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Question regarding focus issues with the Conquest HD 8x32 (1 Viewer)

Troubador

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Lee,

well, I think the optical calculation is still at 1.5m for the 8.5x42. Accordingly, a lock only shortened the optical focus, whether this makes the focuser more stable is questionable ?!
Of course, I cannot answer the question clearly either.

Andreas
Andreas, this is puzzling. Are you suggesting Swarovski is now installing some kind of lock to reduce the movement of the focusing lens and that his is how they have increased the close focus to 3.3m?
If so how is it possible if Swarovski have added a component (the lock) that Swarovski have been able to reduce the cost of the focusing mechanism and so reduce the price?
Lee
 

Conndomat

United States of Europe
Ukraine
Andreas, this is puzzling. Are you suggesting Swarovski is now installing some kind of lock to reduce the movement of the focusing lens and that his is how they have increased the close focus to 3.3m?
If so how is it possible if Swarovski have added a component (the lock) that Swarovski have been able to reduce the cost of the focusing mechanism and so reduce the price?
Lee
I have to quote Holger again!

"With the new top dog NL, its predecessor SV and the SLC, Swaro now has to thin out the range a little.

The first alternative would be to simply let the SV run out and replace it with the NL.

The second alternative: Get rid of the SLC and instead use the SV as the second row. This would mean that the competition for the premium class and the upper middle class would be under control at the same time.

The only problem is: the SV is too expensive to be offered as an upper middle class, so the price has to go down, and down a lot. Now comes the next problem: How can you teach the customer that the SV, previously advertised as an absolute highlight with state of the art technology, suddenly costs 500 euros less (and apparently continues to cover costs)?

Well, you have to slim down a little where it hurts the least. Quickly a small modification of the focusing unit, so that one can pretend a cost saving to justify the low price of the SV. I am sure that Swaro will not be able to save much with this intervention, but it serves as a fig leaf for being able to put the SV in its position in the second row."

Lee do you really think Swarovski would have made a completely new optical calculation for the 8.5x42 and adjusted the focus to it?
What would that have cost?

Andreas
 

Troubador

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I have to quote Holger again!

"With the new top dog NL, its predecessor SV and the SLC, Swaro now has to thin out the range a little.

The first alternative would be to simply let the SV run out and replace it with the NL.

The second alternative: Get rid of the SLC and instead use the SV as the second row. This would mean that the competition for the premium class and the upper middle class would be under control at the same time.

The only problem is: the SV is too expensive to be offered as an upper middle class, so the price has to go down, and down a lot. Now comes the next problem: How can you teach the customer that the SV, previously advertised as an absolute highlight with state of the art technology, suddenly costs 500 euros less (and apparently continues to cover costs)?

Well, you have to slim down a little where it hurts the least. Quickly a small modification of the focusing unit, so that one can pretend a cost saving to justify the low price of the SV. I am sure that Swaro will not be able to save much with this intervention, but it serves as a fig leaf for being able to put the SV in its position in the second row."

Lee do you really think Swarovski would have made a completely new optical calculation for the 8.5x42 and adjusted the focus to it?
What would that have cost?

Andreas
OK now you have made it clear what you mean, I agree.

Lee
 

tenex

reality-based
[Holger:] "Well, you have to slim down a little where it hurts the least. Quickly a small modification of the focusing unit, so that one can pretend a cost saving to justify the low price of the SV. I am sure that Swaro will not be able to save much with this intervention, but it serves as a fig leaf for being able to put the SV in its position in the second row."
Interesting argument but I'm a bit confused. When SLC 42 was similarly downgraded some years ago, it's been stated here that it wasn't only a mechanical change, but omission of an accessory lens involved in close focus. Is the EL case different now?
 

John A Roberts

Well-known member
Australia
Hi tenex,

Continuing off topic vs the Zeiss Conquest . . .

