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Forum: Binoculars Friday 14th December 2018, 22:30
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By Alexis Powell
I recommend buying this one, using it for a...

I recommend buying this one, using it for a while, then deciding if you like the format and need anything better.

This one is quite good even though it is super cheap. It is discontinued but still...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 14th December 2018, 02:10
Replies: 27
Views: 971
Posted By Alexis Powell
I agree to an extent (e.g. problems with early...

I agree to an extent (e.g. problems with early production Swarovski EL), but I think the bigger problem is that Chinese manufacturers don't always have good design or quality control for assembly of...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 12th December 2018, 15:43
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Alexis Powell
Ah yes, I remember that old thread now. I had...

Ah yes, I remember that old thread now. I had forgotten that Nikon offered a non-WF 30x for the FS I. The 20x and 40x in that series were more widely available and for a much longer time. There was...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 12th December 2018, 15:07
Replies: 66
Views: 2,150
Posted By Alexis Powell
Well, some old Bushnell bins are pretty darn...

Well, some old Bushnell bins are pretty darn sharp, but I take your point.

When leading walks for inexperienced birders, I've often traded bins for a bit with a person with fairly fuzzy bins....
Forum: Nikon Tuesday 11th December 2018, 00:32
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Alexis Powell
This 30x WF must have been made before the...

This 30x WF must have been made before the introduction of the Fieldscope 78ED. I'm very interested from Hermann's post that the optical formula is different from the later 30/38x MC. Does this one...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 11th December 2018, 00:06
Replies: 27
Views: 971
Posted By Alexis Powell
I've been loving open-bridge since before they...

I've been loving open-bridge since before they were invented. For me, the designs of the Zeiss 7x42 BGATP and B&L 8x42 Elite (non waterproof version, with focus on front of hinge) were super...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 8th December 2018, 21:45
Replies: 167
Views: 18,488
Posted By Alexis Powell
Following that logic, I presume you prefer a...

Following that logic, I presume you prefer a 10x56 model for really long difficult hikes? :)



I made my own neck strap (described in a previous post) to minimize bulk and hard bits of plastic etc,...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Friday 7th December 2018, 21:36
Replies: 6
Views: 174
Posted By Alexis Powell
I have tried shoulder stocks and monopods, but I...

I have tried shoulder stocks and monopods, but I much prefer a tripod, even if flimsy. The one that I use is an older equivalent to the current Velbon Ultra 455 model. The pan-tilt head that comes...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 7th December 2018, 18:46
Replies: 18
Views: 1,054
Posted By Alexis Powell
Plastic rings can be super durable, but those...

Plastic rings can be super durable, but those ones on the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD were made out of some kind of material that spontaneously self-destructed in a year or two or three, regardless of...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 7th December 2018, 18:38
Replies: 18
Views: 1,054
Posted By Alexis Powell
How I hold the Swarovski 8.5x42 ELSV, which I...

How I hold the Swarovski 8.5x42 ELSV, which I find superb for handling, but not as perfect as the 8x32 EL or Zeiss 7x42 BGATP!

I focus using both index and middle fingers.

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Friday 7th December 2018, 18:24
Replies: 167
Views: 18,488
Posted By Alexis Powell
Well, I haven't, but I would think that if you...

Well, I haven't, but I would think that if you are willing to carry the larger bin (8x30) it might be easier to use overall than the smaller one (8x25) since both have a good reputation for easy eye...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 6th December 2018, 21:11
Replies: 27
Views: 886
Posted By Alexis Powell
What makes a bin a superb binocular (based on...

What makes a bin a superb binocular (based on performance) or "alpha" (=prestige brand) is not ED glass (of one type or another), but rather its optical design (including the numbers and shapes of...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 4th December 2018, 00:09
Replies: 23
Views: 1,088
Posted By Alexis Powell
I appreciate a fine looking instrument, but I...

