A few days ago, I walked into a charity shop and saw a pair of binoculars in a black hard leather case. I asked to examine them. I looked through them towards the street and they were powerful and the image was crystal clear. I couldn't read the writing on them except 12x40 made in USSR. I paid the £10.00. They felt heavy and weighed them on domestic scale the screen showed 2 lbs. After some google research I discovered they are ZOMS 6N61 12x40 SN:711862. Being 12x40 they are powerful but very bright. They look new though they were made many years ago. Sturdy solid and nice to handle. Any thoughts on this type. I always read that above 10x50 is not recommended for manual handling. This pair is 12x40 yet easy to use and the image is sharp?
On a visit to the Middle East in 1982 I walked with a colleague into a camera shop. He wanted to buy a lense for his SLR camera. I spotted a glass cabinet with binoculars and asked to look at one of them. Upto that point my knowledge of binoculars was almost zero. The man in the shop handed me a pair marked 16x50 I looked outside at a target. Then he handed me a 7x50 which I found much easier to use and it gave a superior view. So I chose it. I paid the equivalent of £30 - £40 . Back in England I gave them as a present to my father -in-law and he was very pleased with them. Some years later he passed away. When we visited my mother-in-law in 2014 I spotted a brown bag on a shelf in the garage which contained the same binoculars and the mother-in-law said I can have them back. So 32 years later I got them back. I examined them carefully. The performance during the day is excellent and at night is good. Though made in Japan with "Japan 10 passed" marking, it has the following information: 7x50 Marine, Blickwinkel 7.1, Vergutete Optik. All attempts to find the name of the manufacturer have so far failed. Has anyone come across a similar pair of binos? I can send pictures of the binos,