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LarsJ
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Reged: 07/06/13

Loc: Sycamore, IL
Old Sport King binoculars...Swift and Anderson??
      #5972945 - 07/15/13 07:09 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

I found an old pair of 7x35 S&A binos that are labeled Sport King, model 704 (exactly like a Swift Sport King). They look older than a MKI or II Sport King and have a slightly smaller FOV (498 ft vs 500+), but they look very similar to the newer ones. Are these an early French-made Swift? If so, are they as good optically as the newer Japanese Swifts (taking into account the newer coatings on those later models) Any info would be great

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GlennLeDrew
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Reged: 06/18/08

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Re: Old Sport King binoculars...Swift and Anderson?? new [Re: LarsJ]
      #5974749 - 07/16/13 06:16 PM

They appear to have BK-7 prisms, based on the appearance of the blue-grey chordal dimming in the classic 'diamond' pattern.

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Simon S
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Loc: Crawley West Sussex UK
Re: Old Sport King binoculars...Swift and Anderson?? new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5975924 - 07/17/13 12:43 PM

Do they have a J code stamped on them anywhere?

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LarsJ
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Reged: 07/06/13

Loc: Sycamore, IL
Re: Old Sport King binoculars...Swift and Anderson?? new [Re: Simon S]
      #5979601 - 07/19/13 10:55 AM

I've been trying to get the seller to answer that very question, but he is very slow to respond. They look so similar to a Swift Sport King, the model number is the same and the S&A logo has the Swift crosshairs on it. I'm relatively new to binocular collecting and the info I can muster indicates that Swift may have imported products under the S&a (Swift and Anderson) brand name in the late 50s-early 60s. I was just trying to confirm that and get an idea if the optical quality was similar to Swift before I offer to buy these.

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