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BillC
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Re: I think this is a Zeiss, but help me make sure. new [Re: FrankL]
      #5658958 - 02/02/13 09:30 PM

It wreaks of Zeiss, even without the "Jena."

BillC


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Re: I think this is a Zeiss, but help me make sure. [Re: BillC]
      #5658992 - 02/02/13 10:04 PM

I read the thread on bird forum and it is quite convoluted. It seems that these could be a East German product of the mid-60's. Regardless, they are, even in their poor conditions, better than some of the 7x50 of Japanese origin I have. I cannot say if there is any coating on the lenses, but they do throw a surprising sharp and bright image. The inside is finished in a well applied flat black coating. They may have been an attempt by East Germany to raise export cash, but I think there is still some Zeiss know-how in them. I think they are worth my $20.
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Simon S
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Re: I think this is a Zeiss, but help me make sure. new [Re: FrankL]
      #5659334 - 02/03/13 03:37 AM

Thats a Zeiss im sure.

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Jae
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Re: Kowa vintage binoculars. new [Re: Simon S]
      #5660288 - 02/03/13 04:23 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

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This late 1940's -1950's Nippon Kogaku skeleton binocular is one of Nikons more unusual models. Despite its tiny dimensions it makes a good pocket binocular, with central focus and wide fov. Image is sharp and fairly distortion free but in big hands it's a bit of a fiddle.




I love these. I also have the 5x15 version, center focus and the 6x15 which are IF. They come with a super little leather case that you can say - they don't make 'em like that any more! They have tiny rotating rings for collimation!

Simon, the modern ones are as nicely made with better coatings, not as nice but still leather case. Super sharp.

Jae



Are they all nippon Kogaku / Nikon's?




Here are the older Mikon 6x15 IF models. The one above with 8.3 deg seems to have slightly better eyerelief.


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Jae
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Nikon Micro vintage binoculars. new [Re: Jae]
      #5660293 - 02/03/13 04:25 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

Here are the center focus models of old:

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Jae
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Re: Nikon Micro vintage binoculars. new [Re: Jae]
      #5660296 - 02/03/13 04:26 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

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Jae
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Re: Nikon Micro vintage binoculars. new [Re: Jae]
      #5660299 - 02/03/13 04:27 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

Now the modern versions in 6x and 7x:

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Jae
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Re: Nikon Micro vintage binoculars. new [Re: Jae]
      #5660304 - 02/03/13 04:29 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

last pic

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Simon S
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Re: Nikon Micro vintage binoculars. new [Re: Jae]
      #5661684 - 02/04/13 12:35 PM

Jae, love the Nikons, and with original boxes! Which is your favorite?

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Jae
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Re: Nikon Micro vintage binoculars. new [Re: Simon S]
      #5661778 - 02/04/13 01:27 PM

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Jae, love the Nikons, and with original boxes! Which is your favorite?




Simon,

My favorites are the center focus one that you have in the 7x15. Of course the modern versions are better, brighter, with multi-coatings but the older ones are amazing in their own right (after cleaning the typically fogged prisms). Easily sharper than older small roofs without phase coatings coatings.

5x15 has a relaxed, wide field that is easier to hold steady, so it's nice too. Holding the little 7x steady is like holding most larger 10x or 12x steady.


In the "skeletal" metal bodied binoculars, I think these center focus Nikons are the best of the breed. Highest, with the most consistent quality.

I think the newer ones are really impressive, as Bill C says - it gives the 3 Alphas a run for the money, at half the size, less than half the money.


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Re: Nikon Micro vintage binoculars. new [Re: Simon S]
      #5668256 - 02/08/13 02:14 AM

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Jae, love the Nikons, and with original boxes!




Simon,

Here's some just for you.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Anniversary-6x15-Binocular-/261158952269?pt=Bin...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Nippon-Kogaku-Tokyo-J-B7-7x15-Vintage-Field-Ope...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Nippon-Kogaku-Rare-Vintage-Mikron-6X15-Binocula...

Stan

Edited by hallelujah (02/08/13 11:24 AM)


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binman
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latest purchase new [Re: hallelujah]
      #5679699 - 02/14/13 03:03 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

found these today in a charity shop for £50! Carl zeiss deltrentis 8x30's in excellent condition throughout

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Re: latest purchase new [Re: binman]
      #5679715 - 02/14/13 03:12 PM

Great find Binman. Has the higher quality (supposedly) glass and T3M coatings. Did you get the box and case? This late example is rare, good find!

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Re: latest purchase new [Re: Simon S]
      #5679750 - 02/14/13 03:31 PM

no box did come with a case but not sure if its original and its a little worn, its the flap over sort. my cf deltrentem 8x30s came with the other traditional sort with the hinged lid. the find certainly cheered me up today!

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SMark
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Re: latest purchase new [Re: binman]
      #5679764 - 02/14/13 03:40 PM

Wow! Good job finding that one. Looks like it was never used.

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Re: latest purchase new [Re: SMark]
      #5679770 - 02/14/13 03:41 PM

The case sounds genuine. Protected the binoculars well.
What do you thing of them?


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binman
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Re: latest purchase new [Re: Simon S]
      #5679779 - 02/14/13 03:48 PM

they have a retical in the right side but i dont find it distracting, they're still in good collimation but have a few very slight wispy haze marks on the prisms but not enough to really impair the image quality, contrast is good. not had chance to compare them with my other jenas yet.

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Re: latest purchase new [Re: binman]
      #5683118 - 02/16/13 10:07 AM

It'd be interesting to know who would have bought a glass like that originally, and why (IF + reticle).

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binman
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Re: latest purchase [Re: planetmalc]
      #5683822 - 02/16/13 04:20 PM

heres a link to a Holger Merlitz artical showing the original sales brochere page
http://www.holgermerlitz.de/czj_85/page21.jpg


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SMark
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From a Box of Vintage Junk... [Re: binman]
      #5687008 - 02/18/13 02:13 PM

I recently purchased a box of vintage junk on eBay for $5 plus shipping. Down at the bottom of the box I found this...



I believe that serial number puts this in 1925. Lenses don't appear to be coated...



Edited by SMark (02/18/13 02:14 PM)


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