View Full Version : Binoc repair - recommendations?

July 10, 2006, 09:57
I have a pair of the Zeiss-Jena East German 7x40 binocs. One of the tubes appears to have gotten a little cloudy. Does anyone have any recommendations as to where or through whom can I get this problem fixed?

Or is the repair generally worth more than simply buying another pair?

July 10, 2006, 11:21

July 10, 2006, 11:41
Thanks Mark, but I called Deutsche Optik this morning and was told that they have yet to update their website to reflect the fact that about two weeks ago they discontinued their repair services.

I did find a company using Google that claims to be the one doing repairs for Deutsche Optik.

I was hoping to get some recommendations based on first hand experience, if available. If not, I will likely use the company formerly doing work for D.O.

July 10, 2006, 11:50
does SWFA do repairs?

July 10, 2006, 19:22
if your talkin cloudy like moisture in the tubes you could unscrew the large lens body on a low humidity day....let the thing dry inside then put them in a bucket...find a tig welder buddy with a bottle of argon back fill the bucket with the binos in the bottom ...put some sealant on the threads ...and screw em back together while submerged i the argon .(and dont breathe too much...seriously... while doing it if you feel like your outa breath do a handstand in the corner and breathe realhard in and out the argon will come out of your lungs ......other wise youll die..........).......it will displace the air in them as the argon is heavier than air ......but if your talking focal length discrepencies or ...pincushioning/ (fuzzy around the outer circumference) ....it will probably need to be sent to someone

July 10, 2006, 19:26
oh ....you might try EDMUND SCIENTIFIC COMPANY .... i think they still do repairs on optics ...but it will cost ya

July 11, 2006, 06:31
SWFA doesn't appear to offer any repair work.

Thanks for the self-repair tips. I'm a little nervous though that I can only do more harm than good by opening the binoculars myself. I found a binuocular repair manual for sale, but I got the impression that until I got it done, I would have many hours of trial and error invested (along with the possibility of fanging up something).

July 11, 2006, 09:48
lawdog ....i understand .......a bushnell or tasco...id tear into them .......zeiss are the best production optics in the world ...bar none .so i understand the apprehension...but i would give edmund scientific a call .....just for sheites and googles....they might be able to help ......or just try to find a zeiss distributor in the usa ...hell they might be under warranty ...they are proffessionals and im sure they wil back their product

Para Driver
July 11, 2006, 12:29
I still have a pair of 8x30 armored that are running strong, 20+ years old.. I did have to replace the eye cups, as they just wore out..

Ziess website says:
Carl Zeiss Optical, Inc.
Attn: Sports Optics Service Dept.
13005 North Kingston Avenue
Chester, VA 23836-8333


July 11, 2006, 16:22
Go to the local camera store, find a copy of a magazine callled "Shutterbug"
It's like "shotgun news" but for all things photographic.
There are several repair places in there that work on telescopes & binoculars.
As for going the "DIY" route, I'd advise against it, specially with binoculars. They have two optical systems to re-allign, and that does need some specialised equipment.
Your description of "cloudy" could be caused by several things, some of which you can fix yourself, (like dirt or fungus growing on the surface of the lenses, or prisms) and some of which you can't (like coating damage or "cemented" elements seperating.) Chack out "Shutterbug" I'm sure you'll find someone reasonably priced & good.
I did an answer to a similar post a while back & had a copy handy so I gave the address & tel #, but I don't have a copy handy right now. Try a search for "binocular" on the files & see if it pops up.

July 11, 2006, 20:56
Maybe try Osborn Optic

Mosin Guy
July 12, 2006, 07:35

Survey Punk
July 12, 2006, 09:23
This past winter I had Mountain Optics refurb. a pair of Manon binocs I picked up at a flea mkt.
I was most very pleased with the result.

Email: mtnoptic@montana.com
Contact name is Daniel