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FrankL
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Vintage Binocular Collection
      #3608612 - 02/06/10 01:45 PM

For several years I have enjoyed collecting vintage binoculars. The collection of 43 mostly vintage binoculars can be viewed at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them. In particular, as detailed at this site I have specific questions about the following binoculars:
Ross No.6 Mk I 4X24
Rodenstock DF 03 6X24
Ross BinoPrism No. 5 Mk II 7X50
Barr & Stroud CF 41 7X50
Pecar 8X40
Schutz Ruf & Co Kassel Heliolith 10X50


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Simon S
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3608643 - 02/06/10 02:05 PM

You have some super binoculars Frank!

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brentwood
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Simon S]
      #3608738 - 02/06/10 02:42 PM

That's a great collection! How did you get all those British binoculars in Manitoba? I may just have to take a trip out there to check the trap lines!

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Bensi
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3609885 - 02/07/10 03:53 AM

Awesome!
You've got binoculars historically important.
I am particularly impressed by Rodenstock DF 03 6x24 and the restoration of the Zeiss 6x24, but many others are spectacular.
I do not have space at home to other bincoli and am making changes and sales of equipment to increase my chances, I tell you this thing because I like to have some model of those binoculars Navy Ross English which are quite large (you have many of them).
Today .. I could not even make take hold.
My wife would put me out of the house ... and with this cold ... brrrrr

Congratulations again!


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Bensi]
      #3609899 - 02/07/10 04:29 AM

Nice collection Frank.

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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Bensi]
      #3613912 - 02/09/10 12:24 AM

Bensi, I have just acquired a Goerz 9X Trieder. Once I receive it, I will post some pictures, and also, no doubt, will have a lot of questions to ask you!

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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Simon S]
      #3613921 - 02/09/10 12:31 AM

Simon, I've just been looking at your flickr page and see you've had over 10,000 views. This is amazing. I have a question for you about your description of the Barr & Stroud CF 41. You state it has a "crystal ball effect". What is this, and what would be the cause?

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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: brentwood]
      #3613930 - 02/09/10 12:44 AM

No surprise a great many of the British binoculars were acquired via British sellers, but I have acquired several in Canada, one from Manitoba and two from British Columbia. All three have pristine unmarked optics. It seems to me that in Canada, for some reason, more vintage binoculars come up for sale out of BC than any other province although Ontario would be a close 2nd.

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harbinjer
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3613935 - 02/09/10 12:49 AM

I would bet that its the "rolling ball effect" by anther name. When straight lines near the outside bend inward at top and bottom. It happens when you don't have any pincushion, IIRC.

Nice collection FrankL. I have a tasco #118. It is pretty good but I like the Jason Statesman 7x35 EWA better.

What do you think of the Nikon A series, compared to contemporaries, or more recent Nikons.

Edited by harbinjer (02/09/10 01:03 AM)


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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: harbinjer]
      #3619382 - 02/11/10 06:47 PM

I think you're correct about the rolling ball effect caused by barrel distortion. I was just looking at Fan Tao's site:
http://binofan.home.att.net/lem7x50.htm
and he likens this distortion to looking through a ball or globe.

Regarding Nikon A series compared to later Nikons: 1) All are of excellent build quality. Possibly the prisms in the EII and SE series are more securely fastened but I've have never disassembled any to find out. 2) I think most of the A series glasses have wider FOV's which I like. 3) The greenish coatings introduced on later E series glasses are far superior to the purplish A series coatings although these are quite good compared to other similarly coated binoculars of the period. 4) I absolutely love the soft rubber eyecups on the later Nikons. Fortunately, I don't wear glasses. 5) I have read that the 7X35 J-B7 was the best of the series but have never had one and can't comment. I have, however, had two of the 9X35 J-B7's, and this one seems to me to be the weak sister, just not having quite the sharpness of image in center of field found on all their other glasses of any series.


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Bensi
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3620144 - 02/12/10 06:07 AM

Good News!

No problems!

