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Zeiss ht discontinued ? (1 Viewer)

Robert Moore

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I just looked them up on B&H and it says they are discontinued. Looks like it’s just the SF now. I knew I should have kept my 8x42 ht.
 

Vespobuteo

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Lee. Do you know why they are being discontinued?

Low sales and smaller margins is my guess.

Birders prefer the SF and hunters the HT 54mm version.

But it's a shame, if you want a new 42mm bin with HT glass and AK-prisms in the future you would have to spend 3000€ to get the new Victory RF.
 

Troubador

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Lee. Do you know why they are being discontinued?

Dennis

No but Zeiss announced job cuts last year and the transfer of jobs to Oberkochen. Doesn't take a genius miind to predict disruption of production so cutting product lines is an obvious route and HT42 is arguably more specialist than SF. Cutting HT42 is what I would have done so I could prioritise production of SF. But this is my surmise and I have no inside info.

Lee
 

ceasar

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It might be difficult to make a 32mm SF small enough to please buyers using upside down SP prisms like the 42 mm SF has. Zeiss didn't put AK prisms in their 32mm Victorys either.

I suppose they could make them with exteriors that "look" like an:brains: SF.

Bob
 

james holdsworth

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It looks like Zeiss is happy with the margins [and sales] they are seeing on the Conquest 32mm - or the 56mm for that matter - and it may be cheaper than investing in a very costly r&d program and high labour costs to produce something 100% German.

If that's the case, I'd be disappointed but not surprised. I see lots of Conquest HD's in the field - yet to see an SF and just a single HT.
 
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Chosun Juan

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Australia - Aboriginal
Low sales and smaller margins is my guess.

Birders prefer the SF and hunters the HT 54mm version.

But it's a shame, if you want a new 42mm bin with HT glass and AK-prisms in the future you would have to spend 3000€ to get the new Victory RF.
Or if you just want the "A-K" part - for less than a grand you could get the A-K prism x45 Maven ......... :smoke:

If the "HT" part tickles your fancy, for even less soon you can get the new Tract 10x42 HT Toric ........ :eat:



Chosun :gh:
 

Vespobuteo

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Or if you just want the "A-K" part - for less than a grand you could get the A-K prism x45 Maven ......... :smoke:

If the "HT" part tickles your fancy, for even less soon you can get the new Tract 10x42 HT Toric ........ :eat:

Chosun :gh:

Tickles?
Kamakura products tend to feel more like a "visual rash" for me actually...o:D Plus the resale value for those would be less than zero in Europe.

I probably would have bought the HT if there had been a 7x version.
But I suspect that there is very little chance that we will see any 7x bins in the Zeiss lineup again.

If my FL 7x42 breaks I guess an UVHD+ 7x42 will be the only reasonable alternative.
 

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