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#1 photiost

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 12:35 PM

Found a pair of "Kalimar" 7x50 for $20 ... seller says they are made in Japan.

 

Are these worth driving 2 hours roundtrip to pickup ?



#2 jefffed

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 01:00 PM

Kalimar's were lower quality imports. It won't have any modern lens coatings if any at all. $20 is inexpensive but add another $20 for gas at Canadian gas prices. BTW what is a litre going for now in Canada. I have family in Ottawa but haven't been up to see them since the Covid outbreak.



#3 pat in los angeles basin

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 01:48 PM

Competent 7x50's (most are 7.1 deg FOV) are fairly common in classic binocs . If they are IF perhaps the drive might prove worthwhile, but as a buyer of perhaps a half dozen Kalimars, I'd likely pass. Outside of a 20x50 that was decidedly dim (no surprise there) and some 7x35 9 deg that were well beyond the point of a timely  repair, they have been serviceable. I have one pair of  8x40 8.5 deg kalimars that sit on the table ready for a quick look- that particular pair are VERY good even with the slightly etched (perma-hazey prism- still tack sharp at night). So there's a possibility that they can be average to good.     Good hunting...Pat



#4 photiost

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 08:52 PM

Thank you Jefffed and Pat for your replies.

 

..... gas here is about  $1 cdn a litre.

 

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