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Forum: Zeiss Today, 16:17
Replies: 73
Views: 3,461
Posted By Alexis Powell
How so??? My only criticism is the presence of...

How so??? My only criticism is the presence of the "sand catcher" by the focus knob, but that is a design issue rather than a build quality issue.

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Today, 01:30
Replies: 80
Views: 3,124
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, that's right. --AP

Yes, that's right.

--AP
Forum: Leica Wednesday 18th April 2018, 23:18
Replies: 26
Views: 1,819
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, pocket roof eyecups are too small, even on...

Yes, pocket roof eyecups are too small, even on the 8x25. They are better used with glasses.

The double hinge shouldn't make finding IPD more difficult. It doesn't have to be unfolded symmetrically,...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 16th April 2018, 20:41
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By Alexis Powell
Using pocket bins for serious birding is not for...

Using pocket bins for serious birding is not for everyone. I'm one of the few on Birdforum to do so regularly, though I still prefer full-sized bins. Alignment of eyes to oculars is critical. The...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 11th April 2018, 22:05
Replies: 26
Views: 1,819
Posted By Alexis Powell
I find the Ultravid _much_ better optically and...

I find the Ultravid _much_ better optically and ergonomically. The differences are dramatic.

The Ultravid has better handling (esp. better focus knob; hinges with positive stops so you can unfold...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 10th April 2018, 18:27
Replies: 73
Views: 3,461
Posted By Alexis Powell
Aren't the FL beat by the 10x40, 7x42, and 8x56...

Aren't the FL beat by the 10x40, 7x42, and 8x56 BGATP?

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 10th April 2018, 17:25
Replies: 15
Views: 510
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, for me weight is an important consideration...

Yes, for me weight is an important consideration given how I use my pocket roofs, at least sometimes. When butterflying and doing photography at the same time, I like to wear my Leica 8x20 BL on a...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 10th April 2018, 16:38
Replies: 13
Views: 1,662
Posted By Alexis Powell
I like the Nikon 78 ED Fieldscope. They often...

I like the Nikon 78 ED Fieldscope. They often sell used in pristine condition for very modest prices.

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 10th April 2018, 16:22
Replies: 15
Views: 510
Posted By Alexis Powell
The 1.5 m close focus should make the Zeiss 8x25...

The 1.5 m close focus should make the Zeiss 8x25 Victory good for butterflies. That's one of my favorite uses of pocket roofs because they work nicely in full sun.

Yes, looking at my Leica 8x20, it...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 10th April 2018, 13:29
Replies: 15
Views: 510
Posted By Alexis Powell
I'm quite interested in the new Zeiss Victory, so...

I'm quite interested in the new Zeiss Victory, so I'm not arguing against them being perhaps the best current choice in an 8x25, but a few quibbles w/details follow.


The Zeiss spec on the old 8x20...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 10th April 2018, 01:38
Replies: 18
Views: 861
Posted By Alexis Powell
The Velbon Ultra series (e.g. 455, 555, 655) come...

The Velbon Ultra series (e.g. 455, 555, 655) come the closest, as far as I know. They fold under 16" and go to over 50" without center column, and over 60" with it. The UT and UTC series are taller...
Forum: Others Sunday 8th April 2018, 17:16
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By Alexis Powell
I bought a Zeiss 8x25 Terra for my girlfriend's...

I bought a Zeiss 8x25 Terra for my girlfriend's nine year old daughter recently. It's a good choice for a child based on the easy reach to the focus, very close focus ability, and tiny minimum IPD...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 8th April 2018, 17:04
Replies: 19
Views: 847
Posted By Alexis Powell
The optical personalities of these two bins are...

The optical personalities of these two bins are _extremely_ different, as are their handling qualities. I think you should find a way to try them both, _or_ since you know you really like the SV,...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 8th April 2018, 16:59
Replies: 48
Views: 1,636
Posted By Alexis Powell
I think only alpha brands qualify as alphas, but...

I think only alpha brands qualify as alphas, but when it comes to superb porros, are you intentionally excluding the Canon 10x42 L IS, Nikon 7x50 ProStar, Swift 8.5x44 Audubon 804 ED, just to mention...
Forum: Others Friday 6th April 2018, 15:46
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By Alexis Powell
The bins above are too nice, too expensive, too...

The bins above are too nice, too expensive, too large, or too heavy for me to consider them good choices as a car bin and a bin to juggle while dealing with cameras and other gear, so here's one more...
Forum: Others Thursday 5th April 2018, 23:34
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By Alexis Powell
How about Nikon 8x25 ProStaff? --AP

How about Nikon 8x25 ProStaff?

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 5th April 2018, 23:28
Replies: 65
Views: 1,672
Posted By Alexis Powell
The kind of matte black artificial rubber that...

The kind of matte black artificial rubber that Nikon uses/used on bins such as the SE, EII, and the fold-down WF series eyepieces for the Fieldscopes are notorious for developing cracks very quickly...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 5th April 2018, 20:48
Replies: 65
Views: 1,672
Posted By Alexis Powell
Oh, I don't know about that, but you are most...

Oh, I don't know about that, but you are most welcome. Just don't sue me if your eyecups crack in a couple years despite these precautions! Past performance is never a perfect guide to future...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 5th April 2018, 18:46
Replies: 65
Views: 1,672
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, I wear glasses so I understand the concern....

Yes, I wear glasses so I understand the concern. I apply it with a cotton swab, let sit for ~24 hours, then wipe off all excess. A very tiny bit may still get on my glasses with first use, but not...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 5th April 2018, 17:14
Replies: 65
Views: 1,672
Posted By Alexis Powell
I have experience with many fold-down Nikon...

I have experience with many fold-down Nikon eyecups on bins (including the EII) and scopes, some of which I have owned over 20 years, and I can tell you from experience that folding them will cause...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 5th April 2018, 01:39
Replies: 27
Views: 944
Posted By Alexis Powell
At this point, I've probably tried ~8 units of...

At this point, I've probably tried ~8 units of the Zeiss 8x25 Terra ED. If you get a good unit, it can be a decent binocular. However, it is not a match to the optics, mechanical quality, or design...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 5th April 2018, 01:27
Replies: 81
Views: 2,366
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, the Nikon site is wrong. The real spec is 52...

Yes, the Nikon site is wrong. The real spec is 52 mm. You can measure it yourself! Easiest way is edge to edge rather than center to center of the ocular lenses. I think the other specs for the EII...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 4th April 2018, 23:06
Replies: 81
Views: 2,366
Posted By Alexis Powell
No, it is 52 mm for both EII models. Never trust...

No, it is 52 mm for both EII models. Never trust the specs. Companies are so clueless about this from a marketing standpoint that they don't bother to check that these specs are correct!

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 4th April 2018, 22:55
Replies: 15
Views: 316
Posted By Alexis Powell
I like efficient focus = fast _and_ precise

More binoculars need to be engineered with variable-ratio focus, which does away with the trade-off between speed and precision. So far, the only models I've encountered have been from Brunton,...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 4th April 2018, 22:45
Replies: 81
Views: 2,366
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes. As I noted, minimum IPD spec are a problem...

Yes. As I noted, minimum IPD spec are a problem for roofs (except pocket roofs). For porros, a very tight minimum IPD of ~50 mm is quite common (except reverse-porro compacts, which almost never go...
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