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help identifying binoculars

Postby tlacuache on Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:01 am

I inherited a pair of binoculars from my grandpa when he died. I've hunted with them for 10 years or so since he passed away, but last year I slipped and fell stepping over a log and bumped something loose inside the binos. Now there's some sort of disc obscuring the vision in the left lens.

While trying to figure out the best way to get them repaired, I realized I don't really know what they are. He told me once that they were Zeiss, but as I've done my research I'm realizing that there have actually been a lot of different companies, or branches of the company, with that name. I don't really even know how old they are, though they don't seem terribly old.

There's no identifying marks on the binoculars other than what I assume is a serial number "F049129" and some other numbers stamped on the body of the binoculars.

I was hoping that someone here with expertise could a) help me identify these binoculars and b) suggest a reputable company that might be able to repair them for reasonable cost. I live in Idaho, but I could ship them anywhere, I suppose.

I actually sent them in to Zeiss Sports Optics but they replied and said they were unable to repair them as "we do not have the tools and/or technical information to perform repairs on these models."

Here's an album with pictures of the binos: ... tification

I'd appreciate any information you could provide me.


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Re: help identifying binoculars

Postby tlacuache on Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:58 pm

After further research these appear to be the Zeiss EDF 7x40 made in East Germany in 1986. If anyone has any suggestions for somewhere in the U.S. that would do repairs on these I'd love your suggestions as well.


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Re: help identifying binoculars

Postby bandguy on Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:09 am

I have had no personal experience with this company but read good things about them at one time:

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Re: help identifying binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:32 am

I have also used that company with good results and, besides, really not much in the way of independent binocular repair shops to pick from, these days. You may also want to contact Carl Zeiss for an estimate on repair, since the current Zeiss, Carl Zeiss, acquired most of what used to be Zeiss, Jena out of the old East Germany.
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