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Forum: Olympus Wednesday 5th August 2020, 17:49
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By Jim M.
Despite being slower at low zoom than the...

Despite being slower at low zoom than the PL100-400, it is larger and heavier. So again there is the trend: Olympus makes the heavy lenses but the light bodies, and Panasonic does the reverse. That...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Saturday 1st August 2020, 21:59
Replies: 4
Views: 128
Posted By Jim M.
Looks like a tachinid fly.

Looks like a tachinid fly.
Forum: Kowa Saturday 1st August 2020, 09:19
Replies: 5
Views: 177
Posted By Jim M.
I tried a 773 and ended up returning it for an...

I tried a 773 and ended up returning it for an 883. I think one of the main advantages of higher end scopes is the quality of the view at higher magnifications. And I didn't think I was getting...
Forum: Cetaceans & Marine Life Thursday 30th July 2020, 13:38
Replies: 10
Views: 267
Posted By Jim M.
Indeed. As the article notes it is the first...

Indeed. As the article notes it is the first recorded great white attack ever for the entire state of Maine, and only the second recorded shark attack.

What is happening, both in Maine and...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 8th July 2020, 12:48
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By Jim M.
Hi, Actually, both of your examples of purported...

Hi,

Actually, both of your examples of purported inaccuracies are not correct. My first edition of Sibley shows that Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a regular migrant through eastern South Dakota. (It...
Forum: Olympus Thursday 2nd July 2020, 12:45
Replies: 42
Views: 2,131
Posted By Jim M.
Some apparent good news. It looks like Olympus...

Some apparent good news. It looks like Olympus has just issued a press release suggesting their lens development will mostly continue as previously announced. With the 150-400 zoom shipping this...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 27th June 2020, 12:40
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Posted By Jim M.
Joining the ABA is much more than a magazine...

Joining the ABA is much more than a magazine subscription. From their website:

The ABA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge,...
Forum: Olympus Wednesday 24th June 2020, 21:30
Replies: 42
Views: 2,131
Posted By Jim M.
I think it's hard to know at this point how...

I think it's hard to know at this point how things will shake out. The market for higher end stuff like long telephoto lenses is also not much impacted by the shift to cell phones, so it may be one...
Forum: Olympus Wednesday 24th June 2020, 19:40
Replies: 42
Views: 2,131
Posted By Jim M.
Apparently being sold to JIP. More info here: ...

Apparently being sold to JIP. More info here: https://www.43rumors.com/it-happened-olympus-sold-the-imaging-business-to-jip/
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 29th May 2020, 08:37
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Jim M.
Thanks. The second photo eliminates Ovenbird.

Thanks. The second photo eliminates Ovenbird.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 28th May 2020, 17:40
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Jim M.
He said "Other pics are the same angle with...

He said "Other pics are the same angle with poorer focus. :)." The apparent rufous in the tail is not good for Ovenbird, so I'm not really pressing the issue.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 28th May 2020, 16:04
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Jim M.
They are rare but they do show up occasionally.

They are rare but they do show up occasionally.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 28th May 2020, 08:19
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Jim M.
Any more photos? Looks rather like an Ovenbird,...

Any more photos? Looks rather like an Ovenbird, which would explain your impression of the small size.
Forum: Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Photography Monday 25th May 2020, 13:29
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By Jim M.
Understood. But many, including myself, don't...

Understood. But many, including myself, don't care about size. Only weight--and weight is the same burden whether in the body or lens. Panny has done better keeping down the weight of lenses, Oly...
Forum: Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Photography Monday 25th May 2020, 12:45
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By Jim M.
Actually, it makes it over 13% heavier than the...

Actually, it makes it over 13% heavier than the EM-1 mk. iii, which is already the heaviest m4/3 camera Olympus has made apart from the EM-1x which has an extra grip built in. And the panasonic GH...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Sunday 24th May 2020, 18:27
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By Jim M.
That particular species does look fairly brutish,...

That particular species does look fairly brutish, but the dim light in your photo makes it look more menacing. I think this guy i saw in Madagascar is more attractive; I'm not sure of the...
Forum: Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Photography Sunday 24th May 2020, 17:21
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By Jim M.
The Oly is also 78g (2.75oz lighter); not a major...

The Oly is also 78g (2.75oz lighter); not a major difference, but not trivial if you are carrying it around all day.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Sunday 24th May 2020, 13:24
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By Jim M.
Ugly? I think mole crickets are cool and...

Ugly? I think mole crickets are cool and remarkably well adapted to their lifestyle.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th May 2020, 15:08
Replies: 55
Views: 2,632
Posted By Jim M.
I disagree. First, this concerns an unforeseen...

I disagree. First, this concerns an unforeseen and unprecedented circumstance; nothing fundamental to the travel business at all. Second, it is standard practice among tour companies to make...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th May 2020, 14:07
Replies: 55
Views: 2,632
Posted By Jim M.
Of course I would not condone uncivil language...

Of course I would not condone uncivil language directed against Mr. Walker. But you ignore an obvious distinction here: Mr. Walker's ad hominem attack was in public on a public forum; the alleged...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th May 2020, 08:22
Replies: 55
Views: 2,632
Posted By Jim M.
Good points opisska. I also thought the ad...

Good points opisska. I also thought the ad hominem attack on the customer was tacky. The issue is whether it was legitimate for the company to retain the $600 without providing any service; whether...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 14th May 2020, 13:49
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Posted By Jim M.
ChiGuy, The Peterson field guides have long had,...

ChiGuy,

The Peterson field guides have long had, in the inside back and/or front covers, silhouettes of many species of birds to help birders focus on shapes. Seeing them grouped together should...
Forum: Tips For New Birders Sunday 10th May 2020, 01:04
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Jim M.
Hi Jinxstar, First question: All the...

Hi Jinxstar,

First question: All the organizations you mention are worthy of your support. But the organization that represents Maryland birders is the Maryland Ornithological Society, and your...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Saturday 18th April 2020, 19:45
Replies: 11
Views: 413
Posted By Jim M.
Time to clean the windows.3:-)

Time to clean the windows.3:-)
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 14th April 2020, 08:04
Replies: 88
Views: 4,675
Posted By Jim M.
That's true for any public reporting of bird...

That's true for any public reporting of bird sightings--including posting on this forum--some will seek to use it to enhance reputations. But eBird is attractive to all sorts of birders--those who...
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