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  1. keptman

    keptman Oakley Enthusiast

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    I on the fence on this lense. My lens tint sheet say it is a 16% lens. What I'm wanting to know is how is the lens compared to other VR28 units. I have a VR28 black Iridium, VR28 Black IP, and have seen through an older VR28 lens.
    So is this lens about the same as a plain VR28 just a little darker. I just want some input before I jump on a frame with a lens I won't like.
     
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  2. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    If you like VR28 lenses you shouldn't be disappointed. Handles differently than VR28BI, in that the contrast feels more like a standard VR28 lens, but it's polarized instead of iridium. So it doesn't feel quite as dark at other 15-16% lenses that are iridium, especially since it doesn't kill glare from a lot of different surfaces that iridium would help with, but it's polarized so it will still knock out road or water glare.

    Edit: I would say it looks more like Blue Iridium (current gen with VR28 base, obviously) to look through, over VR28BI.
     
  3. keptman

    keptman Oakley Enthusiast

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    So is this one that you would say use, when it's cloudy - slightly overcast. Would it be a good one for being in the woods hunting or just shooting.
    Do you mean straight Blue iridium or Vr28 Blue IRD.
     
  4. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    What is currently marketed as Blue Iridium. Which is a VR28 lens, for all intents, with an HI blue iridium coating.

    Cloudy and overcast, and/or in the woods? I'd think it would work better than an iridium of similar transmission for clouds, but I'd opt for a straight up VR28 in either instance. Sunny in the woods is a tough call. In my mind you want as little lens (as bright of a lens) as possible for a given condition. If a 28-30% lens works without squinting anything darker is going to start hindering you when shadows start to play, which either instance will.

    VR28 is a superb lens, and once you adjust to it there's no reason you can't wear it on a bright, sunny day. Hey, it's better than nothing. People poo-poo plain ol' grey, but I'll tell you having grey or having nothing? I'll still take grey.

    I'm reminded of having a pair of VR28 Half Jackets out on the ice for an outdoor pond hockey tournament 2 years ago. I misread the weather and picked them over all my dark tints. Nothing but ice and snow and sun. They were rough going for a short time, but after adjusting they rocked. Luckily glare wasn't a big deal, so I didn't have a lot of need for polarization, but having a lighter tint on was an enjoyable time.

    Forgive me as I begin to rant. I'm as guilty as anyone else of loading my collection with BIP, VR28BIP, Tungsten Polar, Ice, BI, and nothing much lighter than +Red. But there are a whole bevvy of lenses to be enjoyed. In my mind there are some that are just wretched and never need to be used, or are so niche I can't blame people for not investing in them, but in my mind a collection should have polarized and non-polarized up through 30% transmission.




    err... yeah, VR28 polarized is a good lens. I might be thinking into it a little too deep.
     
  5. keptman

    keptman Oakley Enthusiast

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    LOL I got yah