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#26 Erik Bakker

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:21 AM

That is great news Edj,

Looking forward to your first light report!

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

Binoculars arrived today and first light at sundown for 30-40 minutes.

Binoculars arrived in good shape in Zeiss box and good padding and cardboard box from CameralandNY.

When I looked into ordering, most states 10-12 week delivery as special order. When I called Cameraland the sales person states let me ask the boss to call Zeiss and I will get back to you in 30 minutes. In 20 minutes they called back stating Zeiss had one and they could get it by the end of the month (this was 12/7) so I ordered and binocular arrived only a week or two late-6 weeks.

They came with ep covers, an ok strap, but no case.
The rubber finish is shinny black, the focus nob is smaller than most binoculars.

Optics are very sharp with a "little" drop off at the edge,
color on 1/2 moon shows a yellow-lime green ring simular to my miyauchi 100mg FLs and fuji 25x150s-noticeable but not a problem for me.

I enjoyed them, but longer length and smaller FOV may take a while to get use to,
the neck strap is not adequate for me and I need to get a better strap for the 35 oz binocs or maybe a harness. Also need a case.

When I have time and experience, I will write a longer review comparing to SW 8.5x42s (nonSV); they look cool, feel cool, but maybe not enough for ME to look cool.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

Thanks for your report edj.

They are very lightweight for a large roof prism bino.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:23 AM

Edj,
A calm and modest first report, thank you. I look forward to what happens when you really put it to work. Its great focal ratio and optical simplicity hold out hope for very good things.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

Common Edj,
That was a nice distraction over at the 10x56 FL thread, but it's time you get back on this 8x56 Dialyt track again :jump:

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:46 AM

when I review my binocular stable,
the fun binoculars
-pentax papillo 6.5x21
- miyauchi 5x32s
- leica duovid 10+15x50
are not the ones most would consider
the highest quality or most popular
:question:
the dialyts are fitting into that group
they are fun to use
(*maybe Ron above is right that it is just my flawed personality)

when I go to a big birding event where everyone has SW-SVs
I will be the lone individual/unique/odd one in the back

but overall I am pleased with them
except for today when it is raining
and they are not waterproof

edj

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

That was a nice distraction over at the 10x56 FL thread, but it's time you get back on this 8x56 Dialyt track again :jump:



seems more logical, reasonable, smart to go with the lattest 6mm zeiss

edj

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

Good but old binoculars are satisfying in themselves, and sometimes reach a pinnacle of perfection in some way that has since been lost. They teach us how we got here, and ideally, provide a reasoned perspective of the optical craft, leading to a deeper and level headed appreciation for the latest stuff.

Like, when I come in off the deck with my 10x56, I'm doing the Funky Chicken around the kitchen a few times, but all in reasoned perspective.
Ron

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

old dogs
old habits
old clothes
old optics
sometimes the emotion outweighs the reason

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

the Zeiss Comfort strap supplied with the dialyts was good quality,
but was less than comfort on my neck
advise on BirdForum led me to VeroVellini strap, which was better, but...
then tried a Crumpler Disgrase camera strap-closer
then settled on my old orange floating SW strap which works best

so
if you are in the birding woods, or a star party,
and see an old fat man with dialyts with a bright orange strap
-tell him if you think he looks cool
-pass him by if he looks like a fool recently parted from his money

edj
a happy fool who thinks he looks cool

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

I'll say you look cool, if you'll let me look.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:21 PM

sure-small price to pay for a compliment

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