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CL Curio 7x21: protection for apparent metal (1 Viewer)


mountain and glacier watcher
United States
The name Thotmosis is of an Egyptian farao, i inherited a small statue of him and though it's a nice name for birdforum :unsure:
After reading the reply from tenex it makes sense, and I could have taken a hint from your spelling of pharaoh, which I immediately recognized even though I'd never seen it spelled like that before. Either way, I like it.
Yes, we say Thutmose in English (or something like that, people are employed to keep changing such spellings). After Thoth the god of wisdom, among other things. The Bronze Age was fascinating, and we may be returning to something like it. (I recommend the book 1177 BC.)


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United States
At some point, I made a comparison of different bags. I was looking for something significantly smaller than the Swarovski bag with a belt loop. I got a few from Amazon to try.

From left to right:
  • original Swarovski bag
  • MegaGear Leather Camera Case (in two different configurations)
  • Cullmann Berlin RS Compact 350
  • Crumpler Triple A Camera Pouch 100
  • Lowepro Dashpoint 10
  • Curio 7x21

All of these bags are much smaller and tighter than the Swarovski. Some were a bit too tight. I ended up keeping:
  • Crumbler and Lowepro for outdoor use. They offer good protection from the elements. The Lowepro has the additional advantage of having two velcro loops on the back, one for a belt and one for a backpack strap. It stays permanently attached to my backpack's waist belt.
  • MegaGear (with the opening on the top) just because it is the smallest, looks stylish, and has a magnetic flap. But it is very tight to the point that it is a bit fiddly to get the bino out and it is not waterproof in any way. More for the opera ;-)

I wish some of these bags had a few millimeters of extra space, so it is easier to get the bino in and out. It would also be nice to have a bag where you do not have to fold the bino and adjust it every time you get it out.

Happy to give more details/photos if anyone is interested.

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Been looking for a case to keep on my fanny pack waist belt, for the Victory Pocket 8x25. Any opinions whether the Lowepro might fit?


mountain and glacier watcher
United States
Been looking for a case to keep on my fanny pack waist belt, for the Victory Pocket 8x25. Any opinions whether the Lowepro might fit?
Lowepro has an extremely wide range of camera pouches and though it might not fit in the same one mentioned here in the thread, they definitely make one that will. Your best bet would be to go check out their lineup at a camera store or anywhere else they might have a decent range of camera accessories and see which one you like best. Some people will prefer a more minimalist fit, going for the smallest one that will work, and others will go for a size or two larger depending on how they want to balance the ease of retrieval against the overall size of the package.
One thing that helps to zero in on their sizing is the numeric suffix attached to their product name, as in xxxx10, xxxx20 and so on. If you find the perfect one for you, I'm sure others will be interested in seeing what you came up with.


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United Kingdom
Along the same lines as the original post, the little habicht badge fell (flew?) off during a trip, luckily it was in the backpack and was quickly put somewhere safe.

Just had some time to reattach it: surface prep, acetone cleaning, ultraclear araldite epoxy, care and patience.

Thought about sending back to swaro for warranty but I had all the stuff needed to fix it myself. Used some extra glue compared to factory, hopefully will hold better. If anyone had the same issue and had it fixed by factory, it would be interesting to hear how the repair looked.

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Been looking for a case to keep on my fanny pack waist belt, for the Victory Pocket 8x25. Any opinions whether the Lowepro might fit?
Past threads have suggested Dashpoint 20. I don't think the 10 is made anymore and it seems a bit small.


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Hello Dr. Gijs van Ginkel,
thank you very much for the really varied report. One comparative binoculars is missing: the Nikon HG-L 8x20 or 10x25, which is now inexpensive and probably somewhat forgotten - but very good.
Of course, the Nikon has "only" silver-mirrored prisms, the measured transmission will not be outstanding. One could judge contrast / "sharpness" in practical observation situations. ;-)
Best regards
The Nikon 8x20 HG L is an fantastic binoculars, and nowadays fairly cheap !

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