Camera Land's 2012 Shot Show Report
Shot Show was hectic as always but it is always a learning experience.
I brought Scottie with me for a couple of days to see what's what and so he can get more immersed in Sports Optics as he has been learning a lot over the past couple of years but he is a camera guy first and foremost. While I was in meetings he was with tech guys for hours on end so he is all filled with optics knowledge and is excited about learning more about the Sports Optics side of the business.
In no particular order, here is what I have to say in addition to the SHOT Show Preview that contained intel on new product.....
Nikon has put a $50.00 instant rebate on their
Nikon Prostaff 7 8x42 #7537, Nikon Prostaff 7 10x42 - Black #7538 & Nikon Prostaff 7 10x42 - APG Camo Part#7539
So after the rebate the 8x42 is only $139.99 and the 10x42 Black is $149.99 or $169.99 for the Camo. There is no better deal at this price in the Nikon line up.
If you want something superior, for not much more money take a look at the new Nikon Monarch 3 8x42 #7540 @ $229.95 & their Nikon Monarch 3 10x42 #7541 @ $249.95
The next new model in the Monarch series is their Monarch 5 ATB with "Performance Driven Technology" in 8x42 and 10x42. This is a slight step up in $$$ but a noticeable upgrade optically.
We had a GREAT meeting with Steiner The more of their optics I see the more impressed I am with what they are doing.
They are showing a new line of Predator Xtreme riflescopes, These will be available in late Spring and they are offering these in:
#5001 2.5X-10X-42mm S-1 Ret @ $799.99
#5002 3X-12X-56mm S-1 Ret @ $899.99
#5003 4X-16X-50mm S-1 Ret @ $999.99
(Their S1 reticle is a BDC style reticle)
* C.A.T. (color adjusted transmission) Game Sensing lens coatings
* High grade optics
* S-1 Ballistic Reticle
* Second Reticle Plane
* 1/4 MOA Adjustment
* Reset to Zero, interchange dial adjustment system
* Advanced windage & elevation adjustments
* Double internal spring tension system
* 3.5-4" eye relief
* Nitrogen filled, waterproof & fog proof with turret caps off
* -22*F - 140* F operating temperture range
* Precision gauged and hadn fitted assemblies
* Zero tolerance interface between zoom lenses and guide tube and zoom tube
* Solid stress free 1 piece outer tube
These scopes are all German optics, assembled here in the USA
I think these scopes offer a lot for the money. Optics made in Germany and all for under $1000.00 each. IMO, they have been listening to what the shooter has been saying.
On an exciting note, we purchased their remaining inventory of their:
Steiner Merlin 8x32 Binocular, #438 and are blowing these out @ only $299.99, reduced from $439.99.
- Lightweight, compact, yet full featured. Because of the lighter weight, this binocular is ideally suited for longer walks or hikes. The performance is uncompromising and will equal many larger binoculars.
Weight: 22 ozs.
Eye relief: 16.5 mm
Field of view: 336 feet @ 1,000 yards
Dimensions: (inches) 5.5Lx2.2Hx5.2W
IP (Inter Pupil) Distance: 57-73mm
Close focus: 8.9 feet
If you mention this SHOT Show report when ordering your Steiner Merlin 8x32 Binocular, #438 we'll deduct an additional $30.00 bringing the cost down to only $269.99
Leica once again has sold us the contents of their booth so we should have at least one of everything to offer at demo prices. These, as always, will be in as new condition and offer you the opportunity to obtain a great Leica optic at a discounted price.
Once the shipment arrives to us and we get it checked in we'll do a post of the inventory and the prices. If you cannot wait for that please feel free to contact either me or Neil and we'll check the packing slip and pull out what you want. Assuming someone hasn't already beat you to it. As an example, the Leica CRF-1000 Rangefinder @ only $479.99.
I had a chance to check out the new Leica Trinovid 8x42 & Trinovid 10x42 and I must say I was very impressed. The optics are everything I had anticipated they would be & they were light, compact and felt great in my hands. I think they have hit a home run with this product. For Leica $1449.00 for the 8x42 and $1499.00 for the 10x42 is throw back price to a long while ago. I understand that $1449.00/$1499.00 is far from your average entry level price of any optic, however, in the quality level of this binocular you will not see a similar glass priced under $2000.00
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