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Forum: Swarovski Yesterday, 17:00
Replies: 45
Views: 2,272
Posted By etudiant
Perhaps your ZR experience has impacted your...

Perhaps your ZR experience has impacted your views.
Chinese manufacturers are very much driven by basic capitalist motivations, so they unrelentingly seek to drive costs down. Unless the...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 27th October 2020, 23:47
Replies: 97
Views: 2,562
Posted By etudiant
Iirc, Henry Link posted a cutaway of the Canon...

Iirc, Henry Link posted a cutaway of the Canon 10x42ISL some time back.
What stood out to me was that the shell was absolutely stuffed, no spare space anywhere. The eye cups for instance are thin and...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 27th October 2020, 20:24
Replies: 97
Views: 2,562
Posted By etudiant
Note that Kabsetz has been firmly IS oriented...

Note that Kabsetz has been firmly IS oriented since he got his first Canon 10x42ISL more that a decade ago.
I think he fits the definition of a pioneer, one of the guys with arrows in their back. But...
Forum: Food and Feeders Sunday 25th October 2020, 23:45
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By etudiant
Squirrels are very ingenious at solving feeder...

Squirrels are very ingenious at solving feeder puzzles. So it is simpler just to block them en route.
A large baffle on the base of the feeder stand is effective, provided there are no nearby trees...
Forum: Nikon Sunday 25th October 2020, 22:56
Replies: 107
Views: 5,386
Posted By etudiant
After a few days of birding in NYC Central Park...

After a few days of birding in NYC Central Park with the Nikon 10x25IS in lieu of my trusty Canon 10x42 ISL, some early impressions.

These Nikons are a joy to carry, the light weight and small size...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 25th October 2020, 21:24
Replies: 97
Views: 2,562
Posted By etudiant
Not an IS expert, but afaik, the Canon design was...

Not an IS expert, but afaik, the Canon design was to minimize the hand held high frequency jitter that is generated by the body's own correcting moves when trying to keep looking at some object. The...
Forum: Texas Sunday 25th October 2020, 21:03
Replies: 3
Views: 160
Posted By etudiant
They are around in Texas as well, but they rarely...

They are around in Texas as well, but they rarely congregate except in winter, when I've seen small flocks foraging for residual berries.

You're doing good with the water options, maybe add a...
Forum: Texas Sunday 25th October 2020, 15:41
Replies: 3
Views: 160
Posted By etudiant
Mealworms are certainly a preferred Bluebird...

Mealworms are certainly a preferred Bluebird food, but even when I had Bluebirds nesting on my Connecticut property, they were not visiting my feeders. They only came to use the nest boxes I'd put up...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Sunday 25th October 2020, 12:45
Replies: 1
Views: 80
Posted By etudiant
Good on the Washington entomologists! The record...

Good on the Washington entomologists!
The record of eliminating invasives by finding and destroying them is poor, as we are seeing with Asian Long Horned beetles and others. Just hope this is a case...
Forum: China (including Hong Kong & Macau) Sunday 25th October 2020, 00:36
Replies: 154
Views: 8,801
Posted By etudiant
Seems like a law of nature, 'if the sqeeiters...

Seems like a law of nature, 'if the sqeeiters don't get you, then the gators will'.
Fire ants were not part of that analysis.
Get well soon!!
Forum: Swarovski Sunday 25th October 2020, 00:24
Replies: 45
Views: 2,272
Posted By etudiant
Alpha is mostly mechanicals, imho. That plus a...

Alpha is mostly mechanicals, imho. That plus a good warranty is an extraordinary combination. Don't dismiss it lightly, especially as a few percent more transmission will not transform your birding...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Saturday 24th October 2020, 17:23
Replies: 14
Views: 548
Posted By etudiant
Tringa45, thank you for your thoughts. We all...

Tringa45, thank you for your thoughts. We all agree that expansive views are a very desirable feature for binoculars.
I was simply pointing out that a shallow DoF can be a significant help when...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 24th October 2020, 02:57
Replies: 97
Views: 2,562
Posted By etudiant
Hi Chosun, OLEDs with potentially 10,000 ppi,...

