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7x35 – a forgotten class of binoculars

21 July 2021
Arkadiusz Olech

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Sad but true – when it comes to historical 7×35 pairs of binoculars, in this article we were able to merely brush against the surface of the topic. A more serious approach would mean writing a series of articles about every producer mentioned above because they fully deserve it. Perhaps I will be tempted to continue this topic later on but I admit it is a very time-consuming activity, all this reaching back to different sources, perusing old catalogues, photos, and also handling different models of binoculars, plenty of work and not an easy pastime.

7x35 – a forgotten class of binoculars - Summary

Still the idea behind this article is not a comprehensive overview of the topic but rather emphasizing the fact that the 7×35 class, almost forgotten nowadays, has been consigned to the dustbin of history without a good reason. Many models, produced several decades ago, even now can compete successfully with contemporary binoculars. What's more, a big part of these golden classics can be bought for relatively small amount of money. For about 100 USD you can find a pair of binoculars in practically pristine condition, and it is guaranteed it will remain so for the next dozen or several dozen of years, a thing you cannot say about currently produced, cheap, plastic devices, mostly made in China. If you are willing to invest some time and money, you can become an owner of beautiful 7×35 binoculars with field of view of 12 or even 12.5 degrees and they will provide images unattainable for any contemporary piece of equipment. Connoisseurs of optics, many of them visiting this site, don't have to be persuaded that such a purchase is really worth your while.

7x35 – a forgotten class of binoculars - Summary

I wish and I hope that more and more historical models will fall into our hands and we will be able to keep them from being lost and forgotten forever.


The author would like to thank Marcin Górko and Adam Kowol for making photos of their binoculars collections available to be used in this article.



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