It's fine for me.

bye


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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Bensi]
      #3656448 - 03/02/10 01:18 PM

The following binoculars have been added to my collection since the last posting on February 6/10:
Bushnell Rangemaster 7X35
Goerz Trieder 9X20
Huet Extra Lumineuse 7X24
Spindler & Hoyer Feldglas 08 6X39
Ross Bino.Prism Mk IV 5X40
Lumex Stereo 10X35
Once again, I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them. In particular,I have specific questions about the following binoculars:
Huet Extra Lumineuse 7X24
Lumex Stereo 10X35
Also, thanks to information contributed by members of this and other forums, the descriptions of the following binoculars have been significantly revised since the last posting:
Barr & Stroud CF 41 7X50
Ross No.6 Mk I 4X24
Rodenstock DF 03 6X24
The new binoculars can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623424302180/detail/
The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

Bensi,
Have a look at the Goerz Trieder 9X. Do you know the year serial #68442 would have been manufactured? I look forward to any other information you can give about this binocular.


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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3783822 - 05/03/10 02:50 PM

The following has been added to my collection since the last posting on March 4/10:
-Huet Paris Modele 1933 Type 1 8X30
-BBT Krauss Modele 1933 Type 2 8X30
-Ross Prism Binocular 8X20
-Nash-Kelvinator M3 6X30
-Interesting books, articles and websites about binoculars
-Zeiss Silvarem 6X30 Tension Knob Tool
-REL 7X50 with BOP Filter Modification
-Barr & Stroud CF25 7X42 with a) internal view of prism clamp and b) view compared to CF41
-Oigee 6X36
-Barr & Stroud CF41 internal views of a) prism arrangement, b) desiccator tubes, c) colour filter wheel

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them. In particular, I have specific questions about the following binoculars:
-Huet Paris Modele 1933 Type 1 8X30
-BBT Krauss Modele 1933 Type 2 8X30
-Oigee 6X36
-REL 7X50 with BOP Filter Modification. Particular to this, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, and any other information about its history and manufacture.

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623432947321/detail/
The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

Edited by FrankL (05/03/10 02:55 PM)


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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3870772 - 06/17/10 04:11 PM

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on May3/10:
REL C.G.B. 54G.A./C.G.B. 57G.A. 7X50
REL C.G.B. 57G.A. 7X50 with Dry Air Adapter
Barr & Stroud 7X CF31 7X50
Nippon Kogaku 7X50 7.3 deg
Nash-Kelvinator Corp. Binocular M3 6X30 Reticule (View 2)
Huet Paris Modele 1933 Type 1 8X30 Prism Cage (View 2)
Huet Paris Modele 1933 Type 1 8X30 Prism Removed from Cage (View 3)
Barr & Stroud 7X CF 25 7X42 Balsamoiding Material (View 5)
Ross X5 Bino.Prism Mk IV 5X40 with REL Dry Air Adapter (View 2)

The following have been significantly updated with new information and/or correction of errors since May 3/10:
-Huet Paris Modele 1933 Type 1 8X30
-BBT Krauss Modele 1933 Type 2 8X30
-Nash-Kelvinator M3 6X30
-Interesting books, articles and websites about binoculars (books by Forslund, Law, Rohan, and Seeger added)
-REL 7X50 with BOP Filter Modification

I would appreciate any comments, further information or corrections the members of this forum could provide about these binoculars and my descriptions of them. In particular, I have specific questions about the following binocular:
-Nippon Kogaku 7X50 7.3 deg

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture.

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157624056926230/detail/
The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

Edited by FrankL (06/17/10 04:14 PM)


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orbitaljump
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3871145 - 06/17/10 07:41 PM

Very nice collection FrankL.

I specialize in cheaper vintage Japanese stuff.

Edited by orbitaljump (06/17/10 07:42 PM)


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Simon S
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: orbitaljump]
      #3871790 - 06/18/10 07:27 AM

Quote:

Very nice collection FrankL.

I specialize in cheaper vintage Japanese stuff.



