the otherwise rather contemplative Rutland Water will turn into the joyful place where around 24,000 birdwatchers from all over the world celebrate birds and in turn help to raise money for bird conservation.

New for this year at Birdfair: 'Try Before You Buy'. You will have a chance to loan selected optics from the Simon King Marquee so you can fully enjoy Rutland water nature reserve. Don’t miss the chance to spend a morning or afternoon trying out ZEISS products. Learn more about the ZEISS Optics Try Before You Buy Hire Scheme at Birdfair.

Get your hands on the Victory SF binocular and enjoy the unrivaled field of view and the perfect ergonomics, now also including improved eyecups for a better handling exclusively shown and available for the first time at Birdfair.

Are you thinking of buying a new spotting scope? Then try out our highest performing spotting scope, the Victory Harpia with a revolutionary new optical system with a 3-stage wide angle zoom providing a constant apparent field of view over its entire magnification period.

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https://www.zeiss.co.uk/sports-optic...fair-2019.html

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ZEISS have been developing binoculars for over 125 years, aiming to bring you closer to nature than ever before. Don’t miss your chance to save up to £250 on a brand new pair of binoculars with the ZEISS Instant Summer Savings Promotion. This offer is valid on a wide range of binoculars from the ZEISS, available through participating dealers only.
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Get a chance to win a ZEISS Victory pocket binocular


Take your chance to win a ZEISS Victory Pocket 8x25 binocular! For taking part in the competition on the ZEISS Victory Pocket 8x25 you just have to click here https://www.zeiss.com/sports-optics/.../birdfair.html
and answer the following questions. Good luck!

We are looking forward to seeing you at Birdfair!
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Old Monday 12th August 2019, 14:44   #2
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guess you cant enter the drawing V 8x25 if you live in the US....
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"Victory SF ... now also including improved eyecups for a better handling exclusively shown and available for the first time at Birdfair."

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Old Tuesday 13th August 2019, 02:59   #4
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"Victory SF ... now also including improved eyecups for a better handling exclusively shown and available for the first time at Birdfair."

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I bet they are similar to the ones in the rangefinder. After owning a gray set of SF and a black set, they finally got the eye cups right with the rangefinder binos.

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Old Tuesday 13th August 2019, 06:18   #5
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I will investigate at Bird Fair and report back, but I suspect kravguy Post 4 is correct.

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Interesting. Zeiss UK are offering £250 off SF at the moment. Don't suppose this will include the upgraded models?

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Old Tuesday 13th August 2019, 11:51   #7
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Interesting. Zeiss UK are offering £250 off SF at the moment. Don't suppose this will include the upgraded models?

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Zeiss UK confirm that the discount will apply to SFs with the new eyecups and the first of these will be available from Viking Optical at Bird Fair. They will be in the Optics Marquee Stand 7.

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Old Tuesday 13th August 2019, 17:03   #8
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Thanks Lee. That's good to know. I've been told by Viking that if you bring your SF to Birdfair they'll swop out the old eyecups for new. Pity I can't make it this year.

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Thanks Lee. That's good to know. I've been told by Viking that if you bring your SF to Birdfair they'll swop out the old eyecups for new. Pity I can't make it this year.

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I'd imagine Zeiss will send you new ones to swap out, if you give them a call. It's what they did with the gray models

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Now we here in the US need some news from the show, and please provide some humor with the updates.

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Old Wednesday 14th August 2019, 06:47   #11
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Now we here in the US need some news from the show, and please provide some humor with the updates.

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Andy

You want jokes with the updates?

You mean like this:

What do I want played at my funeral?
Cricket!

or

I keep my PIN secret - 20-4-7

or

I always remember what my dear old grandma said as she laid on her deathbed.
She said
I wish I'd bought an ordinary bed............


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With apologies. My only excuse is an early onset of Bird Fair Fever or BFF as its known.

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So I went down the local binocular shop yesterday. Tell you what, they saw me coming
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I just had a thought of folks running into and over each other to get to the bins, then again no new models this year, except some Meopta Meostars.

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I just had a thought of folks running into and over each other to get to the bins, then again no new models this year, except some Meopta Meostars.

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Is that your best effort at a joke Andy? If so: best not give up the day-job .

Just joshing, I will keep an eye open for humorous moments and report back.

