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What is the proper way to hold binoculars?

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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 15:35   #1
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What is the proper way to hold binoculars?

Dont take this too seriously, but ....
Just found the box that came with my vintage Deltrintem 8x30, and I wondered about the way Carl Zeiss Jena obviously thought we should hold their binoculars, i.e. about 5 inches away from our eyes ???
Maybe that way the users didnt complain about the rather modest edge sharpness??
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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 16:04   #2
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Maybe that way the users didnt complain about the rather modest edge sharpness??
I don't think that was the reason. My best guess is that Zeiss wanted to stress that the bino had a humongous ER and can be used by people using spectacles with very thick glasses, or by users w/ glasses but fond of an extreme version of the molcet technique.
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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 17:15   #3
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It is an 'action' photo and the man is in the process of lifting the binos to his eyes and hasn't quite got there yet.
The photographer was clearly too quick to press the shutter release.

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Lee,

An old film had 36 pics, why take only one shot? Maybe the photographer took several but the one shown was the best, which would confirm your theory.

Another possibility is that the actor wanted his beautiful eyes (and mustache) to be visible in the photo, or else he would not sign the contract.

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Old Sunday 12th August 2018, 19:43   #5
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Lee,

An old film had 36 pics, why take only one shot? Maybe the photographer took several but the one shown was the best, which would confirm your theory.

Another possibility is that the actor wanted his beautiful eyes (and mustache) to be visible in the photo, or else he would not sign the contract.

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I think you have solved the mystery Peter. And possibly he was wearing a little makeup for the photography and didn't want to mess it up.

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I agree that it doesn't necessarily have to be a little far from the eyes in order to see clearly. I guess it will all depend on the type of Binocular
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Maybe the model was worried someone had put black ink around the eye pieces in true comedy fashion?
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Or someone had just told him about 'eye relief' and he was exploring it's possibilities.....

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