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Forum: Tripod and Heads Yesterday, 20:54
Replies: 1
Views: 104
Posted By johnf3f
Just my 2p, but I would wait (save) and get...

Just my 2p, but I would wait (save) and get something better than your current budget allows. I use your scope's predecessor - namely a TSN4.

I occasionally use it on a Gitzo GT2531 (not really up...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Sunday 8th September 2019, 21:57
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By johnf3f
I would look at something bigger. I find scopes...

I would look at something bigger. I find scopes much more difficult to support/stabilise than Camera lenses. Given that my primary lens is the longest that Canon currently make I use a Gitzo 4 series...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Saturday 31st August 2019, 22:30
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By johnf3f
Well, for higher magnifications (beyond 10-15X) I...

Well, for higher magnifications (beyond 10-15X) I would pass on this tripod.

Whilst my 4 series Gitzo Systematic is more than I need for my Canon 800mm camera lens (the longest they currently make)...
Forum: Kowa Friday 16th August 2019, 21:44
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By johnf3f
Happy new toy!

Happy new toy!
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 14th August 2019, 22:32
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By johnf3f
Two friends of mine have these tripods, one brand...

Two friends of mine have these tripods, one brand new and the other was used from FleaBay. The "used" one looked brand new and cost 90 3/4 years ago - it always pays to look! Incidentally 400 is...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 13th August 2019, 21:34
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By johnf3f
I primarily use long (as long as they make)...

I primarily use long (as long as they make) camera lenses on my tripods, yet I find my scopes more difficult to support securely. If I am travelling, even my Canon 800mm can be hand held - but that...
Forum: Canon Tuesday 13th August 2019, 21:20
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By johnf3f
I have both the 100-400 Mk2 and 300 F2.8 L IS Mk1...

I have both the 100-400 Mk2 and 300 F2.8 L IS Mk1 and the 300 is the better lens IMO. Having said that the 300 is heavier, fatter and is a fixed 300. The 100-400 Mk2 is lighter, more versatile,...
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 7th August 2019, 19:00
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By johnf3f
As "jring" says my main eyepiece is the Opticron...

As "jring" says my main eyepiece is the Opticron SDL V2 - which works pretty well. I also use an Opticron HR series eyepiece (with insulating tape wrapped around it and stuffed the the back of my...
Forum: Kowa Tuesday 6th August 2019, 19:57
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By johnf3f
I use the TSN 4 (straight version of yours) and...

I use the TSN 4 (straight version of yours) and it performs very well. Not quite up to today's alpha scopes but still very good and well worth holding on to.
Forum: Photographic Tripods / Heads Saturday 3rd August 2019, 20:56
Replies: 2
Views: 425
Posted By johnf3f
As a minimum I would suggest the Sirui L10/L20,...

As a minimum I would suggest the Sirui L10/L20, they work well. Ideally I would suggest the RRS MH01/02 or the Kirk MPA-2 but they are not cheap!
Forum: Canon Friday 26th July 2019, 21:47
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By johnf3f
Getting Patents in first to hinder their...

Getting Patents in first to hinder their competition.

Nearly all big companies do it.
Forum: Canon Wednesday 24th July 2019, 23:01
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By johnf3f
For what it's worth I find my 16-35 F4 L IS works...

For what it's worth I find my 16-35 F4 L IS works well with my 7D2 but the focal range is a bit limited - very nice lens though!
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 21:50
Replies: 27
Views: 6,369
Posted By johnf3f
The Manfrotto 701 HDV (though no longer made) is...

The Manfrotto 701 HDV (though no longer made) is a pretty good head - well I like mine;)
Forum: Canon Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 21:47
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By johnf3f
Full frame then a 24-70, ideally the Canon F2.8...

Full frame then a 24-70, ideally the Canon F2.8 V2. APSC then perhaps a 15-85 or 17-55 F2.8?

Don't forget to try out the Canon 16-35 F4 L IS too!
Forum: Canon Sunday 30th June 2019, 21:39
Replies: 3
Views: 479
Posted By johnf3f
I don't think that is the case but I have read...

I don't think that is the case but I have read that AF will be slower.

If you have lenses such as a 500 then do plenty of research and try out the gear before you decide.
Forum: Kowa Friday 14th June 2019, 21:34
Replies: 45
Views: 2,241
Posted By johnf3f
As far as weight is concerned then the tripod...

As far as weight is concerned then the tripod that I mentioned offers no advantage - it is a heavy beast, maybe even a little heavier than an 055. However the centre column is removable and can be...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 13th June 2019, 22:06
Replies: 45
Views: 2,241
Posted By johnf3f
Sorry I didn't see these posts earlier, I realise...

Sorry I didn't see these posts earlier, I realise that you have already made a decision but have a look at this...
Forum: Kowa Saturday 8th June 2019, 21:47
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By johnf3f
"jring" makes a good point. I use a Kowa TSN4...

"jring" makes a good point. I use a Kowa TSN4 with the Opticron SDL V2 and whist it works very well it is not at it's very best at higher magnifications. Certainly more than usable but without the...
Forum: Canon Saturday 25th May 2019, 22:31
Replies: 3
Views: 619
Posted By johnf3f
Have you turned IS off? IS does not help at high...

Have you turned IS off?

IS does not help at high shutter speeds and can (does!) interfere with AF acquisition and tracking.
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 15th May 2019, 21:12
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By johnf3f
The effective focal length of scopes can be quite...

The effective focal length of scopes can be quite long and they have to be held steady for viewing - not a fraction of a second for a photograph as with a camera (though cameras do need very stable...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 14th May 2019, 22:41
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By johnf3f
Whether you prefer a centre column or not is a...

Whether you prefer a centre column or not is a personal choice, personally I have gone off centre columns for all uses - but that is me not you!

As to what level of tripod you need? Just my opinion...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 13th May 2019, 20:18
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By johnf3f
If you are sure they are the same then go for the...

If you are sure they are the same then go for the cheapest. I haven't played (yet) with the Swaro tripod so I cannot be certain.

However if you can find a decent (used) Gitzo GT3530LS - I found,...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 17th April 2019, 20:58
Replies: 156
Views: 5,999
Posted By johnf3f
Wise words there, well said. My first scope was...

Wise words there, well said.

My first scope was a small angled Opticron (which I still have) and it performs very well especially for the price. Yes it was a bit inconvenient for some things...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 15th April 2019, 21:51
Replies: 156
Views: 5,999
Posted By johnf3f
Well spotted Henning! Yes the "Sights" I tried...

Well spotted Henning! Yes the "Sights" I tried were Swaros.

The bottom line is that we are all different and what suits one will not necessarily suit another. Personally I find angled scopes to be a...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 14th April 2019, 13:04
Replies: 156
Views: 5,999
Posted By johnf3f
I have edited my previous post as it was very...

I have edited my previous post as it was very badly worded - I hope it makes more sense now.

The "sights" that I have tried were made for the scopes concerned and were slightly below the height of...
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