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#51 FrankL

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 02:48 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on March 2, 2012:

1) Avimo AP 1900A 7X/Barr & Stroud CF41 7X
2) Barr & Stroud CF15 7X
3) Bausch & Lomb Zephyr 8X30
4) Leitz Wetzlar Decimarit 10X60
5) Nikko(Nippon Kogaku/Nikon) Orion 6X24
6) PZO (Polish Optical Industries) LP 8X40S
7) REL C.G.B. 40 MA 7X50
8) Ross Stepnada 7X30 (pre-war version)
9) Ross Stepvue 8X30
10) Swarovski cag Dienstglas 6X30

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them.

Once again, thanks to members of this and other forums who have provided new information about the binoculars in the collection.

The new binoculars can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...9720154/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...4405689/detail/

#52 mdowns

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:50 PM

Hi Frank,
I have long lost your contact info.This is Mike Downs in Florida. I know I sold you some Canadian binos and I think I may have sent you a few old french glasses 3 or 4 years ago. I also commented on the HMR designation while you were searching for a definition. I hav'nt viewed your collection since then and must say the quanity,quality and rareness of your group is amazing.I doubt duescthoptik has anything on you now.Outstanding!!!!

#53 FrankL

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:48 PM

Hi Frank,
I have long lost your contact info.This is Mike Downs in Florida. I know I sold you some Canadian binos and I think I may have sent you a few old french glasses 3 or 4 years ago. I also commented on the HMR designation while you were searching for a definition. I hav'nt viewed your collection since then and must say the quanity,quality and rareness of your group is amazing.I doubt duescthoptik has anything on you now.Outstanding!!!!

And a very nice Mk 28 too. Good to hear from you, Mike.

#54 FrankL

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on July 21, 2012:

1) Bausch & Lomb Zephyr 9X35
2) Bausch & Lomb (Japan) Elite Model 6128-43 8X42
3) Bausch & Lomb Zephyr 6X30
4) Emil Busch, Rathenow, Prisma-Binocle “Terlux” 9X36.5
5) Bushnell Featherlight 7X35
6) Huet Paris Modele 1933 Type 1 7X50
7) H. Hughes & Son Collimator Binocular Mk II
8) Kershaw Vanguard 7X50
9) Leitz Wetzlar, Trinovid 8X32
10) Leitz Wetzlar, Trinovid 7X42B
11) OIP Gand (Optique et Instruments de Précision, Ghent ) 8X38
12) Ross 5X40 Mk V 6E/392 5X40
13) Voigtländer Braunschweig 8X36
14) Wollensak Optical Company 8X30

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them.

Once again, thanks to members of this and other forums who have provided new information about the binoculars in the collection.

The new binoculars can be viewed at: http://www.flickr.co...1149716/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...4405689/detail/

My best wishes to the members of this forum for a happy holiday season and a good new year.

#55 FrankL

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:07 AM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on December 26, 2012:

1) Emil Busch Rathenow Marluxon 7X50 with Finnish Markings
2) Goerz Marine Trieder 6x30 in Green Color
3) Hensoldt Wetzlar Jagd-Dialyt 6X42
4) Huet Paris Modèle 1933 Type 1 10X50
5) Huet Paris Miralux 8X30
6) Huet Paris Modèle 1951 Étanche 8X30
7) Ross Steplite 7X30
8) Voigtländer Braunschweig D.F. 7X50 Imperial German Navy
9) Carl Zeiss Jena D.F. 8X30 B.C. Nr.7 Romanian Contract
10) Carl Zeiss Jena blc 7X50 Adjustable Rubber Eyecup Model (Gasmask Model)
11) Carl Zeiss Jena D.F.7X50 Smooth Ocular Model

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them.

Once again, thanks to members of this and other forums who have provided new information about the binoculars in the collection.

The new binoculars can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...5485688/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...4405689/detail/

#56 Pinewood

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:47 PM

Hello Frank,

I have always found the Huet binoculars to be well made, but I have never owned a civilian model. The Paris Modèle 1951 is marked waterproof, if my French is holding up.

