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KAHLES HELIA S 42 is available for $1499 from europe (1 Viewer)

jaymann

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casscade

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Yeah life’s to short to use ugly binoculars, jk, but agree, the brown isn’t the most appealing color. Hope they make it to the states and keep them at a reasonable price.
 

dries1

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Like a purple/mauve/brown paint mixture, I thought it was supposed to be dark brown. The more I look at it, I am thinking it could be a miss, just based on the color/style alone in my book.
 

John A Roberts

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For better or worse, it seems that the dark brown body/ safety orange stripe combo is the new standard for Kahles hand-held optics.
See both the 7x25 monocular rangefinder that was released in January last year, and the updated version of the binocular RF, due for release in July.

The earlier version of the Kahles livery in mid brown and black can be seen in post #5 at: New Kahles Helia S 8x42 and 10x42 Models


John


p.s. Since early 2018 orange is the Kahles corporate colour. It features prominently both on their website and in their catalogues.
e.g. see a snap shot of the current Helia S page from the website.
 

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elkcub

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Looking at the 8x and 10x specifications (scroll down) I'm mighty impressed by Kahles upgrading to A-K prisms without even making a big fuss about it. Now that's a class act. o_O

Ed
 

Gijs van Ginkel

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Lee,
I do not know, but speculation is also fun: Swarovski has invested lots of money recently to expand its facilities and the company may have decided to (1) transfer its SLC construction machinery to the Kahles buildings or (2) the Kahles Helia-SLC's are made in the Swarovski buildings as a separate "Kahles construction branch" or (3) the company has asked Meopta to make the new Helia's. Option 3 does not seem likely to me, since the Meopta policies are dramatically changed after the death of Rausnitz the original owner of Meopta.
Gijs van Ginkel
 

dries1

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Really, orange and brown for the home, I could never go there.
So they post the glass as having AK prisms and now it is speculated to be a typo, that is one h..l of a typo.
 

Troubador

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Lee,
I do not know, but speculation is also fun: Swarovski has invested lots of money recently to expand its facilities and the company may have decided to (1) transfer its SLC construction machinery to the Kahles buildings or (2) the Kahles Helia-SLC's are made in the Swarovski buildings as a separate "Kahles construction branch" or (3) the company has asked Meopta to make the new Helia's. Option 3 does not seem likely to me, since the Meopta policies are dramatically changed after the death of Rausnitz the original owner of Meopta.
Gijs van Ginkel
Gijs, isn't it the case that other Kahles models were produced in the Far East and isn't it possible the Kahles SLCs are made there too? I love my Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32s so I see nothing wrong with global co-operation to build binos.

Lee
 

jaymann

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Gijs, isn't it the case that other Kahles models were produced in the Far East and isn't it possible the Kahles SLCs are made there too? I love my Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32s so I see nothing wrong with global co-operation to build binos.

Lee
it says made in Austria on the binoculars
 

Gijs van Ginkel

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Lee, post 17,
I would be very much surprised if Swarovski would go that way, since all the equipment for producing and quality control for the SLC-42's is present at Swarovski and, since they do not need it anymore for the SLC 42's, what would be more sensible than to make it in Austria. But I do not now what the choice has been.
Gijs van Ginkel
 

Troubador

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Lee, post 17,
I would be very much surprised if Swarovski would go that way, since all the equipment for producing and quality control for the SLC-42's is present at Swarovski and, since they do not need it anymore for the SLC 42's, what would be more sensible than to make it in Austria. But I do not now what the choice has been.
Gijs van Ginkel
Hi Gijs, this would be very sensible if the equipment for producing and checking SLCs were only capable of producing and checking SLCs, but surely the equipment is not so specialised it can only be used for one model. But this is only speculation and I am sure the binos will be fine instruments whatever choice was made.

Lee
 

Troubador

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it says made in Austria on the binoculars
It says made in Germany on Zeiss Conquest HDs but we know there is a strong contribution by a global partner as this was openly stated by the former head of Zeiss Sports Optics USA. The declaration about where an article is made usually depends on where the greatest value is added so there can be other locations contributing significantly.

Lee
 

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