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Forum: Zeiss Monday 21st October 2019, 18:58
Replies: 71
Views: 1,881
Posted By etudiant
Jerry, Please relax and don't try to become the...

Jerry,
Please relax and don't try to become the arbiter of what is suitable for discussion. Here at BF thread drift is not a big deal. It happens all the time and there is no need to get upset by...
Forum: Interviews with Optics Manufacturers Sunday 20th October 2019, 23:57
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By etudiant
Lost in translation in the new Zeiss product...

Lost in translation in the new Zeiss product recommendations poster:

Stalking Stalking for most Americans is something criminally actionable.
Of course hunters know the difference, but it jars...
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 20th October 2019, 23:12
Replies: 71
Views: 1,881
Posted By etudiant
Does the presence of a filter glass on the ocular...

Does the presence of a filter glass on the ocular end similarly impact the image quality? There were yellow and gray filters included with the CZJ DF 7x40 and the Russian BPO 8x30.
Perhaps the...
Forum: Canon Sunday 20th October 2019, 01:44
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By etudiant
Second that 100%. The Canon 10x42 is a...

Second that 100%. The Canon 10x42 is a substantially better tool for birding on a pelagic than any conventional glass, with good reach and a decently wide FoV, as well as fully waterproof...
Forum: Zeiss Wednesday 16th October 2019, 23:56
Replies: 71
Views: 1,881
Posted By etudiant
Canon uses optical windows on their 10x42 as...

Canon uses optical windows on their 10x42 as well, perhaps to help protect the expensive objective elements which are very little recessed. It is a helpful indicator that sealing has been lost when...
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 13th October 2019, 02:06
Replies: 71
Views: 1,881
Posted By etudiant
My beef with filters is that condensation can...

My beef with filters is that condensation can build on the inside of the filter. The view gradually deteriorates, so it creeps up on the hapless owner.
I switched to a rubber lens hood for my ED50...
Forum: Conservation Friday 11th October 2019, 18:38
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
It does not take AGW to spur mass migration,...

It does not take AGW to spur mass migration, desperation because of poverty and violence is quite sufficient. I would think that Britain would understand that pretty well, given the highly publicized...
Forum: Gambia Thursday 10th October 2019, 23:59
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By etudiant
Very helpful input, thank you all. It is not a...

Very helpful input, thank you all. It is not a topic that is much discussed, but I think it probably ought to be.
Evidently being from New York gives a warped perspective. New York is a place where...
Forum: Gambia Wednesday 9th October 2019, 12:51
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By etudiant
The paucity of information partly reflects the...

The paucity of information partly reflects the wide differences in tipping behavior. In Europe, there is usually a service charge included in the bill, so tipping on top of that is gilding the lily....
Forum: Gambia Tuesday 8th October 2019, 02:06
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By etudiant
No experience at all in Gambia, so hope that...

No experience at all in Gambia, so hope that someone will have more local expertise, but I think a tip in recognition of good service is always good policy, even if the guy owns the business. It also...
Forum: Sony Sunday 6th October 2019, 08:51
Replies: 11
Views: 745
Posted By etudiant
Sony dominates the camera sensor market for...

Sony dominates the camera sensor market for phones as well as for stand alone cameras, with a market share of 50% or more. They have however had less success producing and selling the integrated...
Forum: Sony Sunday 6th October 2019, 00:25
Replies: 11
Views: 745
Posted By etudiant
Allegedly this A9 II is a stopgap fix to have a...

Allegedly this A9 II is a stopgap fix to have a camera adequate for pro photographers covering the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as the real successor is still in the development phase. Imho, the truth is...
Forum: Nikon Sunday 6th October 2019, 00:10
Replies: 35
Views: 2,473
Posted By etudiant
Can only note that this is my experience as well,...

Can only note that this is my experience as well, all my Nikon gear has performed flawlessly, despite sometimes abusive treatment.
So I too very much regret that Nikon has pulled back from the sport...
Forum: Conservation Monday 30th September 2019, 18:51
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
Sad to say that afaik, there are no new...

Sad to say that afaik, there are no new breakthroughs in the broad area of nuclear waste management. To put it into perspective though, the total amount involved in nuclear is actually fairly small....
Forum: Conservation Sunday 29th September 2019, 19:09
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
There is more intractable waste produced by wind...

There is more intractable waste produced by wind power than by nuclear, as the rare earths required for the generators are hugely messy to extract and leave behind square miles of earth deeply...
Forum: Conservation Sunday 29th September 2019, 09:23
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
Fugl, if you listen to that Eisenhower farewell...

Fugl, if you listen to that Eisenhower farewell speech, you'll note that he begins his famous military industrial complex warning with a preamble that the lone independent researcher is now replaced...
Forum: Conservation Sunday 29th September 2019, 00:02
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
My pay grade does not extend to trying to impose...

My pay grade does not extend to trying to impose my views on others in matters of their national policies.
On AGW, it does not require huge technical expertise to understand that in science as in...
Forum: Conservation Saturday 28th September 2019, 21:10
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
Sadly I disagree with your appraisal. I...

Sadly I disagree with your appraisal. I disbelieve the idea that AGW is the master evil of our time. The oceans are a great moderator, so nothing drastic will happen during the next century or so....
Forum: Conservation Saturday 28th September 2019, 13:06
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
In isolation, if the cows are fed solely from the...

In isolation, if the cows are fed solely from the grass, there is a balance, because they cannot emit more carbon than they take in.
In the macro, it is quite possible to farm in a carbon friendly...
Forum: Conservation Friday 27th September 2019, 17:38
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
I don't understand why this topic engenders such...

I don't understand why this topic engenders such personal vituperation.
Afaik, cattle are very much part of the organic food chain, sort of our substitute for the buffalo or bisons that we...
Forum: Nikon Friday 27th September 2019, 17:05
Replies: 39
Views: 3,107
Posted By etudiant
The Kowa is twice the price of the ED50 with the...

The Kowa is twice the price of the ED50 with the comparable zoom, so it really should be noticeably better.
That said, I did not notice the difference in sharpness in side by side comparisons at Cape...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 26th September 2019, 00:20
Replies: 16
Views: 423
Posted By etudiant
Just splendid! Lucky you!! Hope to someday be...

Just splendid! Lucky you!!
Hope to someday be able to follow in your footsteps on this route, it seems magical.
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 24th September 2019, 22:48
Replies: 748
Views: 119,003
Posted By etudiant
Agree on that 100%, children's crusades...

Agree on that 100%, children's crusades historically have generated horrors.
Just hope that this one does not spawn yet another one.
Forum: Technique Tuesday 24th September 2019, 22:33
Replies: 37
Views: 1,479
Posted By etudiant
Spot on! The birder looks for the bird, the...

Spot on!
The birder looks for the bird, the photographer looks for the shot.
Very different goals, requiring very different techniques.
Forum: Wisconsin Tuesday 24th September 2019, 18:59
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By etudiant
The Wiki article said one had been found in...

The Wiki article said one had been found in Ontario, Canada, so they do roam.
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