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New Binocular Bargains Thread (2 Viewers)

7x42's - reliable company in my experience

7x42's - reliable company in my experience

Absolutely. I have bought from Steve at NatureQuest several times and items are exactly as described.

Every now and then bino’s are listed from ‘a collector’ and these are probably from the same source as my Nikon EII 8x30’s which were factory fresh.
The Meopta Meopro Air HD in 8x42 is currently on sale on German ebay for 530€. I even got offered a coupon which would bring the price to 480€. I am severely tempted since I like the double bridge design but I wonder if it will be all that different (or better) than my Fuji HC 8x42.
Ah, darn, just couldn't resist and ordered one. Always wanted to have a look through one of these. Price was just too good. If it can't best my Fuji HC I still got 14 day money back guarantee.
Philipp, I really liked the 10X42 Meopta Air, if the 8X42s are not to your liking try the 10X42s - if you are interested in 10X.
That is a great price by the way, never that generous with Meopta pricing in the US, unless buying used.
That's reassuring because I read every review on that bino that I could find :D and some where a bit mixed.
But Piergiovanni also seemed to like it in his binomania.it review.
Looking forward to getting it. I'll let you know how I like it :).
Looks like it got runover, can't melt magnesium unless it was near an acetylene/oxygen torch. It is worth nothing in that shape.
Obviously my post is solely meant to stir conversation and make people be cautious when buying used, but my thoughts were the same! I’m not sure if the rubber is melted and stretched or the actual body is deformed. Maybe they were going for an ergonomic form when they ran it over. Alternatively, Swarovski copied Zeiss’s focuser and now they try to copy Swarovski’s pinched barrels 🤣.
The actual body is deformed, the metal ridge parallel to the right tube is quite deformed. The seller told me they are taking offers, I had to laugh.
Looks like it got runover, can't melt magnesium unless it was near an acetylene/oxygen torch. It is worth nothing in that shape.
I don't think even running over them with a car would do that to a pair of binoculars. In this YouTube video, they ran over a Zeiss Conquest HD with a car, and it did not crush the binoculars and the Zeiss Conquest HD's are made of aluminum which is not any stronger than the magnesium alloy in the Zeiss SF's.

I think it had to be something heat related, or perhaps they were mad at them because they kept getting the orange crescent at the bottom of the FOV, and they smashed them with a sledgehammer and then went out and bought a Swarovski.

That Desert Sellers1896 username makes me think they left them out in the sun too long. 😁

"Magnesium alloys have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than aluminum alloys, and they can be twice as stiff as aluminum when they weigh the same. Magnesium alloys are also more energy absorbent than aluminum alloys, and they have the potential to replace aluminum in structural applications."

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Perhaps it was run over then left in the sun for how long, who knows, then they find them while hiking/walking. They then insert them on the bay, hoping the tapered body will fool someone. LOL

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