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Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 7th June 2019, 22:50
Replies: 18
Views: 783
Posted By Hermann
Overkill - yes. Definitely. That head works well...

Overkill - yes. Definitely. That head works well with *really* heavy photographic gear. No problem at all. I use it with my Nikon ED82, and it's just about perfect. Best head I've ever used although...
Forum: Kowa Friday 7th June 2019, 22:44
Replies: 45
Views: 1,652
Posted By Hermann
:t::t::t: Hermann (whose oldest aluminium Gitzo...

:t::t::t:

Hermann
(whose oldest aluminium Gitzo is now more than
35 years old and still going strongly)
Forum: Kowa Friday 7th June 2019, 22:40
Replies: 45
Views: 1,652
Posted By Hermann
With a high quality scope - heck, with ANY scope...

With a high quality scope - heck, with ANY scope - you need a good tripod. It's not just about the views actually. Using a cheap, low quality tripod may be very expensive indeed it something goes...
Forum: Nikon Friday 7th June 2019, 22:30
Replies: 13
Views: 807
Posted By Hermann
Thank you Henry for your review. The Monarch is...

Thank you Henry for your review.

The Monarch is a scope I totally overlooked, after the ill-fated, rather monstrous EDG that I didn't like at all. The Monarch looks like a very attractice...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 6th June 2019, 17:28
Replies: 9
Views: 574
Posted By Hermann
Reminds me of what a friend once told me, ages...

Reminds me of what a friend once told me, ages ago and long before the advent of the internet, with regard to rarities seen in Cornwall:

"Believe only half of what you see, and nothing of what you...
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 5th June 2019, 14:06
Replies: 45
Views: 1,652
Posted By Hermann
That's a perfect summary IMO.The Kowa is from...

That's a perfect summary IMO.The Kowa is from what I've seen just about the best big scope, and seems to suffer remarkably little from sample variation. That's a real bonus because chances are you'll...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 4th June 2019, 22:17
Replies: 23
Views: 985
Posted By Hermann
The Zeiss. If I'm out birding all day the 10x50...

The Zeiss. If I'm out birding all day the 10x50 is just too heavy.

Birding is about fun, and carrying big 10x50s all day isn't my idea of fun.

Hermann
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 4th June 2019, 22:11
Replies: 114
Views: 5,135
Posted By Hermann
Mind you, those old Victory I's weren't bad at...

Mind you, those old Victory I's weren't bad at all - except for their excessive CA and the glare problem the early models had. I'm not that susceptible to CA, so that never bothered me that much, and...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 4th June 2019, 22:00
Replies: 114
Views: 5,135
Posted By Hermann
I'm not Lee, but I'm pretty sure there were 8x30s...

I'm not Lee, but I'm pretty sure there were 8x30s with AK prisms sometime last century, most likely made by Hensold.

I'll check the literature when (or rather "if") I find the time.

Hermann
Forum: Leica Monday 3rd June 2019, 13:34
Replies: 113
Views: 16,322
Posted By Hermann
Not so sure about that. The Trinovids would be at...

Not so sure about that. The Trinovids would be at a somewhat different pricepoint, and I think they'd appeal to a different group of customers, the 7x35 in particular, which seems to be the most...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 3rd June 2019, 09:10
Replies: 114
Views: 5,135
Posted By Hermann
Now then, if Zeiss were actually to introduce an...

Now then, if Zeiss were actually to introduce an SF 8x32 with AK prisms, I'd be very tempted to get one. I can live with the greater length and slightly increased weight given the optical advantages...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 3rd June 2019, 09:02
Replies: 454
Views: 77,381
Posted By Hermann
That switch to the field-pro system is a reason...

That switch to the field-pro system is a reason why I won't buy any other Swarovski roof in the future. I've got the CL 10x30, a relly nice lightweight pair, but I don't like having to jump though...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 3rd June 2019, 08:57
Replies: 14
Views: 1,502
Posted By Hermann
Changes I'd like to see (but that won't...