Happy collecting,
Arthur Pinewood

#57 FrankL

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:55 PM

Hello Arthur,
Yes, means waterproofed. The binocular is well-sealed with rubber gaskets so although by today's standards it may not be immersion proof it does look reasonably splash proof. I've seen a circa 1960's French military binocular manual and this manual references the binocular as "Modèle 1951, Étanche". The manual also includes the WWII U.S. Army M13 6X30 and M15 and 17 7X50's which apparently the French also used post-war. The manual describes these binoculars as Étanches but not as waterproof as the Modèle 1951 which if they were not gasket sealed is probably true.
Frank in Winnipeg

#58 FrankL

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:28 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on April 18, 2013:

1) Avimo Binocular Prismatic, General Purpose (Land Service L12A1) 7X42
2) Emil Busch cxn Dienstglas 10X50
3) Fujii Brothers “Victor” No.4 X6 6X22
4) Hayward U.S. NAVY BUSHIPS MARK 45 MOD 0 7X50
5) Kershaw Vanguard 12X50
6) KOMZ (Kazan Optical-Mechanical Factory) БПО (BPO) 7X30
7) Leitz Wetzlar Bidoxit 6X30
8) Ross Stepleven 11X50
9) Ross A.P.2112 AC2010 10X70 “Captains Sight”
10) Universal Camera Corp. U.S. NAVY BU.SHIPS MARK 33, MOD 1 6X30
11) Carl Zeiss Jena blc Rm-F 12X60 für Em 4m R40
12) Carl Zeiss (Oberkochen) 10X50
13) ZOMZ (Zagorsk Optical Mechanical Plant) Б7X50

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them.

Once again, thanks to members of this and other forums who have provided new information about the binoculars in the collection.

The new binoculars can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...57635158898019/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...57623234405689/

#59 NDfarmer

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:08 AM

Frank:
You have been busy, and I'm wondering where you are able
to find some of these older binoculars?

Good to see the list, and how do you like the Zeiss
10x50?

Jerry

#60 FrankL

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:52 AM

Hello Jerry,

Get many on eBay but have to look carefully to get good prices. Regardless of what mostly unknowledgeable but honest sellers may state most are in need of some kind of repair which I enjoy doing. Lately getting more from other collectors. The Ross 10X70 came from a lady in Toronto who just bought a house and found it in the closet. She contacted the sellers but they didn't want it so it fortunately wound up with me.

Compared to other 50's-60's binoculars the 10X50 Oberkochen is incredibly well-made (except for outgassing which may not have become evident until years after manufacture) to the point of overkill. It's also exceptionally compact and well-handling for a 10X50. Very wide angle view and good definition but compared to other binoculars of simpler optical design, the view is a little dim because it has just too many lenses/light reflecting surfaces. If this binocular were made today with modern coatings with 90%+ light transmission it would be a killer.

Frank

#61 FrankL

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:07 AM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on August 23, 2013:

1) Angènieux 8X24F
2) Huet Paris Marine Nationale S.G.O. Mle. 1957 7X50
3) Leica Kern AARAU 8X30
4) NIFE Stockholm 9X45
5) Nikko 15X80 60 degree inclined oculars
6) Nikon 8X30 EII
7) Srb & Stys (bmk) Prague Dienstglas 7X50
8) Carl Zeiss Jena U.S. Navy Mark XXXV Mod. 1 7X50

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them.

Once again, thanks to members of this and other forums who have provided new information about the binoculars in the collection.

The new binoculars can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...57640617382954/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.co...57623234405689/

#62 FrankL

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 11:55 AM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on
February 7, 2014:

1) AGA-Baltic, 6X30
2) Bausch & Lomb, Canadian marked Military Stereo 6X30
3) Bausch & Lomb, U.S. Army Signal Corps EE Type Prism Stereo 6X30
4) Filotecnica Salmoiraghi, Escerito Italiano 8X30
5) Hartmann Wetzlar, Bernina 7X50
6) Huet Paris, Indix 6X24
7) Srb & Stys Prague, D.F. 7X50
8) U.S. Naval Gun Factory, U.S. Navy BU. ORD. Mark 37 9X63
9) Carl Zeiss Jena, Delactem 8X40
10) Carl Zeiss Jena blc, Dienstglas 10X50

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them.

