It is always important and useful to receive feedback from our
customers. This enables us to improve the service and move in
the direction required by you. Please let us have your comments by e-mail, letter or fax, once you have had work carried out by
Optrep Optical Repairs. For your interest, here are some of the
most recent testimonials received from satisfied customers:
A quick note to thanks you very much for doing such a great job with the Zeiss 7x50 UBoat binoculars….. am so pleased with the work you have done. Given their age and the extraordinary lengths Zeiss went to in sealing them up, I had despaired of finding anyone who could restore them. Although I wasn’t around when these were made, they are surely back to being as good as new.
(Paul Watkins, Princeton, USA).
Repaired binoculars (Avian F 8x42 RP.WP.PC) received this morning and performing aswell as they ever did. Thanks for the speedy repair, I’m sure that my insurers are happy that they will not be forking out for a new pair and having had the usual ‘send them to us for an estimate’ response from others it was a pleasure to find someone who came back with anacceptable estimate based upon photographs of the damage.
(Tony Spence, Buxton, UK).
... I received the binoculars (Barr & Stroud CF41 7x50) yesterday and want to tell you how delighted I am with what you have done for me. Thank you so much.
(Garth Rigby, Wigan, UK).
Many thanks for the competent repair. I had tried several places to get them repaired, but the answer was always in the same vein – can’t get the parts from Leica. You were my last chance – and you effected a repair without having to go for replacement of the parts. Thanks a lot!
(O. Dixon, Hexham, Northumberland, UK).
Many thanks for the excellent cleaning and overhaul service you have performed on my Ross 9x35 binoculars. …..I have been searching for several years for a skilled repairer to accomplish this task, but until now, all others have rejected the job because the objective lenses are cemented in place….. Now, thanks to your skills, I can once again enjoy these, my favourite binoculars….. I am extremely pleased and would recommend your service wholeheartedly to everyone.
(R. Cox, Huntingdon, Cambs, UK.).
My Leica binoculars (Leica 7x42BA Trinovid) arrived this morning….. They are working fine, just like new. Your service and work has been excellent.
(S. Fox, Leicester, UK).
Many thanks for doing such an excellent repair on my aged but much-loved Carl Zeiss Jenoptem 8x30W binoculars……It will be a great pleasure to use them again. I will very definitely recommend you without hesitation……
B. Davis, London, UK).
My binoculars (Leica 8x32BA Trinovid) arrived safely yesterday morning. I am delighted with the work you have done – they are so much clearer now. Thank you also for the rapid turnaround.
(J. Lipscombe, Skipton, UK).
The binos (1943 Taylor-Hobson 6x30 ex-WD) arrived today. I must say, I didn’t quite expect such a difference; they are brilliant. The sight is clear and crisp. Even the dioptre rings work like a charm again. No rattling, just smooth adjusting of the dioptres.
(T. Tesser, Arnhem, The Netherlands).
Thank you so much for the repair of my Leica APO Televid 77 scope. Its like new and the quick turnaround is much appreciated. I was so please to get it back so quick. ...the work you do/service you offer is to a high standard at a fair price with good communication...
Des Roberts, Whitwell, Notts, UK.
Just a quick note to say how well pleased we are with the service and repairs you
carried out on the (Leica 8x42 BA Trinovid) binoculars. They are as good as new
and I am delighted that you were able to rescue them from what would otherwise
have been the 'scrapheap' as they were clearly no longer useable in their present state.
Terry Bond, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK.
How wonderful to have my Leica Televid 77 scope back in full working order! After
I dropped it I thought it was done for but you worked a 'miracle' on it. May you
continue your excellent work for many years to come.
B. Marshal, Ilford, London, UK.
I want to thank you very much for the work that you carried out for my Leitz (6x24)
Amplivid binoculars. You did a superb and fast job. It is a pleasure to use them
again. It is great to have a company like yours which is willing to service my
instrument when the original maker declines to perform any work on their redoubtable
Dr. John C. Ling, Davis, California, USA.
.....you really did a more than marvellous job to my (Nikon 12x50 SE)
binoculars. It arrived in a really perfect condition. Before your Optrep treatment, it
was a really good binocular but now it is really world class!! Thank you very much
Gertjan van der Kooij, The Netherlands.
Binoculars (Celestron 25x70 Skymaster) arrived Wednesday. Very quick turnaround.
