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Forum: Cameras And Photography Today, 01:29
Replies: 30
Views: 732
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 Yesterday, 01:51
Replies: 96
Views: 6,980
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: 114
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: 96
Views: 6,980
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: 387
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: 15,980
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: 8
Views: 383
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: 8
Views: 383
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: 4,651
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: 18
Views: 871
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...
Forum: Photoshop, Paintshop and Printing Tuesday 10th April 2018, 11:26
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By etudiant
Is it worth it to reprocess images? With casual...

Is it worth it to reprocess images?
With casual shooting one easily picks up a thousand or more photos on a trip.
Where does one find the time to optimize them? It is hard enough just to select the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 9th April 2018, 00:00
Replies: 69
Views: 4,651
Posted By etudiant
Would it help if the industry agreed on a...

Would it help if the industry agreed on a 'hardcoreness' rating scheme?

Group travel is often the only option, as driving alone in a foreign language jurisdiction can easily get complicated....
Forum: Tripod and Heads Sunday 8th April 2018, 23:32
Replies: 18
Views: 871
Posted By etudiant
Tripods are always a conundrum, especially when...

Tripods are always a conundrum, especially when travelling.
Getting something tall enough that does not wobble requires compromises.
Weight is to me the least concern, stability and folded length...
Forum: Kowa Friday 6th April 2018, 03:24
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By etudiant
Allow room in your budget to include a decent...

Allow room in your budget to include a decent tripod and head to hold your scope.
No scope is fun if it wobbles at every touch. I'd budget 25-30% for that part.
Also consider buying used, often much...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 4th April 2018, 13:19
Replies: 25
Views: 793
Posted By etudiant
The hawk watchers are a special case imho, they...

The hawk watchers are a special case imho, they can use more power.
That said, I'm often astounded by the ID abilities of some of them, able to spot and reliably ID birds that are barely a dot for...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 01:06
Replies: 25
Views: 793
Posted By etudiant
A low power ultra wide FoV glass would be a...

A low power ultra wide FoV glass would be a useful addition for scanning the environment. Something in the 3x-4x range, with 15* or better FoV.
It would have to be super comfortable to look through,...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Sunday 1st April 2018, 20:23
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By etudiant
Looks like a carabeus beetle, but I don't know...

Looks like a carabeus beetle, but I don't know the species.
These are quite powerful predators in the insect world.
Forum: Zeiss Friday 23rd March 2018, 17:31
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By etudiant
The link Docter used to give for servicing CZJ...

The link Docter used to give for servicing CZJ optics was for Harald Ros,
as listed in this discussion.

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/239588-long-shot-zeiss-jena-super-nobilem-spare-parts/

I...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 20th March 2018, 00:33
Replies: 69
Views: 4,651
Posted By etudiant
Well, I agree with you that CR is too nice a...

Well, I agree with you that CR is too nice a country for death march style birding. Fortunately there are plenty of options, so it is easily avoided, but one has to learn to look. In these cases, the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 19th March 2018, 23:08
Replies: 69
Views: 4,651
Posted By etudiant
Think that there are different approaches to...

Think that there are different approaches to birding trips, with the US based operators generally a bit more sensitive to the creature comforts.
UK shops have to cope with a higher percentage of...
Forum: Nikon Monday 19th March 2018, 16:16
Replies: 96
Views: 6,980
Posted By etudiant
Nobody wants to carry big glass, but it is...

Nobody wants to carry big glass, but it is currently essential to feed the big sensors.
I don't know where the smaller 1" sensors lag the big FF options.
Is it diffraction limitations, sensor...
Forum: Nikon Monday 19th March 2018, 12:46
Replies: 96
Views: 6,980
Posted By etudiant
The missing ingredients in this industry are a...

The missing ingredients in this industry are a standards body and a decent academic research base.
The Internet had Carnegie Mellon and the IETF, today even the lowly USB has standards and...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 19th March 2018, 01:29
Replies: 137
Views: 15,980
Posted By etudiant
Very nice! I'd hoped that such a sight would be...

Very nice!
I'd hoped that such a sight would be good enough to allow the photographer to easily hold track on a flying bird, but your experience suggests things are not so clear cut. Will be very...
Forum: Nikon Friday 16th March 2018, 22:54
Replies: 96
Views: 6,980
Posted By etudiant
[QUOTE=Chosun Juan;3690766]The slow track for...

[QUOTE=Chosun Juan;3690766]The slow track for sure ......

So a slow evolution

This slow track is not great for consumers hoping for ~50% weight reductions via a synthesis of:- Curved Sensors +...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 16th March 2018, 19:46
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By etudiant
Does prism size make a perceptible difference to...

Does prism size make a perceptible difference to the user?
I know the AllBinos reviews ding models with truncated exit pupils, which they attribute to undersized prisms. I don't know whether that...
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