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Meostar B1.1 plus (1 Viewer)

gcole

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The Meostar has upped the Meostar to a B1.1 Plus.....

I am assuming it is not much different from the B1.1 as the B2 is still 'off', to arrive some day far down the road.

Anyhow see or hold a B1.1 Plus yet? ...not sure if they are even in stock yet. For the money, I am sold on the Meostar line.
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Hmm, brown one looks quite good.

I noticed the eye relief on the 8x32 B1 Plus is 16mm vs 15.5mm on the B1.1... Might this also mean an eyecup redesign? I have a slight illusion they look larger on the pictures? Would be nice...the B1s' were too small for my face...
I came across a gentleman on one of our short walking trails here in our gated community this past Xmas eve midday who had a Meopta 8x32 B1 Plus hanging around his neck. I told him I just ordered a pair a few hrs earlier and he was nice enough to let me handle his for a few minutes. It only took a few minutes for me to realize that me ordering the B1 Plus 8x32 earlier in the day was a mistake. Optically to my eyes I could not see any difference between the B1.1 and the B1 Plus. Cosmetically the B1 Plus with it slight change in color/armor overall I did like but not it’s handling and here’s why ..... the Plus do not have those finger indentations on the backside of its barrels like the original B1 and B1.1. which I really like. They really give your hands a nice secure/comfortable feel. The Original B1 and B1.1 look more streamlined with the B1 Plus looking like a brick. I saved this part for last because I know how important the eye relief/eye placement is to so many. The spec’s between the two on paper are ... the B1 plus having 16mm with the B1.1 with 15.5mm of eye relief. The eye cup height and ocular lens size of the B1 Plus visually looked the same size as my B1.1 without actually being able to measure them at the time. Now having said this ... with my facial characteristics with my glasses having thin lenses I did notice a slight improvement with the B1 Plus having more eye relief. Whether that very small increase from 15.5 to 16mm of eye relief with the Meopta 8x32 B1 Plus will be enough for someone else I can not say. I cancelled my order of the Meopta 8x32 B1 Plus the next day. To my eyes my Meopta Meostar 8x32 B1.1 does everything the B1 Plus does and for me personally I like their handling better.
 
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lmans66

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Interesting gcole.... I haven't seen a B1.1 Plus yet...but was tempted to order a 10x42 since they don't have the Plus model in 10x32.

I have worked with the B1.1 10x32 and I do like it. The only negative is that it is a bit 'darker' so I was thinking of moving up to the 10x42 in the Plus. Although I did see a nice review on this site by Troubador and he really liked it 10x32 non-plus model. But I was thinking of picking up either the Plus 10x42 or a Trinovid 10x42. I miss my 10x's but might bypass the Plus now from your quick tryout.
 

gcole

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Interesting gcole.... I haven't seen a B1.1 Plus yet...but was tempted to order a 10x42 since they don't have the Plus model in 10x32.

I have worked with the B1.1 10x32 and I do like it. The only negative is that it is a bit 'darker' so I was thinking of moving up to the 10x42 in the Plus. Although I did see a nice review on this site by Troubador and he really liked it 10x32 non-plus model. But I was thinking of picking up either the Plus 10x42 or a Trinovid 10x42. I miss my 10x's but might bypass the Plus now from your quick tryout.
One thing I would mention is the Meopta Meostar B1 Plus is cosmetically a really nice looking binocular. I just thought the sleeker looking B1.1 had a better feel, where the Plus just felt chunky and seemed larger than it actually is. The off green color now offered on the Plus I preferred much better than the color on the now discontinued B1 or the B1.1 Another thing to consider is the now higher price on the B1 Plus versions. SportOptics.com was offering the B1.1 8x32 at really discounted prices. At one point recently they offered the 8x32 B1.1 in their Bargain Cave New for $719, then they allowed another 16% off using the discount code Euro16 selling them for $633. That’s a pretty big step down from the regular price of $1079 for the 8x32 B1 Plus. I did see Cameraland NY offering the B1 Plus 8x32 for around $878 a few days ago. For me personally and it’s just my opinion, I just did not see the advertised changes (improvements)Meopta claims over the B1 or the B1.1 8x32 for the now asking prices of the B1 Plus 8x32 binoculars to be justified. I saw no value increase other than a better looking binocular. I have not handled the 42mm versions of any of the Meostars having the HD glass, I wonder how many positive opinions we will see here with the B1 Plus HD over the B1 or B1.1
 

lmans66

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United States
From what I have read from Meopta, this forum etc...the B1 Plus is just a filler until the B2 comes along. Although the B2 I am sure has been delayed heavily by COVID so perhaps not until 2022 until we get a glimpse of it. Then the new MeoAir line ( which is still not out) will be their $1000 bin and the B2 will be whatever the market price is, but the B1.1 or Plus will essentially be gone (and most likely the MeoPro), so I am thinking there wasn't a lot of thought going into the Plus unless it was the body itself that was being updated and might be the new Design of the B2.