I specialize in any old rubbish


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orbitaljump
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Simon S]
      #3872802 - 06/18/10 06:35 PM

Me too. ;0

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FrankL
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: orbitaljump]
      #3978876 - 08/12/10 01:26 PM

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on June 17/10:
1) Barr & Stroud CF 24 8X30.5
2) Bausch & Lomb U.S. NAVY BU.SHIPS MARK 28 MOD 0 7X50 with Variable Density Filter Attached
3) BBT Krauss Paris Grand champ décigrades 8X30
4) BBT Krauss Paris Modele 1933 Type 2 8X30 (views after restoration)
5) CAL No 5 CDN Mk 2/4 (Upgraded from REL C.G.B. 40 M.A.) 7X50
6) Hood Case for CAL No 5 CDN Mk 2/4 7X50
7) Huet Extra Lumineuse 7X (disassembled to show telemetric device in ocular) 7X22
8) Leitz Canada (ELCAN) 7X50B Civilian Model
9) REL C.G.B. 57 G.A. 7X50 (Fluorided, Canadian C/ Broad Arrow)
10) Ross BinoPrism No. 5 Mk IV 7X50
11) Tasco, Model No. 322 8X40
12) Zeiss Jena, DF 6x with case (captured by Canadian forces during battle for Lens generating station)

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

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture.

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157624352652061/detail/
The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/


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Simon S
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3980768 - 08/13/10 12:30 PM

Some lovely additions Frank, but those Huet Extra Lumineuse's are really interesting.

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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Simon S]
      #3980842 - 08/13/10 01:11 PM

I really like the telemetric device. Very simple but it took a while to discover how it worked. I'm not sure why it would have been preferable to a graticule other than it may have been less costly to manufacture.

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Simon S
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #3980935 - 08/13/10 02:02 PM

The French are always innovating. Do you remember the Citroen DS cars with their unique suspension?

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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Simon S]
      #4116517 - 10/14/10 10:17 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on August 12/10:
1) Colmont 8X M.G.(Ministère de la Guerre) 8X23
2) Gundlach-Manahattan U.S. Navy 6X30
3) Hensoldt Wetzlar Armée Française (Diagon) 8X30
4) Kershaw Vanguard 10X50
5) KOMZ (Kazan Optical-Mechanical Factory) 6X30
6) Lemaire 8X Lumineuse Stereoscopique 8X24
7) REL C.G.B. 37 M.A. 6X30
8) REL C.G.B. 37 M.A. 6X30 Graticule
9) SRPI Puteaux M.le. 56 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.

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture.

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157624645550061/detail/
The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/


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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4274599 - 12/27/10 03:02 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on October 14/10:
1) Barr & Stroud 10X CF.47, 10X49
2) BBT Krauss 312.26 MILLI 8X40
3) Bausch & Lomb Prism Marine U.S. Navy (experimental) 10X50
4) Hensoldt Wetzlar Marine-Dialyt 7X50 (with views of prism assembly)
5) J.D. Moeller Wedel Tourix 6X 6X22 (with views of prism assembly)
6) Kershaw Reliant 9X36 (Vanguard type internal focusing)
7) Kershaw Renown 7X30 (Vanguard type internal focusing)
8) Leitz Canada (ELCAN) 7X50B Civilian Model View of Schmidt-Pechan Prism Assembly
9) Nikon 7X35E CF
10) Spindler & Hoyer Gottinga 8X Modell B, 8X24
11) Warner & Swasey Prism Binocular Power 6 6X20.5

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

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture.

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157625321762320/detail/
The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

And my wishes for a healthy and happy New Year to the members of this forum.

Edited by FrankL (12/27/10 07:58 PM)


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4283681 - 12/31/10 09:51 PM

FrankL,

According to Kershaw's 1952 binocular catalogue, only the Vanguard 7 x 50, 10 x 50 and 12 x 50, plus the Renown 7 x 30 and Reliant 9 x 36, had internal focussing.

Stated FOV (at 1000ft, for all models, in the order shown above) were:-
129ft, 122ft, 111ft, 163ft, 125ft

Stated 'Light Transmitting Power':-
90%, 84%, 84%, 82%, 82%

No weights were given for the Vanguard series, but the Renown was 20oz and the Reliant was 22oz. Wallace Heaton, the photographic retailer, sold all the Vanguard models and gave their weight as 42oz.

