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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
Average rating (17 owners reviews)
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4.60 Good
Owners reviews (17)
  1. Martin
    Martin 16 September 2019, 12:13
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    IP 194.213.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 130 Eur
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Smooth focusing but a bit too light (may be a problem of this particular specimen). The wide field of view is achieved at the cost of a quick loss of image sharpness towards the edge. A very short eye relief - better shave your eyelashes, definitely nothing for eyeglass wearers.

    Pros: Solid, age proven, reliable mechanics. Very good (from the 80\' s point of view) optics. Wide field of view. Sharp image in the center of the field. And last but not least: this machine is a piece of history which keeps its value and is able to take you back in time.

    Summary: I got this machine recently but in fact I\'ve known it for years as I bought it from my friend\'s father. I did not think twice about this offer because although produced in 1986 it is in a new condition. Being the upper class of the 80\'s it naturally can not keep up with the upper class of today but it still has a lot to offer. In comparison with its Soviet contemporaries it comes from a different world. The T3M multi layer coatings were much more advanced than anything else in the eastern bloc. When compared to my Meostar B1 it loses of course, primarily in to-the-edge image sharpness, but the field of view is huge, there is less chromatic aberration and although the coatings may not be deemed as excellent according to today\'s standards, even observing the full moon is no problem. I would rate it above the Nikon Action after all. If you have a chance to buy a well preserved piece, go for it.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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