I have a few 7x35s and 7x50s as well as a pair of 7x42 Meade Montana roof prism binoculars.
I am more of a 10x type but there's a place for 7x binos too. One nice thing about older binoculars is that they almost always have a story behind them.. In my case, a number of them have the same story.. I see an ad on CN or Craigslist for some binoculars.. The seller is forum member Foss.. He lives about 10 minutes away so it's temptation at it's worst..
- Nikon Nippon Kogaku 7x 35 7.3 Degrees (Foss)
-Tasco 116, 7x35, 10.5 degree TFoV.. I was going to the little store near our place in the high desert and saw some tables setup under a tree with stuff for sale. I saw these binos, looked through them, they looked clear and collimated. I asked how much? $4.. My gasp was so loud they all thought I was whining about the price..
- Bushnell Instafocus 7x35s.. Probably a thrift store, under $10.
- Nikon 7x35 AEs. Craigslist. $40.. Near new but missing one lens cover.
- Meade 7x42 Montana's 8 degree FOV. I bought these off Astromart from John Cota who was a member of this forum 15 years ago., some of you might remember John. Nice roof prism binos, plenty of eye relief and a nice close focus.
- 7x50 Tower binos. These were my fathers, the family binoculars, someone here dated them to 1964.. I was 16 at the time. (I am older than that now) These have magnesium frames, BK4 prisms, nice little twist up eye cups..
The numbers and Mark's comments:
"No wonder you like it. The Futaba/Tamron combination is well known among vintage Swift collectors. One of my favorite wide angle 7x35's has the same J-B26 / J-E45 designation...
J-B26 is Futaba Kogaku Kogyo who was responsible for the optics.
J-E45 is Tamron Co. who was responsible for the metalwork."
- 7x50 WWII binos. Another pair I purchased from Foss. Some coating damage, IF, the price was right ($20) and they are very workable under dark skies.