I never minded the green of the older B1.1's...and haven't really seen a Plus in person to compare. I enjoy holding the B1.1 8x32 but I can see where others might not. Ergonomics is pretty important to me as when I am birding, I want the binocular to feel good in my hands. The B1.1 has that 'good feel for me'.

The big drawback for me with the Plus is the specifications as weight wise, it is far over the B1.1 as well as close-focus has increased too. The optics might be improved with coatings but I am just not sold on it being a real improvement over the B1.1.
 

gcole

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From what I have read from Meopta, this forum etc...the B1 Plus is just a filler until the B2 comes along. Although the B2 I am sure has been delayed heavily by COVID so perhaps not until 2022 until we get a glimpse of it. Then the new MeoAir line ( which is still not out) will be their $1000 bin and the B2 will be whatever the market price is, but the B1.1 or Plus will essentially be gone (and most likely the MeoPro), so I am thinking there wasn't a lot of thought going into the Plus unless it was the body itself that was being updated and might be the new Design of the B2.

I never minded the green of the older B1.1's...and haven't really seen a Plus in person to compare. I enjoy holding the B1.1 8x32 but I can see where others might not. Ergonomics is pretty important to me as when I am birding, I want the binocular to feel good in my hands. The B1.1 has that 'good feel for me'.

The big drawback for me with the Plus is the specifications as weight wise, it is far over the B1.1 as well as close-focus has increased too. The optics might be improved with coatings but I am just not sold on it being a real improvement over the B1.1.
If like you said the B1 plus being a filler, those who are willing to wait maybe sometime later this year we will see some really low discounted prices on the B1 Plus with more older in stock of the B1 and B1.1 having even lower prices. I must admit if I see the B1 Plus in the 8x32 being discounted in the low $700 prices or lower I will buy a pair. Especially if it is in the brown or sand color version.
 
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lmans66

Out Birding....
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United States
If like you said the B1 plus being a filler, those who are willing to wait maybe sometime later this year we will see some really low discounted prices on the B1 Plus with more older in stock of the B1 and B1.1 having even lower prices. I must admit if I see the B1 Plus in the 8x32 being discounted in the low $700 prices or lower I will buy a pair. Especially if it is in the brown or sand color version.
I haven't seen too many B1.1's for sale anymore.... at one time Meopta said they would be selling them in conjunction with the Plus, but I think it was for only as long as their current B1.1 stock was around. I do see where some sites offer a 2-3 week delay, so perhaps they are still around. But the bottom line has the specifications of the B1.1 and the newer B1Plus being essentially the same. Even with the coatings, Meopta's own site has the 10x42, for example, having 88% light transmission for both models, the close focus still 8.4 or 8.5, FOV equal etc... The dimensions are equal but the weight of the B1 Plus is heavier (33.3 to 31.7 ounces) but the binocular has been given a slight face lift. So odd that they did this. If the B2 will be out this year, why go thru a false hype of something that has changed and the production costs?

The B1.1 is a good series and good glass, and I am assuming the B1 Plus is equal in glass, but what was any reasoning behind this other then to pave the road for the MeoAir replacing the $ price-point of the current B1 series, so the B2 could now become the top dog. They should have come out with the MeoAir and the B2 simultaneously and made a clean go of it instead of pulling the wool over us birders :)
 
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gcole

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I haven't seen too many B1.1's for sale anymore.... at one time Meopta said they would be selling them in conjunction with the Plus, but I think it was for only as long as their current B1.1 stock was around. I do see where some sites offer a 2-3 week delay, so perhaps they are still around. But the bottom line has the specifications of the B1.1 and the newer B1Plus being essentially the same. Even with the coatings, Meopta's own site has the 10x42, for example, having 88% light transmission for both models, the close focus still 8.4 or 8.5, FOV equal etc... The dimensions are equal but the weight of the B1 Plus is heavier (33.3 to 31.7 ounces) but the binocular has been given a slight face lift. So odd that they did this. If the B2 will be out this year, why go thru a false hype of something that has changed and the production costs?

The B1.1 is a good series and good glass, and I am assuming the B1 Plus is equal in glass, but what was any reasoning behind this other then to pave the road for the MeoAir replacing the $ price-point of the current B1 series, so the B2 could now become the top dog. They should have come out with the MeoAir and the B2 simultaneously and made a clean go of it instead of pulling the wool over us birders :)
Indeed ... Meopta might think they have gotten away with the Wool aspect of advertising within the ordinary human population but they did not take into account us crazy optical wizards here at BirdForum.
 

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