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Forum: Tripod and Heads Yesterday, 20:09
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By etudiant
Thank you, Alexis, for this helpful and...

Thank you, Alexis, for this helpful and reassuring input.
In future, the plate will get tightened with the Allen key rather than by my fingers.
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 10:31
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By etudiant
RRS plates are clearly the premium product,...

RRS plates are clearly the premium product, probably the most effective choice if unwilling to sort through the mountain of alternatives.
Interesting insight about the rubber pads. It makes sense...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 21st May 2018, 23:13
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By etudiant
Well, the Breakthrough plates performed very well...

Well, the Breakthrough plates performed very well in the field.
I constantly used both the 40mm as well as the 60mm plates on a two week trip around Greece, on a monopod as well as on a tripod.
The...
Forum: Nikon Monday 30th April 2018, 15:08
Replies: 106
Views: 8,069
Posted By etudiant
I agree, the track record suggests patience is...

I agree, the track record suggests patience is warranted.
Perhaps the Nikon promise to differentiate with superior technology is also a factor. In a declining market, they might prefer to delay...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th April 2018, 01:07
Replies: 3
Views: 93
Posted By etudiant
Why not Huttons? The wing pattern seems bold for...

Why not Huttons?
The wing pattern seems bold for a Gray Vireo.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th April 2018, 01:03
Replies: 2
Views: 81
Posted By etudiant
Looks good, reddish tail and all.

Looks good, reddish tail and all.
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 29th April 2018, 14:32
Replies: 55
Views: 2,077
Posted By etudiant
The current trends in watches suggest the...

The current trends in watches suggest the opposite.
The marketing is entirely focused on the image, nothing about sources or specifications. Presumably the dazzled customer is content if it just...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 25th April 2018, 18:27
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By etudiant
I stand corrected. The Breakthrough Photography...

I stand corrected.
The Breakthrough Photography plates I'd mentioned are excellent, at least based on initial inspection.
The red rubber elements are nowhere near as loud as they appear in the...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 24th April 2018, 12:42
Replies: 55
Views: 2,077
Posted By etudiant
There was a report that Zeiss is cutting back its...

There was a report that Zeiss is cutting back its Wetzlar binocular operations, with the loss of some 240 jobs. No idea how this impacts production.
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 24th April 2018, 02:02
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By etudiant
Well, I was not thrilled by the appearance...

Well, I was not thrilled by the appearance either, but it was what Amazon threw up as a search result.
I may give the Sunway a try, it seems a calmer design, although there was a gripe about the...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 24th April 2018, 01:38
Replies: 55
Views: 2,077
Posted By etudiant
Uranium salts were used to make colored crystal,...

Uranium salts were used to make colored crystal, they offer a nice range of yellows, greens and browns. The ore for this was found in Bohemia, so there was a traditional mining supply chain well...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 23rd April 2018, 11:11
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By etudiant
Hi Alexis, Thank you very much for this excellent...

Hi Alexis,
Thank you very much for this excellent tip.
My Nikon 60 ED III has no pin receptacle, so the slippage of the QR plate was a constant irritation.
I'd not known that anti rotation plates...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 23rd April 2018, 10:41
Replies: 55
Views: 2,077
Posted By etudiant
The watch industry is probably a trend setter for...

The watch industry is probably a trend setter for the binocular market.
Iirc, the sector was completely transformed by the arrival of electronics. Essentially everyone except Rolex went bankrupt....
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 22nd April 2018, 02:30
Replies: 55
Views: 2,077
Posted By etudiant
Well, your collection may have legacy qualities,...

Well, your collection may have legacy qualities, binoculars made before lowest possible cost led to the outsourcing of much of the production.

It seems to me that this process is totally...
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 22nd April 2018, 01:11
Replies: 55
Views: 2,077
Posted By etudiant
The glass is a merchant market item, suppliers...

The glass is a merchant market item, suppliers such as Hoya or Schott offer many formulations, the lens design process begins with those glass catalogs.
Zeiss and Schott are both owned by the Zeiss...
Forum: Cameras And Photography Saturday 21st April 2018, 01:29
Replies: 34
Views: 1,111
Posted By etudiant
DPReview is owned by Amazon, so hopefully they...

DPReview is owned by Amazon, so hopefully they value their reputation.
That said, screw-ups are not unusual in this space, there are just too many links between here and getting to the appropriate...
Forum: Nikon Friday 20th April 2018, 01:51
Replies: 106
Views: 8,069
Posted By etudiant
Guess we will see what Nikon comes up with. The...

Guess we will see what Nikon comes up with.
The appeal of mirrorless is that it will allow smaller camera bodies and lenses, plus perhaps greater reliability as the mirror assembly disappears.
The...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 19th April 2018, 01:21
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By etudiant
Nice shot! Titmice are one of my favorites....

Nice shot!
Titmice are one of my favorites. Plus, birds are never boring, they are always fun to watch and admire.

You'll probably see less feeder traffic as spring progresses, but if you put out a...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 19th April 2018, 00:58
Replies: 106
Views: 8,069
Posted By etudiant
From a bird photography perspective, does FF...

From a bird photography perspective, does FF mirrorless really matter?

The size of the sensor pretty much determines the size of the lens, all other things being equal. Even if the camera body...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 16th April 2018, 01:14
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By etudiant
Your idea of Red Throated Loon may well be...

Your idea of Red Throated Loon may well be correct.
There is a very confiding one currently staying on the Harlem Meer in NYC Central Park, so they are around.
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 16th April 2018, 00:30
Replies: 137
Views: 18,227
Posted By etudiant
Afaik, Pentax scopes accept astro eyepieces....

Afaik, Pentax scopes accept astro eyepieces.
Their PF-80 is reported to be a decent quality scope and might be a candidate for you.
Forum: Panasonic Saturday 14th April 2018, 21:35
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By etudiant
Our opinion on the value of repair is clearly not...

Our opinion on the value of repair is clearly not shared by this manufacturer, along with many others. It is the same in the binocular space. Afaik much of that industry is also moving away from...
Forum: Panasonic Saturday 14th April 2018, 12:08
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By etudiant
Poor serviceability is probably inherent in the...

Poor serviceability is probably inherent in the design process of modern cameras.
They are stuffed with small sensors and activators that need to fit just so.
A repair facility does not have all the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 11th April 2018, 00:40
Replies: 69
Views: 5,283
Posted By etudiant
All considered, I think the OP and the subsequent...

All considered, I think the OP and the subsequent discussion have firmly cemented the public image of BirdQuest as 'hardcore'.
Perhaps the firm should consider using the OP in their next marketing...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 10th April 2018, 11:36
Replies: 22
Views: 1,273
Posted By etudiant
Thank you, Alexis, for this input. I use an...

Thank you, Alexis, for this input. I use an older model Velbon, the Ultra Luxi M. It is light and folds nicely, but is not stellar in windy conditions, even at less than full stretch. So the search...
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