I'm new to this long range shooting, so I have a question.
As I read the posts on optics I notice a lot of loyality to Nighforce and some loyality on Leupold. Fair enough, as these companies build what I term end use products for us shooters.
Now where I get confused (and I'm not knocking the product) is that a whole lot on this forum rave about the optical quality of the Nightforce product, and knock other products. Now with all the approval of NF here the end product must be super. I dont know as I am quite new. What I want to point out is that NF probably builds great stuff, but all the acolades that I read about their optical quality has gotten me to think about something.
NF is an assembler of a product, and from what you fellas write, a darn good one at that. As an assembler of an end use product they are supplied with lenses from an optical plant-manufacturer listed as being Japanese. I have read in a book that lenses in high end sporting optics are manufactured by two companies. These companies are Zeiss-Schott and Nikon-Hikari. From what I gather these guys are actually the makers of the lense materials. From further reasearch I was lead to believe that their glass or poly-material lenses are shipped to companies like Leupold, Leica, Swaro, etc and once there they may be polishes ground and definately coat with propriety coatings.
I just have gotten off Nikon's corperate site and looked at products. Listed is optical materials and components section with pics of lenses. Also I have just e-mailed Schott about this topic, and if their lenses are supplied.
So I guess it comes to this. I know Schott makes lense material as does Nikon. I know nikon is made in Japan, and now has a huge facility in Taiwan. Are all our better optical lenses really from two sources? That is what tends to turn up in what I've read in an optics book, and internet reasearch.
As far as NF goes, I don't mind that they assemble products and are part of my state's economy. But what I really wonder is this. When all the raving about NF's optical superiority is tallied, are we really looking thru Nikon lenses that are assembled in a tough accurate optical housing. Remember this is about lenses and not the scope platform, and I dont knock NF. Just wondering about where all the GLASS or poly lenses come from.