Xiexie, I have no way of being with the set. It is purchase or not. Oh well, I am not as avid as most on here, so if they work ok, that's good enough for me. haha,, you all may think I'm silly, but I like them for the 'cool' factor. I realize new bins have a higher functionality.Well made binocular, enjoyable to use, but...
- many examples are hazed up inside, which will require a professional service/cleaning job to clear - always check carefully for this;
- cannot be used with glasses/spectacles, but if your eyesight is good or you wear contact lenses, you'll be fine;
- will fog up in cold weather because the glass needs to be placed close to the naked eye;
- noticeably not as bright as modern binoculars thanks to the 1950s/60s era single coatings. Not a problem on a bright sunny day, but definitely makes itself apparent in darker conditions.
In summation: great for casual use/as a plaything, or if you are a collector/like to look at binoculars (which is not the same as looking through binoculars). But any good binocular from the 1990s or later will be more practical and useful for birding.
If USD300 is expensive to you, I strongly recommend you compare/test it very carefully against a more modern binocular before buying.
Thank you for the excellent explanation. No spectacles here,,,,, yet,,,Hi,
'B' is short for the German word Brille which means spectacles.
The 'B' model has soft rubber eyecups which can be folded back to use with spectacles so that the field of view is not affected.
The non 'B' model has hard plastic eyecups (like in your picture) which will reduce the field of view if you wear spectacles when using them.
Thank you so much for the excellent link.Hi diverdude1,
For more information on the post-WWII Zeiss West 8x30's (including the two B versions) see at:
Well for 2019 I finally obtained samples of an Zeiss 8X30 and 8X30B which were in very good shape for their age, and the views are still awesome. The 8X30s have a wide and immersive view, the 8X30Bs have better eye relief and they are both built exceptionally well. Andy W.www.birdforum.net
Xiexie, I have no way of being with the set. It is purchase or not. Oh well, I am not as avid as most on here, so if they work ok, that's good enough for me. haha,, you all may think I'm silly, but I like them for the 'cool' factor. I realize new bins have a higher functionality.
Ouch. I seriously doubt I could find anyone to service these here, but who knows. Anyway, I wouldn't try to do that. Let's put it simply, it is difficult to get anything done here, let alone something like servicing vintage binoculars.Lots and lots of people buy binoculars (especially Nazi era German binoculars) purely because of the 'cool factor' - so don't worry, you're not alone!
I've had two other people (not that experienced with binoculars) use my 8x30 non-B. Both of them seemed to enjoy using it and I do think that good binoculars from this era can still give good service, especially for the more casual user, if they are in good condition. Most Zeiss Wests in good exterior condition should be fine mechanically, but both my 8x30 and 10x50 needed their lenses and prisms cleaned of haze (carried out by garymh who responded earlier in the thread). Without this they would have been practically unusable. I would be quite reluctant to buy any older binocular unless I could have it cleaned/serviced. Are there shops/technicians in the PRC who offer this service?
PS. I understand Guangdong is quite hot and humid, a bit like parts of the American Southeast. If so, you may want to keep these binoculars in a dry box - as fungus can often develop in camera lenses and binoculars that are not fully sealed under those conditions.