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Forum: Binoculars Saturday 23rd May 2020, 22:08
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By Alexis Powell
When it comes to these two, both of which I like...

When it comes to these two, both of which I like for their pack size (in practice, identically small), for me the most significant differences are as follows:

Zeiss--longer eye-relief, superbly...
Forum: Nikon Friday 22nd May 2020, 18:49
Replies: 91
Views: 10,010
Posted By Alexis Powell
If you get one that is a perfect 10, it will...

If you get one that is a perfect 10, it will almost certainly be better than the others. Nikon scopes are hard to beat until you get to the very top-end models, in which case their optical...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 22nd May 2020, 16:37
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By Alexis Powell
I feel the same way about using straight scopes....

I feel the same way about using straight scopes. Keeping both eyes open, I can shift my attention to the scope view or the whole view, inserting the scope as desired but keeping my vision directed at...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 22nd May 2020, 03:22
Replies: 14
Views: 634
Posted By Alexis Powell
Give up on seeing them unless it is convenient,...

Give up on seeing them unless it is convenient, that's my snarky advice. Birding is really all about finding birds by knowing habitat and identifying them based on vocalizations. Seeing the bird is a...
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Wednesday 20th May 2020, 19:19
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By Alexis Powell
Truth be told, it's been a little while since I...

Truth be told, it's been a little while since I last looked and they do seem to have dried up. Here is one--but possibly a scam or erroneous...
Forum: Bushnell - Bausch & Lomb Wednesday 20th May 2020, 15:55
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By Alexis Powell
It's hard to believe these aren't still being...

It's hard to believe these aren't still being made given their very long (60+ year) history. I see them still supposedly available from some online stores that are not the usual ones where optics...
Forum: Zeiss Wednesday 6th May 2020, 16:41
Replies: 100
Views: 5,378
Posted By Alexis Powell
I own several of the best 8x32 models but none is...

I own several of the best 8x32 models but none is as easy on the eyes when it comes to quickly flicking my attention about the FOV (i.e. engaging in off-axis viewing) as is a full-sized bin, so...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 5th May 2020, 12:57
Replies: 20
Views: 955
Posted By Alexis Powell
It's been many years ago, but I have posted on...

It's been many years ago, but I have posted on the rattle from that "dust cover" (which I affectionately call the "sand trap") before. It is inherent to all FL series binoculars. Every person who has...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 4th May 2020, 05:20
Replies: 47
Views: 1,830
Posted By Alexis Powell
One thing that I like about the Arca style for a...

One thing that I like about the Arca style for a system is that they can be made in such range of sizes to suit different purposes, from standard size, to long, to L-plates for cameras, to little...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 3rd May 2020, 02:00
Replies: 47
Views: 1,830
Posted By Alexis Powell
What don't you like about the RRS, Kirk, Desmond,...

What don't you like about the RRS, Kirk, Desmond, etc interpretations of the Arca style plates?

Having used both systems, my preference is very much the reverse of yours. I find the Arca type...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 30th April 2020, 21:27
Replies: 2
Views: 446
Posted By Alexis Powell
I don't expect to see a replacement for many...

I don't expect to see a replacement for many years. It is only Swarovski's second pocket model in about 35 years!

--AP
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 30th April 2020, 21:17
Replies: 47
Views: 1,830
Posted By Alexis Powell
Congrats if you feel that adding even more rubber...

Congrats if you feel that adding even more rubber works for you. From my perspective, "give" as you call it is precisely the problem. Screws and bolts don't need "give" to hold tight, rather, just...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 29th April 2020, 23:43
Replies: 1
Views: 235
Posted By Alexis Powell
I think that old head was meant for video, but it...

I think that old head was meant for video, but it is a peculiar design, not very well considered.

As for super compact yet versatile (ground level to full standing height), I recommend Velbon Ultra...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Saturday 25th April 2020, 20:16
Replies: 47
Views: 1,830
Posted By Alexis Powell
I have felt the same, only feel better now...

I have felt the same, only feel better now because I've found solutions, and I remain mystified that so many expensive tripod and head systems still come standard with attachment systems that don't...
Forum: Nikon Tuesday 21st April 2020, 23:38
Replies: 91
Views: 10,010
Posted By Alexis Powell
If, like me, you aren't using low powers for...

If, like me, you aren't using low powers for their wider exit pupil or their greater DOF, then 30x can be a fine magnification as the low end, as long as the FOV is large. So for me, it's all about...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 20th April 2020, 02:06
Replies: 176
Views: 14,090
Posted By Alexis Powell
I will be interested to try these myself, but in...

I will be interested to try these myself, but in the mean time, what can you say about the ease of off-axis viewing?

For me, poor comfort viewing off-axis is the main failing of the x32 format as...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 16th April 2020, 01:26
Replies: 16
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
The fixed eyepieces aren't "snug" on FOV or...

The fixed eyepieces aren't "snug" on FOV or eye-relief, but both zooms certainly are, which is why I don't like them.

The fixed eyepieces are generous on both counts. Very comfortable for most...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 16th April 2020, 00:47
Replies: 16
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
Nikon 50ED new grey-market from Japan for ~$300...

Nikon 50ED new grey-market from Japan for ~$300 (shipping included; straight model still easy to find through Amazon USA) body only, plus a 27x eyepiece off eBay for about $175 new "buy now"...
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 16th April 2020, 00:36
Replies: 225
Views: 20,515
Posted By Alexis Powell
More like heart-breaking. --AP

More like heart-breaking.

--AP
Forum: Leica Thursday 16th April 2020, 00:32
Replies: 16
Views: 1,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
It seems that your real desire is to buy another...

It seems that your real desire is to buy another bin without knowing what you are looking for (i.e. what deficiency of your current bins you are trying to solve). Your past bins are a heterogeneous...
Forum: Leica Thursday 16th April 2020, 00:22
Replies: 213
Views: 18,890
Posted By Alexis Powell
I don't understand why anyone feels the need to...

I don't understand why anyone feels the need to argue against others' experience of focus issues. I am quite tolerant of different feels to different focusers, but I have found that a surprisingly...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 14th April 2020, 22:29
Replies: 68
Views: 5,387
Posted By Alexis Powell
This usage of a "dude" being something akin to a...

This usage of a "dude" being something akin to a "dandy" has a very long history. Think of dudes on a dude ranch, all dressed up and with the finest equipment but lacking any experience with its...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 10th April 2020, 00:50
Replies: 225
Views: 20,515
Posted By Alexis Powell
As I recall, the Zeiss 8x30 Diafun, another bin...

As I recall, the Zeiss 8x30 Diafun, another bin of that era, also focused the wrong way (counter-clockwise to infinity).

--AP
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 8th April 2020, 00:59
Replies: 14
Views: 1,085
Posted By Alexis Powell
Sounds like an excellent project but maddening....

Sounds like an excellent project but maddening. You have everything you think to be perfect, then decide to fix one detail that triggers a cascade of consequences so you end up having to rejigger the...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 8th April 2020, 00:45
Replies: 47
Views: 2,634
Posted By Alexis Powell
No way, for 35 mm film SLR it's gotta be Nikon FA...

No way, for 35 mm film SLR it's gotta be Nikon FA over the FM2n for sure. Fight's on! :) Ah, those were the days.

--AP
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