Changes I'd like to see (but that won't happen):

1. Optical stabilization.
2. A switch to AK prisms, at least in some binoculars.
3. Improvements to the Habicht porros: More modern eyepieces, better...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 3rd June 2019, 08:52
Replies: 15
Views: 1,126
Posted By Hermann
Now then, that's well over the top. The Habicht...

Now then, that's well over the top. The Habicht is nice optically, and I actually prefer it over the roofs, however, IN THE FIELD most well-made roofs with their smoother focusers ARE better. There's...
Forum: Leica Monday 3rd June 2019, 08:42
Replies: 113
Views: 16,322
Posted By Hermann
That's bad news indeed. Last December I was told...

That's bad news indeed. Last December I was told by a Leica representative the Trinovids would, after all, be made. I was even given a tentative timeframe.

Looks like the folks at Leica don't really...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 29th May 2019, 18:30
Replies: 74
Views: 6,044
Posted By Hermann
You've been pushing this idea for months now, and...

You've been pushing this idea for months now, and I don't really think you're on the right track.

I know a few blokes who use the 500/5.6, and they told me they wouldn't switch to a 600/5.6 because...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 27th May 2019, 20:34
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By Hermann
Because they brought out a new head:...

Because they brought out a new head: https://www.manfrotto.de/gitzo-2-way-fluid-head. Uses the Arca Swiss system. From what I've seen it seems to be a very nice head. Similar in some ways to the...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 27th May 2019, 06:45
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By Hermann
This is so true. In fact, I think Gitzo is just...

This is so true. In fact, I think Gitzo is just about the only manufacturer that developed a range of video heads explicitly for birding. Quite amazing, and the birding market isn't that...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Sunday 26th May 2019, 16:32
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By Hermann
I actually checked it out in the meantime, and I...

I actually checked it out in the meantime, and I decided against getting one. Sure, it's lighter than the Gitzo 2180, but not much. And the 2180 allows me to balance any scope, including the ED82,...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Saturday 25th May 2019, 05:45
Replies: 27
Views: 1,651
Posted By Hermann
No, they don't. Never ever. Perhaps if you use...

No, they don't. Never ever. Perhaps if you use them on your porch, sheltered from the wind. But not in the field, especially not in windy conditions. No way.

And with binoculars you need taller...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 23rd May 2019, 06:00
Replies: 34
Views: 1,772
Posted By Hermann
Stay away from the 8x30 if you don't like glare....

Stay away from the 8x30 if you don't like glare. No matter what you do, the 8x30 will never be good enough for you.

Hermann
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 23rd May 2019, 05:54
Replies: 27
Views: 1,651
Posted By Hermann
I fully agree. As soon as the light goes down an...

I fully agree. As soon as the light goes down an exit pupil below ~2.5mm isn't ideal, especially not for prolonged observations.



I personally believe the 13-40x zoom may well be the best of the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 23rd May 2019, 05:41
Replies: 27
Views: 1,651
Posted By Hermann
That's simple. Let's assume it's a 15x binocular...

That's simple. Let's assume it's a 15x binocular because there are more good 15x binoculars than 16x binoculars on the market:

1. Any decent 15x binocular will be about twice the weight of the Nikon...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 19:47
Replies: 27
Views: 1,651
Posted By Hermann
So it should be. After all, we're talking here...

So it should be. After all, we're talking here about exit pupils of ~1.8mm (ED50 at 27x) vs. 2.7mm (ED82 at 30x). That difference is IMO always clearly visible, even on a bright day, and even if both...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Saturday 18th May 2019, 04:14
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By Hermann
Thanks. My 2180 is 466 gr without the bar, so the...

Thanks. My 2180 is 466 gr without the bar, so the 1720 is still quite a bit lighter. Hm. I'll have to have a look the next time I get into town.



Good to hear. I was thinking mainly of using the...
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