On Monday I was having a sort out of some old paperwork and came across the receipt and guarantee for my first set of proper bins.
In the early 80's I was a fanatical pigeon shooter and a decent pair of bins were an essential bit of kit as I rode around mid Shropshire on my RD250 looking for woodies.
I didn't have my own bins, but borrowed my Dads and so my grandmother said she buy me a pair. In those days it was a trip down to Argos and I became a proud owner of a pair of Zeiss Jenoptem 10x50W. They cost a grand sum of £67.99p on 07/08/87. They came with a lifetime guarantee!!!
Now fast forward 23 yrs and after much thought I purchased a set of Leica 10x42 Geovids HD, cost £1,500!!!! I had them and a pair of Zeiss Victories on trial for a week and chose the Leica's.
I compared them both and thought I would see how they compared to my old Zeiss, in truth the two brand new models were only marginally better at the very end of dusk than my old Zeiss, but obviously considerably better in terms of design and ergonomics.
Clearly the old E Germans knew a thing or two about precision glass, so it does make you wonder what progress has been made in lens/coatings technology to justify the huge price increase for minimal increase in optical performance.
Saying that I cannot fault my Leica's and it was a good purchase but is the current price justifiable?