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Old Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 21:09   #26
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Both the BAs/BNs and the original BR are excellent glass, even today, for the person who appreciates quality and craftsmanship. I have never had any problems with any of them, some are over 20 years old.

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BR has di-electric coatings and are a bit brighter with a more colour neutral image. BN with serial number over 145xxxxxxx are reported to have better coatings than older BNs. Stray light suppression of the BR is better than the BA. The BR weighs less than the BA/BN.

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Could anyone give a quick summary of the difference between the BA, BN and BR? Thanks
As Lee said, BN/BR focus to around 6-7 ft vs 10-11 for BA. BA/BN look identical, BR has the new slimmer styling and weighs 19 oz vs 22 (I think), also slightly brighter coatings etc. We have both (in 10x) and either would be very nice at the right price. My favorite small bino.
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I immigrated, somehow reluctantly, from the Trinovid BN (8x32) to the Ultravid for weight concern. There are no regrets, but still remember the service from the BN fondly. They were that good really. Enjoy in good health.
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Both the BAs/BNs and the original BR are excellent glass, even today, for the person who appreciates quality and craftsmanship. I have never had any problems with any of them, some are over 20 years old.
My mother, a very active birdwatcher, got her 8x32 BA in the early 1990's, immediately after it became available. She's been using it as her only binocular in all sorts of conditions ever since.

No problems at all. None.

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I immigrated, somehow reluctantly, from the Trinovid BN (8x32) to the Ultravid for weight concern. There are no regrets, but still remember the service from the BN fondly. They were that good really. Enjoy in good health.
What is the weight difference, very small I suppose ? Let us know.

I do like the Leica 8x32 BN, just a nice overall view and handling.

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Old Saturday 20th April 2019, 22:10   #32
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I also quite agree. I used to use Leica M series film cameras and while they were a little more prone to problems than Nikon F2 (the toughest camera ever?) the service back up I received from Leica UK in Milton Keynes was always exemplary and almost always free of charge even after the guarantee had expired. Ironically my very first camera seized up after just three rolls of film but they replaced it immediately; they also gave one a photo course out on the street. Back to binoculars: I can also vouch for Ace Optics in Bath, having bought from them over the last twenty years. Always a pleasant experience. Tom
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Ace Optics of Bath are an established and reputable seller. The kind of traditional UK camera and optics seller - quite a small shop, stuffed full of gear, stockist for Leica, Swarovski, Zeiss and others. Knowledgeable and very helpful staff. I visited there last year when I was considering a pair of Swarovski ELs - visiting family in bath. When I was trying them, the guy in the shop pointed out the peregrine falcon that was perched on te spire of the church at the end of the street - they have a nest on Bath Abbey neaby, and there are plenty of pigeons to feed on. I wouldn't have any hesitation in buying from them.
Mando, did you know that the / one of the birds up in the spire at the end of Green Street is a toy bird? He hasn't moved for over two or three years if I recall correctly!

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What is the weight difference, very small I suppose ? Let us know.

I do like the Leica 8x32 BN, just a nice overall view and handling.

Jerry
Jerry,

You are right, the difference in weight between the Trinovid 8x32 BN and the Ultravid HD is relatively small. The Trinovid weighs 625 gram, and the Ultravid 535 grams, only 90 grams (a tad above three ounces). The dimensions of the Trinovid are 112x120x45 millimeter. For the Ultravid, they are 116x116x56 millimeter.

Notwithstanding this limited difference in weight and dimensions, I have found the 90 grams very helpful in controlling the weight of the daily hiking kit. In addition to the Ultravid, the kit includes a camera body with a lens, a cleaning/filter ziplock, bottle of water, spare glass, sun glasses, and personal papers. I use the much smaller Ultravid 8x20 ribbon strap to keep the weight as light as possible; the strap works well.

Enjoy the Trinovid in good health.
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