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Forum: Zeiss Today, 17:47
Replies: 57
Views: 1,306
Posted By Alexis Powell
It's a different problem. Something that masks...

It's a different problem. Something that masks the objective has the potential to reduce brightness or alter performance very slightly by masking off parts of the lens that perform better (near the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Yesterday, 16:25
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
Well, since I'm unflinchingly honest, I'll have...

Well, since I'm unflinchingly honest, I'll have to side w/Steve about the original design of the ED50 foot. It wasn't good. Mine failed even though I used it with a RRS non-rotating Arca-style QR...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 15th October 2019, 23:54
Replies: 31
Views: 2,346
Posted By Alexis Powell
Oh sure they would! Leica has made plenty of...

Oh sure they would! Leica has made plenty of understated bins as well as some crazy loud bins, like the Zagato edition (Nothing to be ashamed of since Swarovski has made some crystal-studded versions...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th October 2019, 23:22
Replies: 24
Views: 918
Posted By Alexis Powell
I've handled a good number of the 8x25 Terra. I...

I've handled a good number of the 8x25 Terra. I don't use them regularly myself, but I've bought them as a kid's bin. I own and regularly use the 8x25 Victory. I've written posts on BirdForum...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th October 2019, 20:13
Replies: 24
Views: 918
Posted By Alexis Powell
Oh, well, that's a shame. The Swarovski is a fine...

Oh, well, that's a shame. The Swarovski is a fine bin but I find the Zeiss worlds better for handling and view, and I find it somehow one of the great bins of all time rather than just another...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 15th October 2019, 19:04
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By Alexis Powell
The glass isn't substantively different between...

The glass isn't substantively different between any of the traditional Fieldscope eyepiece series. The coatings have improved slightly over the years, even within the same series, but not enough for...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 15th October 2019, 17:28
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By Alexis Powell
I sympathize. The MC and older WF eyepieces...

I sympathize. The MC and older WF eyepieces rarely surface on-line, and when they do it is usually bundled with a scope (but sometimes worth buying, even so). Why not get the DS versions, which are...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 15th October 2019, 17:14
Replies: 57
Views: 1,306
Posted By Alexis Powell
The Nikon 8x40 Classic Eagle focuses by moving...

The Nikon 8x40 Classic Eagle focuses by moving the objectives and so is made waterproof by a sealed glass window in front of the objectives. I think the Swarovski 8x30 SLC is the same. There are...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th October 2019, 16:07
Replies: 24
Views: 918
Posted By Alexis Powell
I recommend that you try the Zeiss 8x25 Victory...

I recommend that you try the Zeiss 8x25 Victory before getting the Swarovski 8x25 CL. A good number of users prefer the Zeiss for various reasons, and it is certainly a joy to use with glasses.

As...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 15th October 2019, 16:01
Replies: 57
Views: 1,306
Posted By Alexis Powell
I've never had a problem with blowing sand...

I've never had a problem with blowing sand scratching camera lenses despite much use in blowing sand in the deserts of Arabia, but I never had a situation where the sand was hitting the lens at high...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 15th October 2019, 15:45
Replies: 57
Views: 1,306
Posted By Alexis Powell
I don't know how a flat filter would affect field...

I don't know how a flat filter would affect field curvature but a flat filter will _definitely_ affect the focal point. The focus adjustment will be need to be different for a lens when used with and...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th October 2019, 13:33
Replies: 24
Views: 918
Posted By Alexis Powell
Glad you got this sorted and thanks for reporting...

Glad you got this sorted and thanks for reporting back. I wonder why they exchanged for the Silverline. Is back-stock of this bin dwindling?

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 13th October 2019, 01:10
Replies: 57
Views: 1,306
Posted By Alexis Powell
Obviously, you had a cheap filter of poor...

Obviously, you had a cheap filter of poor quality. A lot of those are sold (or given away as free perks) for protecting camera lenses at the expense of optical quality. The coatings on B+W filters...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 12th October 2019, 02:57
Replies: 57
Views: 1,306
Posted By Alexis Powell
No, Robert's filters are of very high quality....

No, Robert's filters are of very high quality. Optically superb, and they have their own equivalent of LotuTec.

--AP
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 11th October 2019, 20:35
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
Surely it is up to the OP to say if the opinion...

Surely it is up to the OP to say if the opinion of someone who has had both scopes is of use, not you. So say which you prefer if you wish but it is not your role to criticise other people's...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 11th October 2019, 17:27
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, that was certainly a flaw of the ED50 before...

Yes, that was certainly a flaw of the ED50 before the tripod socket was redesigned. Luckily, our repair policy in the USA was more generous (lifetime no-fault) than what you got, so when I had that...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 11th October 2019, 17:16
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
I've tried the Vortex but I've not given it a...

I've tried the Vortex but I've not given it a thorough, super-critical test. I've no doubt that it is an awesome scope, and I've no problem with you sharing your honest appraisal. But I also have an...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 10th October 2019, 16:24
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
You must have had a defective unit. Or perhaps...

You must have had a defective unit. Or perhaps you are saying you could see more detail through the Vortex at 33x than the Nikon at 20x? I have two ED50 and as far as I can tell they both perform at...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 9th October 2019, 16:08
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By Alexis Powell
Since focus is so critical in low light, maybe it...

Since focus is so critical in low light, maybe it makes it easier for you to find the correct setting. Perhaps the low light also helps your eyes relax and let the binocular and diopter do the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 8th October 2019, 22:52
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
How so? Warranty? OK sure. Otherwise, I don't see...

How so? Warranty? OK sure. Otherwise, I don't see it.

The Nikon can provide a 2.7 degree FOV at a good all-around fixed magnification of 27x. No fuss, no muss.
The Razor can go as wide as 3.6...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 8th October 2019, 22:31
Replies: 18
Views: 1,349
Posted By Alexis Powell
The list price was over $1K but they generally...

The list price was over $1K but they generally sold for ~$740. They are a solid bin with superb close focus ability. Compared to the best of today's $500 bins, they have a narrow FOV, are not as...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 8th October 2019, 22:22
Replies: 179
Views: 10,290
Posted By Alexis Powell
You've had a problem with Leica BA/BN/Ultravid? I...

You've had a problem with Leica BA/BN/Ultravid? I never have. Nor have I had any problem with Zeiss FL.

--AP
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 3rd October 2019, 16:25
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
Wow, that's an amazingly large price difference...

Wow, that's an amazingly large price difference between the MM3 non-ED and the MM4 ED. Makes one wonder whether there are differences in manufacturing tolerances/quality control on top of the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 17:56
Replies: 26
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
My favorite isn't in your list: the Nikon...

My favorite isn't in your list: the Nikon Fieldscope 50ED with 27x eyepiece. Buying direct from Japan, it runs ~$500.

I also like the Opticron, which gives you 60 mm and eyepiece choices. I'd never...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 27th September 2019, 17:09
Replies: 25
Views: 1,153
Posted By Alexis Powell
Transmission and brightness are technically...

Transmission and brightness are technically different things. Different people see things differently. The same person can see things differently at different times. This is why, when doing practical...
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