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Recent content by Hermann

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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    Removing the handle is in fact the first thing I do with any video head. They're all far too long and cumbersome for my purposes. With my Gitzo heads I don't use any handle at all, with the 500AH I cut mine to size and bent it the way I like it. Hermann
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    Swarovski ATX-115: Star-test and Resolution Measurements

    Hi Heny, Thank you for your report and the star test. It shows once again that even a manufacturer like Swarovski doesn't put enough effort into the manufacturing process. Like Joachim I find the test results unacceptable for a product in that price range. This scope can be used with the...
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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    Manfrotto 500AH? Hermann
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    x42 bins vs. x32 bins - optical differences aside from brightness?

    What you perceive as a "sharper image/more resolution" in a binocular is a combination of many different factors. It doesn't just depend on diffraction: It's also factors like the presence or absence of stray light or glare, especially veiling glare. These affect contrast in a big way. Stray...
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    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    But then you say that about virtually EVERY Swarovski binocular. And you dismiss any reports that there is glare. That may well be so. Hermann
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    John, you're right. Of course you're right. But if someone wants for whatever reason a really light tripod, well, that's it then. In theory everyone would want to use a really stable and heavy tripod all the time. After all, they're more stable. But they don't work for everyone. And not in all...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    162cm tall? In that case a tripod like the Gitzo GT0532 (or equivalent) would work nicely if you raise the center column a bit. Fewer leg sections than the 1545T, even more stable. It's the smallest of the Mountaineer series and even more stable than the Travellers. It is, however, about as...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    Well, yes. Sort of. I use monopods quite a lot myself, but only when I want to keep the weight and the bulk down as much as possible. But in many situations, like a seawatch or when you scan a large flock of waders at an estuary, a tripod just works better. BTW, the best monopods I know are the...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    I wouldn't go as far as saying the Gitzo 1545T is the best tripod I've ever used, but it is certainly the best lightweight tripod I've ever used. By far. And I've also been birding for over 40 years ... :) Hermann
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    Well, I never fold the legs backwards. Never ever. You don't have to. The FLM is a nice tripod (and a lot better than, say, the equivalent Sirui). But it is heavier. Hermann
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    My experience suggests otherwise. There is quite a difference between the Gitzo and the Manfrotto 190. I tried both in the field, and the Gitzo is far stiffer and less prone to vibrations, both when touching the scope and in the wind. Have a look at the website I provided in my post. The test...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    It all depends on how tall you are - and how much you can afford to pay for a tripod. It also depends on in what sort of conditions you'll want to use the tripod. It you want to use it on a seawatch in a howling gale you obviously need a far sturdier tripod. I'm quite tall, so I need a tall...
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    Sirui VA-5 vs Manfrotto MVH500AH (visual comparison)

    Sirui seems to get a lot of love around here at the moment. Let me add a dissenting voice: I was looking for a lightweight tripod for quite some time. So I got myself a Sirui T-1204x. It looked quite good for use with small scopes. At least on paper and in the shop. But it wasn't. I've rarely...
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    Sirui VA-5 vs Manfrotto MVH500AH (visual comparison)

    Thank you for a very fine comparison between these three heads. Good job. I concur with your conclusions. The RC128 is indeed a bit long in the tooth. I used it for many years when it was the only half-way decent video head on the market. Nowadays it's retired: I use a light Gitzo video head...
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    Canon ISIII 12x36 First impressions: amateurs vs professionals

    Well, make your own eyecups. That's a simple solution. Or take them off and put better fitting eyecups to the eyepieces. If necessary just tape them to the eyepieces. That's even simpler. Hermann (who has got a bunch of different eyecups from long sold or discarded binoculars for just that purpose)
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