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Sparto indicators: ARE these the real deal????

PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:43 pm

:?: :?: :?: :?: please look at these here piturs and let me know if these are original, thanks sandy
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:57 pm

As I intimated on the other thread you really need better pictures, try using a macro setting and in good daylight without flash. If I had to put money on it and on the pictures as posted I'd say they aren't correct, sorry.

I'll try and add some side by side pictures of a correct and incorrect lens - I'll be back (as someone said...)
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:35 pm

OK here we go:

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From left to right:

Aftermarket incorrect hard plastic base with up turned edges

Aftermarket incorrect lens

Correct Sparto shape lens

Correct Aluminium bezel

Original thin rubber base/gasket (this one a little old and mishaped)

Original metal base that fits on top of the thin rubber base
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:48 pm

here's two more - the insides are identical - here you go sandy
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:53 pm

Close up aftermarket lens on the left and correct Sparto lens on the right. The way to tell the difference is the incorrect lens has a definite ridge all the way along the centre of the top. The correct lens has a definite 'flattened' ends and you can sort of make out 4 smooth curves on the top which make the shape of an elongated X.

The incorrect lens has a slight peak in the middle which I hope clearly shows in the photo.

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:58 pm

Finally a close up of a Sparto. You can make out one of the soft curve ridges in the reflection - these are repeated on each corner. Hope this all makes sense.

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I hope this clarifies matters.



Still have perfect reproduction lenses available!
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:06 pm

Sandy your post 2 posts up. Your bases and lenses look like the ones on the left of my first photo - I'm sure I can see a ridge/peak in the centre. Run your finger across them if you can feel a ridge they're wrong.
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:28 pm

thats the case HOWEVER the bezel is correct, right?? -------------- suppose ill also get a pair of those new repros, to make mine 99% perfect - thanks mate
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:20 pm

Bezel does look correct yes.
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