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Victory FL discontinued? (2 Viewers)

Pinewood

New York correspondent
United States
I hope to find a late-model FL 8x32 one day.
Hello Foss,

I think the 8x32 is so good that their owners regard them as keepers.
Edit: I am certainly in no hurry to modernize but if I bought something, I still might not cell the FL.
Stay safe,
Arthur
 
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Foss

Well-known member
Not for me. Unlike other binoculars like the above mentioned SLC or Ultravids, however, the FL 8x32 wants its eyecups pressed into the eye sockets, which I find rather comfy. No problems with vignetting or anything.
My Swaro CL 8x30 (a) eyecups press the same way with them extended out to the last click. Super solid eye placement. Full field of view with no edge issues.
 

jafritten

Well-known member
My Swaro CL 8x30 (a) eyecups press the same way with them extended out to the last click. Super solid eye placement. Full field of view with no edge issues.
Those two bins seem to be similar in that respect, then. Everybody's facial features will always play a role here, naturally. See, what other people can say about eye placement.
 

casscade

Well-known member
Don’t have the 32’s but love the FL 10x42, it’s one of my favorite Zeiss binoculars, super sharp with pretty minimal edge distortion for a non flat field bin, especially when compared to some of their others.
 

dries1

Member
When these came out, 2004? they were the best and just think how many they sold in the 32 and 42 formats over the years. With more competition today, it will be difficult to match those #s.
 

Foss

Well-known member
Did the 8x32 change much over the years, or optically will an older model perform on par with a newer pair (provided the internals are clear)?
 

LucaPCP

Happy User
Supporter
Just checked that.... 8x32 not available, 10x32 showing as available with 'lettuce' coating on the lenses.... interesting!!!!!
This is positively bizarre. When I follow that link it shows me only 2 remaining of the 8x32 and I think if you go to the K&M Camera site you will find them listed there too. I have no connections to the seller btw.
 

LucaPCP

Happy User
Supporter
This is positively bizarre. When I follow that link it shows me only 2 remaining of the 8x32 and I think if you go to the K&M Camera site you will find them listed there too. I have no connections to the seller btw.
But maybe you are getting a .uk site? Try to force it to use the US site or go to the K&M site.
 

Swissboy

Sempach, Switzerland
Supporter
Switzerland
Did the 8x32 change much over the years, or optically will an older model perform on par with a newer pair (provided the internals are clear)?
Unfortunately, for my situation, Zeiss had changed the coating at some late point. (I don't mean the Lotutec addition.) So since then, the coating has a reddish-orange shine that can irritate when illuminated from behind the observer. It's particularly a problem when wearing eyeglasses, I think. It is much more comfortable with the violet version they had before. I still hope to find a very good (only slightly used) model. Would not need Lotutec.
 

HenRun

Well-known member
Sweden
I hope to find a late-model FL 8x32 one day. Is eye placement finicky?
Eye placement is very forgiving I think, definitely up there with all the better ones I have had or tried.
I agree with Robert/Swissboy about the later coating. I did find that troublesome with my glasses on my pair of 8x32FL.
I previously owned the 10x32FL (I did look through my old pair a few days back) and did not have the same issues with that pair.
I did not have the same glasses back then.

Unless you really need the 10x magnification the 8x32 will work wonders for most people, wearing glasses or not.
 

Conndomat

United States of Europe
Europe
Unless you really need the 10x magnification the 8x32 will work wonders for most people, wearing glasses or not.
Not quite!
As a farsighted wearer of glasses, I need at least a 16mm. EP. distance that is 8x32 is only 15.5mm. accordingly, I have to press the binoculars very hard against my eye glasses in order to be able to see the entire field of vision, so for me the FL is not completely suitable for glasses wearers.

Andreas
 

Troubador

Moderator
Staff member
Supporter
Not quite!
As a farsighted wearer of glasses, I need at least a 16mm. EP. distance that is 8x32 is only 15.5mm. accordingly, I have to press the binoculars very hard against my eye glasses in order to be able to see the entire field of vision, so for me the FL is not completely suitable for glasses wearers.

Andreas
Andreas please forgive me for suggesting something you have probably already considered. When you press the FLs very hard against your eye glasses you are of course not compressing the FL's eyecups or the lenses of your eye glasses. I am guessing you are pressing your eye glasses closer to your face. Is it possible that you could lift up your eyeglasses and move them 0.5mm up your nose so that they are already closer to your face and you would not need to press the FLs so hard against them?

Cheers Lee
 

Alexandr33

Active member
Ukraine
My favorite binoculars 8x32 FL
Lightweight and compact with excellent detailing.
Excellent color reproduction and micro-contrast.
It is easy to observe in it, the picture does not tremble.
Another big plus, these binoculars are extremely durable. Such a thing can be inherited.

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b-lilja

Well-known member
OOfff, that's a nice spread.

I'm with Swissboy, do not care for the new red Zeiss coating, as I've now said ad nauseam here (sorry). Definitely prefer the older coating. It my case, to avoid color shift in overcast Seattle area conditions. However, I think the red coating contributes to the contrast pop of more recent Zeiss. I do like that.

My 8x42 old green FLs (from dries) have quietly become the one I'm reaching for these days. I just really like them.
 

james holdsworth

Consulting Biologist
OOfff, that's a nice spread.

I'm with Swissboy, do not care for the new red Zeiss coating, as I've now said ad nauseam here (sorry). Definitely prefer the older coating. It my case, to avoid color shift in overcast Seattle area conditions. However, I think the red coating contributes to the contrast pop of more recent Zeiss. I do like that.

My 8x42 old green FLs (from dries) have quietly become the one I'm reaching for these days. I just really like them.
Both my HT and Victory Pocket have reddish objective coatings, less blue purple than my Victory FL, but both seem completely colour neutral….the SF series must be quite different as they seem much warmer in comparison.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia

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