Although I’ve seen references both on BF and elsewhere, to a change to the optical construction of the x42 SLC with the 2013 revision:
• I’ve not seen any official indication that's the case, and
• There's strong evidence to the contrary

See both:
a) My comments about the published detail of the optical construction, in post #4 at:
https://www.birdforum.net/threads/slc-wb-hd-vs-wb.403732/#post-4132286 , and

b) Perhaps more definitively, a quote from from Clay Taylor of SONA back in 2013:
‘As for the newest version of the SLC vs. the SLC HD binocular, the optical path is unchanged. Period. The change in the focusing mechanism
from 7’ minimum to 10.5’ minimum costs less to manufacture and assemble, and Quality Control is easier to manage. That saves money, too.
There are cosmetic changes and a new style of rubber armoring. That’s it.’
see the post of 9th Oct 2013 at: http://www.opticstalk.com/differences-between-swarovski-slc-and-el-binocular_topic38579_page1.html

- - - -

Likewise, there's no indication of an optical change to the x42 Legend version of the EL SV
Both the specification sheet for the Legend and the previous version list 24 optical elements (so 12 per side: 10 lenses and 2 prisms)

And Clay's comments regarding the SLC focuser - may apply even more so to the Legend - considering the much greater complexity
of the original EL SV focuser mechanism
e.g. see post #14 and 18 at: https://www.birdforum.net/threads/swarovski-odd-business-policy-near-point.391737/#post-4027395


John
 
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LucaPCP

Happy User
I have the Conquest 8x32 HD and the focuser has considerable play. I dislike this, and in this regard, they are the worst binoculars I have. I have been wondering whether to send them in for repair or whether to relegate them to the (useful!) role of car-binoculars, the pair you always keep in the car, and for the moment for me it’s the latter. A pity as the optics are otherwise very good.
 

Conndomat

United States of Europe
Ukraine
Hello Luca,

send the binocular to Zeiss, that is the most sensible thing you can do!
The focuser on my Conquest 10x32 was also well repaired, no play and very tight!

Andreas
 

eitanaltman

Well-known member
I have the Conquest 8x32 HD and the focuser has considerable play. I dislike this, and in this regard, they are the worst binoculars I have. I have been wondering whether to send them in for repair or whether to relegate them to the (useful!) role of car-binoculars, the pair you always keep in the car, and for the moment for me it’s the latter. A pity as the optics are otherwise very good.
Oh I would definitely get them serviced. The Conquest HD that I’ve handled all had nice, precise focusers (even the 10x32 that I mentioned with the differential focus depending on direction was sharp and precise going in the “right” direction).

Considering how fast the Conquest HD focusing is, free play would be a nightmare for usability.
 

LucaPCP

Happy User
Oh I would definitely get them serviced. The Conquest HD that I’ve handled all had nice, precise focusers (even the 10x32 that I mentioned with the differential focus depending on direction was sharp and precise going in the “right” direction).

Considering how fast the Conquest HD focusing is, free play would be a nightmare for usability.
It's not all that bad -- maybe 1-2mm of play. And in the car, they can be very useful. And I am using them rarely otherwise, as I prefer my Leica UV 8x32 HD+ otherwise. So I have sort of decided that as a car bin, they are very well good enough as they are, and it will be very handy to have them available at all times, even when one did not expect to go birding.
 

eitanaltman

Well-known member
Well, when you describe it as "considerable" and "the worst you have", forgive me for thinking it's worse than "not all that bad" :p

Out of curiosity, have you checked to see if they focus the same in both directions? Or is there a slight difference?
 

LucaPCP

Happy User
Yes, they seem to focus the same in both directions.

Yes, 1-2mm of play is not much, but all other binoculars I have, including very cheap Olympus 8x25 porros, Vortex Diamondbacks 8x28, and others, have virtually no play. Why do I have play in a $1000 pair of binoculars, when much cheaper pairs are flawless in this respect?

In any case, always in the car, they will give me great views and likely new birds for a very good time to come!

-Luca
 

Paultricounty

Well-known member
United States
Thank you both for your answers!

