Poor cases, why?
Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:30 PM
Now its softcases which offer very little protection, they are often too small and result in the caps falling off as you fight to remove the binocular from the case,throw in flimsy plastic zip fasteners that break after a bit of use and its a waste of time.
Another pet peeve is Velcro fateners on the case, all that stuff does is get hooked up on the strap,very frustrating,DA.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:12 PM
One would think that with our advances in science and technology, Americans would be getting more wary and intelligent across the board. But, judging by the emails I get each day, riddled with dubious text and photos, I see it just isn’t so.
Two days ago, I got a video of the “world’s most magnificent music box.” It was a stringed instrument with necks of various lengths that played itself! Not only was it something that showed itself to be a VERY good computer animation, anyone who knew anything about music or mechanics could tell it was as phony as a 3-dollar bill. Yet, it will probably be going around the internet for years . . . as REAL!
We are all blessed with ignorance of certain things; that’s just us being human. But, when we choose to ignore common sense too long, that ignorance will metastasize into stupidity. At that point, there is no cure.
Ghost of the Curmudgeon,
Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:19 PM
Money is, always has been, and always will be the reason for a decline in design, material or production quality of everything.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:14 PM
Look at this AD, purportedly from 1950:
Bausch & Lomb Zephyr Light with Balcoted Optics (uhmm, b.s. even in 1950...), Cost $155.
I am sure it came with a case.
But $155 (in let's say 1955 for prudence as the AD looks newer than 1950) is worth about $1300 to $1400 today. A good pair (probably much better than the Balcoted Zephyr of 1955) of 7x35's can be had today for $400-600. You get a decent case with those. It is with the $47.50 models that you don't.
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:22 PM
I have just bought a used Nikon 8x30EII without a case as the original blew off a cliff in windy Cornwall when the old owner was not looking!
So they are in a case supplied with a cheap Chinese binocular,this case is far superior in quality to the SE's offering!
Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:41 PM
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:06 PM
I hate hard cases, both for telescopes and binoculars. They're heavy, clunky, and hard to transport. Ideally, the scope and/or binoculars should be sturdy enough to do well in a soft case. As long as you don't drop them, of course.
A hard case probably provides no more protection than a softcase... Dropping either is a poor idea.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:20 PM
After I realized what a wonderful instrument it actually was, I bedded it in a Peli-1450 case - it just deserved it...
Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:21 PM
The one darn thing that has irritated me is the plastic handle on the "hard" case with foam linings that Garrett Optical provides for the Signature Series 15x70 (Kunming United Optics BA8 Series). It snapped as I approached my living-room couch. The case and binocular were only a few inches above the couch cushions. A soft landing! Lucky me!
Heads up, gang! Or binoculars down!
Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:14 AM
My Steiners came in a very nice leather semi-hard case with really nice lens covers and a rain guard. Same with the Vanguard only a heavy codura rather than the leather. Nice quick release on the bino strap that will clip into the case if you wish. Well thought out IMHO.
Here is a tip if you want a great deal on a case. Cabela's "Bargain Cave". Not the on-line one but in the store. Great cases complete with caps and straps for around 8 to 20 bucks. Must be from display binos that "disappeared". Nikon, Bushnell, Ziess etc.. Nice stuff.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:37 AM
There may be some buyers who just want the best price for the binocular and don't want to be paying for a (nice leather) case they may not want.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:13 AM
I know the old leather cases provided with the millions of Porros out there protected the contents to some degree, but over time the internals denigrate and shed dust all over the binocular.
One of the best cases are the type supplied with the B&L 7x50 M# models. These are solid with a leather clasp and a pin on the bottom of the case to clip the clap closed.
Trouble is they wont stand up with the pin on the base of the case!
Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:29 AM
Andy, how about a pic of those EII's for us deprived stateside.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:04 PM
When I recently purchased a new Nikon 8x30 EII I spent a bit extra and bought a Lowepro case to go with it.
That Nikon case is almost identical to the one that came with an 8x32 SE. In my limited experience Nikon is egregious in providing a near useless case for a binocular in the US$600 range. Their rain guard and objective covers were also sub standard. I ended up buying a Zeiss rain guard, and caps on the after market, but that all went to the fellow who bought the binocular from me.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:59 PM
Today I recieved a new Steiner 7x30 Commander XP. It has good objective covers that stay with the bino and the raingaurd is reasonable. The soft case is the best I've seen supplied as standard equipment. It has it's own strap and a good zip. The bigger 7x50 version comes with a wooden case.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:05 PM
The nicest accessories came with my Ziess 8x32 FL: a nice Cordura case, with room for a small notebook or pad, tethered objective covers and a rain guard which stays on the binocular. A nylon case is not much protection but the binocular is very rugged, so it protects against scrapes, protruding objects and one's own fingers. In fact, I use it only for storage because, that binocular is never subjected to hardships and the covers and rain guard provide ample protection without hindering use or access.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:18 AM
This binocular has been discontinued (some years ago), and was probably too expensive for Browning to sell at the price the market is willing to bear. I got it on a Sierra Trading Post clearance very cheaply.
It is Japanese made (yes, that is clear on the binocular) and phase coated. A very nice instrument probably most closely related to a Bushnell model (and probably made by the same Japanese supplier, which is probably out of business by now).
Here's what it looked like when it was still available.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:41 AM
My Zeiss 7 x 42 BGAT came without any objective caps at all, but with one of those one-piece attached rain guards that always seemed to get in the way,so I removed it.
Similarly,the Helmsman 7x50 arrived with tethered objective caps that tended to dangle in a most ungamely manner,so they too were promptly cut and removed.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:09 AM
At least there the right shape to make me look like I am smiling!