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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 02:55
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By etudiant
Very interesting bird. Black Headed seems the...

Very interesting bird. Black Headed seems the nearest, but not close.
Could not find anything similar in the 'Birds of East Asia' either.
Forum: Birds & Birding Yesterday, 00:19
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By etudiant
Good point! Afaik there is some evidence that...

Good point!
Afaik there is some evidence that feeding birds in winter reduces fitness, but I've not seen any evidence that indicts bread. There is of course argument that the ducks don't get their...
Forum: Leica Sunday 10th December 2017, 00:07
Replies: 27
Views: 1,459
Posted By etudiant
Have you tried a bandoleer style carry? A good...

Have you tried a bandoleer style carry? A good long shoulder strap takes the load off the neck without the extra fuss of a harness.
Forum: Canon Sunday 10th December 2017, 00:02
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By etudiant
Afaik, the IS will stay on when held horizontally...

Afaik, the IS will stay on when held horizontally until the glass is let down to hang.
So your glass is fine, but your batteries may want replacing.
Forum: Swarovski Saturday 9th December 2017, 23:52
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By etudiant
I've had problems with filters in cold/damp...

I've had problems with filters in cold/damp weather, the inside of the filter can fog up and it is a bother to fix, so I prefer to use a deep rubber hood instead.
However, when on or near salt water,...
Forum: Others Saturday 9th December 2017, 23:42
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By etudiant
A solid glass that pleases your eyes is what...

A solid glass that pleases your eyes is what matters, not the name on the box. So good on you if you found a Weaver that serves your turn.

What remains is that Weaver was unable to find a...
Forum: Others Saturday 9th December 2017, 01:08
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By etudiant
Weaver is a well known and respected name in the...

Weaver is a well known and respected name in the rifle scope market.
So they have optics chops, even if they don't have any visibility in the binoculars space. Plus they have a track record, which...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 8th December 2017, 02:20
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By etudiant
If the glass is fine optically and mechanically,...

If the glass is fine optically and mechanically, I'd not worry about it.
Zeiss does not have the Swaro reputation of slipstreaming gradual coating upgrades, so that a more recent glass may be...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 6th December 2017, 19:04
Replies: 2,258
Views: 692,051
Posted By etudiant
The new Sony RX10 IV appears to be getting very...

The new Sony RX10 IV appears to be getting very good reviews.
Downsides are much higher price and 'only' 600mm zoom, although that can be extended to 1200mm at some sacrifice of quality.
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Monday 4th December 2017, 19:35
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By etudiant
Surround the feeder with a screening wire with...

Surround the feeder with a screening wire with holes only big enough for small birds.
That will allow tits etc to feed in peace, albeit at the expense of the GSW.
An example offering is here: ...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 30th November 2017, 04:05
Replies: 29
Views: 964
Posted By etudiant
Well, you have to be happy with your gear, but...

Well, you have to be happy with your gear, but for this minimal scratch, it hardly seems proportionate. If it really bugs you, you're probably better served to send them to Swaro for a tuneup, they...
Forum: Leica Sunday 26th November 2017, 12:54
Replies: 39
Views: 2,109
Posted By etudiant
Excellent research! One wonders whether a more...

Excellent research!
One wonders whether a more careful metal deposition possible with todays techniques could avoid that 25% light loss. It might be considerably simpler to implement.
Forum: Swarovski Saturday 25th November 2017, 19:56
Replies: 2
Views: 265
Posted By etudiant
On looking, it was a 3x Gen 2 monocular, selling...

On looking, it was a 3x Gen 2 monocular, selling for well over 4000 pounds.
That is indeed somewhat pricey. However, there is no comparable replacement available afaik. So maybe night observation is...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 25th November 2017, 19:49
Replies: 103
Views: 3,549
Posted By etudiant
Just beautiful!

Just beautiful!
Forum: Opticron Friday 24th November 2017, 13:22
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By etudiant
Rubber offers better shock protection imho. Was...

Rubber offers better shock protection imho. Was afraid to use a metal hood on my ED50 with its frail plastic body.
Forum: Opticron Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 00:55
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By etudiant
Hi Sancho, The fitting diameter is all you need...

Hi Sancho,
The fitting diameter is all you need afaik, believe the thread type is the same for every supplier by some miracle. Searching Amazon for 'Rubber lens hood' will throw up lots, in various...
Forum: Opticron Tuesday 21st November 2017, 02:05
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By etudiant
I built something like that for my little Nikon...

I built something like that for my little Nikon ED50, using velcro tape around the objective holding a sheet of plastic with matching velcro tape stuck on it. It worked but was so hideous that I...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 18th November 2017, 10:32
Replies: 93
Views: 4,458
Posted By etudiant
Opinions differ on this aspect. Some want the...

Opinions differ on this aspect.
Some want the extra detail the 10x provides, other feel they get a more comfortably stable view in the 8x. The SF has a wider than usual FoV, so the 10x image is not...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 15th November 2017, 22:58
Replies: 189
Views: 42,693
Posted By etudiant
Presumably the reason cameras can offer massive...

Presumably the reason cameras can offer massive zoom so cheaply is because the sensor size and exact position are fixed, so the light path can be precisely managed. Adding a retina quality display is...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 15th November 2017, 22:50
Replies: 189
Views: 42,693
Posted By etudiant
Thanks for the good wishes. Your digital camera...

Thanks for the good wishes.
Your digital camera analogy is spot on, they too are replace rather than repair items.
The good news here is that the 10x42 remains a really excellent binocular even if...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 15th November 2017, 19:08
Replies: 189
Views: 42,693
Posted By etudiant
Hi BruceH, Sadly, the repair did not stick,...

Hi BruceH,

Sadly, the repair did not stick, just as you suspected.
The IS unit is again not responding reliably, sometimes it engages, most times it does not. The glass only got lithium...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 15th November 2017, 00:28
Replies: 189
Views: 42,693
Posted By etudiant
Just got a replacement for my old 10x42,...

Just got a replacement for my old 10x42, purchased in 2008.
The serial number for my new one is 35 800 014, suggesting production in Nov 2015. So the glass was in inventory for two years, at B&H in...
Forum: Leica Thursday 9th November 2017, 21:29
Replies: 39
Views: 2,109
Posted By etudiant
It may be that there was enough improvement in...

It may be that there was enough improvement in usability with the roofs to justify their selection.
My understanding is that roofs are relatively easy to make waterproof and much less likely to lose...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 8th November 2017, 23:00
Replies: 2
Views: 563
Posted By etudiant
If we knew how long birds can survive without...

If we knew how long birds can survive without food, we could narrow down the uncertainty.
Passenger ships take a week or so to cross the Atlantic iirc, not sure a small passerine can cope with that.
Forum: Panasonic Wednesday 8th November 2017, 13:23
Replies: 53
Views: 2,051
Posted By etudiant
Well, G9 priced at $1699 in the US, not the $2300...

Well, G9 priced at $1699 in the US, not the $2300 rumored.
Seems a very capable big camera, sort of a D500 with a micro4/3 sensor.
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