I could visit the Zeiss stand and ask 'did you hear the one about the toxic neck straps?' but I would have to do that early on Friday because by Sunday they will probably have seen enough straps and answered enough questions about them to last a life-time. And then there is always Leica to tease about the neo-vintage re-issued Trinovids that never were. Re-issued, that is. Which leaves Swarovski to interrogate about hot fashions in carry-cases and cutting-edge technology for attaching straps to binos.

Bird Fair is always a great event even if there are no significant model launches.

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Get a chance to win a ZEISS Victory pocket binocular


Take your chance to win a ZEISS Victory Pocket 8x25 binocular! For taking part in the competition on the ZEISS Victory Pocket 8x25 you just have to click here https://www.zeiss.com/sports-optics/.../birdfair.html
and answer the following questions. Good luck!

We are looking forward to seeing you at Birdfair!
That question of the date of birth is a joke! I would have to go through so many years at 12 months each that I'm sure the system would stop before I get to my birthday. Ridiculous way of sabotage of the older generation?
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By clicking on the month and the year, rather than the arrows, in the date "drop down" it was then possible to skip back a year at a time - though this was not obvious to find.
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Lee,

I think you have the humor down pat, esp the toxic neck straps and the non-existent Leica Re-issue, you could have a lot of fun with those. Regarding Swaro, it would have to include the word "panning" in it.
I wish I had something like that event to go to, that was close by; anyhow enjoy yourself and look forward to the reports.

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Thanks, that was definitely not obvious. But it actually then allows to move about ten years at the time. And I did thus get all the way down to my birth date in 1942 within a reasonable time. Have not completed the form a second time, however.
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"Victory SF ... now also including improved eyecups for a better handling exclusively shown and available for the first time at Birdfair."

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Sounds interesting. Happy to hear your reports on this.
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And then there is always Leica to tease about the neo-vintage re-issued Trinovids that never were. Re-issued, that is.
The next time I'll get to see the Leica guys I won't be all that friendly. Announcing that re-issue without checking if it's technically feasible was a huge blunder.

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Which leaves Swarovski to interrogate about hot fashions in carry-cases and cutting-edge technology for attaching straps to binos.
You may also ask them about veiling glare in the SV 8x32. I still find them unusable in my neck of the woods. Or their focusers that still aren't anywhere close to what's possible. Or the glare problems of the Habicht 8x30 that would be pretty easy to rectify from what I hear.

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Bird Fair is always a great event even if there are no significant model launches.
Ask Zeiss AND Leica about a new 8x32 ... :-) Last year word was that there'd be a Noctivid 8x32 this year, and Zeiss claimed they were working on an 8x32.

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Ask Zeiss AND Leica about a new 8x32 ... :-) Last year word was that there'd be a Noctivid 8x32 this year, and Zeiss claimed they were working on an 8x32.

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I've heard from trustworthy sources that people at Zeiss have been working on a new SF 32mm model for years, at least 3-4 years, and there have recurring rumors about the imminent launch of the SF 32 at the last 2 or 3 editions of the BirdFair, I've started to doubt that will ever happen, I hope I am wrong.
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What would a 32mm SF have then... the flatter field of the SF? Open-bridge design seems irrelevant in that size.

As long as the SFs are getting new eyecups, I wonder whether they might also get HT prisms, since there's no longer a 42mm HT to maintain a distinction from.
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What would a 32mm SF have then... the flatter field of the SF? Open-bridge design seems irrelevant in that size.

As long as the SFs are getting new eyecups, I wonder whether they might also get HT prisms, since there's no longer a 42mm HT to maintain a distinction from.
I thought the SF already had (some) HT-glass in the prisms? Don't quite looks that way in the transmission curves and apparent color balance though. But it might be more about coatings than the glass? 92% transmission is not bad in comparison.

Open-bridge might not be relevant, but works nicely in the 8x32 Swaros I think. An 8x32 SF will probably be quite long as well so open bridge might save some weight.

Lowest CA in class would also be nice feature of the 8x32 SF, and smart-focus of course. Who doesn't like a smart focuser?

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Joerg Schmidt has confirmed SF has HT glass but Zeiss are being coy about where exactly this is employed. One of the objective group is fluoride-doped and the only decent-sized lumps of glass are the prisms, hence the notion that the prisms are likely to have the HT glass.

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Really the classic HT's FL glass or some new Schott glass that always gets available first to Zeiss being the sister company of Schott?
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