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Zeiss SF 8X32 after 8 weeks of use... (1 Viewer)

chill6x6

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An excellent review Chuck and they do sound like very fine binoculars. However, I think it should be borne in mind that here in the UK they cost nearly 50% more than the Swarovski EL, so I would expect them to be better to justify the additional expense. Whether they are worth the extra money or not is up to the purchaser to decide.

Ron
Thanks Ron! If the EL is that much less expensive to me it would be a no-brainer.
 

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
Hi CJ,

No I've not seen that, nor am I aware of any similar level of detail

I seem to remember noticing that Zeiss is using QR code links on some pages on their site, instead of just directly linking to the content
But I didn't bother following up. Do you have a link to where the QR code is?

Hi John (from the Fuji thread) - here is the link (It is under the "Zeiss Experience" sub-forum - right next to Jimi Hendrix ! ;) )


Chuck - you might find this very interesting.
Does your unit have this QR code as shown ?
Do you have a reader (app) on your phone ? and can you tell us what information it contains that is made available to the customer ?
Thanks !





Chosun :ninja:
 
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NoSpringChicken

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United Kingdom
Thanks Ron! If the EL is that much less expensive to me it would be a no-brainer.
I have just checked some retailers' current prices and a couple of them have now reduced the price to £1849. Perhaps they realised that they were looking rather expensive against the Swarovski ELs. They are still about £2065 at most dealers though. It's no long such an obvious 'no-brainer' but there is still a substantial price difference.

Ron
 

chill6x6

Well-known member
Just got the SF 8x32. I’m loving the ergonomics, the balance especially. It seems that it has ‘cooler’ view compared to the El 8x32 I have. Also, the EL is a tad brighter. It’s noticeable.

Question: there’s this little thing I find a bit annoying, the eyecups don’t have the same click/resistance. In my sample, the left eyecup has a more audible click, whilst the right is more subdued. Is this a normal thing for binoculars in general or should I exchange it. I’m fairly new and fairly OC 😅
I actually thought it was just the opposite. I thought the SF view was very nice...very Leicaish...
 

chill6x6

Well-known member
Hi John (from the Fuji thread) - here is the link (It is under the "Zeiss Experience" sub-forum - right next to Jimi Hendrix ! ;) )


Chuck - you might find this very interesting.
Does your unit have this QR code as shown ?
Do you have a reader (app) on your phone ? and can you tell us what information it contains that is made available to the customer ?
Thanks !





Chosun :ninja:
Absolutely!

BASICALLY you scan that QR code and Safari will open up Zeiss Consumer Products webpage...

Zeiss Consumer Products

That's basically it!
 

Maljunulo

Well-known member
I think you'll like them. Really they have been a pleasure to use.
Well, I am finding that as I inevitably grow older my EL SV 10X42 are getting a bit heavy. Also, the first and only time I looked through an EL SV 8X32 I was completely blown away, it was if I had 8X eyes. I am excitedly looking forward to my first Zeiss binocular.
 

chill6x6

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Well, I am finding that as I inevitably grow older my EL SV 10X42 are getting a bit heavy. Also, the first and only time I looked through an EL SV 8X32 I was completely blown away, it was if I had 8X eyes. I am excitedly looking forward to my first Zeiss binocular.
That was exactly me the first time I used an SV 8X32. I had always been a hunter so I "knew" there was no way a 32mm binocular could equal its 42mm counterpart. Now I use 32-35mm binoculars more than 42mms. I looking forward to hearing what you think about it!
 

Troubador

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That was exactly me the first time I used an SV 8X32. I had always been a hunter so I "knew" there was no way a 32mm binocular could equal its 42mm counterpart. Now I use 32-35mm binoculars more than 42mms. I looking forward to hearing what you think about it!
Me too Chuck. For some obscure reason I looked on 32mm models as 'not grown-up binos, probably for children'. Getting an FL 8x32 to reduce weight and bulk when carrying DSLR, 3 lenses and a tripod, was a slap in the face. Now, like you, I am using 32mm more than 42mm.
Lee
 

Torview

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I`m more keen to try the 32mm SF than the NL, however good "better" the NL is I ask myself do I really need another heavy 42mm.
 

Maljunulo

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First impressions.
I spent a short afternoon with my new SF 8X32 and found the lighter weight to make a tremendous difference from my EL SV 10X42. They didn't make my neck uncomfortable. For the last six years the EL SV was my only binocular, and it was beginning to feel heavy.

Eye placement is much fussier than what I am used to, but monkeying with the IPD and eye cup height helped. I can't look around the field of view the same, but I seem to be adapting to that rather quickly.

The focus wheel fools me because I am used to reaching for the Swarovski wheel. The Zeiss wheel is indeed in a spot where the finger falls naturally upon it. Focusing is easier and less critical, due (I guess) to greater depth of field. (or is it depth of focus?)

The larger field of view certainly is impressive over a pond with assorted ducks, geese, mergansers, seagulls and so on.

The images are absolutely magnificent. The colors, shadings, contrast, and detail resolution are all breathtaking. I am convinced that I saw shades and details that I had never seen before, and the images have a certain "crispness" that is a new thing. I saw whites as pure and almost blindingly white on Canada Geese and male Hooded Mergansers, and I marveled at the subtle details in the patterns of a female Mallard. Six years of coatings development plus a different manufacturer? I saw detail in the breast of a perched Red-tailed Hawk, that I am convinced I never saw before. (I know no two birds are the same, but I have looked at this bird before, while it was perched in that spot.)

The field is quite flat enough for me, and I was not aware of any significant loss of sharpness at or near the edges. If it was there, it didn't bug me.

At no time did I have any impression whatsoever that I was seeing less because the image was smaller. I really wasn't aware of that.

I think my brain is still learning to process what my eyes see in the images from the new binocular.

None of this is in any way intended to disparage my Swarovski glasses, and I am still getting used to the Zeiss, but they are definitely keepers.

If I had to summarize, I would say that the Zeiss glasses are "easier to see with."

An afterthought: There was a definite impression that there was absolutely nothing between me and what I was looking at. It was as if I was seeing directly with my own eyeballs. I'm having trouble expressing what an experience it was. It wasn't like looking through an instrument. I'm floundering here.
 
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That was exactly me the first time I used an SV 8X32. I had always been a hunter so I "knew" there was no way a 32mm binocular could equal its 42mm counterpart. Now I use 32-35mm binoculars more than 42mms. I looking forward to hearing what you think about it!
My Nikon 8x32 HG LX series has been laying around in my car permanently. Don't remember exactly since when...to me, this old great 8x32 pair by far the most used binoculars out of all I have. However, I always pack at least a 8x42 and a 12or15x on the trips.
 

Maljunulo

Well-known member
Just as an addendum, the 8X32 SF has revealed to me that Mallards are quite beautiful ducks.

Before i just dismissed them as "Oh yeah, there are Mallards there too, now I pause to look at them, the females too. There is definitely more of "something" in the images that I did not see with the EL SV.

I think when folks remark that "The novelty" of a new glass "has worn off" that what is happening is that out eye/brain system has accommodated to the new image(s) and that has become the norm, so the eye/brain expects it and is no longer surprised by it.

Just my crackpot theory, which is pure speculation.
 

Gijs van Ginkel

Well-known member
Maljuno, post 78,
There is certainly something in the 8xSF 32, that you will not see in the 8x32 SV: the SF has a blue ring around the edges of the FOV when you look at a perfectly white surface.
Gijs van Ginkel
 

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