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Forum: Nikon Saturday 20th January 2018, 04:09
Replies: 20
Views: 1,018
Posted By fazalmajid
They are the most expensive binoculars in their...

They are the most expensive binoculars in their respective ranges at B&H, that hardly qualifies as moderate pricing. That also explains why they are special-order-only.
Forum: Leica Wednesday 17th January 2018, 03:52
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By fazalmajid
I have the UV 10x50 (pre-HD) as my astronomy...

I have the UV 10x50 (pre-HD) as my astronomy binoculars. I can’t compare them to the EL SV, but they are excellent. FWIW they are the highest-ranked 10x50 on Allbinos.com, or at least were until...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 11th January 2018, 05:29
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By fazalmajid
I wouldn’t bother with digiscoping at this stage....

I wouldn’t bother with digiscoping at this stage. Most adapters are very clunky and inconvenient to use compared to a proper telephoto lens. I use as my lightweight birding camera a Canon Rebel SL2...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 10th January 2018, 15:44
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Posted By fazalmajid
Depends what you are looking for. I am not...

Depends what you are looking for.

I am not impressed with Zeiss monoculars. Build quality is lacking (plastic). The Leica Monovid is excellent, as are the Nikon HG (high grade) 5x15 and 7x15. The...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 9th January 2018, 05:31
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By fazalmajid
B&H Photo has a $200 deal on the Zeiss Terra ED...

B&H Photo has a $200 deal on the Zeiss Terra ED 8x32 that is excellent value. Otherwise you will need to look at Porro prism binoculars as low-priced roof prism binoculars are usually mediocre....
Forum: Binoculars Friday 5th January 2018, 15:16
Replies: 52
Views: 2,706
Posted By fazalmajid
If I had an astronomic windfall, I’d get a pair...

If I had an astronomic windfall, I’d get a pair of the Nikon 7x50 WX.

Otherwise my next optics purchase will probably be a microscope, or the rumored Fuji H1 camera.
Forum: Binoculars Monday 1st January 2018, 17:19
Replies: 50
Views: 2,394
Posted By fazalmajid
Find a point light source about 20 meters away,...

Find a point light source about 20 meters away, focus on it in the center of the frame, then tilt the binoculars a little away until it is at the edge of the FOV and observe, first without...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 1st January 2018, 09:03
Replies: 50
Views: 2,394
Posted By fazalmajid
I took the opportunity of a layover in London to...

I took the opportunity of a layover in London to try out the new 8x30 CL companion against the Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25 at Selfridge’s. I wasn’t impressed by the Swarovski. It had marginally larger...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 28th December 2017, 00:45
Replies: 3,466
Views: 977,314
Posted By fazalmajid
I've gotten amazing bargains from this site and...

I've gotten amazing bargains from this site and this forum in particular thanks to dwever, BruceH, Theo98, pete_gamby and others, so I am appreciative of BruceH's notices.

As for OpticsPlanet, yes,...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 20th December 2017, 22:31
Replies: 50
Views: 2,394
Posted By fazalmajid
I have both the Leica Ultravid 8x20 BL and the...

I have both the Leica Ultravid 8x20 BL and the Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25. The Zeiss are definitely more comfortable, similar to 8x32s, but I wouldn’t call them truly pocketable.

Another contender is...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 15th December 2017, 03:30
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By fazalmajid
I recently purchased a pair of Zeiss Victory...

I recently purchased a pair of Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25, which are made in Japan (the previous 8x20 model was made in Hungary). No complaints.
Forum: Binoculars Friday 8th December 2017, 06:47
Replies: 32
Views: 2,120
Posted By fazalmajid
Welcome to BirdForum! Unless you are physically...

Welcome to BirdForum!

Unless you are physically unable to carry a pair of 8x42 binoculars for an extended period of time (most are in the 1.5-2lb range), that's what you should get.

I can...
Forum: Leica Friday 8th December 2017, 06:40
Replies: 42
Views: 3,126
Posted By fazalmajid
It's amusing how your 8x42 Trinovid is smaller...

