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#1 Ruger

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 03:15 PM

A friend recently emailed me and he's starting to downsize, he offered me a pair of Swaroviski-optic (Tirol) 7x42's, rubber coated (green), individual diopter focus. That's all the information he gave me, other than he says they are in good working condition. So, not being an authority on binoculars, but certainly recognizing the name, are they worth having as a day to day, general use binocular? If yes, what would a fair price be to both parties? Thanks in advance.


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#2 Erik Bakker

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 04:30 PM

Ruger,

 

Perhaps it helps to clarify wether you are talking about 8x (as in the titel of the thread you started) or 7x42' as you stated in the post itself. Because they point to very different instruments.

 

From the individual focus you mention, they appear to be the Swarovski Habicht Porro 7x42's. A very fine, classic, bright, but narrow fielded binocular. New, the CF version can still be ordered from Swarovski today in many parts of the world, as you can see on their site here for around € 910. They are not available in the USA though. Just select your country on their site to check availability in your country.



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Posted 22 October 2020 - 04:42 PM

Ruger,

 

You may find that for "day to day, general use"  binoculars with individual focus become quite frustrating to use.

 

I think you will find centre - focus models far more suitable.

 

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 05:00 PM

I owned a green rubber Swarovski Tirol 7x42 for a couple years and enjoyed it. It was a good every day binocular. I believe it was made in the 1990's, and I sold it in June of 2016 for $530. Hope that helps you.



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Posted 22 October 2020 - 05:10 PM

My bad 7x42. I do already own a pair of Steiners with individual focus and I don't mind them. I find once they're set, I rarely adjust them. Where I live it's usually longer distances that I'm viewing, 100 yds/meters and further. I was thinking they might be good as a set of dedicated truck/car binoculars? I had been considering a pair of Nikon Monarch 7, 8x42's, how would these older Swarovskis compare? Would $400 to $500 cdn, (Roughly $350 US) be in the ballpark? Also, any way to tell the vintage? When did the start producing that configuration? Thanks again.



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Posted 22 October 2020 - 05:22 PM

Hi

A serial number or a picture would help. That model has been manufactured for decades.

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#7 John A Roberts

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 09:27 PM

Hi Ruger,

 

For a brief overview of Swarovski’s traditional pattern Porro prism binoculars, see post #18 at: https://www.birdforu...d.php?p=3954694

 

And for a table detailing the main variations, see the first one in post #6 at: https://www.birdforu...d.php?p=3973007

(there is also a lot more detail in the post about Swarovski Optik history)

 

As indicated in the table, the rubber armour option was introduced in 1971, with the individual focus 7x42 being the first model offering

And if you tell me the serial number, I’ll be able to narrow down when it was produced and the particular details

 

The general limitation of the Porro 7x42’s is that while the image has good detail, the field of view is very narrow at only 114 m at 1000m (342 ft at 1000 yd)
However, for an occasional use/ truck binocular the limited FOV shouldn’t be a big issue

 

 

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 10:28 PM

Here are a few pics of the one I had... 

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 10:29 PM

As you can see, it was CF...

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 10:29 PM

And it was in great condition...

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