"Cordura" was the material when I obtained a pair. I think the carrying case is practically far better than say the one "clam" monstrosity offered with the SFs. But then only use it when travelling.While doing very well functionally being both light weight and long lasting the "plastic" case was not received well with all premium customers.
Case meaning casing I’d assume…and I’d opine most buyers wouldn’t have a clue as to the construction…and if they did I’m sure glass fibre reinforced polymer would be well received as it sounds suitably exotic for a pricey item..rather than boring old metals lol.While doing very well functionally being both light weight and long lasting the "plastic" case was not received well with all premium customers. The FL was some good old school model still being made in Germany. Unfortunately for me but proving their value they were still pricey until the finale.
I feel the same as you do about FLs in almost every way. I sold my 56s which I should never have bought in the first place but enjoy the 8x32 and 7x42 very much for nature viewing. I actually think the exterior design looks very good too. I do have reservations about the over-greenness but in action it doesn't bother me once I have something interesting to follow.These are some great binoculars! I was going to sell mine to fund a pair of 10x42s. Also, I have the habit of selling something old when I buy something new. For some reason, I don't want to have too much gear.
I'm glad I didn't sell them. Their optical quality is surely undisputed. I also think they are exceptionally well balanced. I understand that many customers, birders in particular, want some improvements over Zeiss' very traditional take. I'm not really a birder; I just love viewing nature through binoculars. So, there is no need for me for the modern double hinge design, a flat field sharp right out to the edge or a wider FOV. In fact, the way I use my binoculars, I hardly ever notice soft edges.
Apart from the exterior design which I admittedly don't really like there's not much to moan about. The colour balance perhaps. I just like Leica colours better. For me, there's a bit too much green in the greens (I know, an odd thing to say) and in the blues. That said, I love their rendition of whites. That's a clear plus over most other binoculars. In winter they are unrivalled.
When I decided to put them up for sale, I noticed two tiny scratches on one eyepiece. I said to my wife that that would put potential buyers off. She said: Keep them - they want to stay with you. Now, I'm actually quite happy about those scratches... Still, I'd like to change one thing about them: I wish they were 7x.
Hello Arthur, I know what you mean. You haven't tried the SLC 10x42 by any chance? The one reviewed by Roger Vine in scopeviews? I find that one light, quite easy to hold steady and very compact for a 42 plus with a very fine view - pincushion and sharp and clear most of the way to the edges in my use.Hello,
Fifteen years of happy use of my 8x32FL and sixteen years of use of my 10x32FL. The latter was the only one of three 10x which worked for me.