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El Spavo

Argun was in the squad behind us... he was like a pointer, snapping at our heels whilst we were finishing up on each stand. He had a good day, and the smile on his face seemed to be pretty permanent... you can see why! :) 

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JoostB
On 10/7/2020 at 2:33 PM, Luke_(NL) said:

It's unfortune that I have less brain matter to contain in my smaller head, otherwise I'd let you try my set (X7). Would be a good reason to invite you over to JST anyways :) 

I hear that the proprietor of Het Goor / Voskuil in Aalten sells Pilla, and would likely let you try lenses there. If need be I can get you his email address, let me know. 

Hi Luke,

 

Thnx! Where is JST anyway? I know of the reseller in Belgium.

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Luke_(NL)
6 minutes ago, JoostB said:

Thnx! Where is JST anyway? I know of the reseller in Belgium.

JST is in Waalsdorp mate, The Hague (Scheveningen, I think). Nice place :)  

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35 minutes ago, Luke_(NL) said:

JST is in Waalsdorp mate, The Hague (Scheveningen, I think). Nice place :)  

I guess then we are a 2 hour drive apart. Perhaps once I have my own gun and all the permits sorted. (gun already on order for a few months)

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JoostB
On 10/1/2020 at 10:29 PM, Luke_(NL) said:

I was dragging my feet on getting 'proper' eyewear, as I  didn't think that there could be that much difference between my Decathlon three lens kit that cost a tenner and the flashy glasses that shooters lug around in miniature vaults. 

Until I tried a mate's pair of Pilla's in low light, facing a setting sun. It felt like cheating in comparison. I could pick up the clays sooner and clearer. I'll take every edge I can reasonably lay my hands on 😄 so I bit the bullet and ordered a kit, which was surprisingly (lots) cheaper to ship over from the UK than if sourced locally.

I went with 10CED, 30CED and 67CWN (similar to my mates setup which suited well) and now I am eager for some varying light conditions to try each one out. All rain today and most of the weekend (my luck) by the looks of it, but will be happy to report on my experience with them. 

How do you like the lenses that you got Luke?

I was advised to go for 10CED, 92CHCL and 52CHC. Too many to pick from....

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Freddypip

The 52 CHC is nice and the only lens I have paid full price for.

The 10CED will be very dark so only good in bright light - the 18 CED maybe more usable.

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On 10/1/2020 at 10:29 PM, Luke_(NL) said:

I was dragging my feet on getting 'proper' eyewear, as I  didn't think that there could be that much difference between my Decathlon three lens kit that cost a tenner and the flashy glasses that shooters lug around in miniature vaults. 

Until I tried a mate's pair of Pilla's in low light, facing a setting sun. It felt like cheating in comparison. I could pick up the clays sooner and clearer. I'll take every edge I can reasonably lay my hands on 😄 so I bit the bullet and ordered a kit, which was surprisingly (lots) cheaper to ship over from the UK than if sourced locally.

I went with 10CED, 30CED and 67CWN (similar to my mates setup which suited well) and now I am eager for some varying light conditions to try each one out. All rain today and most of the weekend (my luck) by the looks of it, but will be happy to report on my experience with them. 

I am also looking at the 44CMX. Would you pick the 52CHC over the 44CMX for shooting on an average weather day?

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2 hours ago, Freddypip said:

The 52 CHC is nice and the only lens I have paid full price for.

The 10CED will be very dark so only good in bright light - the 18 CED maybe more usable.

Sorry, I meant to quote Freddypip in my last post:

 

I am also looking at the 44CMX. Would you pick the 52CHC over the 44CMX for shooting on an average weather day?

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6 hours ago, JoostB said:

Sorry, I meant to quote Freddypip in my last post:

I am also looking at the 44CMX. Would you pick the 52CHC over the 44CMX for shooting on an average weather day?

If you're looking at the 44CMX and 52CHC, then also have a look at the 55PWC. Passed it by a few times, finally tried one on yesterday. This is now going to be my go to lens

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Freddypip

I cannot comment personally on the 44CMX however I would expect it is good.

I am 52 years old - theory says eyes need more light with age and that matches my experience & I have never really been bright light sensitive.

I find about 50 'ish' good (actually Vigilante 54HC or 560 frames with 45CO) for most days but I do use 40 Max (old blades) for brighter days.

I suspect I would like the 44CMX given it is close to both the 45CO and 40 Max.

I carry some 15HC for direct sun but find them too dark normally - nice for driving oddly.

