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  Re. Earl Osborne's observation about 'pushing' . . . In Britain, at least, it's not a new expression. I came across it recently in some correspondence between C. Baker & Company (London dealers in microscopes &c) and Voigtlander in the early years of the 20th Century. The term then was used to indicate that a retailer would introduce the products of one company to its customers, rather than those of another maker. All rather genteel, and not in any way derogatory. C. Baker were politely telling Voigtlander that it would not be possible to 'push' the latter's products unless an extra discount were made available. The German firm had wanted Baker to 'push' as an integral part of a proposed agency agreement. In the end Voigtlander conceded the point and gave Baker's what they wanted. 'Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.'        Stephen Sambrook


To which I can only add:  'There Will Always Be an England'    --Peter


Subject:  Japanese binoculars

From: Nekosan <PXA06470@___com>

My web pages have moved to :


I have added some new items also.

Toshiba WWIIbinoculars.


Postwar opera glasses by Minolta and Kowa.


I'm preparing a Mikron page. Maybe within this year.

Best     Hayao "nekosan" Tanabe


Subject: Re: 6x24

From: Fan Tao <fantao@___t>

  I picked up a Russian wide angle 6x24 binocular on eBay, which I believe is the model mentioned in R.C. Gregory's book.  It is very stubby, similar in shape to a Sard 6x42 though much smaller of course.  This model does not appear to be military as it is center focus.  From its serial number (6909242) one can surmise that it was made in 1969.  Although the maker is not spelled out, it has the prism logo of KOMZ (Kazan Optical Mechanical Plant).  This 6x24 model does not currently appear on KOMZ's web site.  According to Gregory, the Russian 6x24 has a field of 200m at 1000m (although elsewhere in his book he also estimates it at 210m).  I confirmed this with an estimate of a bit more than 11 degrees for the true field, or around 68 degrees for the apparent field.  This is a bit less than another 6x24 wide field binocular of that era, the Leitz Amplivid.  I found the Russian 6x24 to have a sharper image though.  Like the Amplivid, it has low rectilinear distortion, i.e., straight lines remain straight across the field.  I disassembled the Russian eyepiece and found it to have a 3-2-1 configuration, not commonly found in binoculars.  One or more of the elements is slightly yellow, causing the image to be the same.  The eye relief is reasonable at around 15mm measured but the usable amount is reduced by the fixed eyecups.  I found the Russian 6x24 to be an interesting little binocular.  Pictures and more information can be found on my web site:


Fan Tao


This is a very interesting binocular.  If any list members can find a retail source for them, I believe there would be some orders from list members.    --Peter


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