It's amusing how your 8x42 Trinovid is smaller than a 8x32 Zeiss...
Forum: Canon Sunday 3rd December 2017, 18:44
Replies: 94
Views: 9,952
Posted By fazalmajid
There’s also the purely mechanical Zeiss 20x60 S....

There’s also the purely mechanical Zeiss 20x60 S. Not sure what optical principle they use for the stabilization.
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 25th November 2017, 22:40
Replies: 72
Views: 16,748
Posted By fazalmajid
Take my observations with a grain of salt....

Take my observations with a grain of salt. Indoors at night is very different from normal birdwatching conditions, as is close focus vs. normal range (unless you are mostly into hummingbirds as I...
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 23rd November 2017, 08:23
Replies: 72
Views: 16,748
Posted By fazalmajid
I don't know about veiling glare, but I can...

I don't know about veiling glare, but I can definitely see more lens flare in the Ultravids.



Yes, to about 60% of the edge. This is mostly due to field curvature.



I tried reading book spines...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 13th November 2017, 07:09
Replies: 244
Views: 26,341
Posted By fazalmajid
On paper the specs don't seem that much better...

On paper the specs don't seem that much better than the Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket (132m @ 1000m vs 130, 15.4 twilight factor va 14) yet it weighs nearly twice as much.
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 5th November 2017, 05:40
Replies: 3,466
Views: 977,314
Posted By fazalmajid
B&H has the 8x32 Terra ED (gray rubber) for $200,...

B&H has the 8x32 Terra ED (gray rubber) for $200, one day only:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/dealZone.jsp
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 27th October 2017, 20:55
Replies: 11
Views: 1,532
Posted By fazalmajid
Yes, I took the opportunity to get a Meopta...

Yes, I took the opportunity to get a Meopta Meostar S2 82 HD with 30-60x WA eyepiece for a sweet price. The view through the constant-angle eyepiece is stunning.

Optics Planet often has 12% of more...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 18th October 2017, 09:45
Replies: 33
Views: 1,998
Posted By fazalmajid
You’re better off with one pair of outstanding...

You’re better off with one pair of outstanding binoculars than half a dozen mediocre ones.It’s very hard to make a good instrument under $250 or so. Also, avoid zoom binoculars, they’re almost...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 24th September 2017, 18:24
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By fazalmajid
Since you are not in a hurry I would suggest you...

Since you are not in a hurry I would suggest you subscribe to the Binoculars Bargains thread on this forum. Around 6 months ago you could buy a top-of-the-line Zeiss Victory SF 8x42 on your budget...
Forum: Miscellaneous Nature Study Equipment Saturday 23rd September 2017, 07:41
Replies: 8
Views: 5,213
Posted By fazalmajid
I found the Minox Macroscope monocular, while...

I found the Minox Macroscope monocular, while mediocre as a monocular (way too big due to its porro prism design compared to a Leica Monovid or Nikon HG 7x15) makes for an outstanding stand-off loupe...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Saturday 23rd September 2017, 07:28
Replies: 7
Views: 1,481
Posted By fazalmajid
Well, yes. A fluid head is about dampening...

Well, yes. A fluid head is about dampening motion, not preventing it the way a still head is designed for. It is going to creep if the weight is not pefectly balanced.



Some like the Acratech GP-SS...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Saturday 23rd September 2017, 07:21
Replies: 5
Views: 1,508
Posted By fazalmajid
It does make focusing a bit clumsier, and the...

It does make focusing a bit clumsier, and the objective flap is very snug. Overall I find it more practical than the oversized carrying case.
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 23rd September 2017, 06:38
Replies: 72
Views: 16,748
Posted By fazalmajid
They claim fluorite lens elements, not coatings....

They claim fluorite lens elements, not coatings. That should make for less CA and sharper views. I haven’t tried the previous generation but they are outstanding for compact binos.
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