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Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 12th November 2019, 22:41
Replies: 142
Views: 12,660
Posted By Alexis Powell
Ha! I hope that isn't true. Bin technology is so...

Ha! I hope that isn't true. Bin technology is so mature, what's the point? The current EL is considered by many to be the best birding bin. How could it be improved? Oh, I know--variable ratio...
Forum: Leica Sunday 10th November 2019, 04:21
Replies: 66
Views: 2,660
Posted By Alexis Powell
Well, not quite "everything". Among artsy...

Well, not quite "everything". Among artsy photography enthusiasts (a small but reliable percentage of the market), and some retro-oriented young people, it is well known that the emotional...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 7th November 2019, 15:42
Replies: 11
Views: 780
Posted By Alexis Powell
I used this bin (8x32 LX) a lot in the past and...

I used this bin (8x32 LX) a lot in the past and almost bought it on numerous occasions. For me, the deal breakers were weight for size, chromatic aberration, and very poor "hang".

--AP
Forum: Nikon Thursday 24th October 2019, 20:45
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By Alexis Powell
The coatings on the DS versions of those...

The coatings on the DS versions of those eyepieces _might_ be slightly better than on the MC versions (and the same may be true for a late production MC versus a really old one because Nikon had made...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 21:29
Replies: 39
Views: 3,264
Posted By Alexis Powell
Sounds like you've got it covered, and that...

Sounds like you've got it covered, and that Bushman is an interesting product that I'll have to learn more about. I react to most skin applications of DEET, so I'm not sure an 80% formula is for me....
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 21st October 2019, 21:24
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By Alexis Powell
You mean that is collapsible? With upsidedown...

You mean that is collapsible? With upsidedown view?

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Monday 21st October 2019, 21:15
Replies: 20
Views: 1,869
Posted By Alexis Powell
Those Swift porros are quite bright, have superb...

Those Swift porros are quite bright, have superb contrast, have very neutral color, and they are as sharp as anything in the sweet spot.

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Monday 21st October 2019, 20:12
Replies: 82
Views: 2,675
Posted By Alexis Powell
I feel your pain when it comes to the...

I feel your pain when it comes to the difficulties of cleaning filters sometimes. I have found that ROR is super effective for easily cleaning all glass multicoated filters, even the ones that seem...
Forum: Leica Monday 21st October 2019, 19:58
Replies: 39
Views: 3,264
Posted By Alexis Powell
You can still buy 100% DEET but I don't recommend...

You can still buy 100% DEET but I don't recommend it or other high concentrations for anything. Any level of DEET will damage some plastics. Luckily, many outdoor products are designed now to resist...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 18th October 2019, 18:47
Replies: 82
Views: 2,675
Posted By Alexis Powell
It's a different problem. Something that masks...

It's a different problem. Something that masks the objective has the potential to reduce brightness or alter performance very slightly by masking off parts of the lens that perform better (near the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 17th October 2019, 17:25
Replies: 26
Views: 1,641
Posted By Alexis Powell
Well, since I'm unflinchingly honest, I'll have...

Well, since I'm unflinchingly honest, I'll have to side w/Steve about the original design of the ED50 foot. It wasn't good. Mine failed even though I used it with a RRS non-rotating Arca-style QR...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 16th October 2019, 00:54
Replies: 39
Views: 3,264
Posted By Alexis Powell
Oh sure they would! Leica has made plenty of...

Oh sure they would! Leica has made plenty of understated bins as well as some crazy loud bins, like the Zagato edition (Nothing to be ashamed of since Swarovski has made some crystal-studded versions...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 16th October 2019, 00:22
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By Alexis Powell
I've handled a good number of the 8x25 Terra. I...

I've handled a good number of the 8x25 Terra. I don't use them regularly myself, but I've bought them as a kid's bin. I own and regularly use the 8x25 Victory. I've written posts on BirdForum...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th October 2019, 21:13
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By Alexis Powell
Oh, well, that's a shame. The Swarovski is a fine...

Oh, well, that's a shame. The Swarovski is a fine bin but I find the Zeiss worlds better for handling and view, and I find it somehow one of the great bins of all time rather than just another...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 15th October 2019, 20:04
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Posted By Alexis Powell
The glass isn't substantively different between...

The glass isn't substantively different between any of the traditional Fieldscope eyepiece series. The coatings have improved slightly over the years, even within the same series, but not enough for...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 15th October 2019, 18:28
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Posted By Alexis Powell
I sympathize. The MC and older WF eyepieces...

I sympathize. The MC and older WF eyepieces rarely surface on-line, and when they do it is usually bundled with a scope (but sometimes worth buying, even so). Why not get the DS versions, which are...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 15th October 2019, 18:14
Replies: 82
Views: 2,675
Posted By Alexis Powell
The Nikon 8x40 Classic Eagle focuses by moving...

The Nikon 8x40 Classic Eagle focuses by moving the objectives and so is made waterproof by a sealed glass window in front of the objectives. I think the Swarovski 8x30 SLC is the same. There are...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th October 2019, 17:07
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By Alexis Powell
I recommend that you try the Zeiss 8x25 Victory...

I recommend that you try the Zeiss 8x25 Victory before getting the Swarovski 8x25 CL. A good number of users prefer the Zeiss for various reasons, and it is certainly a joy to use with glasses.

As...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 15th October 2019, 17:01
Replies: 82
Views: 2,675
Posted By Alexis Powell
I've never had a problem with blowing sand...

I've never had a problem with blowing sand scratching camera lenses despite much use in blowing sand in the deserts of Arabia, but I never had a situation where the sand was hitting the lens at high...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 15th October 2019, 16:45
Replies: 82
Views: 2,675
Posted By Alexis Powell
I don't know how a flat filter would affect field...

I don't know how a flat filter would affect field curvature but a flat filter will _definitely_ affect the focal point. The focus adjustment will be need to be different for a lens when used with and...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 15th October 2019, 14:33
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By Alexis Powell
Glad you got this sorted and thanks for reporting...

Glad you got this sorted and thanks for reporting back. I wonder why they exchanged for the Silverline. Is back-stock of this bin dwindling?

--AP
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 13th October 2019, 02:10
Replies: 82
Views: 2,675
Posted By Alexis Powell
Obviously, you had a cheap filter of poor...

Obviously, you had a cheap filter of poor quality. A lot of those are sold (or given away as free perks) for protecting camera lenses at the expense of optical quality. The coatings on B+W filters...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 12th October 2019, 03:57
Replies: 82
Views: 2,675
Posted By Alexis Powell
No, Robert's filters are of very high quality....

No, Robert's filters are of very high quality. Optically superb, and they have their own equivalent of LotuTec.

--AP
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 11th October 2019, 21:35
Replies: 26
Views: 1,641
Posted By Alexis Powell
Surely it is up to the OP to say if the opinion...

Surely it is up to the OP to say if the opinion of someone who has had both scopes is of use, not you. So say which you prefer if you wish but it is not your role to criticise other people's...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 11th October 2019, 18:27
Replies: 26
Views: 1,641
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, that was certainly a flaw of the ED50 before...

Yes, that was certainly a flaw of the ED50 before the tripod socket was redesigned. Luckily, our repair policy in the USA was more generous (lifetime no-fault) than what you got, so when I had that...
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