I ordered a Conquest HD 8x32 now. I have heared from a little rolling ball with the Nikon HG and i would better avoid testing if it botheres me or not. But i struggeled a while if i should choose the Meostar B1.1. Since it is 100€ more i took the Zeiss.
A little late on this reply for sure but the Kowa genesis 8x33 is phenomenal at the price point and covers all your bases. build quality is similar to swaros with fully rubberized exterior, far superior eye cup design than the Zeiss Hd. Not super important but nice tight ocular and tethered objective covers. A real nice quality package. Just my 2 cents.
paul
 

ZDHart

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United States
My 8x32 and 10x42 Conquest HDs have given me flawless performance with superb, very even, light mechanical action, and very fast focusers. No problems, issues, nor quibbles whatsoever. The focusers are stellar!

Just check out whatever you buy very carefully, and if there is anything about them of concern to you, return for exchange while you are still within the retailer's return time frame.

Problems with brand new factory fresh binoculars occur with ALL brands.
 
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Paultricounty

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United States
My 8x32 and 10x42 Conquest HDs have given me flawless performance with superb, very even, light mechanical action, and very fast focusers. No problems, issues, nor quibbles whatsoever. The focusers are stellar!

Just check out whatever you buy very carefully, and if there is anything about them of concern to you, return for exchange while you are still within the retailer's return time frame.
I had two of them , 10X42 and the 8X32, both nice binoculars. First I had a problem with the focuser on the 42, returned it for another one which was nice but later sold it and went for an NL pure. The 32 was very nice as well, with both of them the eye cups I couldn't live with them at the $1000 price point. I have $300 binoculars that have better quality and feel in the eye cops. Of course they have killer optics though. Sometimes I expect the build quality to match the optics. But then again, I'm OCD :)
 

ZDHart

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United States
The Conquest HD eyecups are a bit stiff to turn up and down. So, if you need to frequently turn them in and out, repeatedly, that stiffness could be a point of complaint... but enough of an issue to be a deal breaker, given how stellar the binoculars are on the whole?

Many folks tend to set their eyecups where they want them and leave them there. I don't adjust mine at all - just set and forget. And, should I need to adjust them, once in a while - no biggie.
 
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ZDHart

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United States
So all threads now turn into Swaro threads, even on the Zeiss forum? ;)
Ha ha. Indeed. Well, as a certain retailer would have it, with Swaro on the sales shelves, the Zeiss and Leica aren't lines even worth offering.
 

eronald

Well-known member
Ha ha. Indeed. Well, as a certain retailer would have it, with Swaro on the sales shelves, the Zeiss and Leica aren't lines even worth offering.
It is possible that the Conquest was never specced to be a $1K binocular, or compete in the $1K arena.

When I tried an 8x32 it was on sale for about 500E and at that price it was phenomenal value. But I paid double and got an a 7x42 Ultravid HD demo unit, which I think played in a different class, in ease of view and color, with no disrespect intended to the Conquest. And to take up the above quote, I guess if the Swaro EL line is now getting sold at the price of a Conquest, the dealer is going to have a tough time persuading the customer that the Conquest is a better glass or better value, whatever the close focus distance of the Swaro.

Pricing is always a problem with products - retailers don't like products that are priced too low because they kill the possibility of greater profit on the competition. This is what may have pushed Zeiss to set the price of the Conquest higher than initially considered, similar to that of the other luxury betas - the Trinovid HD and the Swaro Companions, but in pushing the price up so far they may have created unrealistic expectations of perfection that were not intended at design time, and that were realised in the SF line. And that may also explain why people on this thread - and other places on the net - consider the Conquest as competing on performance and quality with products that are priced much lower.

Edmund
 
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CSG

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United States
I paid $719 for my Conquest HDs in 2013. Long way from $1000. Prices on optics have gone way up these past years. The Conquests are pretty close to alphas optically and in most mechanics. What really hurts them compared to a true alpha is those damn eyecups. As I've said before, even the Terra eyecups are better than the Conquest's.
 

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