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Subject: Binoculars
From: "Margaret Cameron" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 12:16:48 +1000
I use 8X42 Waterproof Bausch & Lomb binoculars. I have some 10X50 Zeiss which I 
almost never use as they are too heavy and because I really value the close 
focus of the others - I can focus on something less than 2m away and I find 
this very useful. If I ever buy another pair I will ensure they focus just as 

In choosing them I was also influenced in that as far as I knew Phoebe 
Snetzinger's Bausch & Lombs were the only ones which survived our famous boat 
capsize (at night, at sea off Irian Jaya). Even without getting shipwrecked to 
test them out, good waterproofing is very important in binoculars, as Michael 
points out, and has been quite useful. Mine have had a hard life and been to 
several steamy countries and are still fine.

I had a shortlist of several but finally chose these because they were the best 
fit with my glasses. I found quite a striking difference between brands from 
this point of view and would recommend that anyone who wants to use binoculars 
while wearing glasses really tests them out, for example by looking at small 
fast objects in the sky. (If you think "It''s not perfect but I'll get used to 
it", in my experience you probably won't.)

I used to buy cheaper brands as I am sorry to say I tend to drop them or take 
them to dusty or humid places, and for many years I wore them on small boats so 
they caught salt spray or were banged on things in rough seas. Replacing them 
was cheap. However I find more expensive ones are much more robust and usually 
their manufacturers offer much better service.

I have lost track of who started this, but good luck with your purchase!


Margaret Cameron
2 Cintra Street
Eastern Heights
Queensland 4305
07 3282 9151

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