stray light elimination with a new mechanical and optical design improves contrast and total light transmission.
Binocular List #282: 11 January 2004
We've received quite a few interesting communications since the last list, 2 weeks ago. I was away for half a week & returned to a massive ice storm that really stalled 'real life' in Portland, Oregon. Thanks for all the contributions, and we will have more frequent lists if this continues.
Plans for the meeting in German this September are now being drafted, and will be issued very soon.
The Tucson meeting March 20-21 is progressing nicely. We have received some excellent proposals for presentations. I am limiting the topics for discussion to historical subjects; some proposals were very good but involved technical optics or were not historical in nature. I welcome input on this censorship procedure; my feeling is that the audience very much wishes to limit their 'sit & listen' time to papers on historical binoculars; and would prefer spending the rest of the time visiting & sharing, rather than listening to papers on testing, coatings, design, glass, etc.
I am still connecting persons who wish to split a hotel room during this meeting.
An interesting web page in German, perhaps someone fluent in German could tell us about it:
Subject: Re: Fujinon M-22
From: Steve Harris <steveoman@___ink.net>
>it is mentioned the Fujinon M-22 with laser filters are the successor of the Steiner M22G.
>I have a couple of questions concerning the Fujinon M-22 7x50.
>I very recently bought a, in my opinion, brand new Fujinon 7x50 set with the greenish filters and range grid.
>1) Is this example the current issue to the US Army?
>2) In your article these binocs are originally based on the Fujinon Nautilus. My set shows clearly Fujinon and also Kama-Tech. Is that normal? Are those converted Nautilus'?
>3) Any idea which year they were produced.
>4) If these binocs are indeed presently used by the Army how come they are for sale in this almost new condition?
>5) Are there Steiners M-22 for sale with the military gear as described in your article?
1) Yes, this is the KamaTech variation of the M-22. There is a small 7X28 produced by Pioneer/Steiner that is also current issue and has become a favorite among the troops because of size and weight. Another binocular which the US Army is testing is a Leica Geovid 7X42 that can transmit messages via short encrypted bursts of laser light. There is also a classified binocular being produced by ELCAN in Midland, Ontario, Canada.
2) I make the assumption that you are correct. When Kama-Tech was operating at full production outside of San Diego, the factory received "sub-assembled" (to what degree is unknown) Fujinon 7X50 binoculars. The filters were then installed, as well as the reticule. There may have been additional modifications to the objective coating.