Once again, thanks to members of this and other forums who have provided new information about the binoculars in the collection.

The new binoculars can be viewed at:
https://www.flickr.c...57645126718315/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
https://www.flickr.c...4405689/detail/

#63 FrankL

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 03:58 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

 

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on
June 11, 2014:

 

1) Barr & Stroud 7X CF42, 7X50
2) Clément & Gilmer Paris 8X 8X17
3) C.P. Goerz D.F. 03 Offizierglas 2nd Model (Russian Variation) 8X20
4) Leitz Wetzlar beh Dienstglas 10X50 “WA”
5) Leitz Wetzlar Maroctit 8X60
6) Leitz beh Kriegsmarine (early type ii) 7X50
7) Leitz Wetzlar Trinovid 7X35B
8) Nottingham Instruments Ltd. Bino.Prism No. 5 Mk III 7X50
9) Ross BinoPrism No. 5 Mk 4 7X50
10) Ross Tropical 7X40
11) Voigtländer Braunschweig Fernglas Mod 08, 6X39
12) Carl Zeiss Jena, D.F. 10X50 Dienstglas

 

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them.

Once again, thanks to members of this and other forums who have provided new information about the binoculars in the collection.

 

The new binoculars can be viewed at:
https://www.flickr.c...57650084647040/

 

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
https://www.flickr.c...57623234405689/



#64 MartinPond

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 09:35 PM

Some real beauties there.

 

At a quick glance it seems like you are repeating the post,

but it's a mighty rollcall, batch by batch.

 

I don't have the 8x30 Zephyrs yet, but Tower 7x35 featherweights and old Kowa Promiars are wonderful to use.

 

I noticed some Wollensacks above..

Those need a special cautionary note about the unique way the

threaded collar on the guide tube is the key to getting into it all.

I bunged up a pair before I figured the right way in.  Tremendous light baffling on those.

 

So...which do you actually take out? 

I'd guess the Nikon 8x30E often,

and I see the 10X50 Oberkochen for the night.

Don't feel too bad about the light transmission....I like the haze reduction of the violet-reflecting days.


Edited by MartinPond, 26 January 2015 - 09:40 PM.


#65 FrankL

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:52 PM

Hello Martin,

For casual use (i.e. while walking the dog, sitting on the porch) weather permitting I prefer vintage ones. For sporting events I like the Nikon EII 8x30's, for vacation type trips or special viewing opportunities it's the Nikon SE 8x32, and for hunting and fishing where weatherproofing is important it's the Swarovski SLC 8x30. Also like the Zeiss BGAT 7x50 especially when it's dark and the Zeiss Dialyt 7x42 BGAT P* for serious viewing. For a mounted binocular first choice is the WW II Nikko 15x80  (usually like (with wife's permission) to set up 3 or 4 mounted binos on the porch).

Frank 



#66 Gumball

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 11:56 PM

Hello Frank:

 

I have some different perspectives:

 

- for "general use" ( the ones that I reach out and grab) I like my Leitz beh Kriegsmarine  Porro III (love the rubber bumpers)

 

- for night viewing or stargazing, my favorite is the Leitz beh Kriegsmarine Porro II

 

- for distance (where I have a rest) Zeiss DF 18x50

 

- for anything daytime on the water, Barr & Stroud CF41 - I do like the filters

 

- for sports events, or anything "moving" I prefer the Leitz 10x50 "Wide angle"

 

 . . . . . just my $0.02 . . . .



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 03:45 PM

I've come across some of my grandfathers old things and what do you know, I found a vintage leather case with a sweet pair of binos inside. Although I consider myself a proficient "googler", I was unable to find any information about these nocs!

Identifying marks: UCD KENT No. 24097, 8 X 24

 

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#68 FrankL

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 07:55 PM

I haven't seen this marking before and despite the British sounding name do not think it is a British or American maker. This looks very much like a 1920's - 1930's French made binocular which was branded by a British or US retailer named UCO Kent. This practice was common with French made binoculars during this period much like Japanese binoculars were marked with English or German names during the 1950's - 1970's or Chinese ones are marked with US or British companies' (but not manufacturers')  names today.  


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