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Vivitar 75-300mm f4.5 – 5.6 macro with samples

Managed to try out for the first time a Vivitar 75-300mm macro f4.5 – 5.6, and was surprised by the results. But before that, lets take a look at the lens itself. As with many vintage lenses ( I believe … Continue reading

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Miranda 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 vintage camera lens review. With samples

The Miranda 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 macro lens was in production in the 1980s (I believe) as an affordable wide angle – low telephoto lens to compliment stock 50mm lenses that often came as standard. Considering its age, this is a lovely … Continue reading

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Hawke digi-scoping adapter for Endurance ED and Nature Trek spotting scopes

Model number 64026 digi-scoping adapter to fit the following Hawke spotting scopes Endurance ED 50mm , ED 68mm and 85mm 2020 onwards models Nature Trek 65mm and 80mm models 2017 onwards (will not fit nature trek compact 56mm) . See … Continue reading

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Hawke Frontier APO 8×42 review

The Hawke Frontier APO 8×42 binoculars were introduced, not to replace the EDx, but as an addition to the Frontier family. The key word that gets the attention of discerning users is Apo or Apochromatic . This triplet lens configuration … Continue reading

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Visionary Wetland 12×32 monocular review

Compact monocular ideal for looking at ships at sea or long distance terrestrial use. Very easy to use and hand hold with a contoured rubber armoured body. Multi-coated optics and waterproof Close focus around 3m . Field of view 4.5 … Continue reading

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Viking Ventura 8×25 vs Hawke Endurance ED 8×25 binoculars

Today we are looking at two very capable compact binoculars in the mid price range. Both have their own attributes, but with very little between them. The Ventura has a closer focus and slightly brighter image. The Endurance ED have … Continue reading

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Hawke Frontier APO 8×42 review. A customers thoughts

A customer visited our optics weekends with one thing in mind. The Hawke Frontier APO binoculars in 8×42 and 10×42. After travelling some miles, they were happy to see we had one of each model. They commented on the fact … Continue reading

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Levenhuk wise 8×32 monocular review

The Levenhuk wise 8×32 monocular is an entry level monocular with a better than expected view through the eyepiece. A lightweight plastic body helps keep the cost down. But do not let this put you off, as it feels very … Continue reading

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Viking Ventura 8×25 binoculars review

The Viking Ventura 8×25 are a great example of a binocular where a clear and crisp view can yield better results than many similar priced options in a similar price range with a wider FOV and AFOV. The batch that … Continue reading

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Viking Cygnus ED 8×42 monocular review

Straight out the box and soft Nylon case, the Viking Cygnus ED 8×42 monocular feels very solid and well built. Weighing nearly 50g more than the non ED version, their is obviously less plastic / polycarbonate in the shell. In … Continue reading

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