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Trinovid bn 8x32, are they still worthy?

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Old Saturday 7th December 2019, 19:05   #176
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I've had the Leica Trinovid 8x32 BNs for just over a year now, so I thought I'd give a quick update.

In short, I love them! My original assessments has proven to be completely correct. They are not optically perfect, but they are incredibly satisfying to use.

Last week I had the privilege of comparing my old design BNs to the new Leica Geovid 10 x 42 HD-B 3000 for three days. The Geovids were awesome, but I came away from the experience feeling even more in love with the BNs. Strikingly, I could never find a comfortable fit with the Geovids. When I'd get a good "picture", the oculars would pinch my nose and fatigue would set in quickly. I guess I have closely set eyes, something I've never been aware of before with any other bins. Optically the old Trinovids appear to be equal to the Geovids, except in regards to CAs and flair. Chromatic Aberrations are about 50% lower in the Geovids. When pointed towards the sun, the Trinovids lose more contrast, but flair is well controlled. The Geovids have more contrast with less "washing out" of the image, but the flair disks are more pronounced. One thing that really amazed me, is how equal the two were in terms of colour representation. Colour was absolutely identical between the two! In my mind, Leica really has no rival when it comes to how their products represent colour!

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Old Monday 9th December 2019, 00:18   #177
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Yuk:

I agree, I have posted already on this thread. This Leica model has done everything very well.

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Old Monday 9th December 2019, 00:52   #178
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When buying a BN today, should one worry about the longevity of silver mirror coatings? Although presumably those could be serviced if necessary.

(Arthur - I didn't know the red BNs were company loaners. I thought that was a special edition, like the hunter's green or mariner's blue. I'll bet collectors pay well for those. Would you really change it to black?)
Hello Tenex,

I have been informed that the silver mirrors are protected by some kind of coating. The silver interior and working layer is on the prism, which is then coated with something to prevent deterioration. As an OAP, I am not terribly concerned about longevity beyond two more decades.

It is hard to know what collectors would pay for the red BN. A few years back, someone put one for sale on that online auction site. If I recall, correctly, he had no buyers at US$1,600.

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Old Monday 9th December 2019, 19:42   #179
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Hi again Arthur, that was a long time ago (Apr 2018)...

Since then I happened to see a red BN 8x32 for sale on some French store website for around $700-800. I'd expect dealer loaners to have some wear, but it looked good as new.
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Hi again Arthur, that was a long time ago (Apr 2018)...

Since then I happened to see a red BN 8x32 for sale on some French store website for around $700-800. I'd expect dealer loaners to have some wear, but it looked good as new.
Hello Tenex,

That would be more than I paid for mine, boxed with warranty.

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Adding to the original question, I have been super happy with my 8x32 BN's over the last few years. They definitely out perform my partners Vortex Razor HD's. For a compact set of Alpha bins that are rock solid, they are definitely my favorite.
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