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/ New Polish binocular tests
New Polish binocular tests
March 7, 2006 7:03 AM
I noticed that on the page:
there are new very detailed reviews of 10x50 models (in Polish). Anybody knows if a translation is available?
March 7, 2006 8:44 AM
I can't read that, but it is not so difficult to read the final result:
A most amazing test! No less than 27 binoculars of 10x50, and among them the best of the best. A great job! Without being able to read details of the test, let me still comment on the resulting ranking:
The Swarovski SLC is of equal performance with the Fujinon FMTR-SX (both 143.5 points), closely followed by the Leica Trinovid (141.2). The Leica Ultravid is a tad better than the Trinovid and would perhaps close the gap to both winners. The Docter Nobilem is next, with 136.3 points in the middle of nowhere (the next one, Minox BD, is with 127.6 points quite a bit behind). I believe this test result reflects the actual performance in the field very accurately. There are the top players (Swaro, Leica, Fujinon), then a gap, then the Nobilem, and another gap, followed by the middle class. It is interesting to find the Zeiss Jena Dekarem on position 12 out of 27 - not bad indeed, and I still like to recommend this good old binocular to binoculars fans who are interested to buy a solid performer.
The second table appears to be ranking the price/performance. Here, the Fujinon is top, and the Konica-Minolta Activa is a real winner, ranking among the top ten in performance and with an amazingly low price tag. Except for the Fujinon, the top players are ranking far below when it comes to price/performance. The Burris Optics Fullfield and the Steiner Ranger are found to be the real cheater, grossly overpriced compared to performance. I know the Steiner, and, again, I agree with this result.
All in all, a most valuable contribution, thanks to all testers!
March 7, 2006 9:03 AM
See Arek's description of his team's binocular tests, posted here on this forum back in November, 05.
Testing methods in Polish tests of the binoculars
These links are highlighted in our "Best Of" links to Testing and Measuring Binoculars.
Arek also provided us with theese links to a number of other Reviews
Polish binocular reviews
This is an outstanding collection of information and we thank Arek for posting links to these resources here on CN.
Arek has translated and posted some of these reviews here to the CN Binocular Forum. Rather than point you to each individual review, I will point you to
a link page showing all of Arek's posts
so you can search out any of those reviews you would like to read in english.
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March 7, 2006 9:21 AM
Thanks, Ed, for pointing us straight back to the source!
March 8, 2006 8:08 PM
I was especially interested in the comparison between the Fuji 10x50 FMTR and the bigger 16x70 since I was considering the FMTR last week. I hesitated because I felt the FMTR had more field curvature than I wanted in an IF bino, at least compared to its bigger brother. This review seems to confirm that observation if I interpret it correctly.
March 8, 2006 10:10 PM
It is always easier to get a small angle of field 'flat', when compared to larger angles. Since the 16x70 has got a significantly smaller angle of (true) field, its field curvature is less than the 10x50's. This is one reason why the 7x50 FMTR-SX does not go beyond 7.5 degs. (true) field: The curvature is causing lots of trouble at low powers and the corresponding large (true) angles of field.
March 8, 2006 10:23 PM
Thanks for the explanation Holger. I opted for a Nikon 10x42 SE I won on auction. It will be interesting to see how it compares to my Vixen 10x44 ED.
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