What was your first binocular?
Posted 26 May 2010 - 02:31 PM
I recall your posting of a picture of your Telaggio, asking for help in identifying it.
I tested the binoculars by watching albatrosses and shearwaters. There was little else to do but read, between drops, once I had explored the ship. The 10 x 70 x 6.5 deg. Nikon was not what I had hoped for. There was more color error than the 7 x 50 Fuji, as I recall. But the wide field is impressive. Nikon should revive it,and they or Fuji should make or subcontract something similar, with SP or ED, modern multicoatings, etc. I sold it, probably to a fishing boat, or at RTMC. Last year, there was a lady selling one at the RTMC swap meet. I was tempted. Perhaps I was too demanding in 1975-76. But I had too many toys. Her price was about four times what I had paid. There is a WW II Nikko 10 x70 x 7 deg, with a Zeiss -style body, uncoated, of course. Their case is wood. I sold one to a Japanese collector a few years ago.
Posted 26 May 2010 - 02:58 PM
Posted 26 May 2010 - 05:07 PM
I felt the same about them as 'Ralphie' did about the Red Ryder BB gun that he got for Christmas in the now classic film, 'Christmas Story'.
Binoculars were very expensive back then, so I did not get the ones with the really big lenses, the 8x30!
A few years later, the first 'Golden Age' of ridiculous binoculars began as the newspapers had ads for ever increasing 'powerful' binoculars.
15x50, 20x50, 25x50, 30x60, 35x60 ( I borrowed one of these when I flew to Florida to watch the launch of Apollo 11, the collimation was so bad that I was the only person in the viewing area that could see the actual launch and the hotels on Cocoa Beach at the same time!) 35x65, 40x70 and culminating in the magnificent but totally useless 45x75.
The ads would feature a drawing of the White Cliffs of Dover and the caption 'See 21 miles'. I suppose you had to go to France to use them!
Posted 26 May 2010 - 07:43 PM
Very good your story.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 03:15 PM
Were you the person who showed a Telaggio against an elegantly furnished interior background in Buenos Aires(?) a few years ago in the forum?
I shall confine my comments about the Nikon 10 x 70 x 6.5 deg. widefield to what I already wrote. I am working from memory, and do not know of any specimens to use for renewed comparison with binoculars available now. I saved the phone number of the RTMC swap meet seller from last year. Maybe she yet has it.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 03:37 PM
Posted 27 May 2010 - 04:17 PM
I saw a beautiful WW II Zeiss 25 x 100, the seldom seem aluminum bodied version, whose Viennese owner, emaciated in 1945, had received in return for a loaf of bread. The binocular had been taken from the huge flak tower in Vienna, which still stands.
I met him in 1970. He was a professor in Forida. Already fungi had begun to grow inside. I bought it from him a few years later. I no longer own it. The Fujinon marine binoculars have internal dessicant bags.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 04:25 PM
Posted 27 May 2010 - 10:24 PM
Thanks to respond, Che….
Posted 28 May 2010 - 04:21 PM
I bought in year 1980 in a optical shop in my hometown.
Instead, the first binoculars I used as a boy in 1972, was my father , Zenith 10x50 Made in Japan, but his death in 2007, fell into my hands.
The first binoculars I have family photos and memories is that of my great-grandfather in sending you a picture of a 1930 ... Dekarem Zeiss 10x50.
Posted 30 May 2010 - 01:31 AM
But it is not easy.
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Posted 13 June 2010 - 06:24 AM
Does anyone know about Sears(brand name) Binoculars? Where these binoculars made? Are they good binoculars?
Posted 13 June 2010 - 06:50 AM
>I must say the Yashica's and Swifts seem to be by far the best Japanese poro's of the 70's.
Err ... Nikon surely.
Posted 13 June 2010 - 12:41 PM
Posted 13 June 2010 - 05:54 PM
Clear skies, Alan