I finally after many years purchased a NOS pair of Fujinon Polaris 7x50 FMT-SX from about 2000. (Older style body w/all black oculars).
Received them yesterday. Very nice. I love the long eye relief. Pretty sharp. Had to sell a couple pairs to fund the purchase....(Just a simple guy, not minted).
I wavered back and forth between these Fujinons and the Nikon Tropical 7x50. Never had the chance to try the Tropical. (Never actually seen a pair that wasn't mail order). but left wondering if they may have been a slightly better choice....Anyone have any direct comparison experience? I see a few Prostar vs Fujinon comparisons here, but no Tropical vs Fujinon....
I happen to have a pair of M15 bins 7x50 from the War I purchased at a flea market for $15. For a pair needing work, they're surprisingly not really all that inferior to the Fujinon. The FMT is a bit wider (7.3 vs about 7) and less distortion/CA on the edges. The Fuji clearly has more eye relief.. LOTS more. Still, I think if the Tropicals are just a new "updated" m15 type, I may have actually preferred those.
I read albinos reviews before picking them up..I find allot of the testing they do to be very helpful and informative, but sometimes I think the ratings they use dont necessarily reflect 100% of real world uses.
Not planning to sell the FMT's any time soon, just curious what other members thoughts are.
Edited by slingworks, 03 July 2020 - 05:18 PM.