First thing that impressed me was how clean and new they looked. I have had a quick
look through them and they are even better now than before they lost alignment...
Thanks for a first class job.
Alan Bennett, Kendal, Cumbria, UK.
I have received (Carl Zeiss, West, 8x30B porro binoculars) back from you. Thank
you so much for your professional work. The binoculars mean a lot to me as (they
were) owned by my late father. To be able to use them now and at such an amazing
performance level after repairs has me amazed and grateful.
Kit Chye, Brisbane,
I've just received the (Docter 15x60 'Nobilem') binoculars and they look and work
great. Thanks very much for a fantastic job
Received my Spindler & Hoyer (8x30 'Moacht') binoculars back first thing this
morning. Excellent service. A definite improvement...
Gary Blyth, Gt. Yarmouth,
...the Longchamp (8x30 CF) binoculars have been delivered back to me this
morning safe and sound. What an improvement! I am so pleased with the result and
thank you so much for doing the work so quickly.
Jack Taylor, Hitchin, Herts, UK.
Just to let you know that I am very pleased with your excellent renovation service,
which has given a new lease of life to my aged (Oculus 8x30 ZCF) binoculars.
Gerard Wyllys, Blandford, Dorset, UK.
Binoculars (1938 Carl Zeiss 8x30 'Deltrintem') arrived safely. Splendid job, must be
as good as new!
Chris Williams, Basingstoke, Hants, UK.
..I received my binoculars today and I want to thank you and the staff for doing a
great job in restoring my (1942 Universal Camera M6 6x30) binoculars to near mint
Mike Capodarco, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.
Thank you so much for what you have done for my (Barr & Stroud CF29 7x42)
binoculars. The transformation is miraculous. Before I was pretending that the little
I could see was great because it was an old pair. Now I realise they needed repair and
they can be fantastic.
Jamie Taylor, Bath, Avon, UK.
Thank you so much for what you have done for my binoculars (Barr & Stroud CF297x50). The transformation is miraculous. Before, I was pretending that the little I
could see was great because it was an old pair. Now I realise they needed repair and they can be fantastic.
(Jamie Taylor, Bath, Avon, UK).
After some very enjoyable years using my 22x100 binoculars for astronomy, they
became unuseable……Optrep repaired them very quickly and I was able to inspect
them upon collection and could already see that they appeared to be perfect. Later
that night, I was able to use the 20x100s and (they) were once again a pleasure to use
now that they were perfectly collimated and cleaned. Before the service, I struggled
with getting enough adjustment on the right eyepiece, and was pleasantly surprised
that they were now set up perfectly and can easily cater for my dodgy right eye!
would definitely recommend Optrep and would have no hesitation in using them
again if needed.
(Kevin Roulson, Honiton, Devon, UK).
Really pleased with the work you have done (on my Zeiss 10x50W Jenoptem
binoculars). Its great to have them working again and so well.
(R. Longfield, Weston
Patrick, Hants, UK).
My WW2 Nikko 20x120 binoculars with 45° eyepieces were personally delivered
to Tony’s workshop. They had poor optical performance and a damaged eyepiece
section. A difficult repair, or so I thought! Tony made a fantastic job of repairing
them. The lenses are clean and bright and collimation spot on. Great job and nice
(Russ Grief, UK).
Thank you very much indeed for mending my 1.75” 3-draw brass telescope and for doing it so quickly. When I found it earlier in the year, in a cupboard, with its lens broken I thought I would have great difficulty getting it fixed so I felt very fortunate to have found Optrep on our computer. The scope belonged to my Great-great-grandfather and is a piece of history, so it is great to have it in working order. Thank you again very much indeed.
(Charlotte Hingston, Muir of Ord, UK).
Binoculars (Leica 10x42 BN Trinovid) safely arrived……thank you for turning them
around so quickly. And, wow, absolutely amazing result! Its like having a brand
new pair of binoculars – utterly superb. I’d recommend you to anyone.
Witney, Oxfordshire, UK
Thanks for everything. Its always a pleasure forking out when you get good service
with no hassle. Worth every penny……….its as if my binoculars (Carl Zeiss
10x40Bmc Notarem) are brand new – in fact I think maybe they never showed their
true potential until now.
David Goodwin, Headington, Oxford, UK
I would like to thank you so much for the wonderful repair and servicing you have done on my much loved binoculars. They are as good as new, and now that they have been serviced as well, I realise how much they needed servicing as well!
