Seriously, does anyone know who really make the Carsons?
I was out on my front porch, sitting in the shade. Looking across the street maybe 40 yards, into the shade. My neighbor has a Frankenstein outside and it was scary! The Nikon ATB and the Pentax DCF WP have hazes, like a half moon, mostly on the left of the lense. I thought they might be dirty, but they both had it. The Carsons were extremely clear, and if there was a trace of haze, I had to really look for it. Who really makes these things? These were the cheapest of the bunch.
Pros: ergonomics, lense cap for eye pieces (attached to the strap). Faster refocus.
Cons: weight, haze, not eyeglass friendly (frames bulky against the binos), need to refocus when changes distances.
Cons: need to refocus when changing distances, with more adjustment needed to refocus than the Pentax. Also, they seem to need to be refocused for the same distance if you put them down, then pick up to look at the same object (very sensitive).
Pros: Clearer than the Pentax and Nikon. Price. Remain focused unless changing to a drastically different distance. Easy to refocus.
Cons: Size (they're longer than the others and I'm not sure I can live with it). Although, the size adds only incremental weight.
Small print: What I know about optics wouldn't fill my daughter's binky. But I am very anal about precision and can tell the difference when presented with options. IMHO everyone's eyes are different, so what I find detrimental someone else might not see and vise versa. I opted not to throw my binos from the roof to see how durable they are. Could be that the Carsons won't last through the first season. Then again, I don't plan on dropping my binos from a helicopter. And if the situation ever occurs that I had broken my binos, I'm guessing I'd have a lot more to worry about than broken glass!
IMHO quality within the same manufacturer and same model seems to be a moving target. I rarely find consistancy in most products I buy in any industry. I don't believe it's the price ranges I'm in, because I also see guys writing about how this big name or that big name has great warranty service. I had a new HVAC system installed in May of 04 ($7,000). I woke up freezing my a$$ off last night because the heater won't kick on (16 months and I'm having problems). Carrier system with Reillo burner, on of the best. If it's man made, it's hard to be consistent. Therefore, your binos might perform differently than mine. I'll touch back with any updates, but for now I might track down a pair of Minox to compare.
BTW Rem7mm-08 and Sakonut are one in the same. I was at work and with so many IDs and passwords these days, etc. I couldn't remember my user ID to get my password. I should have stuck with my staple: joseywales.