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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?



    My uncles 8.5 x 42 Swarovskis were amazing.
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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?

    nikon action 10x50 very nice,and very clear, but a bit to strong I have to lean on something otherwise the stars dance a little to much.
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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?

    Quote Originally Posted by trynda1701 View Post
    I use Carl Zeiss Jena Jenoptem 10x50W's. Field of view is stated at around 7.3 degrees, although I've seen people state them as wider than that.

    Had them around 25 years, got them in the Argos catalogue shop in the UK of all places, for around 70GBP. I know the edge of field performance drops off, but they are built to last.

    I've seen people selling them on eBay for more than 100GBP, but of course, there are meant to because lot of clones and fake copies of these bins. My serial numbers check out as genuine though.

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    I have added the Carl Zeiss Jenoptems 7x50W and 10x50W to my arsenal, recently. The shootouts against my Leica and Swarovski is still not through, but the 10x50W are certainly worth of having, if it were not just because of their ultrawide FOV.

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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?

    Swift Admiral Mark I 10x50, circa 1985 with 8 degree field of view - one of the sharpest to the edge I've ever used, but still not perfect (like all wide-field binoculars). I've been wondering how they might stack up against the Vixen Ascot 10x50s.

    Belmont 7x50, circa 1985 with 10 degree field of view. Average sharpness fall-off from center; I'd like to replace them with a higher-quality pair of 7x50 wide-fields, but no one seems to make them anymore...

    Orion Scenix 12x50, circa 2000? with 6 degree field of view. Very pleasing and comfortable field, and fairly sharp for a $100 binocular.

    Orion Expanse 7x32, circa 2003 with 14 degree field of view. Some field curvature, uneven lighting issues, and possibly not quite collimated.

    In general, I prefer binoculars with an apparent field of view of 65 degrees or more. I also have a pair of 1977 University Optics 20x80s with a 70 degree AFOV, but the original poster said these don't count!

    PS: For "extra wide" views I use my prescription eyeglasses w/oversize lenses - my "1x" binoculars.
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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?

    Anything much beyond 6-7 degrees begins to suffer from edge of field softness and irregularities. For most companies, 6.5 degrees is about standard, and very useable.
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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?

    Good thread. I'm looking for a smaller rig. Currently, I use Fujinon FMT-SX 10x70; they spec at 5.3 degrees FOV. Likely, they do not qualify for this thread. They are very nice, but are more useful when tripod mounted.

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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?

    I'm going to stop short of closing this thread, and instead, post a general reminder regarding the Forum policies on revival of dormant/dead threads... here are links to the Terms of Service, and the related topical thread on dormant/dead thread revival, aka. nerco-posting:

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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?

    6.2° 10x42l Canon IS Bino's... No edge of field issue with these Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) 4 element lenses. The 10x50 version is a 4.5° fov.. Good for those not so wide dso's..

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    Default Re: What "Extra Wide Field" Binos Are You Using?

    Please tell me that this post did not happen, after the caution in the immediately preceding post, #27...

    Thread closed - again, please refer to the linked threads in the ToS and companion thread, re. nerco-posting...

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman_4_ever View Post
    6.2° 10x42l Canon IS Bino's... No edge of field issue with these Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) 4 element lenses. The 10x50 version is a 4.5° fov.. Good for those not so wide dso's..

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