Mary MacDougall-Davis, Oxford, UK.
Many thanks for the swift repair of my 10x40 Zeiss Dialyt binoculars. I must admit I was not looking forward to being without them for the first time in many years but it was relatively painless experience and a much faster turn around than I expected. I would certainly recommend you whole heartedly to anyone who needs optical repair work carried out.
Mike Baker, Romsey, UK.
Tony Kay senior has been repairing telescopes and binoculars for over 50 years now and is a true professional and expert in his field. I cannot recommend this (Optrep) service more highly and have been mightily impressed by Tony’s professionalism and high standards. …..So, if you are unfortunate to have an optical accident, do not hesitate to contact Tony…
(Lee G.R.Evans of the British Birding Association).
Having received my old Navy CF41 binoculars back from your premises after being stripped, serviced and repaired, I have been amazed at the transformation in performance and would not have thought it possible on such elderly optics. I put this down to the quality of Barr & Stroud and the excellence of your service. Would that you could do the same for my old eyes. Thank you.
J. Carr, Carnoustie, Scotland, UK
The binoculars (Leitz 8x40BA Trinovid) came back this morning. Thank you for returning them to their excellent original condition. Excellent service at a fair price!
Douglas Bromley, Perth, Scotland, UK
…..and WOW! I am looking forward to taking them (20x50 ZCF Telstar) out properly – they are transformed.
Bettina Vine, Barnes, London, UK
The binoculars (Zeiss (West) 8x30B) arrived today and I want to thank you for the fantastic work you have done. If I ever need optical repairs I will contact you and I will tell my friends the top quality of your work.
António Paixão, Portugal
Thank you very much for the rapid turnaround on my Audubon binoculars, they are like new again. Thanks for outstanding service.
Chris Thwaites, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, UK
…..my Leitz 7x42 arrived today. I am happy with the results. It appears that these oldies now have quite a few years of useful life left in them. Thanks for your quick and expert work. I will certainly recommend your service if the opportunity presents itself.
(Manfred Kusch, California, USA
Received my binoculars (Leitz 7x42BA Trinovid) in the post today. Many thanks
for your swift service, they are fantastic. Its getting dark now and I have just had
them out for a try. Its like when you have put up with rather bad eyesight for a while
then you get your first glasses – born again is the sharpness and clarity. Many, many
Peter Hall, Pwllheli, Wales, UK
(I received) the Zeiss 7x42 on Saturday and I am very pleased. Your work is perfect,
Serge-Antoine Legrand, Maisons Alfort, France
My grandfather’s (antique) French 8x28 binoculars arrived back here yesterday.
I’m delighted with the TLC you’ve given them; a great result. Many thanks.
Dunn, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
The owner of a Zeiss Jena 8x30 for 40 years, I was considering treating myself to a
modern pair of Zeiss, until I chanced upon ‘Optrep’ on the Net. Within a week or
so I had not only dispatched the binoculars for overhaul but had received them as
perfect optically as the day I purchased them. A brilliant technician.
(David Walker, Walsall, UK).
Thank you once again for cleaning and renovating my 8x30 Zeiss (West) binoculars.
It clearly was a testing task due to the missing seals and damaged screws but now
that I have had them in the field I am very pleased with the result. They have been
restored once again to their original clarity and mechanical condition and, of course,
my pride of ownership.
(John Hughes, UK).
Now – that’s what I call a good service! You did a repair as requested, very quickly,
returning to me a pair of binoculars which now work better than they did from the day
they were given to me.
(John Pryse, Burgess Hill, UK).
...I received my binoculars (Zeiss M 7x40 Flektogon Super S) back having been
serviced (including fitting a new prism). I should like very much to thank you for
the very efficient and businesslike manner you dealt with the restoration of my
binoculars. I have owned these for some 40 years and look forward to using them
in the future in their now amazing restored condition. I would have no hesitation in
recommending your company to my friends...
Stephen Ucko, Netanya, Israel
I received excellent and friendly service when I ….had my Leitz 10x40B Trinovid
binoculars serviced. I just ran out onto the porch as soon as I got them... to see
across the lagoon and I swear I can see farther with them than before. I’ll be thanking
(Julie Brooks, Aitutaki, Cook Islands, South Pacific).
I have just received the binoculars (Ross 8x30 Steptron) this morning and they are
perfect. They can match my Nikon. Good job Tony!
