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Forum: Binoculars Today, 04:47
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By Kevin Conville
First half of 2019

The first half of 2019 found me buying and trying some new optics, which I’m usually not inclined to do much as I’m not a “grass is always greener” kind of guy and I have pretty good stuff. I am not,...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 21st June 2019, 02:45
Replies: 2
Views: 308
Posted By Kevin Conville
Fantastic. Can't argue with that kind of service.

Fantastic.
Can't argue with that kind of service.
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 20th June 2019, 18:26
Replies: 22
Views: 1,056
Posted By Kevin Conville
Some of these responses reinforce what I said in...

Some of these responses reinforce what I said in my post #13.

Some want rigid cases.
Some want zipper cases.
Some want stylish cases.
Some want leather cases.

I want a soft collapsible case that...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 17th June 2019, 17:56
Replies: 22
Views: 1,056
Posted By Kevin Conville
I wouldn’t mind if the manufacturers offered...

I wouldn’t mind if the manufacturers offered binoculars, straps, and cases a la cart. I for one rarely use the manufacturers case or strap, but I don’t blame the manufacturer. Regarding these items,...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Sunday 16th June 2019, 17:04
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Posted By Kevin Conville
When I had that system I always pushed the lever...

When I had that system I always pushed the lever a little farther than the spring closed onto the plate, for an extra tight fit.
One of the few reasons I modified my 128 to take Arca type clamps
Forum: Kowa Friday 7th June 2019, 07:56
Replies: 45
Views: 1,702
Posted By Kevin Conville
I received my 883 today. Used it in the backyard...

I received my 883 today. Used it in the backyard a bit and compared it to my Nikon ED82. So far very good. At similar mag, it compares favorably with the Nikon and the MC 38x wide EP. Early opinion...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 6th June 2019, 19:31
Replies: 45
Views: 1,702
Posted By Kevin Conville
Good post Alexis. I agree with most of what you...

Good post Alexis. I agree with most of what you wrote and also agree with your choice of optics. I have an ED82, ED50, Victory 8x25s, and tomorrow an 883 w/25-60.

About the point about binoculars v...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 6th June 2019, 01:49
Replies: 13
Views: 851
Posted By Kevin Conville
Well you've gone and done it Henry. You've upset...

Well you've gone and done it Henry.
You've upset the balance of perceptions here on BF with this revelatory report.
What are we to make of a $1600 scope outperforming the "known" ne plus ultra?

What...
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 5th June 2019, 19:20
Replies: 45
Views: 1,702
Posted By Kevin Conville
That's kind of where I'm at as well. I'm more...

That's kind of where I'm at as well.
I'm more willing to plunk down for a scope than for binoculars. One benefits much more from better optics with a scope than with (handheld) binoculars. Many bins...
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 5th June 2019, 18:45
Replies: 45
Views: 1,702
Posted By Kevin Conville
Also, to get a wide field zoom that roughly...

Also, to get a wide field zoom that roughly compares to the Kowa and Swarovski, an additional $550 must be ponied up. Now it’s a $2150 scope.
I just bought a new Kowa 883 w/ 25-60 for $2420.

Henry’s...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 4th June 2019, 19:49
Replies: 18
Views: 814
Posted By Kevin Conville
A new 60mm Monarch ED60 for 600-700 USD? That...

A new 60mm Monarch ED60 for 600-700 USD? That doesn't make any sense at all. My suspicious mind would keep me from considering that.
Especially that "no return" part.

But, I wish you good luck.
Forum: Others Monday 3rd June 2019, 22:07
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By Kevin Conville
You don't say why you can't make friends. I...

You don't say why you can't make friends.

I can't be friends with most neck straps but I do use them. I'm one of the odd people who doesn't like neoprene straps for their tendency to be quite hot,...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 3rd June 2019, 17:37
Replies: 14
Views: 1,086
Posted By Kevin Conville
Just another recommendation to give the 8x42 MHG...

Just another recommendation to give the 8x42 MHG a chance. It has it's charms.
Forum: Nikon Sunday 2nd June 2019, 20:52
Replies: 103
Views: 4,924
Posted By Kevin Conville
Interesting about shortening the focal length....

Interesting about shortening the focal length. I'm now curious as to why that might be.

I figured the std zoom would be a good performer down the middle.
I'm hoping you have a chance to compare the...
Forum: Nikon Saturday 1st June 2019, 10:36
Replies: 103
Views: 4,924
Posted By Kevin Conville
I think part of the problem was Nikon cast the...

I think part of the problem was Nikon cast the die for low expectation by naming the successor to the Fieldscopes "Monarch" instead of say, Fieldscope II. Maybe that's why you, me, and probably many...
Forum: Kowa Saturday 1st June 2019, 00:04
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By Kevin Conville
Thanks Jerry. I hadn't seen that EP bundled with...

Thanks Jerry.
I hadn't seen that EP bundled with the scope before. I went looking after reading your post and was able to find it.

I get your point about it but I'd probably pass on that idea. The...
Forum: Kowa Friday 31st May 2019, 23:06
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By Kevin Conville
I look forward to your review Henry.

I look forward to your review Henry.
Forum: Kowa Friday 31st May 2019, 20:14
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By Kevin Conville
Alexis, I read your comments and others in that...

Alexis, I read your comments and others in that thread. People seemed to ignore Henry's comment, which I thought very interesting.



I for one am curious to hear more from Henry about this.
I went...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 30th May 2019, 18:16
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By Kevin Conville
Thanks for the links. It helps to understand...

Thanks for the links. It helps to understand their system.

I'm hoping to hear from people with their own experience and how well the phone adapter works and if people are using Kowa's camera...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 30th May 2019, 06:24
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By Kevin Conville
Digiscoping with an 883 and the 25-60 zoom

I'm wondering about how well the 25-60 (TE-11WC) performs for digiscoping.

If you're doing it, how? With what adapter and what camera and what zoom setting?

Have you compared the zoom with a fixed...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 28th May 2019, 21:23
Replies: 3,785
Views: 1,337,802
Posted By Kevin Conville
Spectacular deal. I just don't need an 8x50....

Spectacular deal. I just don't need an 8x50. Still, tempting.
Forum: Nikon Monday 27th May 2019, 21:55
Replies: 103
Views: 4,924
Posted By Kevin Conville
That's part of what I meant. LX LXL LXHG Premier...

That's part of what I meant. LX LXL LXHG Premier HG. Do I have that right? I can't recall exactly. I never knew what the differences were amongst them.
SEs discontinued and EIIs pulled from the US...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 27th May 2019, 20:47
Replies: 12
Views: 842
Posted By Kevin Conville
The Gitzo 1720 does look appealing but of the...

The Gitzo 1720 does look appealing but of the reviews I've read as many don't much like it as do. It's not a fluid head for starters...
Alexis-
Yes, I think that users who don't like this head are...
Forum: Nikon Sunday 26th May 2019, 21:41
Replies: 103
Views: 4,924
Posted By Kevin Conville
And that's another thing. Nikon hasn't given...

And that's another thing. Nikon hasn't given their customers much incentive to want to pay similar prices to LSZ regardless of how they compare visually.

Wondering? What was it asking? 8-P,... sorry
Forum: Nikon Sunday 26th May 2019, 19:43
Replies: 103
Views: 4,924
Posted By Kevin Conville
Nikon are their own worst enemy. They lack...

Nikon are their own worst enemy. They lack tradition and continuity with their products. They'll introduce a line of products and then let them die a slow death by poor support and poor supply....
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