Thanks for your feedback Dean
I'm inclined to agree with you but, having given the matter some thought, have doubts as to whether Fujinon would consider the blemish to be a manufacturing defect - especially where it doesn't affect function, performance or aesthetics (ie the external appearance of the binocular).
Either way, Fujinon's customer service can be difficult at the best of times and - unlike the US - I don't believe Australia has a local service center. If returned to Japan, it could be quite a while before I'm either offered a replacement or have my binoculars returned.
Things are a bit different here. Unlike the US, the Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX has 2 year warranty as opposed to a limited lifetime one. Moreover, there's no signed card confirming a QC check. Lastly, there's a tendency in some retail stores to entirely disregard the 'customer knows best mantra', such that sales assistants will expect me to recite a Shakespearean soliloquy to multiple store managers re: why I find these marks problematic only to then make an entirely arbitrary decision as to whether to offer a refund/replacement.
Will have a bit of think about how to go forward but chances are I'm just being pedantic in expecting perfection.
Checked armour, lenses, collimation, individual eyepiece focusing and stiffness of the hinge assembly in adjusting IPD. All spot on thankfully.
Edited by GabrielKnight, 15 October 2019 - 05:25 AM.