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OP/TECH Tripod Sleeves

OP/TECH USA’s Tripod Sleeves are a convenient way to protect a tripod’s legs from the elements when in rough outdoor conditions. Keeping debris from getting clogged in the internal working mechanisms of your tripod prolongs the life of your tripod and ensures that it continues to operate smoothly. Tripod Sleeves are ideal for use at the beach, on river banks, in the snow, in a muddy swamp or even in desert conditions where blowing sand and grit can damage the delicate mechanisms on a tripod. Why risk missing a great bird because you don’t want to get your tripod in the middle of the action? Tripod Sleeves are compact and easy to store in a pocket or camera bag so there’s no reason to leave them behind.

The Tripod Sleeves can remain on the legs as the tripod’s mechanisms remain visible and operable through the plastic. The sleeves will collapse along with the tripod leg. They’re also great for monopods. When shooting in high-humidity conditions where condensation could possibly enter the sleeves, it’s good to remove them to dry them out once you are finished so they are ready to go for the next outing.

The Tripod Sleeves are made of durable clear plastic and are easy to apply. Their generous size covers up to 46″ (116.8 cm) of the leg’s length and up to 2¾” (7cm) in diameter. Simply pull them over the leg and tighten them snugly with the built-in drawstring and barrel lock. The reinforced bottoms offer added protection when in use among rocks and sand. Be sure to add them to your “must-have” gear when preparing for your birding trip.

  • Each sleeve measures 5″ x 48″
  • Includes 3 sleeves
  • Fits tripod legs up to 2-3/4″ (7 cm) in diameter
  • Covers up to 46″ (116,8 cm) of length

 

Vanguard Comfort Harness

Now in stock. We think this is probably the most comfortable and practical binocular harness we’ve come across. Here’s what Vanguard has to say about it:

“The longer you spend time out and about bird watching or looking for local flora and fauna, the heavier and more awkward your binoculars can seem to become. A binocular often starts out feeling light, but after considerable time spent hiking it suddenly begins to feel like the neck strap is cutting through the back of your neck. What little weight there is becomes a constant reminder that you have something around your neck. Your chest becomes sore and you are aggravated from the number of times the binocular has bounced off your sternum as you jumped a log, or stood up too quickly from a crouched or low position.

Binoculars with neck straps often bang into a fallen log or bounce off trees as you navigate obstacles.

What you need to eliminate such problems is to try a good Bino-Harness for your trip.  Vanguard offers the PH-1 harness to help make your time more enjoyable and comfortable.

The PH-1 passes over your shoulders in an “x” pattern away from the neck, putting the weight and strain on the bones and muscles of your shoulders and back area providing much better support and ultimately more comfort.

Good harnesses attach to the binos via free sliding fixtures which move up the strap as you raise them to view. With such a system held at eye level, there is no strain at all. The straps are continuous, passing through the fixtures and around your back. This means that the binoculars are held much closer into your chest at all times, no matter what you are doing. This eliminates sternum discomfort and provides a secure, easy way to carry and protect your binoculars.”

GPO Now At In Focus

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to add German Precision Optics (GPO) binoculars to our online and in-store range.

The Passion ED line includes 8x and 10x models with either 32mm or 42mm objective lens. All use ED glass to minimise colour fringing and the body of each binocular is constructed from magnesium to ensure light weight and durability.

At the top of the GPO range are the Passion HD models which the company has pitched against similarly priced models from Leica and Zeiss. There are 8×42 and 10×42 options in this line.

As always, we recommend that you visit one of our shops to try this new range. Please call ahead to check that the model you are interested in is in stock.

Leica Binoculars Available Online

We have added a selection of Leica binoculars to our online shop.

This selection includes the top of the range Noctivid, the latest Ultravid HD Plus line and the ever-popular Trinovid HD range.

Several of our shops also carry a select range of Leica binoculars – please contact us for more information.

 

Nikon: New Monarch HG 30mm Models

Nikon Monarch HGWe’ve just received confirmation of the pricing for the new Nikon HG 30mm binocular models – 8×30 £799, 10×30 £829.

Available now.

This is the press release the company issued this week.

“Nikon today announces the introduction of the lightweight and compact 30mm-diameter models (8×30 and 10×30) to the MONARCH HG series – the most advanced series in the history of MONARCH binoculars.

The 30mm-diameter model is both compact and lightweight, with its magnesium alloy body weighing just approx. 450 g. It provides a sharp and clear view all the way to the periphery and maintains a wide field of view with natural colour fidelity – both features of the MONARCH HG 42mm-diameter model, but in a smaller body.

As with other models in the MONARCH HG series, these new binoculars feature the same sleek design and deliver the same fine performance. The binoculars’ wide apparent field of view (60.3° for the 8×30 and 62.2° for the 10×30) provides spectacular viewing, while the Field Flattener Lens System assures a sharp and clear view all the way to the lens periphery. The use of extra-low dispersion (ED) glass corrects chromatic aberration that can cause colour fringing to achieve a contrast-rich and high-resolution image.

A high-quality multilayer coating is applied to all lenses and prisms. Dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coating and phase correction coating are applied to the roof prisms, which combine to achieve a bright view with light transmittance of up to 92 per cent or higher, plus natural colour fidelity.

The compact magnesium alloy body offers waterproof/fog-proof performance (up to 5 m for 10 min.). The high performance prevents fogging inside the optical system even in low-pressure environments up to altitudes of 5,000 m.

This new model comes with a neck strap that reduces strain on the user’s neck, and a semi-hard type case to protect the binoculars in transit. Nikon’s MONARCH HG 30mm-diameter binoculars are ideal for bird or nature-watching enthusiasts, as well as those who enjoy different kinds of outdoor activities and want to travel light.

Key Features

• Wide apparent field of view (60.3° for 8×30 and 62.2° for 10×30). While realising a wide field of view, the Field Flattener Lens System assures a sharp and clear view all the way to the lens periphery
• Extra-low dispersion (ED) glass corrects chromatic aberration that causes colour fringing and achieves a contrast-rich and high-resolution image
• High-quality multilayer coating is applied to all lenses and prisms while dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coating is applied to the roof prisms, achieving a bright view of up to 92 per cent or higher light transmittance, and natural colour fidelity
• Phase-correction-coated roof prisms for high resolution and contrast
• Scratch-resistant coating is applied on the objective lens and eyepiece surfaces
• Long eye relief design ensures a clear field of view, even for eyeglass wearers
• Lead and arsenic-free glass is used for all lenses and prisms
• Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups with multi-click facilitate easy positioning of eyes at the correct eyepoint
• Dioptre adjustment ring locking system prevents unintentional rotation
• Sturdy, lightweight magnesium alloy body (approx. 450 g)
• Superior waterproof/fog-proof performance with a nitrogen-filled body that resists water pressure to a depth of up to 5 m for 10 minutes and prevents fogging inside the optical system even in low-pressure environments up to altitudes of 5,000 m
• Soft-to-the-touch neck strap
• Objective lens caps are integrated to prevent loss. Interchangeable objective rubber rings without caps are included and can be switched according to applications.
• Optional tripod adaptor enables attachment to a tripod [TRA-3/Adaptor H (hard type)]”