Last night I received what appeared to be pristine condition Fujinon HB 12x60 from original owner for a very good price. These are not that easy to find, and they got great reviews before, as well as this year.
I was excited to finally get these 12x binoculars that I have been seeking for a while now. It came inside Fujinon mini-backpack like soft case with all the lens caps. Soft case was bubble wrapped and shipped in a cardboard box.
Not a sign of scratch or damage anywhere on the body. I felt all the moving parts to get the feel if anything is wrong and looked at all the glass. All appeared actually perfect under the light I was at the moment. Then I saw a line that I didn't want to believe it was a crack. Horrible feeling and sight of irreparable fault. It could not be! Yes, it is. 99.999% sure it is. **** it had to happen after all the good luck with many used binoculars I sent and received for years. It had to happen with this one. The owner is very communicative and claims that has never seen this line before.
I checked it against few stars that emerged finally through clouds at 2am, and the Moon. Image appears to be perfect, but seeing was not great, and I was shot by that time. That line/crack did not apparently shift anything and is not affecting the image that I can tell. I will still check it though as clouds only started clearing after 2am last night and I was burned up tired after a long drive home last evening.
It looks like pressure crack probably due to bump in the shipping. It was packed about 90% well, ...a bit skinny with bubble wrap. I guess packing the bino thats inside a mini "backpack" is easy to miss judge.
I am in contact with Fujinon service tech who called me back after 20min of me leaving a message, and requested photos which I sent them. He responded that they will asses the procedure and part needed to replace the cracked lens and cost involved more or less before I ship it there. I was very happy with Fujinon service response today over the phone and email.
I realize that this might not be cost effective repair, and I might be stuck with this, but Im giving it a shot to find out at least.
Any ideas, tests or suggestions are very welcome.
Edited by Milos1977, 07 August 2020 - 11:13 PM.