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    Re: Binoculars: a Russian View
    From: Glendon
    Date: 2005 Apr 6, 15:23 +1000

    Whoops..got a phone call mid message and hit send by mistake!
    What I was going to say was that these Russian binoculars are superb, equal
    to or better than my Fujinons.
    They are retailed around the world under various guises and various prices,
    mostly around the $90-130 mark. There is a fair bit of bullshit surrounding
    them..that they are copies of Leitz, Zeiss, based on technology stolen in
    WW11,  military issue, etc.,etc. . I don't know whether any of that is true,
    all I know is that my pair provides spectacular optics for the price. They
    are heavy, but very comfortable to use. Said to be waterproof and dust
    proof...I don't know...think they might be okay in a shower of water, though
    there are reports of sustained immersion without damage.
    I am also reminded about Russian quality control....when Russian tractors
    were being sold here in Australia, the saying was if you bought one you paid
    half price for a tractor, and had half a chance of buying a good tractor!
    Maybe I was lucky with my binoculars.
    I am also reminded of my Russian SNO-T sextant which I bought years ago for
    about $150, when they were ridiculed as Russian trash. Now they command
    close on double that price.
    Enough of things Russian, must get back to work.
    Lee Martin
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Lee Martin" 
    Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 2:57 PM
    Subject: Re: Binoculars: a Russian View
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "Dan Allen" 
    > To: 
    > Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 7:02 AM
    > Subject: Binoculars
    > >.
    > >
    > > Some binoculars are definitely better than others.  It is easy to spend
    > > a lot of money for some models.
    > >
    > Well, it seems like binoculars are on topic, and there has been extensive
    > discussion of Russian optics in the past, so I thought I might relate a
    > recent experience.
    > I have a cosseted set of binoculars which I try to look after and keep out
    > of other's hands, a set of mid-range Fujinons, 7x50. For everyday,
    > knockabout use I had a set of Tascos. After about 12 year's use, the
    > were due for replacement.
    > By chance, I picked up a pair of BPOc's,7x30, produced by  the Russian
    > factory, off Ebay for $69US.

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