That was very subtle irony.
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,
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
it says made in Austria on the binocularsGijs, 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.
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, 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
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.it says made in Austria on the binoculars