There were no prices in the 1952 Kershaw catalogue, but in the 1955/56 edition of the Wallace Heaton Blue Book, prices for the Vanguard series were:-
£44 0s 8d, £47 0s 8d, £48 0s 8d, for the 7x, 10x and 12x respectively.


Malc


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Simon S
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: planetmalc]
      #4284157 - 01/01/11 06:40 AM

I would love to see the Kershaw catalogue Malc

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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: planetmalc]
      #4284361 - 01/01/11 10:03 AM

Malc,
Thank you very much for this information. It is much appreciated, and my descriptions of binoculars will be revised accordingly.
Best wishes for a wonderful New Year to you and other members of this forum.
Frank


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4291171 - 01/04/11 12:36 PM

FrankL,

Thank you for your kind wishes; the same to you and to the other forum members.


Simon,

I'm not yet geared up to take pics of the 1952 Kershaw catalogue, but I can certainly tell you what was in it.

Monarch 12 x 40 and 10 x 40; Olympic 8 x 30; Newmarket 7 x 21; and Portland 6 x 30. All are ZCF Porro 1's, apart from the Newmarket which is a reverse Porro.

FOV (at 1000ft, in the order shown above):-
108, 100, 154, 130, 150

'Light transmitting power':-
82%, 82%, 82%, 82%, 83%

Weight:-
28.5oz, 28.5oz, 18oz, 10.5oz, 18oz


They also marketed monocular versions of the Monarch 12 x 40 and 10 x 40; Olympic 8 x 30; and Portland 6 x 30.


The Sportsman spectacle binocular is there, but annoyingly there is no data for it.


Other pages are given over to magnifiers (desk, stand and pocket); the 'King Penguin' roll-film camera; and the model 250 filmstrip and slide projector.


Malc


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Simon S
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: planetmalc]
      #4291240 - 01/04/11 01:09 PM

Thanks Malc thats great.

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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Simon S]
      #4439848 - 03/10/11 12:48 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on December 27, 2010:

1) BBT Krauss France M/50 (Danish Army/Airforce) 7X50
2) Hensoldt Wetzlar Nacht-Dialyt 8X56
3) Kershaw Monarch Ten 10X40
4) Lemaire Paris Azur 8X30
5) REL C.G.B. 37 M.A. 6X30 (pictures of case being used to store Bren light machine gun reflector sight)
6) S.P.J.P. (Société Parisienne Jumelles à Prismes) 7X 7X23 (with picture of disassembled linear movement ocular unit)
7) Taylor-Hobson Bino Prism No. 2 Mk III 6X30
8) Carl Zeiss Jena Delactis 8X40
9) Carl Zeiss (Oberkochen) 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.

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture. To date, 42 REL 7X50 binoculars have been catalogued of which 9 are BOP filter modified.

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157625596577485/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/


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FrankL
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4579514 - 05/13/11 01:34 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on March 10, 2011:

1) BBT Krauss 312.10 MILLI 7X50
2) Bell & Howell M19 7X50
3) Leitz beh Kriegsmarine (type II) 7X50 (w/case, filters, rubber eyecups)
4) Ross Stepmab 9X35
5) Ross Stepnac 6X30
6) Ross Stepnite 7X50
7) Spencer Lens Company U.S. NAVY BU.SHIPS MARK 30 MOD 0 7X50
8) SRPI Puteaux 8X24 (Finnish Army, Porro II)

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

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture. To date, 46 REL 7X50 binoculars have been catalogued of which 9 are BOP filter modified.

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157626312188522/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

Edited by FrankL (05/13/11 01:42 PM)


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4580422 - 05/13/11 09:41 PM

Wonderful collection!!!! Of the hightest level

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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: marcelof]
      #4723103 - 07/31/11 04:32 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on May 13, 2011:

1) Fujinon M24 7X28
2) Hensoldt Wetzlar bmj Dienstglas 7X56
3) Hensoldt Wetzlar Sport-Dialyt 8X30
4) Kershaw Olympic 8X30
5) SarD BU.AERO U.S. NAVY MARK 43 6x42
6) Swarovski Habicht SLC 8X30WB (Mark III)
7) Wollensak Optical Company, U.S. Army Binocular M5 6X30
8) Carl Zeiss London, Binocular Prismatic No. 3 Mark I 6X24
9) Zeiss West Germany Dialyt 8X56B

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

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture. To date, 51 REL 7X50 binoculars have been catalogued of which 9 are BOP filter modified.

