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Recent content by sillyak

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    Using DS eyepieces for viewing on a ED82 fieldscope?

    I have now used my ED82 for a few months, including a birding festival in May and a week long birding trip to Churchill Manitoba. I have pretty much used my 38x MC 95% of the time. The MCII zoom can get a bit more resolution if the air is very still, but most of the time you are limited by...
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    Churchill, MB - June

    No, it is a Red Fox, although this area is in the range of both foxes. It's a "cross morph" between a blue morph and the normal morph. Apparently the cross morph gets more common the further north you go.
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    Where do the American coots go?

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    Red Fox

    Cross morph Red Fox
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    Churchill, MB - June

    I ended up seeing 94 species in Churchill. 110 total if you include a couple hours of birding in Winnipeg on my layover. Biggest highlights were probably seeing Sabine's Gull, half a dozen Little Gull's hunting at once, Parasitic Jaeger on a nest, hundreds of Scoters and Eiders at once with sea...
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    R7 to be announced soon.

    I have been shooting with a 7DII for awhile now. When I upgrade it will be for the R7.
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    R7 to be announced soon.

    Don't get the Mk I version of the 100-400. It isn't very sharp, especially on a high pixel density APS-C. The Mk II version is super sharp, buy way more expensive. The best wildlife lenses on a budget are the 400mm f5.6 L, 300mm f4 L or the Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm IMO.
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    R7 to be announced soon.

    A crop sensor is always going to suffer a bit at high ISO.
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    R7 to be announced soon.

    The EF adapter is just an empty tube. No optics involved, it just takes up the space left by the reduced flange distance (where the mirror would be on a DSLR). Image quality is the same as if used on a native EF camera.
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    R7 to be announced soon.

    I've been trying to spend my fun money on travel instead of gear. God do I want to upgrade my 7DII though. Tempting, tempting.
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    WTB: Athlon Cronus 20-60x86 spotting scope

    Hey, I don't have any leads on the scope, but there is a "want to buy" section here: https://www.birdforum.net/forums/wanted.650/
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    Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 vs. 8x42 for birding

    I would measure your dark adapted pupil. You should be able to Google how to do that. I would start with that before I make a decision. There is a pretty significant difference in going from a 4mm exit pupil to a 5.25mm, but as others have said, it isn't an absolutely massive difference. You...
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    Can Starlings imitate Soras?

    I heard an interesting call on this morning's walk. It sounded just like a Sora, except cut shorter than a typical Sora call. It's also early for a Sora here and a fair ways away from typical Sora habitat. There were a lot of Starlings around. Do they imitate a Sora call? I would have thought...
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    Low-light trade-off

    I thought twilight factor was just some made up marketing term. After some conversations on this site it seems there is some science behind it and magnification will help see detail in low light. Given that you also plan to use a tripod, I would go for the 12x, all else being equal.