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Forum: Swarovski Yesterday, 16:26
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By etudiant
Apart from the inconvenience, the switch from...

Apart from the inconvenience, the switch from binocular observation to range finding with the monocular seems a great way to lose sight of a target animal if it is a ways off. I lose birds repeatedly...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 15:24
Replies: 2
Views: 94
Posted By etudiant
The eye line and dark lores are a useful pointer....

The eye line and dark lores are a useful pointer. Young Chipping Sparrow imho.
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 11th July 2020, 22:08
Replies: 10
Views: 286
Posted By etudiant
It also depends on how you work in the field. If...

It also depends on how you work in the field.
If birds and animals are a big element in your shooting, you would be better served by binoculars, whereas if you mostly target landscapes and plants,...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 11th July 2020, 17:15
Replies: 26
Views: 1,315
Posted By etudiant
One option is the Minox Macroscope (or...

One option is the Minox Macroscope (or Minoscope), a waterproof porro 8x25 monocular, which has a close focus of around 30cm.
It is the ideal tool for museum and church visits as well as for nearby...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 10th July 2020, 11:08
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By etudiant
Surely a decision based on convenience. A...

Surely a decision based on convenience.
A monocular range finder is a lot less comfortable to use than a Geovid style binocular, plus it is an extra item to carry.
The NL should be materially more...
Forum: Canon Thursday 9th July 2020, 01:19
Replies: 13
Views: 1,208
Posted By etudiant
Kevin, imho the late Russian Admiral Gorshkov...

Kevin, imho the late Russian Admiral Gorshkov said it best with his dictum:
'Comrades, the best is the enemy of the good.'
All you say is quite true, the 10x42IS is a brick, with marginal ergonomics...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 8th July 2020, 21:29
Replies: 13
Views: 1,208
Posted By etudiant
Kevin, just buy a 10x42ISL, totally waterproof,...

Kevin, just buy a 10x42ISL, totally waterproof, superb optics and non sticky coatings, if my 12 years with them are any indication.
Admittedly, brick like ergonomics and niggardly warranty are...
Forum: Swarovski Wednesday 8th July 2020, 15:08
Replies: 668
Views: 33,599
Posted By etudiant
Seems unduly harsh to me. There is nothing wrong...

Seems unduly harsh to me.
There is nothing wrong with one or two star reviews, they are often much more usefully informative than the five star accolades. Plus we all know that our reaction to a new...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 8th July 2020, 00:46
Replies: 13
Views: 1,208
Posted By etudiant
Seriously not good, but not surprising. Canon is...

Seriously not good, but not surprising.
Canon is far behind Swarovski in their customer service. Unfortunately, binoculars are only a minute part of Canon's business and not very profitable at that,...
Forum: Swarovski Wednesday 8th July 2020, 00:23
Replies: 668
Views: 33,599
Posted By etudiant
Rather see it as a grounds for rejoicing that the...

Rather see it as a grounds for rejoicing that the English language is alive and continues to evolve.
Nobody today knows what the rules for the apostrophe are, so they are becoming ubiquitous, on the...
Forum: Olympus Tuesday 7th July 2020, 23:49
Replies: 33
Views: 1,390
Posted By etudiant
You are quite right. Birders always carry too...

You are quite right.
Birders always carry too much gear, as illustrated by binoculars, phone, camera and scope.
With a Nikon P1000, birders get a decent wide angle camera that also works pretty...
Forum: Scotland Tuesday 7th July 2020, 22:26
Replies: 3,613
Views: 713,753
Posted By etudiant
So it's true, the Tyskies do migrate! o:D

So it's true, the Tyskies do migrate! o:D
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 7th July 2020, 22:23
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By etudiant
Thank you for that link, as these are pretty...

Thank you for that link, as these are pretty interesting data, a snapshot of binocular technology in the 1950-1980 time frame.
My only quibble would be the 59-62% light transmission for the Zeiss...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 7th July 2020, 21:59
Replies: 194
Views: 7,570
Posted By etudiant
I entirely agree that the NL offers real...

I entirely agree that the NL offers real improvement, most notably the increased FoV but also in ergonomics. My only point is that these were only enough to justify a modest price increase over the...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 7th July 2020, 20:02
Replies: 668
Views: 33,599
Posted By etudiant
Very impressive! Especially as all these people...

Very impressive!
Especially as all these people had to take a boat or a plane to get there. Helps explain why the UK is still the world's leading birding community.
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 7th July 2020, 17:22
Replies: 194
Views: 7,570
Posted By etudiant
Swaro is surely approaching the limits of what is...

Swaro is surely approaching the limits of what is feasible with unboosted optics, a frontier Nikon has staked out with their WX.
Imho, the NL provides insufficient tangible improvement versus the...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 7th July 2020, 16:45
Replies: 668
Views: 33,599
Posted By etudiant
Good lord, where and when was this taken? Even an...

Good lord, where and when was this taken?
Even an Ivory Billed Woodpecker could not draw that crowd here in the US.
Forum: Olympus Tuesday 7th July 2020, 01:46
Replies: 33
Views: 1,390
Posted By etudiant
While outcome ii would be great, afaik neither...

While outcome ii would be great, afaik neither the buyer not the Olympus engineering team have any substantial understanding of or experience with computational photography. A third party would be...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 7th July 2020, 00:08
Replies: 38
Views: 1,329
Posted By etudiant
Thank you for the helpful pointer re the LADDA...

Thank you for the helpful pointer re the LADDA brand rechargeables, as well as the clarification as to the difference in recharge cycle endurance for the black vs the white Eneloops.
I've both, but...
Forum: Scotland Monday 6th July 2020, 23:47
Replies: 3,613
Views: 713,753
Posted By etudiant
Thank you, that that explains it, the curse of...

Thank you, that that explains it, the curse of the typos.
I googled tyskie, the Polish beer is all that came up, so I wondered...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 6th July 2020, 17:42
Replies: 668
Views: 33,599
Posted By etudiant
Exactly, that is why we have suggested retail...

Exactly, that is why we have suggested retail prices, it allows discounts from an arbitrarily unreasonable level without hurting retailer margins. o:D
Forum: Zeiss Monday 6th July 2020, 17:15
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By etudiant
Agree that this is a splendid binocular. It was...

Agree that this is a splendid binocular.
It was later also marketed as the Docter Nobilem 12x50BGA, a rubber armored version.
I birded with one for several years and was always delighted with its...
Forum: Cameras And Photography Monday 6th July 2020, 01:31
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By etudiant
Film photography has become a hobby, with prices...

Film photography has become a hobby, with prices to match.
You are fortunate to have really good gear, but unless you develop your own film, expect prices of about $1/image. So this is an inexpensive...
Forum: Scotland Sunday 5th July 2020, 20:09
Replies: 3,613
Views: 713,753
Posted By etudiant
Thought Tyskie was a Polish beer. Do they migrate?

Thought Tyskie was a Polish beer. Do they migrate?
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 5th July 2020, 18:08
Replies: 38
Views: 1,329
Posted By etudiant
Clearly we are on the same page, albeit speaking...

Clearly we are on the same page, albeit speaking at cross purposes.
I agree entirely that the power supply mechanism in portable gear, optical or otherwise, should be replaceable.
I've a preference...
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