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Carl Zeiss Jena Jenoptem 10x50W

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Carl Zeiss Jena
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Specifications
Manufacturer Carl Zeiss Jena
Model Jenoptem 10x50W
Lens diameter [mm] 50
Magnification [x] 10
Angular field of view [deg] 7.3
Linear field of view [m/m] 128/1000
Exit pupil [mm] 5
Eye relief [mm] 12
Min. focusing dist. [m] 4.3
Twilight factor 22.36
Brightness 25
Prisms Bak-4/Porro
Dimensions [mm] 178x199
Weight [g] 1020
Waterproof No
Nitogen filling No
Argon filling No
Image stabilization No
Tripod exit No
Focusing central
Warranty [years] 0
Accesories neck strap, case
Price 0
Additional information Manufactured in 1971-1990
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Average rating (16 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (16)
  1. Terry
    Terry 9 June 2017, 16:19
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    IP 82.145.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: £115
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Being oldies they\'re not mint! Being oldies they often can have fungus or muck in them.

    Pros: Absolutely fine for birdwatching or a bit of stargazing. Strong 3d stereo vision as the design puts the objective lenses far apart.

    Summary: Just got mine - sentimental - wanted old style binos. Sharp centre vision. They seem to be aligned ok. I also have very good modern Helios 8x42 Nitrogen Filled \"NEAR FOCUS 1.2m\" to compare. The Zeiss 10x magnification does make a slight improvement in resolution - expecially around the centre of vision. The Zeiss are Jenoptem 10x50W - the \"W\" is wide view I think - the circle of vision is bigger. to the eye. The modern Helios do have better contrast and less chromatic aberration though. Also, very slight, but the old Zeiss do have a slightly yellower tinge and not such high contrast as the modern Helios which keep the cool colours and high contrast on a cloudy day.

  2. Bibio
    Bibio 5 April 2016, 14:30
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    IP 172.0.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: not known
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No lens covers even though they come with a beautiful real leather case. Otherwise, the best.

    Pros: Fantastic clarity, build quality, focus.

    Summary: My mother bought these for me probably 30 - 40 years ago. The last 20+ years I've used them for nearly daily bird watching and they are still like as new condition, as is the case. I have several different binoculars including marine binoculars but these Carl Zeiss Jena Jenoptem binoculars 10x50 are certainly the best for clarity by far.

  3. bratters
    bratters 4 January 2016, 21:01
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    IP 78.149.x.x
    Owner since: 6 years
    Price: £25 a
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None that amount to much and certainly nothing that will take the edge of your pleasure in owning these beautiful instruments.

    Pros: There's a feel, a touch and a smell about them that just shrieks Zeiss. In use, the handling and the mechanics ooze quality. The wide FOV, the brightness and the sharpness make the visual experience a complete pleasure.- day or night - on earth or in the heavens. As for the deep brown leather case with its magenta lining................

    Summary: I'm fortunate enough to own two pairs, both found in charity shops, both clean, straight and under-used and both at ridiculously low prices. There are a lot out there but you need to be careful to avoid fakes, damaged goods and over-pricing. Try to see before you buy. Zeiss enjoys the same mystique (and quality) as Ferrari, Gucci and Rolex. If binos are your thing, then go for them - you won't regret it.

  4. enrico
    enrico 8 May 2015, 20:03
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    IP 93.33.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Minimal aberrations, short eye relief, a bit heavy,

    Pros: Wide fov, good contrast, sharp (very sharp in a wide central area, less sharp at edges, but you may compensate almost completely by adjusting the focus

    Summary: Great "old style" binoculars!

  5. Ralph
    Ralph 21 October 2014, 15:19
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    IP 98.111.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: $25
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A bit heavy. I dropped once & knocked them out of collimation.

    Pros: Very bright. Excellent for star gazing. They're Zeiss.

    Summary: I purchased these in East Berlin in the 1980s converting dollars to Ostmarks, why they were so cheap. When I dropped them, it cost me 4 times the price I paid for them to get them repaired. Excellent binos. Best I have.

  6. sheppy
    sheppy 9 September 2014, 20:08
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    IP 188.220.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: £90
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Heavy , no tripod fixing.