Hi Chosun,
OLEDs with potentially 10,000 ppi, (versus about 500 ppi on a decent phone) are in the research stage, so you won't have to wait too...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Saturday 24th October 2020, 02:22
Replies: 14
Views: 548
Posted By etudiant
What is the advantage of increased DoF? From...

What is the advantage of increased DoF?
From experience, very limited DoF has real benefits when birding in areas with vegetation. My Canon 10x42 has a very shallow DoF, which is really helpful when...
Forum: Others Friday 23rd October 2020, 04:30
Replies: 22
Views: 1,176
Posted By etudiant
Just my $0.02, but I think you might want want to...

Just my $0.02, but I think you might want want to try the Canon 10x42 ISL.
Optically excellent, waterproof, with the superior performance that stabilization provides. Heavy and bulky too, so no free...
Forum: Canon Friday 23rd October 2020, 00:48
Replies: 16
Views: 1,958
Posted By etudiant
My wife bought me my first pair in 2008, before a...

My wife bought me my first pair in 2008, before a trip to Peru. They served me superbly for a decade and then the IS went wonky, perhaps because I had been using rechargeable batteries, which have...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 23rd October 2020, 00:34
Replies: 97
Views: 2,562
Posted By etudiant
Hi Denco, The stabilization differs between the...

Hi Denco,
The stabilization differs between the Canon and the Fuji, with the Canon targeting high frequency jitter of less than I degree, while the Fujis filter the slower long term 5 degree...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 23rd October 2020, 00:25
Replies: 27
Views: 818
Posted By etudiant
Honestly, Chosun, this is beneath you. Usage is...

Honestly, Chosun, this is beneath you.
Usage is pretty simple, just push the inconveniently located button. Cephalopods need not apply.
After the IS kicks in, all is forgiven anyways.
Forum: Cameras And Photography Thursday 22nd October 2020, 19:30
Replies: 6
Views: 241
Posted By etudiant
I think you are well ahead of many of your...

I think you are well ahead of many of your contemporaries, shooting RAW.
The performance of most cameras is just crippled by the universal use of JPEG, it is a deliberate Lowest Common Denominator...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 22nd October 2020, 19:11
Replies: 107
Views: 5,386
Posted By etudiant
As a recent Nikon 10x25 user, I'd just add the...

As a recent Nikon 10x25 user, I'd just add the following.
The IS is a BS issue, just push the button when you lift the binocs to your eyes.
The IS will stay on much longer than is the case in my...
Forum: Cameras And Photography Thursday 22nd October 2020, 01:35
Replies: 6
Views: 241
Posted By etudiant
Hi bbbird, You've developed a good technique to...

Hi bbbird,
You've developed a good technique to make the Lumix work for you, but which is unlikely to carry over to a big SLR such as the Nikon D3500.
Plus you note that you want better pictures of...
Forum: China (including Hong Kong & Macau) Thursday 22nd October 2020, 01:05
Replies: 943
Views: 130,425
Posted By etudiant
Just a different world! Thank you for the quick...

Just a different world! Thank you for the quick overview.
China is so endlessly fascinating because the culture appears to have resisted any thought of the divine, thousands of years of history...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 22nd October 2020, 00:53
Replies: 107
Views: 5,386
Posted By etudiant
A splendid idea, Arthur, I just have to sample my...

A splendid idea, Arthur, I just have to sample my Calvados down to the available volume. I don't really like gin anyway.
The little Nikon looks likely to become my go to glass for routine Central...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 21st October 2020, 21:11
Replies: 107
Views: 5,386
Posted By etudiant
A couple of mini gripes re Nikon's new 10x25...

A couple of mini gripes re Nikon's new 10x25 IS.
There is no fiduciary mark on the focus wheel, so one has a hard time going back to some earlier focus. Just a dot on the wheel would be...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 21st October 2020, 18:05
Replies: 107
Views: 5,386
Posted By etudiant
Well, the Nikons arrived early, kudos to the Ebay...

Well, the Nikons arrived early, kudos to the Ebay seller (https://www.ebay.com/usr/skmt01?_trksid=p2047675.l2559)
and DHL!

Just a couple of walks with them, am pleased by their light weight and...
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