(Ng Tuck Meng, Ipoh, Perak,
Just a quick note to say many thanks for the binoculars sent for servicing. Terrific
job done on the Krauss, brought back from the dead. They are something special
optically. All in all a great job done on the eyepieces and optics.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the very swift service in repairing my Zeiss (10x50 Jenoptem) binoculars. The end result is beyond my wildest expectations, they are superb. I did not believe they could be rescued at all and now they look as if they have just come out of the box. I am absolutely delighted. I will be recommending you to family and friends without hesitation.
(M. Knight, Bristol, UK).
Just wanted to say that I got the CF41s (Barr & Stroud 7x50s) this past Friday. They look wonderful and the view through them is even better!! I would not have thought to send the binoculars overseas, but your website photos of WW2 glasses that you have repaired sold me on doing so with my old glasses. Glad I sent them “home” for a refit.
(T. Tamberg, Los Angeles).
I received my Oigee’s (6x24 Dienstglas) yesterday and couldn’t believe what you guys did to it. ….. Speechless, all the adjustments are much more fluid and not strenuous. But to my amazement what a hell of a frigging difference I tell you. I am trying really hard not to swear in this e-mail from total excitement (a Canadian thing) sorry. The clarity totally beyond my expectation after repair. You guys are the king of the optics world.
(A. da Silva, Montreal).
I’ve just received my binoculars back from their service. They look tremendous and, thankfully, you had old original Zeiss spares with which to replace the damaged bottom plates on my Zeiss 8x40 ‘Delactis’ binoculars. Not everybody could have done that and I’d recommend OPTREP to anyone.
(S. Baillie, Livingston, Scotland, UK).
I e-mailed Optrep with a photo of my damaged Helios 7x50 WP ‘Weather Master’ binoculars. The left side objective lens barrel was snapped off inside the main prism housing. I was convinced my pride and joy were beyond repair but within a few days the binoculars were being assessed in Tony Kay’s workshop, a new part was manufactured, the binoculars were assembled and tested and were promptly returned to me by courier…… I have used Optrep’s services previously, they are efficient, professional and quick and their charge was very reasonable; new binoculars of equivalent value would have cost three times as much. I recommend Optrep to anyone who recognises the value of a good repair compared to the cost of a replacement.
(R. Duck, Wroxhall, Isle of Wight, UK).
My binoculars arrived back as promised early this morning – first class. Firstly, I have to admit I bought these binoculars (Carl Zeiss 8x32 Notarem) in a junk shop in Hastings for £15-00 in the hope I could get them repaired as it was obvious the internal focussing mechanism was no longer attached to the focusing wheel. I’ve had them for about a year and recently decided to look for a reputable company to repair them. I note you have made new parts to repair the focusing mechanism. I tried them immediately out of the box and they are fantastic, objects are clear and come into sharp focus. I am absolutely delighted with the work you have done as these would have been consigned to the bin……..
(N. Arculus, Sutton Coldfield, UK).
'Checkpoint Charlie' Zeiss 7x40s were pretty impressive when I bought them, but I must say that since they got the 'Optrep treatment' they are now simply breathtaking. A dull left optic is now crystal clear - like its twin - and the mechanical operation is super smooth. Even some apparent sloppiness in their original assembly (1985) has been addressed, leaving them not just as good as, but seemingly better than new. A quick and efficient service worth every penny.'
(Tom Mansel, London, UK).
HOLY COW!!! I've just received a brand new Zeiss 7x50 (U-Boat) binocular with a charming WW II combat patina. Nice work. Get ready to do your magic some more.
As I said, you are the only game in town (charming New York compliment meaning, 'You da best, guy!').
With friendliest regards, Mike Patterson. (New York)
'I received my CF41s back today. What a difference! You have really done a super job on them! I will certainly recommend your services to anyone who needs optics cleaned and repaired.'
C.B. of Egham, Surrey, UK.
"The Zeiss (8x56) are as good as they ever were optically and I would recommend OptRep to anyone who needs their binoculars revitalising. Many thanks for an excellent VERY reasonably priced service."
D.J.M., Colwyn Bay, UK.
"The refurbished binoculars arrived safely….. The lenses are now crystal clear, the mechanicals are silky smooth and overall I am delighted with the work you have done. I have no hesitation in recommending your quality service."
J.D., Ipswich, UK.
"….the scope arrived today and the optics are better than I expected. I cannot say enough good things about you and your company. Great price for the repairs, fast service and a real pleasure to deal with. I am recommending you to anyone who needs optics repairs."