I appreciate a fine looking instrument, but I would say that binoculars should be appreciated for the view that they deliver, as well as for their handling characteristics and durability, before...
Forum: Nikon Monday 3rd December 2018, 18:26
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By Alexis Powell
That's my experience. The 82ED is balanced (with...

That's my experience. The 82ED is balanced (with stay-on case), the 60ED3 is tail heavy, and my 78ED is strongly front heavy. Sliding plates of the Arca standard or Gitzo/Manfrotto/Sirui standard...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Thursday 29th November 2018, 21:58
Replies: 18
Views: 482
Posted By Alexis Powell
The BH-25 is by far my favorite mini ballhead of...

The BH-25 is by far my favorite mini ballhead of all those I've tried over the years. I've been using it for many years on my (equivalent to) Velbon Ultra 455 tripod and with my Nikon 50ED. I have...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 27th November 2018, 12:04
Replies: 31
Views: 1,010
Posted By Alexis Powell
I use ~30x magnification >95% of the time. My...

I use ~30x magnification >95% of the time. My goal is bird ID, not digiscoping. The distances at which I pay attention to birds depend on the size of the bird, so I watch bigger birds at greater...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 20th November 2018, 16:54
Replies: 82
Views: 3,460
Posted By Alexis Powell
This Harpia discussion reminds me of two things...

This Harpia discussion reminds me of two things from my 35 mm film photography past, especially before shutter and aperture control were able to be electronically tweaked (i.e. adjusted infinitely in...
Forum: Nikon Friday 9th November 2018, 19:01
Replies: 20
Views: 1,158
Posted By Alexis Powell
As I tried to explain in my earlier post, when I...

As I tried to explain in my earlier post, when I reach for bins I expect a wide angle ~8x view. That is what I expect bins as a tool to do when I'm birding. Sure, I own 6x, 7x, 8.5x, and 10x bins,...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 9th November 2018, 18:01
Replies: 167
Views: 18,488
Posted By Alexis Powell
I prefer my Swarovski 8.5x42 EL SV for most...

I prefer my Swarovski 8.5x42 EL SV for most birding, but the Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket has lead me to retire my Zeiss 8x32 FL and Leica 8x20 Ultravid. Yes, the FOV of the 8x32 is slightly larger (420...
Forum: Nikon Friday 9th November 2018, 17:18
Replies: 30
Views: 1,373
Posted By Alexis Powell
You're quite welcome. For as popular as...

You're quite welcome. For as popular as digiscoping is said to be, I've found it difficult to find good answers to basic practical questions, so I'm glad to share what I've sorted out for myself. The...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 8th November 2018, 23:52
Replies: 20
Views: 1,158
Posted By Alexis Powell
I think the magnification should be chosen...

I think the magnification should be chosen according to what you need the scope to do. For me, 16x or the 13-40x zoom with the 50ED would make no sense because when I reach for a scope, I want a...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 8th November 2018, 18:18
Replies: 30
Views: 1,373
Posted By Alexis Powell
Optimum is a dangerous word. And it would be...

Optimum is a dangerous word. And it would be _super_ expensive. And it depends on what you are trying to do.

I'm not an experienced digiscoper, but recently, I've had need for it for my research as...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 7th November 2018, 20:23
Replies: 30
Views: 1,373
Posted By Alexis Powell
Photography through your scope using a Canon...

Photography through your scope using a Canon camera is possible, but it will be tricky or expensive, and results will be modest in quality. Owners of Nikon F-mount cameras can use the old Fieldscopes...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 5th November 2018, 21:48
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By Alexis Powell
I prefer the 27x WF on my Nikon 50ED. The FOV and...

I prefer the 27x WF on my Nikon 50ED. The FOV and eye-relief are far superior than with the zoom, and I'm not interested in the (trivially higher) 40x mag on so small a scope. Some might tout the...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 4th November 2018, 19:13
Replies: 52
Views: 1,635
Posted By Alexis Powell
Sorry to be a spoil-sport, but as beautiful as...

Sorry to be a spoil-sport, but as beautiful as they are, I wouldn't buy a roof without phase-correction coatings.

--AP
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