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    Kowa 773 v. Kowa 883

    Excellent choice, hope it gives you many happy hours, I know mine has.
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    Kowa 773 v. Kowa 883

    I have the 883, tried the 773 when deciding which one to buy, the 883 image was much better to my eye; sharpness and chromatic aberration. If you can afford it buy the 883, I’ve never regretted it.
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    A7iii + 200-600 - a good birding combo?

    Hi, I’ll be interested in any replies too. I tried Panasonic a couple of years ago with the Olympus 300mm f4, but I found the micro four thirds sensors just aren’t up to much cropping. cheers, Mark
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    Falkland Islands moth

    Hi Martin, The moth arrived as a vagrant on Bird Island, South Georgia following recent strong west/north westerly winds (hence presumed Falklands in origin). It has been kept and will be exported back to the UK at the request of the environmental unit at British Antarctic Survey. Many thanks...
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    Falkland Islands moth

    Hi Martin, Thanks for replying, I’ve put some more photos in the ID forum. Hopefully they are helpful. All the best, Mark
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    Falkland Island moth ID

    Hi, Can anyone ID this moth from the Falkland Islands? Many thanks, Mark
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    Falkland Islands moth

    Hi, Can anyone identify this moth from the Falklands? Many thanks, Mark
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    Equipment overhaul?

    I have the same combos (1.4xIII TC tho) I use the 300mm pf + 1.4 for travelling light and the 500mm pf when I can carry a little more. Highly recommend both set ups. both used with a d500. I found the 200-500mm optically ok but awkward to use too.
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    TSN 773 - any experience?

    The 883 image is way better than the 773 in my opinion, I went through the same process when I bought mine. look for a 2nd hand one if you can't stretch to a new one.
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    EL 10x42 casing deterioration.

    Swarovski SV 8x32 Crikey, I thought mine were bad! These are mine, 6 years old and the second time that they are going in for the armouring to be replaced (first time was a single split). First to go was the glue on the eyecups - fixed with superglue, then the underside go the oculars where...
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    Leica 8 x 42 Noctivid Case

    Hi, Where was this 20%, so did you pay £1399? I've been looking to get a pair, and that would be cheaper than the current second hand offers. Cheers, Mark
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    Nikkor 500mm f5.46pf lens - any users yet ?

    Have you shot with both? I have. It's my my opinion, I'm entitled to it just as you are yours. Goodbye
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    Nikkor 500mm f5.46pf lens - any users yet ?

    Hi, I've had my 500 pf for a year now and I'm always blown away by the image quality. I used to use (and still do) the 300mm pf with the 1.4x III on a D500, I was impressed by that combo, but the 500mm pf is on a different level all together. I the past I also had the 200-500, image quality...
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    ATS and ATM scopes

    Thanks for that, My reason for asking is that I have been playing with the idea of upgrading my 65mm ATS HD to the 80mm ATM HD version for a while. Cheers, Mark
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    ATS and ATM scopes

    Hi, My understanding is that the ATM is made from lighter materials than the ATS and is therefore an up grade over the ATS (?). Why then are they no longer available? where they optically the same or where there problems with the ATM version? Cheers, Mark
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    Hokkaido driving + coast ferry

    Hi, We drove from Sapporo to the east coast in mid January 2010. We were originally due to fly to Kushiro from Tokyo but that flight was cancelled due to snow, so we were diverted onto a flight to Sapporo, this was turned around an hour from landing due to snow at Sapporo, so we went back to...
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    Gambia - hotel with good grounds

    Easy tigers! Seriously, thanks for all the accommodation recommendations. All the best, Mark
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    Manfrotto MVH 500AH vs 701 HDV?

    Sorry, I disagree, guess I'm not that easily distracted. Anyway, there is a secondhand one for sale on the LCE site for £80. Bye.
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    Manfrotto MVH 500AH vs 701 HDV?

    Kimmo, Why would anybody walk around with the QR plate locking screw NOT tightened? Mark
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    Manfrotto MVH 500AH vs 701 HDV?

    Luca, I have recently purchased the Manfrotto MVH500AH, and I'm very pleased with it, very smooth action, it replaced my 128rc. I use it with a Swarovski 65. one word of caution though, extra plates cost a fortune, but happily you can use manfrotto 501 plates which are much cheaper. Sorry I...
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    Gambia - hotel with good grounds

    Hello, I'm looking for recommendations for a hotel in the Gambia that has decent hotel grounds for my non-birding other half to poke around in, she likes photographing plants/insects lizards etc.... Cheers, Mark
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    Large Falcons Ethiopian highlands

    I think they are both Lanner
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    Can some help with identifying this bird?

    Stonechat, How about this? http://www.birdwatch.ph/html/gallery/sgrassbird.html