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Good places to buy used Zeiss, Leica, Swarovski binoculars in Germany

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#1 DrJ1

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 02:15 PM

I mentioned that my nephew is spending a year in Germany in the Frankfort areas.  Our Cloudy Nights friends gave many good suggetions on good buys on used Zeiss binoculars in Germany.  My nephew has not been able to find any stores, thrift shops, pawn shops, flea markets etc. where used binoculars might be found.  My sister-in-law is visiting my nephew for several weeks now and also would consider buying a used Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski binocular.  Please advise on where used binoculars might be found.  My sister in law would use her binocular in Germany and carry them home to the US. Thanks, DrJ1



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Posted 28 November 2021 - 02:29 PM

I never saw any of the big brands but found nice Japanese binos in a thrift store recently.
Best to look in one of the so-called "Sozialkaufhäuser". Some of them are run by a Christian organization called "Kolpingwerk". Others are called "Kreislaufkaufhaus". Those are not only meant for people with less money but the "social" aspect are the people working there, like ex drug addicts, etc. Most of the stuff they sell they get for free so the prices are good. I paid 15 Euro for 2 binos.
But you'd need a lot of luck to find a Zeiss or Leica for cheap. I think by now everybody knows those can fetch a pretty penny. But other vintage binos can be found.

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 02:34 PM

German eBay would be the best bet. Some stores specialize in vintage binos like "Seeadleroptik" in Nürnberg. A Zeiss 20x60S can be found any day used for around 3,000 Euros on German eBay. Often from stores that sell cameras.
http://www.seeadler-optik.com/

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 05:26 AM

I mentioned that my nephew is spending a year in Germany in the Frankfort areas.  Our Cloudy Nights friends gave many good suggetions on good buys on used Zeiss binoculars in Germany.  My nephew has not been able to find any stores, thrift shops, pawn shops, flea markets etc. where used binoculars might be found.  My sister-in-law is visiting my nephew for several weeks now and also would consider buying a used Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski binocular.  Please advise on where used binoculars might be found.  My sister in law would use her binocular in Germany and carry them home to the US. Thanks, DrJ1

 

I would recommend as a first step to check on ebay kleinanzeigen for "Fernglas"  and filter the location Frankfurt. It will produce a list of sellers in the area and if something interesting is found, it can be inspected. the price should be lower than in some Trödel or Antik shops.  

 

EDIT: a search in Ebay Kleinanzeigen a few minutes ago showed 150 binos in Frankfurt (Main) +10 km radius area: many are japanese, but there is a Zeiss Victory SF 10x42 (1200 Eur), a Swaro SL 7x42 (439 Eur), a Leitz 8x40B for 439 Eur, several Optolyt, several Hendsoldt and few vintage Zeiss.

 

As they are private sellers, the price can be discussed. expanding the area could bring more interesting items,

 

Good luck and enjoy the trip!!

 

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 10:33 AM

I highly recommend Intercon Spacetec.

 

https://www.intercon-spacetec.de/

 

They are in Augsburg. They  have a well sorted selection of models available (and many other equipment and books too, so beware, this can be an expensive visit grin.gif ) and you could test these in front of the shop before. I hope that this is still possible, since they have relocated. I have bought my Zeiss 7x42s and Takahashi a FSQ and mount from them.

I recommend to arrange a meeting before, so that they can spare enough time for you.

They used to be a bit difficult to find, but today everyone has some sort of navigation, so it should be no problem.


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Posted 29 November 2021 - 01:07 PM

+1 for Intercon, very good experiene with them.

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 04:24 AM

I have had very good experiences dealing with Intercon Spacetec. A visit is worth and they are very friendly when i was looking for a Tak and a Fujinon bino.

 

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 06:23 PM

Thanks to all for the information.  I'll forward this info to my nephew. 

 

There are many good, affordable binoculars availble new in the US and probably in many other nations.  I was in a camera shop yesterday and asked why they don't sell binoculars.  The salesman said "we do, but we don't sell many".  The salesman showed me a new, Nikon Monarch M511 8x42 6.3 degree waterproof binocular for $270.  I'd never heard of this model so I took it outside to evaluate.  Perhaps it was this individual specimen, perhaps it was that I had no other binocular for comparison........but they were super sharp, contrasty, and sharp almost to the edge of the field!  If the label said Swarovski EL I would have believed it.  I was shocked, and pleased.  If I can't find a good used German binocular, I'll bring my best binocs to this camera store (Fujinon Polaris, B&L Discoverer, Bushnell Legend M) and see if my initial rave impression of the Nikon M511 was justified.  Thanks again to all.  DrJ1



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Posted 01 December 2021 - 03:29 PM

The problem with the Leica - Swarovski - Zeiss binoculars is, they are quite a bit overprized, and this is the case with the discontinued Docter as well.

 

Anyway, here are the links I am monitoring,

https://www.ebay.de/...&_dmd=1&_sop=10

https://www.ebay.de/...t=28179&_sop=12

https://www.ebay.de/...obilem Fernglas

 

If you can find the old Zeiss West 15x60 T* Porros in top condition, and for a good price, then consider to get them. I have their counterpart from DOCTER.

 

Best,

JG


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 09:52 PM

The problem with the Leica - Swarovski - Zeiss binoculars is, they are quite a bit overprized, and this is the case with the discontinued Docter as well.

 

Anyway, here are the links I am monitoring,

https://www.ebay.de/...&_dmd=1&_sop=10

https://www.ebay.de/...t=28179&_sop=12

https://www.ebay.de/...obilem Fernglas

 

If you can find the old Zeiss West 15x60 T* Porros in top condition, and for a good price, then consider to get them. I have their counterpart from DOCTER.

 

Best,

JG

Thanks JG.  I looked at the links.  The Leica Trinovid Fernglas 8X20 BCA look like a real nice pocket binocular.  Regards, Joe



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Posted 02 December 2021 - 06:04 AM

Thanks JG.  I looked at the links.  The Leica Trinovid Fernglas 8X20 BCA look like a real nice pocket binocular.  Regards, Joe

The last Trinovid version of 8x20 is fairly good, and it can be found at the moment for an affordable price.

I have it in my collection, it is the first from left in the front row

 

https://www.cloudyni...all-binoculars/

 

Best,

JG


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