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Forum: Tripod and Heads Friday 19th January 2018, 20:04
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By Alexis Powell
My favorite is Gitzo GH1720QR with Desmond DGZA-1...

My favorite is Gitzo GH1720QR with Desmond DGZA-1 to adapt it to Arca-Swiss standard.

--AP
Forum: Leica Friday 19th January 2018, 19:12
Replies: 9
Views: 329
Posted By Alexis Powell
The 8x20 Ultravid is smallest in its BL version,...

The 8x20 Ultravid is smallest in its BL version, which is the one I prefer.

It has hinge stops.

If you prefer to focus with your right hand, I recommend extending the right side all the way to the...
Forum: Leica Sunday 14th January 2018, 13:35
Replies: 68
Views: 3,542
Posted By Alexis Powell
In my considerable experience with the FL, it is...

In my considerable experience with the FL, it is a tricky glass. In casual/sloppy use, tossed to the eyes, the view with respect to resolution is easily bested by other binoculars. When used very...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 11th January 2018, 15:14
Replies: 3
Views: 469
Posted By Alexis Powell
Agreed. Or a Gitzo head with this inexpensive...

Agreed. Or a Gitzo head with this inexpensive adapter, which works perfectly for me (w/plates from RRS and Kirk).
https://www.amazon.com/Desmond-DGZA-1-Compatible-Adapter-Tripod/dp/B00EJSE550

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Friday 5th January 2018, 20:54
Replies: 99
Views: 3,003
Posted By Alexis Powell
I hope it will attach to an 8x20 pocket roof....

I hope it will attach to an 8x20 pocket roof. That's the sort of bin that would most benefit from something like this! :)))

--AP
Forum: Leica Monday 1st January 2018, 15:24
Replies: 52
Views: 2,334
Posted By Alexis Powell
Where is Bill Cook? This is the hour of his...

Where is Bill Cook? This is the hour of his opportunity to explain alignment, collimation, conditional alignment... !!!!!

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Friday 29th December 2017, 18:28
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Posted By Alexis Powell
They are a stupendous binocular that deserves a...

They are a stupendous binocular that deserves a lot more love than they get on Birdforum. I consider them the smallest bin w/the biggest performance ever made. Not the absolute tops for CA control,...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 29th December 2017, 14:58
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Posted By Alexis Powell
When I'm juggling camera equipment along w/bins,...

When I'm juggling camera equipment along w/bins, such as when I'm travelling, I want the most rugged, body-hugging, and compact package that offers uncompromised optics. It needs to be able to hang...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 28th December 2017, 13:04
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By Alexis Powell
Binoculars purchased: Zeiss 8x25 Terra ED....

Binoculars purchased:
Zeiss 8x25 Terra ED. Bought these in Feb 2017 for an 8 year-old. Hasn't been a good experience thus far. Binoculars were faulty, were returned immediately for replacement. New...
Forum: Leica Monday 25th December 2017, 18:55
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, if you value small size, DOF, and FOV. No,...

Yes, if you value small size, DOF, and FOV. No, if 20% more magnification is more important than those three things.

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 23rd December 2017, 22:21
Replies: 155
Views: 37,934
Posted By Alexis Powell
I believe the focus was improved sometime before...

I believe the focus was improved sometime before the switch to FP.

FP lug bumps my hand the way I prefer to grip the bin, and the FP connection allows for annoying strap twists.

--AP
Forum: Leica Saturday 23rd December 2017, 22:03
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By Alexis Powell
The optical quality of the 8x20 Ultravid is a big...

The optical quality of the 8x20 Ultravid is a big step up--brighter, better contrast, better performance against the light, sharper off-axis. Other advantages are nicely placed focus knob, much...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 21st December 2017, 20:40
Replies: 16
Views: 851
Posted By Alexis Powell
My votes for "nicest" reverse-porros (all with...

My votes for "nicest" reverse-porros (all with good eye-relief for glasses) are as follows:

B&L/Bushnell 7x26 models of various vintages. I prefer the old all-metal B&L 7x26 with full...
Forum: Leica Thursday 21st December 2017, 20:28
Replies: 8
Views: 615
Posted By Alexis Powell
I haven't compared them, but I own the non-HD...

I haven't compared them, but I own the non-HD (BR) and I'll say it has quite a bit of chromatic aberration, especially off-axis, compared to the Zeiss FL, Swarovski 8.5x EL Swarovision, and some...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 21st December 2017, 03:03
Replies: 50
Views: 2,380
Posted By Alexis Powell
8x20 can work well and not be too fiddly if you...

8x20 can work well and not be too fiddly if you wear glasses (so eyecup size becomes irrelevant) and the hinges have positive stops (like those on the Leica Ultravid) so that one side can be unfolded...
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Monday 18th December 2017, 21:20
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By Alexis Powell
Superficially, they are more similar to the...

Superficially, they are more similar to the Legend L, but I don't know if the manufacturer and internals are related.

--AP
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Monday 18th December 2017, 20:52
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By Alexis Powell
Update on Bushnell 8x42 Legend Ultra HD focus

This is a follow-up on the unit I purchased for a friend in December 2011 and described in this review: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=2319854#post2319854

Well, after 6 years of regular...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 14th December 2017, 12:42
Replies: 33
Views: 2,225
Posted By Alexis Powell
If you search the forum archive, you will find...

If you search the forum archive, you will find threads discussing changes in the 8.5x42 Swarovision, including substantial changes to the optical formula (lens design) with potential consequences for...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 13th December 2017, 23:44
Replies: 28
Views: 1,462
Posted By Alexis Powell
The ProStaff are one of my favorite of the...

The ProStaff are one of my favorite of the reverse-porro compacts, and they are still a current product and in stock from Nikon, B&H, Amazon...

--AP
Forum: Leica Tuesday 12th December 2017, 20:33
Replies: 28
Views: 1,462
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, that's strange. Otherwise, they appear to be...

Yes, that's strange. Otherwise, they appear to be holding up nicely. One of my favorite birding bins of all time. My similar 8x32 BA are neglected only because I so often want closer focus for...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 12th December 2017, 17:11
Replies: 32
Views: 2,110
Posted By Alexis Powell
Jeepers folks, are you serious? If I were the OP,...

Jeepers folks, are you serious? If I were the OP, I'd be terrified. I never knew that posting to an online forum entailed such obligation to reply. We're neck deep in conspiracy theories about much...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 12th December 2017, 15:11
Replies: 28
Views: 1,462
Posted By Alexis Powell
If you don't mind sharing, what went wrong w/the...

If you don't mind sharing, what went wrong w/the 8x32 BN?

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Friday 8th December 2017, 13:00
Replies: 32
Views: 2,110
Posted By Alexis Powell
Ah yes, but if you have a problem w/a Bushnell it...

Ah yes, but if you have a problem w/a Bushnell it is easy to pop into the headquarters or outlet store to pick up a warranty replacement (or, at least in the past, for warranty repair of a high end...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 8th December 2017, 12:47
Replies: 11
Views: 934
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, it is normal for the 8x32 FL, and good...

Yes, it is normal for the 8x32 FL, and good number of other binoculars. I call that piece the "sand trap" (don't let it get in there!). Fortunately, it is light enough that it doesn't rattle in...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 28th November 2017, 19:31
Replies: 39
Views: 2,525
Posted By Alexis Powell
I was very impressed with the image through my...

I was very impressed with the image through my Nikon 8x40 DCF Classic Eagle roofs, which lack phase coatings. They were the first bins that I owned (and thus that I really got to know through...
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