    Pros: Sharp, good in low light conditions.

    Summary: Good quality and build after 40 years no sign of fungus or flowering on lenses.

  7. cicero
    cicero 9 November 2013, 15:56
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    IP 151.44.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Optical & mechanical quality depending variable with year of construction.The best have serial (7 numbers) beginning with 4 (pre 1980s). There are many fakes!!! A bit heavy it's a real boat anchor. REMEMBER this binocular is not weatherproof!

    Pros: A real binocular and not a plastic toy! Very sharp vision, luminosity at its best. Good for crepuscolar and astronomical vision. Perfect collimation+ A real leather case.

    Summary: Traditional Zeiss binocular. Good mechanical construction, a lot better for low serial number.A little pinch distortion at 80% of the lens with slighty blurring.A beautiful 10x50 from the past, It smell like a Zeiss because is a real Zeiss, I use mine (34 years old) CZJ daily in marine environement (salty water etc) with no fungus, fog.

  8. dave
    dave 7 April 2013, 07:35
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    IP 80.235.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: think abou
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: had to be repaired once ,chipped prism

    Pros: excellent optics , clear and sharp

    Summary: classic binoculars get a lot of pleasure from them

  9. Spook
    Spook 18 March 2013, 09:07
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    IP 121.45.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: 150.00
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: These are exceptional binoculars providing a great range in "field of view" viewing. Great focal range and magnification.

    Pros: The size - if you want a light pocket set of bino's then these aren't the ones to buy

    Summary: I have owned these for too many years now and they are as great now as they were over 20 years ago

  10. Birdman
    Birdman 10 June 2012, 11:55
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    IP 203.217.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Easily knocked out of collimation

    Pros: Sharp

    Summary: For the price a good optic (considering it age) Coatings are as good as the technology allowed back in the eighties. I find it problematic that the binocular can esily be knocked out fo collimation. Also ist scratches very easily

  11. chhayanat
    chhayanat 9 May 2012, 14:52
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    IP 83.70.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: US$70
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Short eye relief; prone to fungus growth in humid areas; focussing wheel varies in smoothness depending on interpupillary distance;

    Pros: very sharp in centrefield; wide field of view for non-spectacle wearers; bulky but not excessively so; quality leather case;

    Summary: non-multicoated version dimmer than mc version but has more neutral colours and equal sharpness; not sharp to edges but perfectly good for birdwatchers; before collapse of GDR it had a genuine lifetime warranty.

  12. pre
    pre 30 April 2012, 23:40
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    IP 93.33.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 200
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: eye relief is short for people wearing glasses there isn't a simple way for adjusting collimation

    Pros: field of view image quality

    Summary: i havethe multi-coated version, image quality is very good

  13. robert
    robert 26 August 2011, 18:33
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    IP 86.129.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: more than
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: heavy,not sharp to edge(what is)

    Pros: very bright,panoramically wide,not prone to stray light,class act,easy to find on the s/h market

    Summary: get a pair!

  14. outdoor writer
    outdoor writer 12 May 2011, 19:10
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    IP 91.142.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: paid £
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Over a 1kg, very heavy to lug around an difficult when flying Ryanair

    Pros: Bright, sharp, clear, tough

    Summary: Great bins but I'm finding them just too big and heavy to carry

  15. La Boetie
    La Boetie 5 October 2010, 00:23
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    IP 88.169.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - Heavy ! - Eye relief is just 10mm - Not sharp edge to edge (65% approximatly) - A little expensive on second hand market

    Pros: - Clear, razor sharp and bright (a lot of details) in the center' spot. - Well corrected with minor CA - Great for astronomical use and low light observations -Smell good (smell Zeiss !)

    Summary: One of the best 10X50 ever manufactured and very pleasant to use. I love my pair but can say that the eyecups are not very confortables for the 10mm of eye-relief. Nevertheless, if you like razor-sharp vision with a very well controled distortion you have to buy a pair of Jenoptem 10X50W

  16. Simon Spiers
    Simon Spiers 14 September 2010, 16:28
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    IP 78.86.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: £85
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Great all rounder.

    Pros: None without being picky.

    Summary: One of the great Astronomy favourites.