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Forum: Photoshop, Paintshop and Printing Saturday 18th August 2018, 19:09
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By etudiant
Certainly not paranoid, just more prudent than...

Certainly not paranoid, just more prudent than most. :clap:
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Thursday 16th August 2018, 15:59
Replies: 9
Views: 207
Posted By etudiant
A neat dodge! I'd thought you had dipped the...

A neat dodge!
I'd thought you had dipped the finger into nectar or some other attractant.
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Thursday 16th August 2018, 01:55
Replies: 9
Views: 207
Posted By etudiant
How did you do that? Did you raise it from the...

How did you do that? Did you raise it from the egg?
Lovely creature, am somewhat envious, here in NYC the policy is to spray generously, for fear of West Nile. That keeps the mosquitoes down, along...
Forum: Leica Thursday 16th August 2018, 01:21
Replies: 167
Views: 6,557
Posted By etudiant
You've noted that you've been using the BNs for...

You've noted that you've been using the BNs for the past 3 weeks.
May we take that as an indication that you've made a decision?

Please follow up with a user report, you've been exposed to more than...
Forum: Leica Monday 13th August 2018, 03:14
Replies: 167
Views: 6,557
Posted By etudiant
The actual improvements in binocular performance...

The actual improvements in binocular performance since 1990 are minuscule, a few percent higher light transmission is the main element. The only large innovation has been image stabilization, which...
Forum: Leica Saturday 11th August 2018, 00:19
Replies: 167
Views: 6,557
Posted By etudiant
Mechanically, I don't think there is a better...

Mechanically, I don't think there is a better option at any price. This is a solid glass.
Optically, it is no longer state of the art, as has been explained in some detail, but the gap is not...
Forum: Leica Friday 10th August 2018, 20:03
Replies: 167
Views: 6,557
Posted By etudiant
The mere fact that everyone here knows the BN...

The mere fact that everyone here knows the BN speaks volumes imho.
It is a classic and those are hard to find, especially with a lifetime warranty attached.
Leica used to offer a very handy...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 10th August 2018, 01:39
Replies: 160
Views: 42,932
Posted By etudiant
There is a slight improvement in the light...

There is a slight improvement in the light transmission percentage for dielectric mirrored surfaces vs silver.
From a practical perspective, it is meaningless imho.
The BN is a classic, a superbly...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 2nd August 2018, 13:00
Replies: 30
Views: 2,048
Posted By etudiant
This camera can be seen as an image stabilized...

This camera can be seen as an image stabilized 77mm spotting scope.
If the laws of optics indicate that that can only provide a 1-2 megapixel image at full zoom, they presumably do likewise for a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 1st August 2018, 04:05
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By etudiant
It is a thistle seed feeder. These seeds are very...

It is a thistle seed feeder. These seeds are very small and are favored by goldfinches and siskins, who will sit on the perches and happily pull out the seeds all day.
The seeds, also called nijer...
Forum: Nikon Monday 30th July 2018, 03:36
Replies: 30
Views: 2,048
Posted By etudiant
As described, the lens seems a pretty serious...

As described, the lens seems a pretty serious effort, so I'd give Nikon the benefit of the doubt at least until we have independent test results available.
If it performs reasonably, it will likely...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 25th July 2018, 16:28
Replies: 133
Views: 11,096
Posted By etudiant
Does a larger sensor mandate correspondingly more...

Does a larger sensor mandate correspondingly more heroic lenses or can adapters such as Metabones allow wider options?
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 25th July 2018, 02:42
Replies: 133
Views: 11,096
Posted By etudiant
The new design appears to have enough leeway to...

The new design appears to have enough leeway to accommodate larger than full frame sensors. While that is surely helpful for low light optical performance, is bigger really still better for most...
Forum: Nikon Tuesday 24th July 2018, 12:45
Replies: 133
Views: 11,096
Posted By etudiant
Think these are all true, but not enough to be...

Think these are all true, but not enough to be sufficiently compelling to justify a complete product line replacement.
The more plausible approach imho is to do image reconstruction, somewhat along...
Forum: Nikon Monday 23rd July 2018, 22:36
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By etudiant
My question exactly as well. One wants a travel...

My question exactly as well.
One wants a travel camera to be handy enough to take casual snapshots easily, but one primarily wants to get decent shots of the birds.
This beast may be just too much...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Monday 23rd July 2018, 20:37
Replies: 22
Views: 853
Posted By etudiant
In my experience, these critters have a pretty...

In my experience, these critters have a pretty good homing instinct and cover a fair amount of ground when necessary. Expect them to be home to greet you when returning from dropping one off.
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Monday 23rd July 2018, 14:41
Replies: 22
Views: 853
Posted By etudiant
Very impressive! Have the squirrels come back...

Very impressive! Have the squirrels come back for another ride?
They are pretty adaptable and rarely deterred by just one surprising trip.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 22nd July 2018, 18:31
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By etudiant
Sorry to disagree. but to me, all three have...

Sorry to disagree. but to me, all three have somewhat rufous elements in the tail and the wing, which Swainson's lacks, plus none of them have the buffy eye ring that is the most distinctive...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 19th July 2018, 14:52
Replies: 3
Views: 113
Posted By etudiant
Nice shot! It is indeed a Red Tail, as you...

Nice shot! It is indeed a Red Tail, as you suspect.
Several Red Tail markers on this bird, staring with the red tail, plus the dark bars on the wing leading edges by the body, plus the belly band.
Forum: Nikon Friday 13th July 2018, 19:34
Replies: 133
Views: 11,096
Posted By etudiant
Why would any of the current camera leaders...

Why would any of the current camera leaders obsolete themselves by launching a curved sensor?
Afaik, it does not solve any real problems, the chromatic aberration is still there, the only benefit is...
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 12th July 2018, 00:36
Replies: 220
Views: 47,148
Posted By etudiant
The reports in the German business press suggest...

The reports in the German business press suggest about 240 jobs are involved, with the restructuring mostly on the production side. Clearly some fairly substantial changes are under consideration,...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Tuesday 10th July 2018, 19:44
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By etudiant
Hummers live about 20x faster than people, based...

Hummers live about 20x faster than people, based on heart rate and life span.
I think they are smart enough to recognize that it is pointless to be aggressive towards anything that slow.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 9th July 2018, 18:48
Replies: 11
Views: 3,656
Posted By etudiant
If the CDs don't work, the Washington state...

If the CDs don't work, the Washington state cherry farmers solved their bird problem by draping their trees with netting.
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 7th July 2018, 23:05
Replies: 7
Views: 525
Posted By etudiant
The military have been dealing with this problem...

The military have been dealing with this problem for decades, which is why they provided yellow and gray filters as part of the standard kit. Producers today don't any more, because they are not...
Forum: Tennessee Saturday 7th July 2018, 10:34
Replies: 2
Views: 406
Posted By etudiant
Very neat nest, the egg color is somewhat akin to...

Very neat nest, the egg color is somewhat akin to that of a Wood Thrush, but not at all expert in this area.
Meanwhile, a month is plenty long enough for this brood to fledge, so hopefully you'll be...
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