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    Clouds on the horizon?

    Unstabilised binoculars are of no use to me. Please can you tell me where l can find western made stabilised binoculars? Stan
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    So what's the verdict

    CharleyBird, Sorry to go off topic, but I think the comment at the end of all your posts should be printed off and stuck at the top of everyone's screen so it can be seen before they post on the Binocular section. " most of the seemingly glaring, insurmountable faults that are found lurking...
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    Does the Head Rest help on the NL 8x42?

    Please can you give some indication of the stability of the view from the NL with and without the headrest against the new Nikon 10x25 that you have just reviewed. Only the stability, nothing else. Thanks, Stan
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    Does the Head Rest help on the NL 8x42?

    Exactly, and that is why I suggested that for one person to ask another what the percentage difference is between the NL with the headrest or without, the figure is unlikely to be correct. If each person goes through the same procedure to establish the strength of their shake, including the...
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    Does the Head Rest help on the NL 8x42?

    I find it strange that people are asking others to give them an opinion on how beneficial the NL headrest is when each person's benefit will differ, depend on the amount of shake they have. As I have mentioned in a previous post, if you have little or no shake there is nothing for the headrest...
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    Does the Head Rest help on the NL 8x42?

    Peter, You suggest that the FPR is mainly for people who suffer from significant hand tremor but you don't say on which scale "significant" is based. The human arm and hand combination is a very poor steadying frame for binoculars and that applies to many, if not most people, not just those...
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    Does the Head Rest help on the NL 8x42?

    Hi Jerry, I'm afraid you are wrong. I can only use stabilized binoculars, as even though an unstabilised 7x is just usable it becomes unpleasant after a short time. If you can use an 8x binocular without some shake then I envy you, but I don't believe that I am the only one with an age...
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    New Nikon 10x25 IS binoculars available on eBay!

    What makes you think they are Nikon LX 10x25 with an IS system. Stan
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    Does the Head Rest help on the NL 8x42?

    0 Whiterain, Many thanks for your suggestion. I have a laser on the way and will give it a try, but things could get too complicated. Looking at the posts on this thread it's becoming clearer that there are a significant number of people with shake who don't know they have it or won't admit...
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    Does the Head Rest help on the NL 8x42?

    I have age related shake and so l only use image stabilized binoculars. If someone gave me an NL it would be of little use to me. It seems to me that asking someone else to describe the benefits of the the Swarovski head brace system would not be of much value unless you know the severity of...
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    I always read your reviews and thougherly enjoy them, even if they cover optics that l would not use, such as the NL pure. Please can you take your time and complete the review before posting it. The last review you carried out on the Canon 10x32 IS was done in tranches which allowed others to...
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Thanks Jan, that makes more sense. I'm wasn't trying to question Mark's review particularly and your comment that he "was trying to say is that the headrest gives support and stabilizes the image" I fully agree. But when Denis decided to say it "works amazingly" based on Mark's review I had to...
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    The headrest improvement gets better every time you mention it. Your original comment was that " The Head Rest works amazingly well" which has now morphed into "Almost like IS in my opinion". Oh, can l just ask if in order to justify these statement have you looked through an NL with a Head Rest...
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    This is what the author wrote: "I looked more calmly through the 12 × 42 with support than through a 10 × 42 without support. That shows that it really works. The suggested retail price of the forehead support is € 131.00. With us in the You can set this support in such a way that you can now...
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Image stabilisation can be anything that provides you with a more stable image, be it Finnstick, electronics, gyros or additional support to the arms such as the Swarovski forehead rest. Some people even hang on to a cap peak to achieve some stabilisation. I still think that it would be...
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    On the occasional threads about what binocular improvements people would like to see, the possibility of image stabilization on alphas is often raised. On one of these threads I pointed out that the only currently available binoculars with image stabilization at that time were porros and until...
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    Nikon 8x32 SE eyecups...

    The same number as l used for E2 pre 2014 Stan
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    Nikon 8x32 SE eyecups...

    No they are different. I think the E2 is shorter but it might have the same fitting so in that case it might work for some people and perhaps everyone with glasses if folded down. The Nikon numbers I have used in the past were SE - BXA30248 and E2 BXA30360. Nikon UK were always very good at...
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    Canon 8x20 IS: Initial impression

    Hermann, I have had my 8x20 IS since November and will be happy to provide you with my working impressions. I was using it yesterday on some wetlands together with my 14x32 IS when I read your post. I did post on 4th December that I would do a report but for a particular reason have not done...
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    Canon 8x20 IS: Initial impression

    For the last 5 years l have used Panasonic Eneloop rechargable batteries in all my Canon is binoculars without any problem. Panasonic say they aren't lithium. There are 2 sizes that fit different models and l will post a list of the appropriate fittings later. Stan
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    Canon 8x20 IS: Initial impression

    Catnip, You beat me to it. I bought a Canon 8x20 a couple of weeks ago and was going to review it, but available time and the anticyclonic gloom we are having at the moment has held me back. Anyway, now that you have started on a, so far, excellent review I will let you finish before I post. Stan
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    New Canon 8x20 and 10x20 IS Binoculars

    The 10x30 has always appeared to be a loss leader in the overall Canon range. If you compare the price to the 12x36 which is the virtually identical to the 10x30 except for the objective lens - £739 to £509 at Canon online prices - you can see what I mean. With the introduction of the 10x20...
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    New Canon 8x20 and 10x20 IS Binoculars

    I assume they will as they are exactly the same size as the current 8x25, which I have at hand, but with the edges rounded off. Internally the 8x20 has a different lens setup probably to allow a minimum focus reduction from 3.5m to 2m but possibly to compensate for any changes needed for the IS...
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    Birdfair 2019

    There seem to be 5 new IS binos of various makes, including the Opticron, which all seem suspiciously similar in size and specification and perhaps originate from the same factory. Maybe someone visiting the Birdfair can spot a few and report. Stan
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    Binoculars Poll - What format do you prefer ( 8x32, 10x50 etc. )

    I must agree with you Alan. The IS Canons in 12x magnification, both the 36 III and 32 form, will show more detail than any non-stabilized binocular when being hand held. Because of the steady image the 12x seem to be the optimum size. The concept of what magnification you need in particular...
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