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Folks,

 

On an earlier post I asked for your help selecting some 8x32 and ended up picking the Zeiss Victory FL's. I'm very happy with them except for one thing. The rain guards(dust guards in my case) work like they were designed by an engineering school reject. The diameter is much bigger than the eye pieces and they won't slide all the way down.

 

Any ideas or trick fixes?

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Why not go to www.zeiss.com/sports & click on SERVICE.
Tell them your problem & see what their response is.
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Originally posted by bigirn bigirn wrote:

The rain guards(dust guards in my case) work like they were designed by an engineering school reject. The diameter is much bigger than the eye pieces and they won't slide all the way down.

 

 

This seems to be a problem with almost every binocular manufacturer.  I don't remember exactly where but, I read somewhere that contracts for such accessories are awarded by optics companies to the absolute cheapest bidders.  This is supposedly true no matter how much is being spent on the unit.  I personally have seen some variation on this problem with two different Pentax DCF WPs, a Bushnell Discoverer and a Bushnell  Elite, a Burris FullField II, and numerous Nikons. I have also routinely heard of this issue from owners of Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, etc. etc. etc. optics. With my Elite I even called and had them send me a new raingaurd. After all the binocular is expensive enough that one would anticipate quality accessories. Alas, the replacement is exactly the same as the original. 

 

My solution to this problem has been to discard these cheap accessories and to use a product called the "bino manager."  It is available at Sportsman's Warehouse and through an online shop called Archery Warehouse ( http://www.archerywarehouse.com/binoaccess.htm )

This is a variation (read improvement) on the Crooked Horn Outfitters bino harness and works really well at keeping dust, rain, broken twigs, etc. off of the binocular. It also holds the binocular snug against the chest, keeping it from bouncing off rocks, trees, the ground, one's chest, etc. while stalking, running, climbing, crawling, horseback riding, etc.

 

 

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