Fake or real Carl Zeiss Jena binoculars?

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Fake or real Carl Zeiss Jena binoculars?

 
cowlkosticpan3, in his Ebay Guide, alleges that Carl Zeiss Jena binoculars having a 6 digit serial number are 'fakes' whilst he also admits that he has no knowledge of whether they were made for Carl Zeiss Jena under contract by another firm, which I understand was indeed the case. Since the supply of binoculars from the factory in Jena was insufficient in the 1980s, despite reaching six figures each year, to meet a heavy demand, a licence was issued to a Japanese firm who met the specification; yes they had been producing copies already. In this case they can hardly be described as fakes being made under licence to Carl Zeiss Jena.  He also describes the optics as inferior, who says? Carl Zeiss Jena were sufficiently content to call them their own, put their own name on them. There are small mechanical differences however and they do not carry the DDR imprint.
 I have both a pair of Carl Zeiss Jena 8x30 binoculars with a 6 digit serial number bought in the late 1980s and another with a 7 digit serial number bought in the late 1970s, both purchased new from the same reputable dealer in Oxford. I have never detected any difference in the relative quality of the optics of these two pairs, even now specifically looking for a difference, I can find none. I had never, in over thirty years of using both, noticed the small mechanical differences. In my opinion anyone who has bought Carl Zeiss binoculars from Ebay having a 6 digit serial number are likely to have had a good deal whether or not they were manufactured in the DDR.
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