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I inherited a pair of binoculars  from my grandpa when he died. I've hunted with them for 10 years or so since he passed away, but last year I slipped and fell stepping over a log and bumped something loose inside the binos. Now there's some sort of disc obscuring the vision in the left lens.

While trying to figure out the best way to get them repaired, I realized I don't really know what they are. He told me once that they were Zeiss, but as I've done my research I'm realizing that there have actually been a lot of different companies, or branches of the company, with that name. I don't really even know how old they are, though they don't seem terribly old.

There's no identifying marks on the binoculars other than what I assume is a serial number "F049129" and some other numbers stamped on the body of the binoculars.

I was hoping that someone here with expertise could a) help me identify these binoculars and b) suggest a reputable company that might be able to repair them for reasonable cost. I live in Idaho, but I could ship them anywhere, I suppose.

I actually sent them in to Zeiss Sports Optics but they replied and said they were unable to repair them as "we do not have the tools and/or technical information to perform repairs on these models."

Here's an album with pictures of the binos:

http://picasaweb.google.com/tlacuache/BinocularIdentification

I'd appreciate any information you could provide me.

Thanks,

Seth Grover
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I've never seen anything like those before.  I suspect i'm not alone either.  Let us know what you find.

 
I would contact and send some photos to:
 
Nicholas Crista NRC Optics Repair
Suddarth Optical Repair
Captains Nautical SUpply
 
Somebody there may be able to identify them.  Be prepared for a repeat performance of the response you got from Zeiss.  If all they need is s loose prism or lens fixed there may be some hope.  But is some substantial part is broken, you are probably out of luck.
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Please contact www.suddarthoptical.com or Suddarthoptical@yahoo.com
Please attach the pictures of the binocular.
Cory worked with Bill Cook at Captains Nautical but Bill is no longer there & Cory is on his own working with his son. 

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Based on photos showing the armor on the binocular, the binocular looks like the East German Zeiss 7x40 EDF.  Docter Optik markets a version of it under the "Extreme" line, I think. 
The repair shops recommended by the previous posters should be able to service it very competently. 
Good luck.
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Thanks, it does indeed look like these are the 7x40 EDF.

I've contacted Suddarth Optical like you suggested. Hopefully they'll be able to help me out.

Thanks a lot,

-SG
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Hi Seth,  I have a similar pair of binoculars.  I think what has happened to your binoculars is that you have inadvertently engaged the IR disc.  It is engaged by screwing the left ocular all the way in, clockwise, then tipping the binoculars in the observation position to the left.  To swing the IR detector away after use, follow the same procedure, but this time tilting the binocular to the right.
This was taken from the English version of the original instruction manual.
Hope this helps!
John
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