Friday, May 31, 2013

Questions about Pentax DCF BR Binocular


Hello!
I want buy Pentax DCF BR 9x42, but I have some questions!
1) Do you have it in stock?
2) Is the country of origin Japan or China?
3) Warranty all over the world?

Thanks!

Audrey K.

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Hi Audrey,
Yes, we do have the DCF BR 9x42 in stock at the moment.  It is made in China.
All the Pentax products we sell come with a North American warranty and are serviced by Pentax USA.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

Best Regards,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Swarovski binocular trade-in?


Dear Eagle Optics,
I have a pair of Swarovski 8.5x42 EL I bought in 2001 which I really like.
Does your company take trade-ins which I could then put toward the purchase of a new pair?

Also, I am use to a 8.5x42 but should I go to a 10x42?
Are you really gaining anything?  Because you have to hold them rock steady, plus your field of view is slightly smaller and the image is not quite as bright.

Something else I wanted to ask you.  How is the Zeiss warranty?  I kind of steered away from them at the start because I was told that their warranty was inferior to Swarovski.

So should I go with Zeiss or Swarovski?

Thanks for your time.

--
Jason M.

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Hello Jason,
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics. We don't normally handle trade-ins, but we do have a Swarovski trade-in program available right now.
Essentially we are taking returns on working condition ELs and if you purchase a new Swarovski Swarovision binocular, we can take $850 off the purchase price of the new Swarovision EL. http://www.eagleoptics.com/binoculars/swarovski/swarovski-el-8-5-x-42-swarovision-binocular

The link here will walk you through the Swarovski program trade-in details.

I would say go to a 10x only if you have continually wanted more detail and don't mind having a bit more narrow field of view.
You will be able to hold an 8.5 more steady for longer periods of time as well.
I use only 8s or 8.5s in part because of the steadiness issue.

Zeiss has a good warranty that is transferable. They will take good care of you, but as far as high-end product warranty goes, hands-down, Swarovski has the best in the business. In writing they cover only manufacturing defects (just like Zeiss), but in practice, Swarovski is known to cover just about anything for free.
I wouldn't point you away from Zeiss. Their warranty is what I would consider standard, and Swarovski's is above and beyond.

I hope this helps. Feel free to call or email with further questions. Any of our staff is happy to take your call.

Thanks, Jason!

Eagle Optics
 

Monday, May 27, 2013

What is needed to digiscope with an older Swarovski scope?


Hi,
I am so confused and hope you can help me out. I have watched your digiscoping video but am still unsure what pieces of equipment I need for digiscoping using an older scope. I plan to use my Swarovski  ST HD 80 scope with a Canon EOS T4i. Can you help me select the proper equipment?

Bob H.

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Dear Bob,
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.
We'll try to help, but it could be challenging, since some of the components you need are now discontinued.

The Swarovski Digital Camera Adapter for Zoom Eyepiece is discontinued, but at this writing, we still have some in stock,.  The problem would be to find the adapter ring for your Canon camera, which Swarovski no longer makes.  It's possible you may find one online.  Good luck with that one.

Let's assume you are able to acquire the ring and the Swarovski DCA. Then, if you don't already own a fixed 50mm lens for your Canon, you'll need one. The zoom lenses won't work at all for digiscoping.  Your best bet is to just google search or visit a local camera store. Relatively speaking, those short lenses are inexpensive. 

 Almost universally, the fixed 50s have a 52mm thread on the end of the lens, which will attach to the 52mm ring Swarovski provides with this adapter). 

If you have additional questions, please give us a call.

Thanks!

Eagle Optics