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#1 Yarddog

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 04:09 PM

I have an old Nikon 8X35 with a gold ring around the objective barrels. The only markings are Nikon 8X35, 8.2 degrees and wide field. I also have a very similar Nikon 7X35 from the same era. It's markings are: 7X35, 9.3 degrees and wide field. Construction is identical between them.

 

The 7X35 is an excellent binocular, better than most mid level, under say $400 even today. The gold ring is even better, in fact a lot better than my current Aculons.

 

Now I have looked it up a couple of times and have been told that the only difference rather than power is the gold ring is multi coated. It just seems they are enough better than simply the extra coatings. Maybe they just took a little more care in the construction.

 

Anyone know anything more?



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Posted 23 January 2020 - 04:18 PM

https://www.birdforu...ad.php?t=217801

 

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 04:38 PM

Thanks. It took me a while to read it all but in general it seems that most agree that the optics are first class. Construction is OK but nothing extra. Eye relief which is unimportant to me is not too good.

 

Also that Nikon's basic porros of that era are better than their basic ones today.

 

Mine do have the nicer carrying case.



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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:51 PM

Don't blink...

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/174167027104 


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 07:51 PM

OOOPS...I blinked:

 

https://www.ebay.com...GEAAOSwWxxd6wMc

 

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:04 PM

I just looked at it. Did it sell?



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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:06 PM

Check out the rubber O-ring under the right eye diopter.

Perhaps the diopter adjustment is not snug.

 

My Nikon 7x35 Gold Sentinel has a focus wheel that moves unassisted.

 

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:16 PM

My Nikon 7x35 Gold Sentinel has a focus wheel that moves unassisted.

 

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Technically, these binoculars do employ Nikon's version of the "Fast Focus" which was the (unfortunate) trend of that era. Though my 8x35 was "acceptable" to me, it could slip with enough pressure. To me, this was the only downfall of this series. Though these were not as bad as the Tasco Zip, the Bushnell Insta-Focus, and the many other versions that were introduced during this time.


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:20 PM

Check out the rubber O-ring under the right eye diopter.

Perhaps the diopter adjustment is not snug.

 

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I see that now. That actually looks like the kind of mod that I might make... borg.gif


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:41 PM

I see that now. That actually looks like the kind of mod that I might make... borg.gif

We both use rubber O-rings for different binocular modifications. waytogo.gif
 


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 11:51 PM

Technically, these binoculars do employ Nikon's version of the "Fast Focus" which was the (unfortunate) trend of that era.

Though my 8x35 was "acceptable" to me, it could slip with enough pressure. To me, this was the only downfall of this series.

My Nikon 10x50 Gold Sentinel does not share the same problem. scratchhead2.gif

 

 




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