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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    Removing the handle is in fact the first thing I do with any video head. They're all far too long and cumbersome for my purposes. With my Gitzo heads I don't use any handle at all, with the 500AH I cut mine to size and bent it the way I like it. Hermann
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    Swarovski ATX-115: Star-test and Resolution Measurements

    Hi Heny, Thank you for your report and the star test. It shows once again that even a manufacturer like Swarovski doesn't put enough effort into the manufacturing process. Like Joachim I find the test results unacceptable for a product in that price range. This scope can be used with the...
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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    Manfrotto 500AH? Hermann
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    x42 bins vs. x32 bins - optical differences aside from brightness?

    What you perceive as a "sharper image/more resolution" in a binocular is a combination of many different factors. It doesn't just depend on diffraction: It's also factors like the presence or absence of stray light or glare, especially veiling glare. These affect contrast in a big way. Stray...
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    I too purchased the 8x32 NL and 8x32 SF

    But then you say that about virtually EVERY Swarovski binocular. And you dismiss any reports that there is glare. That may well be so. Hermann
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    John, you're right. Of course you're right. But if someone wants for whatever reason a really light tripod, well, that's it then. In theory everyone would want to use a really stable and heavy tripod all the time. After all, they're more stable. But they don't work for everyone. And not in all...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    162cm tall? In that case a tripod like the Gitzo GT0532 (or equivalent) would work nicely if you raise the center column a bit. Fewer leg sections than the 1545T, even more stable. It's the smallest of the Mountaineer series and even more stable than the Travellers. It is, however, about as...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    Well, yes. Sort of. I use monopods quite a lot myself, but only when I want to keep the weight and the bulk down as much as possible. But in many situations, like a seawatch or when you scan a large flock of waders at an estuary, a tripod just works better. BTW, the best monopods I know are the...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    I wouldn't go as far as saying the Gitzo 1545T is the best tripod I've ever used, but it is certainly the best lightweight tripod I've ever used. By far. And I've also been birding for over 40 years ... :) Hermann
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    Well, I never fold the legs backwards. Never ever. You don't have to. The FLM is a nice tripod (and a lot better than, say, the equivalent Sirui). But it is heavier. Hermann
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    My experience suggests otherwise. There is quite a difference between the Gitzo and the Manfrotto 190. I tried both in the field, and the Gitzo is far stiffer and less prone to vibrations, both when touching the scope and in the wind. Have a look at the website I provided in my post. The test...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    It all depends on how tall you are - and how much you can afford to pay for a tripod. It also depends on in what sort of conditions you'll want to use the tripod. It you want to use it on a seawatch in a howling gale you obviously need a far sturdier tripod. I'm quite tall, so I need a tall...
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    Sirui VA-5 vs Manfrotto MVH500AH (visual comparison)

    Sirui seems to get a lot of love around here at the moment. Let me add a dissenting voice: I was looking for a lightweight tripod for quite some time. So I got myself a Sirui T-1204x. It looked quite good for use with small scopes. At least on paper and in the shop. But it wasn't. I've rarely...
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    Sirui VA-5 vs Manfrotto MVH500AH (visual comparison)

    Thank you for a very fine comparison between these three heads. Good job. I concur with your conclusions. The RC128 is indeed a bit long in the tooth. I used it for many years when it was the only half-way decent video head on the market. Nowadays it's retired: I use a light Gitzo video head...
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    Canon ISIII 12x36 First impressions: amateurs vs professionals

    Well, make your own eyecups. That's a simple solution. Or take them off and put better fitting eyecups to the eyepieces. If necessary just tape them to the eyepieces. That's even simpler. Hermann (who has got a bunch of different eyecups from long sold or discarded binoculars for just that purpose)
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    Canon ISIII 12x36 First impressions: amateurs vs professionals

    Not surprised the Zeiss ON A TRIPOD surpasses the Canon in image quality. But then you need to carry a tripod as well ... BTW, a fairer comparison would be comparing the Zeiss on a tripod with the Canon 10x42 ... :) Hermann
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    Canon ISIII 12x36 First impressions: amateurs vs professionals

    Try to buy a bunch of CR2s from amazon. They're quite a bit cheaper if you buy 10 at a time. BTW, I prefer the newish Canon 8x20 IS over the Nikon. Works nicely. Canip's review is spot on. Hermann
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    NL Pure 'problems'.

    I find rinsing under a tap very useful indeed, e.g. after a seawatch with an onshore gale. I also often rinse the objective lenses in the field once they're covered in salt spray. I sometimes even carry some additional water for that very purpose. Hermann
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    Just received a 10x42L

    Well, there are nowadays not many porros that can match the optical quality of the Canon - even without the stabiliser. In fact, I can think of only one, the Habicht 10x40 which has its own quirks. The Nikon 10x40 SE has long been discontinued. And all those cheap porros out there don't come...
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    Alpha binoculars

    "They are not regarded as Alpha optics" - by whom? You left that out making your statement universal. The beauty of passive constructions. Kimmo, Etudiant, and quite a few others would heartily disagree. Hermann
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    Alpha binoculars

    What's missing is the Canon 10x42 IS. Alpha optics plus stabilisation. Hermann
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    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    Agreed. That's what I alluded to in post #178. An alternative proposition would be that these users are prepared to accept veiling glare because of the other advantages of the NL pures. Or - at least in some cases - they simply may not know that veiling glare isn't a universal property of ALL...
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    Just received a 10x42L

    Any comments on availability in Europe? Over here in Germany I can't find the 10x42 at a reasonable price from a trustworthy dealer. Hermann
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    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    With the CL 10x30 it took me several hours until I had found the best IPD setting and eyecup length to minimize glare. Longer than with any other binocular I've handled over the past 40+years. I'm still not entirely happy though. There are other binoculars that handle glare a heck of a lot...
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    Binocular Weight, a Triviality?

    Been there, done that. Alas, harnesses don't work for me, for a variety of reasons. For instance, harnesses are a hassle when you put on / take off clothing. Hermann
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