Appologies for what is undoubtably a repeating post & theme here.
I was always in the market for a nice binocular with nostalgic ghosts in my head of my fathers binoculars.
Black metal and black leather. They seemed HUGE and HEAVY to me.
I have no idea what they were or where they are now. I asked mom to look, but who knows.
Anyway when I got into photography in the 1990s with a certain task in mind I ended up landing on Leica.
Back then their binoculars were too much for me and I don't know anything about them anyway but I always kind of wanted a pair, if only for the odd use.
Somehow now, 25 years later I see a CraigsList add not too far away for an older pair of Leitz for only $225.
That seemed very cheap to me, but again I don't know anything. I never really used a pair of binoculars so I don't even know why I want a pair except as a callback to days with my father maybe?
This seller never responded to my contacts.
While waiting I find the same binoculars elsewhere.
On ebay most of these are around $400-$800. So that makes the CL listing look like a good deal. Except they never respond.
About two weeks later someone starts a auction for Leitz Trinovid 8x32 for $125. By now I've read enough here and there to know what that means and understand these might make a good general purpose pair, I think, but these don't have the original leather case. They come with a soft bag type thing. Otherwise the binoculars themselves look good. Better then the CL offering with fewer paint chips, etc.
Well, somehow that auction did not go overboard and I won.
Is it worth sending these in to get a cleaning and adjustment since it's probably been ... I don't know, maybe 40-50 years since the last one?
There does seem to be some sort of haze and one annoying paint chip.
I'll try to include some pictures here.
And here are some pictures I took through them today.
Right side pre-clean/repair. Same position with iPhone X.
Left side pre-clean/repair. Same position with iPhone X.
I know the pictures through the binoculars are not great but I wanted some sort of reference before sending them out.
Which brings me to the obvious: where should I send them?
Also I was curious if it was possible to tell when they were made. I know the first number is mangled, so I guess I could be anything, but I was hoping other clues might guide an experienced person to a year or date.
It would be super cool if you could follow the badge, neck strap lugs and other things to come to the conclusion: 23rd of August 1965.
Or something like that.
Thanks for any good ideas, wise experiences,
and humorous anecdotes.