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157626901417520/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4723192 - 07/31/11 05:19 PM

Hello FrankL,

That SARD is a real find, possibly the most desired American binocular. The paint seems to be lost easily, but those huge prisms to accommodate a wide field of view make for an impressive binocular.

Happy collecting,
Arthur Pinewood


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Pinewood]
      #4724124 - 08/01/11 06:43 AM

Quote:

Hello FrankL,

That SARD is a real find, possibly the most desired American binocular. The paint seems to be lost easily, but those huge prisms to accommodate a wide field of view make for an impressive binocular.

Happy collecting,
Arthur Pinewood



It's not fair
I really need to look through a pair just to see what the fuss is all about.


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Simon S]
      #4724965 - 08/01/11 03:21 PM

These binoculars are at their very best when viewing a panoramic scene such as a seascape, lakeshore or mountain range. I don't think there is any currently made binocular that comes close to this sort of wide-angle view. They are at their very worst if you try to tote them around your neck for any period of time.

Edited by FrankL (08/01/11 03:22 PM)


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4913006 - 11/12/11 11:51 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on July 31, 2011:

1) Emil Busch cxn D.F. 10x80 45 degrees (flak glass)
2) Hensoldt Wetzlar Dialyt 10X50
3) Japanese WW II Naval 7X50 (Manufacturer is “NLK”)
4) Leitz beh Kriegsmarine (type iii - rubber armoured) 7X50
5) Leitz Canada (ELCAN) 7X50 Military Model
6) Leitz Wetzlar Binuxit 8X30
7) NIFE Stockholm 7X50
8) San Giorgio Genova-Sestri ESA 6X30
9) Zeiss West Germany 7X50 B/GA T*

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

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture. To date, 77 REL 7X50 binoculars have been catalogued of which 9 are BOP filter modified. This database can be viewed here:
http://home.europa.com/~telscope/temp/REL.7x50.Lagorio.pdf

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157627510112204/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

Edited by FrankL (11/12/11 11:53 PM)


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4914172 - 11/13/11 04:41 PM

Hello Fred,

I posted this for you on another forum:

You are requesting quite a bit, so I will write only a little about the Binuxit. It was produced from 1927 to 1962. Post WWII models, serial numbers above about 480000, were coated. Some of the older ones exhibited a rather warm colouring, due to aging of the Canadian balsam. I have an example from 1952, which shows this. I have seen one a few years older, which did not.

I will write, but not from personal experience, that the flak glasses have a strong following among people who enjoy star fields and other celestial sights which do not require much magnification. I think that all, certainly most, flak glasses were uncoated.

Happy collecting,
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Pinewood]
      #4914656 - 11/13/11 10:23 PM

Hello Arthur,

You're correct that most but not all 10X80 flak glasses were uncoated. A few of the late war ones made by Busch (cxn) had coated optics (Fan Tao has a picture of one on his website), and according to Rohan the ones made by Leitz (beh) over serial number 46,000 were also coated and marked with a T. This flak glass is really fun to use for terrestrial as well as astronomic viewing. I find it has an unusually bright image for uncoated optics probably in part because of a relatively low number of light reflecting surfaces (I also removed the clear filters for this purpose).

My Binuxit for a binocular with single layer MgF2 coatings gives an extremely bright and color neutral image, one of the best in collection for a binocular of this type. It is quite a bit better the the Zeiss Oberkochen 8X30 and even just a little better than the Kershaw Olympic 8X30 which before acquiring the Binuxit had the brightest and best color of the 8X30's. My Binuxit's serial number is 583563 which I think places it in the later 50's or very early 60's.

Frank


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #4928791 - 11/21/11 11:34 PM

Stupendous collection!

I'm partial to Kershaw models. I have a 1941 Kershaw prism bino (No. 2 MKII, O.S. 108-MA), 6 x 30, from Leeds Optical. They came with what appears to be an original, hard leather case.

