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I was chatting with a CSR from Cabelas this AM about the above binoculars; the binos are made in Japan, but does anyone know by who?
 
I assume these binos are considered "old technology" when it comes to glass, has there been any improvements to these binos over the years?
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I did own a pair of the 8x42s some years ago. For their time they offered excellent optical performance across the board. The only area that they were a bit weak in was CA control. I also wasn't too fond of the "click stop" focusing mechanism as there was several occasions where "perfect focus" was right in between the click-stops.
 
I have not seen any improvements to them. It would seem that Cabelas chose to just introduce the Euro binocular (Meopta Meostar) as their high end line instead of upgrading the Alaskan Guides.
 
I believe the Alaskan Guides were made by Light Optical of Japan but don't quote me on that.
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How many different makes & models does Light Optical make binos for here in the states?
 
It seems like their name comes up frequently.
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I have no idea but would agree that they have often been referenced in the past. I would be curious to see how many they are actually manufacturing now considering their Japanese (vs Chinese) origin. That would be, unless, they have manufacturing facilities in China as well.
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I always sort of wonder about these "who makes it ?" posts.  What will you do with the information if LOW does make it?  What if it is somebody like Tamron?  What if it is somebody with a Japanese sounding name you have never heard of before?  What if it has been made by a couple of different places in its history?  Lets assume thet LOW does make it (which by the way, I'm pretty sure it does).  Keep in mind that LOW, or any other optics manufacturer, makes lots of things for lots of places, and they are going to build any particular binocular to meet whatever design specifications their contract calls for, and will strive to meet whatever manufacturing standards Cabela's or anybody else stipulates in that contract.  There are lots of places that could make that particular binocular.  It matters not so much who made it, what matters is the design and QC standards that apply to the glass.
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Probably nikon.  Have not looked through them but i own the cabelas euros and they are great.  Made by meopta and they now have an HD verion out.
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"What will you do with the information...."
 
Nothing more than expand my knowledge base of optics; I assume that's why we are all here, to expand our knowledge and understanding of the tools we use in the field.
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I bought a pair of these in 8x42 early this year.  After the purchase, I searched this forum for any info I could find on them.  I'm pretty sure that someone offered fairly firm proof that they are made by LOW.  Personally, I don't care who made them.  The set I got was new but from the bargain cave because they were the first generation.  The current models no longer have the click stop focus, btw.  So I got what I feel to be all the optical performance I'll ever need for nearly half the retail price.  Then again, my eyes aren't that good at picking out details in good glass.  I will say though, that I can tell a small difference in image quality between the AK Guides and Nikon Monarchs; if that means anything...
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Originally posted by jason miller jason miller wrote:

The current models no longer have the click stop focus, btw. 
 
Now that would then warrant a second look at these from my perspective. Will have to check them out at the store the next time I am there.
 
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