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Forum: Binoculars Today, 02:03
Replies: 27
Views: 778
Posted By etudiant
The Canon eye cups are ok when wearing glasses,...

The Canon eye cups are ok when wearing glasses, but I agree the ergonomics clearly were an afterthought.
The electronic device fixation just seems silly to me. I'd bet everyone who raised that...
Forum: Cameras And Photography Yesterday, 02:12
Replies: 16
Views: 451
Posted By etudiant
Just a cautionary note regarding the...

Just a cautionary note regarding the viewfinder..
I never had much luck with the view finder on my ZS50, usually picked up the target bird at a wider angle and then zoomed in, using only the screen....
Forum: Cameras And Photography Tuesday 15th January 2019, 04:19
Replies: 16
Views: 451
Posted By etudiant
The little Lumix's 30x lens (24-720mm equivalent)...

The little Lumix's 30x lens (24-720mm equivalent) has been around for several generations of the ZS series and gives good service.
I've been happy with the earlier ZS50, which produces quite adequate...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 14th January 2019, 19:53
Replies: 10
Views: 145
Posted By etudiant
The NYC Audubon would be a good source of...

The NYC Audubon would be a good source of information.
They run the Evodia Fields feeders in Central Park, which have become a well accepted hot spot for all manner of sparrows, doves, grackles,...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 14th January 2019, 02:43
Replies: 27
Views: 778
Posted By etudiant
Wonder how the Canon 15x50 IS would fare in this...

Wonder how the Canon 15x50 IS would fare in this decision tree.
It seems to offer a way around the tripod requirement at very low cost.
Forum: Cameras And Photography Sunday 13th January 2019, 22:54
Replies: 16
Views: 451
Posted By etudiant
The ZS series are excellent travel cameras, much...

The ZS series are excellent travel cameras, much more compact and convenient than the big glass superzoom bridge cameras. They are also surprisingly robust and give decent results.
Major shortcoming...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 13th January 2019, 00:13
Replies: 174
Views: 6,192
Posted By etudiant
Thank you for those links, especially the one...

Thank you for those links, especially the one from 'photonics.com', which clarifies the concept.
I understand how a plane wedge such as illustrated would compress the image in one dimension, but not...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 11th January 2019, 02:06
Replies: 174
Views: 6,192
Posted By etudiant
Seems there is an effort to do something...

Seems there is an effort to do something different at the CES this...
Forum: Nikon Sunday 6th January 2019, 23:40
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By etudiant
Think Brambling it is, the light colored bill and...

Think Brambling it is, the light colored bill and the patterns are pretty distinctive.

Do note that your camera correctly focused on the twigs that were in front of your bird, so you could have had...
Forum: Florida Sunday 6th January 2019, 23:27
Replies: 13
Views: 488
Posted By etudiant
Exactly! Florida requires a leisurely approach,...

Exactly!
Florida requires a leisurely approach, rather than the 'smash and grab' style birding that vacation schedules seem to mandate. Settle into Cape Canaveral and points South, enjoy the Keys...
Forum: Arizona Saturday 5th January 2019, 14:43
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Posted By etudiant
Homer Hansen of the AMNH South West Research...

Homer Hansen of the AMNH South West Research Station is a superb bird guide with associations to many of the local area birders. He would be a good source.
His contact info:


Aplomado Environmental...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 1st January 2019, 01:21
Replies: 174
Views: 6,192
Posted By etudiant
Exactly so. Given how conservative this market...

Exactly so.
Given how conservative this market segment is, no rational business man would invest to innovate there. Swaro, Zeiss etc are very rationally led.

Progress will come from outside,...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Tuesday 1st January 2019, 00:37
Replies: 10
Views: 1,465
Posted By etudiant
HAPPY 2019!! May all BF participants and...

HAPPY 2019!!
May all BF participants and especially our feathered friends have a splendidly fruitful year.
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 1st January 2019, 00:21
Replies: 174
Views: 6,192
Posted By etudiant
Probably so. The display quality is almost...

Probably so.
The display quality is almost there, but the market size is small, so it will be an incidental/accidental development, somebody makes a superior long range imager that serves as a super...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 31st December 2018, 23:05
Replies: 174
Views: 6,192
Posted By etudiant
Interesting, as I disagree entirely. Binoculars...

Interesting, as I disagree entirely.
Binoculars are tools. When a better tool comes along, the old design is retired.
In this case, we are still in the transition, so it is still not clear that the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 31st December 2018, 22:56
Replies: 31
Views: 518
Posted By etudiant
NYC feral pigeons have the first/last bird of the...

NYC feral pigeons have the first/last bird of the year distinctions nailed, at least for those of us who live in Manhattan.
It does not matter what the day brings, the pigeons will be there at the...
Forum: Japan Sunday 30th December 2018, 04:57
Replies: 1
Views: 77
Posted By etudiant
No idea of the fee he would charge, but I was...

No idea of the fee he would charge, but I was very impressed by Kaz Shinoda, a guide for Victor Emmanuel.
He leads Japan tours such as this...
Forum: TV & Radio Alert For Birding, Nature and Other Wildlife Saturday 29th December 2018, 04:13
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By etudiant
Think that kind of conflict is built in,...

Think that kind of conflict is built in, certainly normal in Yellowstone Park.
In spring, hungry grizzly bears coming out of hibernation routinely chase wolf packs off kills. The wolves don't like...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 28th December 2018, 23:41
Replies: 174
Views: 6,192
Posted By etudiant
You raise a serious point. Hopefully the judges...

You raise a serious point.
Hopefully the judges ability to analyze photos will improve in line with our ability to fake them.
Forum: Binoculars Friday 28th December 2018, 00:43
Replies: 174
Views: 6,192
Posted By etudiant
Technical stagnation in binoculars, but continued...

Technical stagnation in binoculars, but continued good progress in imaging systems surely prefigures a shift in birding practices.
Even today, rarities are suspect without photographic proof, so it...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 27th December 2018, 01:46
Replies: 38
Views: 1,460
Posted By etudiant
Why not just leave them in the footwell, with a...

Why not just leave them in the footwell, with a long strap attached so you can fish them out quickly?
I do remember an anecdote from Bill Cook, how a binocular fell off the bridge of the ship he was...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 24th December 2018, 17:53
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By etudiant
Thank you for this generous offer! Sadly my...

Thank you for this generous offer!
Sadly my feeder days are over since becoming a Manhattan cliff dweller.
However, if you're willing to share the recipe, the best place to post it would be on...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 23rd December 2018, 23:36
Replies: 6
Views: 209
Posted By etudiant
Believe this is a Smooth Billed Ani. Very nice...

Believe this is a Smooth Billed Ani.
Very nice bird.
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 23rd December 2018, 23:32
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By etudiant
Good on you! Bluebirds are not doing that well,...

Good on you!
Bluebirds are not doing that well, so they can use all the help they can get.
Indiana does have hard winters, so any food and even more so water that you can offer will help them.
If...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 21st December 2018, 04:27
Replies: 174
Views: 6,192
Posted By etudiant
Leica is partnered with Panasonic and Zeiss with...

Leica is partnered with Panasonic and Zeiss with Sony.
Nikon is very capable but focused on improving their camera business for now, much like Canon.
While Swaro does not have a strong electronics...
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