I gather they were common issue to British soldiers; they're tough little binos and in great shape.


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Kaelin]
      #5101328 - 03/02/12 03:52 PM

Additions to Vintage Binocular Collection

The following have been added to my collection since the last posting on November 12, 2011:

1) Bausch & Lomb (Rochester made) Zephyr 7X35
2) Emil Busch cxn Dienstglas 6X30
3) Goerz Trieder Binocle "Pernox" 6X30
4) Kern AARAU Focalpin 10 10X60
5) Kern AARAU Pizar 8X30 AR
6) Ross Stepmur 10X50
7) Carl Zeiss Jena blc U-Boat 3rd model 7X50
8) Zeiss West Germany Dialyt 7X42 B/GA T*P ClassiC
9) Zeiss 10X56B T*P* Design Selection “Night Owl”

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

Also, I am researching the BOP filter conversion of the Canadian 7X50 REL binocular and REL 7X50's in general. If a member has any 7X50 REL binoculars or a BOP converted one, I would be most interested in its details such as model #, year of manufacture, number of dry air ports, serial number, presence of coated lenses, presence of yellow Admiralty arrows, weight, and any other information about its history and manufacture. To date, 93 REL 7X50 binoculars have been catalogued of which 11 are BOP filter modified. This database can be viewed here: http://home.europa.com/~telscope/temp/REL.7x50.Lagorio.pdf .

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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157628340769179/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #5101597 - 03/02/12 06:39 PM

Hi Frank,
Wow. thanks for posting the photo link for your new acquisitions. I especially liked seeing/reading about the Ross 10x50, and the Zeiss U-boat 7x50 binoculars.
Lucky guy to have such distinctive binos.
Phil


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #5102122 - 03/03/12 02:49 AM

SARD 6x42
Another common problem with these is the plastic focusing grip. They tend to crack.
Also, there are better ways to design adjustment lock for the diopter setting.

45 deg LOS inclined Flak 10 x 80, the Busch design:
Most are uncoated . My dkl 81925 Schneider( Kreuznach) has cryolite coatings, which are more efficient than MgF2, but are , NB ,soluble in warm water. I have several partially coated Leitz. Sometimes one sees somewhat oddball coatings on cxn (Busch) production . IIRC, those were early
multilayers.
I have about 100 pages of the Busch 10 x 80 design Flak binocular plans, from a Leitz archive microfilmed just after the war ended.


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Gordon Rayner]
      #5102404 - 03/03/12 09:55 AM

Quote:

SARD 6x42
Another common problem with these is the plastic focusing grip. They tend to crack.
Also, there are better ways to design adjustment lock for the diopter setting.

45 deg LOS inclined Flak 10 x 80, the Busch design:
Most are uncoated . My dkl 81925 Schneider( Kreuznach) has cryolite coatings, which are more efficient than MgF2, but are , NB ,soluble in warm water. I have several partially coated Leitz. Sometimes one sees somewhat oddball coatings on cxn (Busch) production . IIRC, those were early
multilayers.
I have about 100 pages of the Busch plans, from a Leitz archive microfilmed just after the war ended.



You're right about the SARD 6X42 focusing rings - they're plastic and not a very durable looking plastic either.

You mention "oddball coatings" on cxn 10X80's. Are you referring to the late-war red/orange coatings seen on some German binoculars? I have these on my U-Boat 7X50 and am trying to learn how they differ (other than color) from the the usual dark blue coatings. Are they an early type of multi-coating? The ones on my blc U-Boat perform very well - bright image and almost color neutral (ever so slightly warm). Also, the exterior as well as the interior of the lenses are coated unlike my beh Porro II's where only the interiors are coated (could have been coatings on the exterior but I doubt it because no traces of it can be found even at the very edge of the objectives).


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #5102609 - 03/03/12 12:00 PM

Just a shout out to Frank for the Flikr posts. Images and descriptions are outstanding, as is your collection.
Thanks,
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      #5103585 - 03/03/12 09:58 PM

Hello Frank,

Is the Zephyr coated? There are a surprising number of the earlier uncoated models floating around.

