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Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 6th December 2019, 23:44
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By Alexis Powell
That's a great scope. It isn't the most compact...

That's a great scope. It isn't the most compact 60 mm (due to its oversized prism assembly), but otherwise should be a superb 60 mm scope.

Several of us are still wondering what's not working for...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 5th December 2019, 22:16
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By Alexis Powell
Given the eyepieces you've mentioned, you must...

Given the eyepieces you've mentioned, you must have a Fieldscope II or III. If you have the ED version (of either), I'd say you already have an excellent scope. If you have the non-ED, you will get a...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 4th December 2019, 18:09
Replies: 62
Views: 2,698
Posted By Alexis Powell
No one questions Nikon's design competency. It is...

No one questions Nikon's design competency. It is their marketing and customer service/support ability that has long been in question, even on the camera side. Nikon is overall my favorite optical...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 01:35
Replies: 14
Views: 366
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, a bit awkward but fine. At an event today, I...

Yes, a bit awkward but fine. At an event today, I happened to notice a video crew using the even larger 504. It isn't built backwards--the pan lock is at the back and the tilt lock is on the left....
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 27th November 2019, 21:40
Replies: 14
Views: 366
Posted By Alexis Powell
The 500ah is a great head, so I'll join the crowd...

The 500ah is a great head, so I'll join the crowd in endorsing it (or, alternatively, the Sirui VH-10X, which I prefer).



I have the 502. It is a hulking big and strong head, way heavier and...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 26th November 2019, 22:49
Replies: 14
Views: 366
Posted By Alexis Powell
In my experience, the 700RC2 would be on the...

In my experience, the 700RC2 would be on the small side, and it isn't a very good head besides.

The 128RC and XPRO 2-way are similar in capability. The former is physically more robust (essentially...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 26th November 2019, 02:10
Replies: 52
Views: 2,309
Posted By Alexis Powell
Wow! I appreciate that that might bring some...

Wow! I appreciate that that might bring some challenges. ! Especially if your digits are proportionally wide. ?
And everything a "tea cup" grip?

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Monday 25th November 2019, 23:28
Replies: 52
Views: 2,309
Posted By Alexis Powell
I always wonder about these sort of comments. I...

I always wonder about these sort of comments. I think the mismatch must have more to do with preferred grip than bin vs hand size. A pencil is much smaller than any of my bins, but I have no trouble...
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Monday 25th November 2019, 20:18
Replies: 2
Views: 362
Posted By Alexis Powell
I don't have the exact model you describe but I...

I don't have the exact model you describe but I do have, and still use (mainly while casually birding+bicycling), the Browning 8x32, which I understand to be a rebadged version of the older...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 18th November 2019, 21:02
Replies: 149
Views: 14,195
Posted By Alexis Powell
No no no, you've forgotten a very important...

No no no, you've forgotten a very important category: FOCUS CONTROL. The Swarovski EL SV have decent close focus for butterflying and the like, but it is nearly unusable because it is so _terribly...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 12th November 2019, 22:41
Replies: 149
Views: 14,195
Posted By Alexis Powell
Ha! I hope that isn't true. Bin technology is so...

Ha! I hope that isn't true. Bin technology is so mature, what's the point? The current EL is considered by many to be the best birding bin. How could it be improved? Oh, I know--variable ratio...
Forum: Leica Sunday 10th November 2019, 04:21
Replies: 69
Views: 3,315
Posted By Alexis Powell
Well, not quite "everything". Among artsy...

Well, not quite "everything". Among artsy photography enthusiasts (a small but reliable percentage of the market), and some retro-oriented young people, it is well known that the emotional...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 7th November 2019, 15:42
Replies: 11
Views: 920
Posted By Alexis Powell
I used this bin (8x32 LX) a lot in the past and...

I used this bin (8x32 LX) a lot in the past and almost bought it on numerous occasions. For me, the deal breakers were weight for size, chromatic aberration, and very poor "hang".

--AP
Forum: Nikon Thursday 24th October 2019, 20:45
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By Alexis Powell
The coatings on the DS versions of those...

The coatings on the DS versions of those eyepieces _might_ be slightly better than on the MC versions (and the same may be true for a late production MC versus a really old one because Nikon had made...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 21:29
Replies: 39
Views: 3,461
Posted By Alexis Powell
Sounds like you've got it covered, and that...

Sounds like you've got it covered, and that Bushman is an interesting product that I'll have to learn more about. I react to most skin applications of DEET, so I'm not sure an 80% formula is for me....
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 21st October 2019, 21:24
Replies: 9
Views: 497
Posted By Alexis Powell
You mean that is collapsible? With upsidedown...

You mean that is collapsible? With upsidedown view?

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Monday 21st October 2019, 21:15
Replies: 20
Views: 1,921
Posted By Alexis Powell
Those Swift porros are quite bright, have superb...

Those Swift porros are quite bright, have superb contrast, have very neutral color, and they are as sharp as anything in the sweet spot.

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Monday 21st October 2019, 20:12
Replies: 82
Views: 2,950
Posted By Alexis Powell
I feel your pain when it comes to the...

I feel your pain when it comes to the difficulties of cleaning filters sometimes. I have found that ROR is super effective for easily cleaning all glass multicoated filters, even the ones that seem...
Forum: Leica Monday 21st October 2019, 19:58
Replies: 39
Views: 3,461
Posted By Alexis Powell
You can still buy 100% DEET but I don't recommend...

You can still buy 100% DEET but I don't recommend it or other high concentrations for anything. Any level of DEET will damage some plastics. Luckily, many outdoor products are designed now to resist...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 18th October 2019, 18:47
Replies: 82
Views: 2,950
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 Thursday 17th October 2019, 17:25
Replies: 26
Views: 1,818
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 Wednesday 16th October 2019, 00:54
Replies: 39
Views: 3,461
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 Wednesday 16th October 2019, 00:22
Replies: 25
Views: 1,507
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, 21:13
Replies: 25
Views: 1,507
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, 20:04
Replies: 11
Views: 598
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...
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