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    No more hotlinking please @vadimax
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    Still enjoying using a camera for this role

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    Meopta MeoPro HD 10x42 are very high quality, based in Czech Republic and utilizing Schott glass. These were listing for $799.99 USD but Meopta just dropped the price to $499.95 at the start of this year. I purchased my pair after discount for $425.00. Almost half the price they were selling for just two months ago. Excellent quality with lifetime transferrable warranty in the US for a fraction of equivalent Euro optics. Worth looking at.

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    Something to consider is that binoculars have not changed much in the last 100 years, with the exception of stabilizing technology being the main thing. There are coatings, and lens polishing updates but, the differences are often minor, and very hyped up be the manufactures. So once you get the ones you like/need, you never have to replace them, and they can be part of your gear for decades.

    Some of the finest binoculars ever made, bar none, are from WW II, both American and other allied countries and those of the axis, most notably the Hi-power models the Germans used on their U Boats (Submarines for those who don't know). Collectors love glasses from this time. So, if you want a great pair you could go this route. Garage sales are a good place to start, as vintage models are faked like Rolex's are, so if you buy on line at auction sites be careful. If you find them at a garage sale they are not going to be copies, but grandpa's souvenir from the "Big One."

    If anyone has any vintage glasses, or find any, please post about it. Also, when it comes to vintage Binoculars, I am not an expert, or a collector so it would be nice to hear from people that are.

    Best wishes,

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    Quote Originally Posted by roger-roger View Post
    Ended up sending the Tract Toric 8x42 back.

    Pretty close to finishing evaluating a Meopta Meopro HD 8x32, and a Swarovski EL 8x32 SV, the recently discontinued version. One will be boxed and shipped for return tomorrow .

    Have my heart set on the Leica Ultravid HD+ 7x42, but prudence probably dictates putting that buy on hold for at least 4 mo.
    What made you return Tract? I don't own that brand, however, they seem like they are decent, and good prices.
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    Be aware that used camera prices are always plummeting; camera tech is now pretty much exclusively evolving digital hardware, which means new versions and upgrades are available as often as computers/cell phones. What was a top shelf multi-thousand dollar camera only a few years ago has since fallen to triple-digit prices, with many copies available as all the pros have upgraded.

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    Swarovski don't seem to be getting any cheaper ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    Something to consider is that binoculars have not changed much in the last 100 years, with the exception of stabilizing technology being the main thing. There are coatings, and lens polishing updates but, the differences are often minor, and very hyped up be the manufactures. So once you get the ones you like/need, you never have to replace them, and they can be part of your gear for decades.

    Some of the finest binoculars ever made, bar none, are from WW II, both American and other allied countries and those of the axis, most notably the Hi-power models the Germans used on their U Boats (Submarines for those who don't know). Collectors love glasses from this time. So, if you want a great pair you could go this route. Garage sales are a good place to start, as vintage models are faked like Rolex's are, so if you buy on line at auction sites be careful. If you find them at a garage sale they are not going to be copies, but grandpa's souvenir from the "Big One."

    If anyone has any vintage glasses, or find any, please post about it. Also, when it comes to vintage Binoculars, I am not an expert, or a collector so it would be nice to hear from people that are.

    Best wishes,

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    Here ya go Red:
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    Not sure the vintage but they sure are clear. 1960 or early 70's I believe.







    When I found a hawks nest from a point where I had free access at their level I was telling him about it. He gave me these and his Kowa spotting scope rig with a 10-60x eyepiece. Mrs Fixer and I hooked her Canon PowerShot to the Kowa and goodness gracious……we could see ants crawling onto the egg shells from 50 yards. Holding it steady was another matter.

    Being the PowerShot had cheap glass and things were less than rock stable, the photos were ok, but nothing to write home about. Kowa had stopped making adapters for our "good" lenses but places like B&H still had digicam kits.

    Later on I ended up with a good tripod with a Kirk ballhead. Holds my full frame rig and even my heaviest glass nice and steady. Hang my camera bag from the alluminum Manfrotto and vibrations are all but memory.

    And in my truck rides a pair of Bushnell "Trophy" binoculars. Not bad but nowhere near as sharp as those Herters.

    My dad also gave me his old Pentax gear from the early 70's. He had a hook up through Korea so he was getting top of the line gear for a quarter on the dollarr back then. I bought a Zeiss 50mm manual for my D700 that's pretty amazing. And my eyeglasses are Ziess glass from a Canadian grinder.
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    ^ That's like a 9 * glass, nice. If Nikon reintroduces 8x30e2s again I'm tempted to get them.

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    Fixer,

    That is a wonderful pair of binoculars! And, Kirk ball heads are also wonderful. I love the markings.

    Thanks for posting this.

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    Fixer, you have all the good stuff when it comes to gear!
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    My dad was into macro black and white photography. He grew up on a small farm and learned to shoot small game by the time he was 10. Each round expelled was one less for later so he became pretty good at it early on. And he was fascinated by live action macro photography like butterflies and other insects yet preffered black and white medium long after KodaChrome was introduced. Oh, he'd slum it with a roll of color film for vacation pics from time to time though. I think my mom insisted on that. lol.

    He taught me a lot about photography with film and I adapted it to digital once I learned the virtues of digital. My dad was a machinist so he understood the value of accuracy. When it came to tools he understood "the good stuff makes you better". He nearly always chose that route in everything he did including his hobbies. He rarely wore a wrist watch but if he did it was a Hamilton. One day he passed on a bunch of his good gear my direction. It doesn't get used often but I know it's there if I want to.

    I ended up with some modern made nice gear of my own in time.
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    I enjoy a small binocular while hiking, more so then a DSLR. Smaller porros are great. Nikon AE series is pretty good weight aside (heavy/steel). Finding one that checks off all the boxes is hard though, you pretty much have to compromise somewhere. For me size/weight are most important otherwise I won't carry them.

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    i had several different binoculars., pentax, nikon, celestron, even a military Russian one, but after getting zeiss terra as a present, i do not touch those anymore, some i even gave away, in 300 bucks range terras rule imo. i have also have nikon dslr look alike with 60x optical, zoom is great but the camera has awful lag, and crappy AF.

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