For a 7x35, the Zephyr may be a little narrow, but my main complaint is minimum focussing distance is about 7 meters. For bird watching, it is could be a little closer.

Nice collection, in any case,
Arthur


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      #5103598 - 03/03/12 10:03 PM

Hello Frank,

I consider the 7x42 Dialyt to be close to the best compromise of any terrestrial binocular design. Good FOV, good ergonomics, brilliant, contrasty image, 6 mm exit pupil, neither too big nor too heavy and because of the Abbe König prisms, there is even a slight stereo effect.

Happy collecting,
Arthur


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Re: Zeiss Dialyt new [Re: Pinewood]
      #5103728 - 03/03/12 11:08 PM

Hello Arthur,

Yes,the Zephyr is coated and it is a nice fairly color-neutral coating too. Close focus isn't great but the Rochester Zephyr's is about 1 meter closer focus than the Japanese version's.

There's something about the Dialyt 7X42's ergonomics - it's just so comfortable to carry and hold. I love this binocular. It's reputation is well-deserved.

Frank


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #5103913 - 03/04/12 01:32 AM

I have seen the red/orange coatings which you mention on the blc KM 7 x 50. I have seen specimens, but do not have one. From the specimens which I have seen, the red/orange antireflection lens coatings were not used on the 8 x 60 handhelds, nor on the 8 x 60 deckmounts.

I have seen such red/orange coatings on several Busch (cxn) production Flak binoculars of the Busch design.

Some of the Busch design 10 x 80 from Busch, cxn, were made under great production pressure, it seems: Some of the objective lens elements were centered during cementing by simply placing them into their cells before the balsam cement had cooled. The evidence is balsam cement overflow on the cell wall.

I believe that I might be able to find material to answer your question, but it has been decades since I looked at some of the records, and finding a meaningful answer might take days.

My 45 deg. inclined 25 x 105 from Schneider Goettingen (Albert Tronnier (RIP), Chief Designer, who worked at Farrand and for Frankford Arsenal (defunct) in Philadelphia in the '50s and '60s. I corresponded with him briefly) is not coated. Most of those are not coated. The objectives are of telephoto construction, as in the similar Russian TAL (Novosibirsk) 90 deg field, yellow tint image 15 x 110, with 45 deg. inclination of the line of sight. I saw a specimen of a coated Schneider Goettingen 25 x 105 about six years ago. It is not far away. There was a 15 x 105 from them also. I have seen only one of those. IIRC, it was coated.

WW II German antireflection coatings have probably been discussed in the Peter Abrahams forum. Google gets into that forum.


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Re: Zeiss Dialyt new [Re: Pinewood]
      #5103939 - 03/04/12 02:03 AM

How do Abbe-Koenig prisms enhance stereo? Is not the axis of each objective lens separated from the axis of the other objective lens by the IPD distance? Am I missing something about Abbe-Koenig?

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      #5104144 - 03/04/12 08:37 AM

Hello Gordon,

On the Dialyt, the oculars are somewhat more closely spaced than the objective lenses. For a roof prism glass, this is unusual. So in comparison to Schmidt-Pechan, but not to Porro binoculars, there is a slight stereo effect.

Clear skies,
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Gordon Rayner]
      #5328467 - 07/21/12 03:48 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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157630609720154/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #5330225 - 07/22/12 06:50 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!!!!


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: mdowns]
      #5330318 - 07/22/12 07:48 PM

Quote:

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.


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #5589617 - 12/26/12 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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157632281149716/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

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

Edited by FrankL (12/26/12 12:27 PM)


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #5806351 - 04/18/13 10:07 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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157633275485688/detail/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/detail/

Edited by FrankL (04/18/13 07:44 PM)


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #5807578 - 04/18/13 07:47 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


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: Pinewood]
      #5807796 - 04/18/13 09:55 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


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #6042697 - 08/23/13 11:28 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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157635158898019/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #6043197 - 08/24/13 09:08 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


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FrankL
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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: NDfarmer]
      #6043257 - 08/24/13 09:52 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


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Re: Vintage Binocular Collection new [Re: FrankL]
      #6361494 - 02/07/14 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.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157640617382954/

The entire collection including additions can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/sets/72157623234405689/


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