The suggestion of 55PWC is interesting but the difference in color is a very personal thing - try as many as your can.  I only bought the 52CHC because I had the 54HC and knew it would work.

I would not normally post on things like glasses but its easy to get a 90 'ish' lense and a 10 'ish' lense that never get used and thus are a waste of money long term.

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On 10/2/2020 at 10:21 AM, Salopian said:

Try Randolphs .

Cheaper , better .

With Pilla you are being financially ripped off by everyone with their fingers in the pot . Their advertising isn't free you know , you are paying for it .

Better? based on what?

 

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Luke_(NL)
22 hours ago, JoostB said:

How do you like the lenses that you got Luke?

I was advised to go for 10CED, 92CHCL and 52CHC. Too many to pick from....

So far I've only had occasion to try the 30CED on a half sunny day, and on all other occassions I've used the 67CWN. Both work well, and in fact the 67CWN did allow for shots straight into a low sun that would occasionally break out, that I would certainly have lost otherwise. It's been my go-to, although I am contemplating a yellow-ish lens for heavily overcast days. So far pretty happy, and looking forward to a few more actually sunny days to try the 10CED. With October half gone the chances of that are getting slim though 😎

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Salopian

Schmokkin,

 Better based on , durability , value for money , clarity . In my opinion .

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donna

After having Rangers for years, (and they were good, easy to change lens etc) when I was at a shoot a few weeks ago and struggled to see a particular target, the hubby with his Pilla’s saw them all the way and told me to get a set.  I honestly struggled to make sense of spending that much money on a set of glasses I will wear probably 2-3 times a month.  Then a few days later, I had to take my dad to the hospital to get results of tests he’d had done to be told he’s got stage 4 lung cancer with no chance of and treatment and talking of hospices etc.  My dad was actually fine about it, he’s been ill for a long time but it made me think a bit so came home looked Phil in the eye and said I want a pair of Pilla’s!! Life’s too short to waste it.  So last week we went to Starkey Headsets (Tom was excellent by the way), and several hundreds of pounds later came away with the Panther X7, lens I chose were 40CN, 44CMX, 60CHCW and 60CHCP, the later one is not in stock so on order, also as I wear prescription glasses had to get the inserts which I then took to SpecSaves who done them for £39 in 2 days.  We are at Barrow tomorrow so first time wearing them, I just hope I can hit something to justify the cost! If not, at least I’ll look cool in my pretty pink lens!  I also managed to sell the Rangers with all the lenses which covered a little bit of the cost!!!

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ColinD

Sorry to hear about your Dad Donna, these things put money matters into perspective, if you can afford them why not. I just purchased a gun on a whim when finding out a good friend of mine just lost his wife and a week later his son to Covid, as you say lifes too short

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Luke_(NL)

My sympathies! 

I agree with the "life is too short" strategy wholeheartedly. Then again, a month can be long when funds are short, but luckily I have no cause for complaints. 

@donna - 40 CN and 44 CMX seem pretty close in terms of "available light" in the spectrum of lenses , as do the 60CHCW and the "60CHCP"  (meaning the 62CHCP?). Curious as to the reason / preferences. 

I'm on the fence about buying something similar to the 62CHCP, possibly the 64CB or the 80HC for when the light is low and the higher contrast would help. Will you post how you get on with the yellow lense (if that is the one you ordered)?

Either way, enjoy them and smash some clays looking the part.   

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I tried so many colours!  Being an older lady nearing 60 I need more light and funnily enough what works for the hubby didn’t work for me. My trouble is seeing targets against trees/hedges etc so I went for the 40 CN as it neutralises green and the pink/orange stands out against it, the 44 cmx again medium light but gives the orange maximum boost making them stand out, the 60 chcw again, really good in open fields and woods and the 60 chcp is identical to the 62 gives a very high co trust on cloudy days which are a problem for me.  However, after using them for the first time yesterday, I had a problem.  I chose the Panthers and I had no problem with the lens, I could see everything g through them but I have prescription inserts and in the panthers the insert was too far away from the lens which distorted my view and when I shot, the clays were hazy and blurry.  I tried moving them up and down on each stand but it didn’t change.  After 6 stands I ended up taking them off and using my “normal” every day glasses.  Out of the first 58 I dropped 31 targets, on the next 42 after changing I dropped 10.  I was devastated!  I am now going to change to the Outlaw X7 (hubby has the 6) as the insert is stable and much closer to the lens.  

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I really like the fit and field of vision that the Outlaw X-s offer, so I hope you won't be disappointed. 

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