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Forum: Zeiss Yesterday, 19:45
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By Alexis Powell
How big is the Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket?

The Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket is an 8x25, with the optical comfort (except in very low light) and handling qualities of an 8x32, that packs like an 8x20.

See attached images (Note: images not to...
Forum: Nikon Yesterday, 17:16
Replies: 41
Views: 2,216
Posted By Alexis Powell
Classic Nikon customer service. It seems you...

Classic Nikon customer service. It seems you benefited from lack of coordination on the new policy not to ship that part, so the electronic request went out as it would have in the past. Treat...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 18:24
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, unbelievable, right? I own quite a few...

Yes, unbelievable, right? I own quite a few premium bins, and the technologies involved are supposedly quite mature, with little room for improvement, but these little Zeiss 8x25 Victory are like...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 18:09
Replies: 20
Views: 640
Posted By Alexis Powell
Glad for the report that the inexpensive plates...

Glad for the report that the inexpensive plates are working well. As for tightening, I don't think you should be too concerned. We haven't heard (on Birdforum) of socket failures on the ED50 since...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 21st May 2018, 18:29
Replies: 45
Views: 3,523
Posted By Alexis Powell
The green FL picked up black staining from the...

The green FL picked up black staining from the ocular guards and other things with which they came into contact.

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Monday 21st May 2018, 18:27
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, I get what you mean. With my unit, if the...

Yes, I get what you mean. With my unit, if the focus operation were just the least bit more resistant, I'd be making the same complaint. I am always surprised that the focus works as well as it does,...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 21st May 2018, 18:18
Replies: 3
Views: 174
Posted By Alexis Powell
From your thread title, I take it you are writing...

From your thread title, I take it you are writing about the Zeiss 8x25 Terra ED. I have looked at about 10 of those at this point and found quite a bit of sample variation, but many were first...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 18th May 2018, 20:30
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By Alexis Powell
pechelman, Thanks for your evaluation. I'd be...

pechelman,

Thanks for your evaluation. I'd be interested in more details of your objections to the focus. I prefer larger diameter focus knobs than are found on pocket roofs (since they are designed...
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 17th May 2018, 21:16
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By Alexis Powell
What makes the Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket seem like a bigger bin?

Having spent considerable time over another 10 days using the Zeiss 8x25 Victory in a variety of conditions, I must first say that it continues to astound. I can't get over the view--it's just _so_...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th May 2018, 21:32
Replies: 74
Views: 1,624
Posted By Alexis Powell
a) EuroOptic.com b) Good selection and frequent...

a) EuroOptic.com
b) Good selection and frequent significant discounts.

The truth is, I don't really have a favorite place anymore. I bought a lot of bins from Eagle Optics in the past. They were...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th May 2018, 19:59
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By Alexis Powell
I agree w/the overall message. Once one has a set...

I agree w/the overall message. Once one has a set of bins that perform as desired, it is best just to use and enjoy them. I use my bins a lot. However, I have a great affection for bins (and...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 15th May 2018, 19:21
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By Alexis Powell
No. Absolutely not. I have used mine heavily, in...

No. Absolutely not. I have used mine heavily, in brutal conditions, since the model was first introduced, and it looks almost new. It is a robust design and it resists blemishes etc admirably. The...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 15th May 2018, 18:42
Replies: 26
Views: 1,420
Posted By Alexis Powell
Don't assume that your pupils don't dilate enough...

Don't assume that your pupils don't dilate enough to make use of the 7x42. Measure your dark adapted pupils.

--AP
Forum: Swarovski Monday 14th May 2018, 22:04
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By Alexis Powell
All I'd really like to see different in a new...

All I'd really like to see different in a new 8.5x42 is implementation of variable-ratio focus.
Better contrast is _always_ desired in birding bins, so if that is possible, I'd be thrilled.
If the FP...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 14th May 2018, 21:49
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By Alexis Powell
I have heavier tripods and scopes, but for my...

I have heavier tripods and scopes, but for my ED50, I take the ultra-light approach.

Velbon Ultra 455 with a small ballhead (stock head is a ridiculous boat anchor), in my case the RRS BH-25 Pro....
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 9th May 2018, 14:05
Replies: 19
Views: 1,421
Posted By Alexis Powell
Tree bark, especially when it contains lots of...

Tree bark, especially when it contains lots of block or linear features, is great for testing for astigmatism in bins. :) !

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 9th May 2018, 00:56
Replies: 16
Views: 856
Posted By Alexis Powell
To clarify, the coverage I have _isn't_ the...

To clarify, the coverage I have _isn't_ the regular property coverage that comes with renter's or home owners insurance, it is an add-on policy for specific listed items. Also, my contract isn't old...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 8th May 2018, 20:58
Replies: 79
Views: 2,470
Posted By Alexis Powell
I have both the EII and the SE. The SE was...

I have both the EII and the SE. The SE was intended to be a better bin. It is more robustly constructed and has more armoring. It also differs in having longer eye relief and less curvature of field....
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 8th May 2018, 19:50
Replies: 28
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Posted By Alexis Powell
Sounds good. HDTV. Not to be confused with...

Sounds good. HDTV. Not to be confused with digital. Lots of things, including tripods, bags, etc are now "digital" in the camera world.

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 8th May 2018, 18:39
Replies: 71
Views: 2,261
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes. For me, it is all about objective separation...

Yes. For me, it is all about objective separation and stereopsis, which diminishes with distance (as WJC notes). I don't see depth differences when comparing bins with the same spacing between their...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 8th May 2018, 18:24
Replies: 16
Views: 856
Posted By Alexis Powell
I have a personal articles policy as an add-on to...

I have a personal articles policy as an add-on to my homeowner's policy. It used to be an add-on to my renter's insurance. Before that, it was an add-on to my dad's home owner's policy. It costs,...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 8th May 2018, 14:11
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By Alexis Powell
These kind of clamps aren't very stable for...

These kind of clamps aren't very stable for cameras or scopes. I think they are better for lighting supports in studio situations.

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Monday 7th May 2018, 16:32
Replies: 34
Views: 1,249
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yeah, I don't know. I'm _exceedingly_...

Yeah, I don't know. I'm _exceedingly_ visually/mentally sensitive to resolution being diminished by astigmatic smearing. In fact, this is my biggest problem when I get new eyeglasses prescriptions....
Forum: Binoculars Monday 7th May 2018, 15:04
Replies: 34
Views: 1,249
Posted By Alexis Powell
I do like the rounded eyecups better and switched...

I do like the rounded eyecups better and switched mine to them, but I still find the FL a very finicky bin. I think it is inherent to its optical design that to get the super high resolution low-CA...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 7th May 2018, 14:33
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By Alexis Powell
It's a made-in-Japan Zeiss-labeled Leica 8x32 Trinovid BN

With spring woodland passerine migration picking up and shorebird migration going strong, I've been putting the Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket to the test in variety of conditions for fast-paced birding....
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