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  1. MiddleRiver

    Anyone compared the new Vortex Razor 8x32 UHD with the competiton

    Actually there IS going back... jes'sayin ;) https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=therapy+for+obsessions
  2. MiddleRiver

    8x32 Dilemma?

    I can’t help but wonder what sumo11 is thinking right now… :-o
  3. MiddleRiver

    Scope Views offline

    I noted the same, a couple of days ago. I hope he's not shutting it down - I've always enjoyed his reviews and only hope he'd do more!
  4. MiddleRiver

    SFL 8x40 or 10x40?

    SFL’s have very little CA, if any at all. The 8x30 is a little finicky but once you figure out eyecup setting and IPD, it’s not an issue. For birding, at least the 8x SFL’s are hard to beat. Deciding criteria (confirmed by actual test drive) should focus on ergos, specially things like focus...
  5. MiddleRiver

    Swarovski price reductions from Monday 1st July?

    Given how standard (and minaturized) the tech is in camera bodies and lenses, this seems like the next tech to go mainstream with binos.
  6. MiddleRiver

    Help! Neighbours complaining

    Birds will be fine. Some even argue that feeding is unnatural and detrimental to birds ;-). That said, we feed in winter (US), and enjoy seeing birds. Admittedly we don’t have a pigeon ‘problem’. On idea is that you could try using a feeder design that does not allow pigeons to feed, thus...
  7. MiddleRiver

    Peru, and Guatemala

    What I have used ;-)
  8. MiddleRiver

    Zeiss SF 8x30 vs SFL 8x40

    BTW, Aperture only matters as your pupil dilates (dawn and dusk). And if you think you can tell the difference between 90 and 92% transmittance… enough said ;-) I have not owned the 42 MHGs. It would be interesting to compare them to the 40SFLs. I’m glad we have so many options.
  9. MiddleRiver

    Zeiss SF 8x30 vs SFL 8x40

    I'm comparing apples to apples. 8x30SFL and 8x30mhg. Comparing 30sfls to 42's makes no sense whatsover. Totally different priorities and comparison.
  10. MiddleRiver

    Peru, and Guatemala

    And keep us posted on your trip(s). I may have reason to visit Guate this coming year...
  11. MiddleRiver

    Zeiss SF 8x30 vs SFL 8x40

    MHG 435'/1000 SFL 426'/1000 That's 2.7' at a 100'. "Much bigger",... that's funny. And and exaggeration ;-) I've owned both, compared them plenty - side by side - as did my wife. The only thing we really noticed is color cast and brightness. The SFL's seemed brighter and more neutral in...
  12. MiddleRiver

    Cl Companion 8x30 vs. SFL 8x30 vs. ?

    I don't object to other's opinions/reviews. At this level of quality they are just POV's and very subjective. I simply prefer to present my opinion with the YMMV caveat, rather than repeatedly hammering some awful perceived fault.
  13. MiddleRiver

    Cl Companion 8x30 vs. SFL 8x30 vs. ?

    Based on three SFL I have owned, I think they are priced where they’fit in’. Dennis is obsessed with blue ring (which I have never seen). I find the SFL’s equal or better than anything short of NL or NV.
  14. MiddleRiver

    Anyone else like Birds AND planes?

    Great museum space BTW!
  15. MiddleRiver

    Anyone else like Birds AND planes?

    Spitfire… doesn’t get any better than that:-) I can’t tell yall how many Spit reference books, model kits, RC, etc I still have squirreled away. 😝
  16. MiddleRiver

    Anyone else like Birds AND planes?

    The 1906 Esnault-Pelterie R.E.P. 1 hanging in the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris. Notable for being the first implementation of a 'stick' for control.
  17. MiddleRiver

    Most immersive view possible through your glasses?

    https://www.birdforum.net/threads/zeiss-fl-10x56-for-sale.456538/#post-4661726
  18. MiddleRiver

    SFL 8x40 or 10x40?

    Curious why you sold the 8x32NL? I thought a couple of posts/threads back you recommended them as the go-to-bino (!). May I ask what went wrong and what's your current one-bin-to-rule-them-all?
  19. MiddleRiver

    Most immersive view possible through your glasses?

    Immersiveness: As a glasses wearer I find that aside from FOV, the actual size of the eyepieces matters. If I'm looking through a peephole, even with a big FOV, it feels constrained. So, for instance, my Noctivids with 406'/1000yd - which have a huge 26mm dia 'window' at the aft end - feel...
  20. MiddleRiver

    Nepal April/May 2024 Langtang region

    Fantastic trip report! Thanks ;-) We've been to Nepal 2x (not entirely birding) and I'd go back in a heartbeat!
  21. MiddleRiver

    SFL 8x40 or 10x40?

    Maybe start a new thread? OP was re 8 vs 10 SFL's and this is after all, the Zeiss forum ;-)
  22. MiddleRiver

    Cl Companion 8x30 vs. SFL 8x30 vs. ?

    Maybe I just got lucky. My wife had 30MHG, 8x32Trinovid, 7x35Retro etc. to chose from and took 'my' 30SFLs. I missed them enough (still had FL's, NV, 40SFLs etc.) that I bought a second pair. They tick all the boxes for me - build quality, IQ, ergos, focuser, ER... But you are totally correct...
  23. MiddleRiver

    Mongolia

    Jos... said it better than i could have ;-) I did ask, because in 'big country' (just got back from Alaska recently), they are sometimes 'necessary'. I have a little Kowa 553 and it's tolerably small, while being sufficient for distant ID's. But it's still a PIA lol. BTW, I understand the...
  24. MiddleRiver

    Cl Companion 8x30 vs. SFL 8x30 vs. ?

    We have both and I agree. The 40's are great. But I use the 30's a lot when hiking or travelling, just because the are delightfully compact and light. The focusers are perfect for my use, on both 30 and 40.
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