Originally Posted by Charlts
How does anybody know that it looks like a proper good anything without looking through it first?
Some of us have!
Last March I was asked to test the original prototypes (before the subsequent internal reworking) and even then found the 4.5-14x38 superior to the (then) new 3-12x50 Sidewinder and to the standard SR6 in terms of depth of field, and equal if not better in optical clarity and light transmission.
Hawke also took the rather unusual step of asking my son Jamie to test the prototypes too, saying that young eyes often pick up what older ones don't (i.e. calling me old and blind!). Both Jamie and I came independently to the same conclusion after shooting the prototypes in an HFT comp but we noticed the 'white out' if our eye wasn't aligned well, as did Nick Jenkinson to whom the scopes then went.
Following testing and constructive criticism of the prototypes by us and others the internal redesign was put in place to produce what should be outstanding optics and dof for the price.
Unless Hawke have gone backwards from that first prototype, the final version will be better than its predecessor. But as you rightly say, the proof of the pudding........