Fw: collimation

To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Fw: collimation
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 09:09:43 +1030
Terry Pacey wrote:

> Sent: Monday, February 17, 2003 1:01 PM
> Subject: Re: collimation
> > Sure makes my $50 Russian binos look good.  I am sure they were run over
> by
> > a tank before I even bought them.  They have spent over 15 years
> > around on the floor or in the boot of the car (without a case and
> generally
> > without lens caps).  There is hardly any paint left on them.  For
> > years, they lived on the floor of my Suzuki 4WD.  It was one of the
> original
> > 2 stroke ones.  It had no floor covering, just bare metal with sharp
> > sticking up everywhere.  The suspension had all the compliance of a
> of
> > 6 x 4 and I only had it so I could get to the roughest places, generally
> at
> > a speed that meant bouncing from one bump to the next (not very fast in
> the
> > Suzi).  Everyone said how great the optics were and I even had a
> > owner ask where they could buy a pair to replace their $2000 pair.  They
> are
> > lighter but only 7 x 50.
> >
> > I recently purchased  a pair of Gerber  Montanas
> > at the massive cost of under $200.  I tossed up whether to spend that
> much.
> > Nice optics but not a patch on the old ones and won't focus under about
> > metres.  The old ones have been dragged (literally) out from the junk
> > are again bouncing around the floor of the car, unprotected while the
> > Gerbers are carefully put back in their case after each use.  As the
> Gerbers
> > are 10 x 50, I tend to use them for distance work and use the old ones
> > close up.
> >
> > It seems obvious to me that birders are not very good comparison
> > I have seen my old ones now advertised at $750 new but no one wanted to
> buy
> > them before at $50 so I would imagine that they won't be selling very
> > at $750.  The reasons I was given by those that did not buy them when
> > were originally released included such beauties as "not a known brand",
> > "wouldn't even try something at that price", "How could they be any
> > They were Made in Russia" and so on.  The fact that they were made in a
> > relocated Zeiss factory using the original equipment moved from East
> Germany
> > should have told intelligent people that they were good.  It doesn't say
> > much for a lot of birders.  We talk about teenagers having to wear the
> > "brand" clothes.  Birders aspire to the "brand" binoculars whether they
> are
> > the best or not.
> >
> > I guess you see why I end up birding alone.  I can't help telling the
> others
> > what fools they are.
> >
> >
> > Terry Pacey> >

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