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  1. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Sure Ted. Glad you enjoyed the pics and commentary. :-)
  2. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Thank you Lee. I won't be at another major event until next fall and the American Birding Expo outside of Philly.
  3. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Jerry, That is the retailer Time and Optics. They are the "Lost Creek Shoe Shop" of Ohio. Very nice and knowledgeable Amish folks that own and work there. They have their own "spring fling" the first weekend in June and I usually go but can't this year because of a conflict with work. Chuck...
  4. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Bruce, GG, Thank you. :-) For me personally I wasn't concerned about the size of the Trinovid 32. It isn't a "super short" 8x32 (thinking Zeiss FL based on memory) but it didn't feel as long as the Sightron. That is for sure. Optics, as I mentioned previously, were certainly pleasing...
  5. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Neill, Not sure if it will help but if I had the cash I would buy one...for the focus alone. ;) The optics are certainly impressive. No doubt there.
  6. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Last pic post. More birds.... Yellow Warbler Snowy Egret Great Egret
  7. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Various cooperative birds I phonescoped while there.... Northern Flicker Great Blue Heron Rose-breasted Grosbeak Baltimore Oriole Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  8. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Round 3... the Magee Marsh area where the event was held. Pics are of the long road out to the boardwalk area which is located right on the shore of Lake Erie.
  9. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Second round.... Pics of the various booths and optics setups/displays
  10. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Ok, back from the first weekend of the Biggest Week in American Birding. Time to share some pics so you folks can see what it was like. All "regular pics" are with just my Iphone. Any bird pics featured were phonescoped with my Iphone and a couple of spotting scopes. Lets start out with easy...
  11. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    NM, I did use the HGs again on Sunday. I did not have see any notable issues with apparent sharpness. In addition I want to address the issue of field flattening. I am certain the HGs utilize it. I think some folks (not thinking of anyone in particular) assume that a flat field means "sharp to...
  12. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Thank you Beth. :-) Jerry, Of course I am. It is why I am at all these festivals all the time. ;)
  13. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    I will try to give the trinovids another go tomorrow. First impressions optically are huge sweet spot, decent off axis performance, cooler color bias, very good CA control, very good apparent sharpness. Mechanically the focus was excellent. Size wise I would not call them large for an 8 x 32...
  14. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Bruce, I think I answered everything except the companies are Nikon, Kowa, Opticron, Zeiss, Swarovski and Leica with Time and Optics being the lone sport Optics retailer.
  15. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Ted, Canon is here but only as a camera company. Nothing on the table but camera lenses. I doubt they will even know about the IS binoculars. Troub, The Nikon rep is contracted, not from the company and has no idea about the HG changes. The Leica reps just received the binoculars within the...
  16. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Yesterday was not a good day to hit optics alley. The wind and rain was so bad that it actually ripped the tent apart and they closed it down shortly after 11 in the morning. Today is a different story.....sunny and highs in the mid 50s. Lots of warblers all around Magee marsh. Most of them...
  17. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Bruce, I will be there...both years most likely. ;) We will definitely have to get together. Tons of great local birding spots we can hit and plenty of optics to play with. As for the biggest week, I tend to avoid the boardwalks and just hit that outer trail...sort of like a logging road. No...
  18. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    The ABE is in Philly this year. Hopefully next year too. If you go then give me a shout and we can get together. I only live about an hour from the expo center Bruce.
  19. FrankD

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Bruce, I will be there for the first weekend...Friday through Sunday. Also, Maven was there last year. I would assume they would be there again this year. Will check for you.
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