"Many thanks for the job you have done on my WW2 binoculars. I am really pleased with them. I suspect that they are now just as good as the day they were issued."
B.B., Great Barfield, UK.
"….you have done a great job (on my CF41s), I am very pleased and the turn around time was impressive. They arrived yesterday and I had time to watch some Artic Terns giving a flying display over a thundercloud. With the unaided eye they were not visible, with the use of the Binoculars it was astounding. I am very pleased with the outcome……"
D.H., Naburn, York, UK.
"Many thanks for a great job done on my binoculars, they are better now than when I got them. You do a great service all around……"
C.B., Widnes, Cheshire, UK.
"…..thank you for the absolutely superb job you did on my Tal 100R refractor and my Carl Zeiss 10x40 Notarem binoculars. It is a real pleasure to see workmanship like yours of the very first class!! I have never seen optics cleaned as well as these two items…… Fantastic!! The views through the telescope and binoculars are now amazing…."
“….thank you for doing an excellent job, optically
and mechanically they (binoculars) are as good as new! I must
say you have exceeded my expectations…..”
“In a word, thrilled!.....I cannot
remember them (binoculars) being this good”.
S.W., Birmingham, UK
“You are to be congratulated for your fast, efficient,
friendly service AND actually doing what was required. ……I
shall be looking no further for future repairs”.
M.H., Belfast, UK.
“Thank you very much for your excellent
work on my Zeiss 10x40 binoculars. I have been impressed by
the quality of the cleaning (and replacement of parts as requested)
and the short time you took”.
M.O., Isle of Islay, UK.
“The optics are ‘gin clear’, the moving parts
are smooth as silk and the binoculars even smell right!”.
R.P., Bromley, UK.
“I must say the testimonials
on your website are correct, you do offer a fantastic service”
C.F. of Walsall, UK
"I am very satisfied with the standard of the work
and the speedy return of my telescope, especially over a Ban
C.S. of Addlestone, Surrey, UK.
"I was more than satisfied with
the repairs to my Carl Zeiss Notarem binoculars. A first class
job carried out quickly, to the highest standards and at a very
reasonable cost. I would not hesitate to recommend your services.
C.J.L. of Winchester, UK.
"Your service was extremely
efficient, professional and keenly priced. A superb turnaround!
The optics are now crystal and it is as smooth as silk to operate.
(Optolyth 30x80 telescope). "
A. Brown, UK.
"Got the binoculars back today - thank you! What an
It might seem silly to get attached to a mere "tool",
but I really thought that they were a gonner with 20+ years
"on the clock". But now after your service they are
as good as new! I will recommend you to anyone and everyone
who will listen (and to some that won't!). "
"A wonderfully quick and efficient
A.D. of Yetminster, Dorse, UKt.
“You appear to have serviced my binoculars most satisfactorily,
at a reasonable cost and in double quick time…….”
B.M.M.B of Gillingham, UK
“I have been delighted with
the work Optrep performed and, though I hesitated to send the
binos that great distance, I made the right choice….”
“I am 100% delighted with Optrep. The service is
efficient, professional and competitively priced. Fast turnaround
too! I would not dream of going elsewhere…”
“Phenomenally good service
– swift and ultra-professional. I have no hesitation in
F.O. of Reading, UK
“The service was fantastic and Wow, after the scope’s
return, it was literally as good as new.”
S.F. of Pilsey, UK.
“60 year old binoculars as
good as new. Very quick and efficient service”.
M.T. of Tonbridge, UK.
“First rate service of the highest quality”
P.J. of Sutton Poyntz, UK.
“First class service, communication
and speed of repair…….We wouldn’t hesitate
to recommend your shop to others”.
M.S. of Newmarket , UK
"Thanks for an excellent job at a very reasonable
price. The scope seems now to be optically perfect again. I
had quite thought it might be unrepairable, or at least a repair
would cost me a great deal more....."
"I am most impressed with the
speedy and very efficient service provided by Optrep and have
no hesitation in recommending them to anyone".
“This company repaired my binoculars when others
said no more could be done.”
(V.B. of New Milton, UK)
“Impressed with the prompt
and efficient service received.”
(D.R.G. of Ashford-in-the-Water, UK)
“…….an excellent job well done.”
(J.C. of Arundale, Australia)
Selected customer’s comments will be updated from time