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Forum: Tripod and Heads Yesterday, 23:47
Replies: 12
Views: 225
Posted By Alexis Powell
The plate that you show in the link may work fine...

The plate that you show in the link may work fine but it isn't to my taste. Looks excessively wide, and I don't like the use of rubber (red material). Essentially _anything_ from RRS or Kirk...
Forum: Binoculars Yesterday, 23:06
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Posted By Alexis Powell
The ones that got away from me (waited to long to...

The ones that got away from me (waited to long to buy new, then didn't see available used, now not sure how much I care anymore :) are as follows:

Bausch & Lomb 7x36 Elite (roof)
Swift 8.5x44...
Forum: Leica Yesterday, 22:47
Replies: 41
Views: 1,144
Posted By Alexis Powell
Lack of CA doesn't make a bin good optically, or...

Lack of CA doesn't make a bin good optically, or good for birding. It can fail in many other ways.

A bin w/CA that does many things very well can still have superb optics and be enjoyable to use....
Forum: Leica Sunday 22nd April 2018, 22:39
Replies: 41
Views: 1,144
Posted By Alexis Powell
No. CA is an objective, measurable performance...

No. CA is an objective, measurable performance characteristic of the optical system and can't really be corrected away by the brain, only hidden from awareness. Not bringing all wavelengths of light...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 22nd April 2018, 21:21
Replies: 3,546
Views: 1,103,006
Posted By Alexis Powell
EuroOptics is offering 13% off many scopes and...

EuroOptics is offering 13% off many scopes and bins at present. --AP
Forum: Tripod and Heads Sunday 22nd April 2018, 20:53
Replies: 12
Views: 225
Posted By Alexis Powell
Don't use Loctite! Or VHB tape! Bad things can...

Don't use Loctite! Or VHB tape! Bad things can happen, such as destroying the socket thread.

Using a rubber interface doesn't really solve the problem.

What you want, as mentioned above, is a plate...
Forum: Leica Sunday 22nd April 2018, 20:17
Replies: 41
Views: 1,144
Posted By Alexis Powell
??? Sensible because if one is sensitive to CA...

???

Sensible because if one is sensitive to CA one shouldn't pick a bin w/a lot of CA (like the Noctivid)? Agreed.

Sensible because those who don't see CA should be happy w/a bin w/CA since they...
Forum: Leica Sunday 22nd April 2018, 20:12
Replies: 41
Views: 1,144
Posted By Alexis Powell
Agreed, when it comes to x32 and x42 mm bins....

Agreed, when it comes to x32 and x42 mm bins. Most pocket roofs seem largely free of CA, even Leica.

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Friday 20th April 2018, 16:17
Replies: 77
Views: 3,985
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 Friday 20th April 2018, 01:30
Replies: 80
Views: 3,291
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: 1,879
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: 258
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: 1,879
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: 77
Views: 3,985
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: 553
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: 1,702
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: 553
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: 553
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: 899
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: 445
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: 871
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: 1,693
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: 445
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: 445
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: 1,718
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...
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