Top positive review
29 people found this helpful
Quality, light weight, and service too
on November 12, 2008
Backpackers and fishermen that occasionally need longer views and spotting, this is it. It's is lighter than most pens, so you have no excuse to leave it. Optics are a high quality multi (crisp with negligible edge distortion) with a decent exit pupil and field size for such a small tool. Focus ring is smooth and useful range (I estimate about 5 foot to infinity through a just over 360 degree twist). Shirt clip is small but stout and reliable.
Don't expect to bird much with this small package, but it is great for watching a fishing heron, deer, and landmark spotting. Holding it can be a bit dainty, but I found that by adding a light enveloping fist around the tube after focusing, I can adequately brace against my orbit to stabilize very fine detail. I found that half a very small dropper bottle covers the ocular lens securely on the tapered optics tube, which I think is a good idea since the optics will generally be exposed at the top of your shirt pocket otherwise. With the objective lens down and in my pocket, it is safe.
It is however not waterproof as I found inadvertently in the laundry. I contacted Zeiss service for advice on drying etc., and they graciously replaced it. Quite unexpected, but they have earned my return business.