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  1. Ho about this as an alternative? Try a Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD for terrestrial use and selct a single fixed focal length for astro? The Tamron is generally thought of as excellent, and some say better than the Canon super zooms. I have one and am very pleased with it, but have a look at the following review. It is MUCH more compact than the Canon options. I use mine on a 5d and 6d. It's not quite as robustly built but optically it is very good. It is essential to get the Di VC PZD version, the earlier Tamron super zoom were mediocre
  2. It is an M42 fitting, easy to get it to fit the EOS range. I use a range of M42 lenses ranging from wide angle to 1100mm, on my Canon DSLRs. Never had a problem with an adapter. You need to make sure you get the sort with a flange which will depress the aperture pin, otherwise you're stuck at max aperture.
  3. I've got three Benbo tripods, the largest of which is the rare Mk V. It is massive and hugely sturdy. It's enough to support a large format camera, and I've used it with binoculars up to 25x100 with a beefy head. I've also used it both standing and reclining. It weighs an absolute ton and setting it up is a bit like wrestling an octopus but once in position it works very well. Note that the trekker model is a fair bit lighter, so more portable but not quite so sturdy
  4. Christopher Frost's review of this lens found it to be very sharp in the centre and sharp in the corners at f2. He demoed it as very sharp ascross the frame at f2.8. Dustin Abbott in the US found much the same.
  5. Agreed. The Samyang F2 is great, and that super fast aperture is fantastic for terristrial subjects as well, but if your Fuji is good and sharp, stick with it. Generally speaking, don't get obsessed with gear, once you get over a basic quality threshold (which you're already over) the biggest variable is the photographer.
  6. I've just looked into Jessops/Camera Jungle, and it seems the property arm of the company is in administration. Jessops Europe, the main camera supply company is still trading, at least for the time being. Personally I'd still shop at MPB. Having used both MPB and Camera Jungle I find the prices and quality to be better at MPB, and they certainly have a lot more stock.
  7. Again..... Have a look at MPB.com, they have a vastly wider range of stock than Camera Jungle and are still an ongoing trading entity.
  8. I also use Olympus DPS1 10x50s. They're good, and they don't cost much - £65. The are easily tripod mountable with a low cost adapter (all but very large binoculars require an adapter, but a decent metal one only costs seven quid).
  9. Excellent review Rob, and I'm delighted you like it. Jon
  10. I think all around the world, societies need to teach something pretty important in addition to science. We need to teach everyone about tolerance, of others' views, their faith or lack of faith. Monocultural intolerance is all too prevalent in a range of cultures around the world. That is what has stoked up this sort of atrocity.
  11. I've got a pair of these as well, and have also been impressed with them. I wouldn't try to hand hold them at all. Mine go on a monster Brembo MkV tripod. This extends to 2.4m which means it's big enough to use the clever design of the tripod to put the bins in the right place without tripping over tripod legs. One other thing to mention is that, if you happen to give them a knock, these binoculars are very easy to recollimate yourself at home.
  12. Yes, I saw one in my garden recently and it was very sprightly. Incidentally, goodness only knows why the forum removed a word, it was nothing at all contentious, I just made reference to your comment only being a bit of a joke.
  13. I know it was just a [removed word] comment, but please don't feed hedgehogs milk, it's not at all good for them. A little bit of dog food will be more like it, as long as you don't have marauding neighbourhood cats or foxes, which will eat the dog food and scare off the hedgehogs.
  14. No, that's not right. Loctite is a brand name for a range of adhesives of varying properties, but generally intended for thread applications. SuperGlue is a cyanoacrylate. Threadlock is a product intended for locking threads to a varying degree of 'removeability'. That's quite the opposite of what cyanoacrylates or SuperGlue is intended to do.
  15. Depends on how tall you are and the size of the bins. If you're not too tall and the bins are something like 10x50 this is great http://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-Tripod-Pistol-Inches-Adjustable/dp/B00CF1LS94/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1432882799&sr=8-5&keywords=ravelli+tripod For bigger bins or if you're tall you'll need a taller tripod. Lots of folk prefer a decent monopod to a tripod, to overcome the inherent problems of tripping over legs and of bending your neck at an uncomfortable angle. A bit more info and you might be able to get a better recommendation.
  16. Mine turned up today, at work, so I was able to have a play with it, but haven't mounted anything on it so far. For the money, £31 delivered, it's a fantastic piece of kit. The head is really nicely made, the tripod is pretty stable and very versatile, and it all even comes with a pretty decent bag so I can sling it over my shoulder. I really wanted mine for my DSLR, as I've got an absolute monster Benbo 5 for my binoculars, and I think it will be brilliant for that.
  17. Thanks for posting, just ordered one as well.
  18. Fixed primaries on the ones I'm using.
  19. I'm doing something very similar, using virtually identical techniques, with a pair of 70mm Maksutovs.
  20. I'm from Teesside, but I live down on the Surrey/Sussex border. When I visit, I stay in Yarm, which gives easy access to the Cleveland Hills. It's as dark as the inside of a cow up there.
  21. Agreed. I ended up selling my CG5GT, as I was using the AZ4 all the time.
  22. I don't think you have the mount correctly assembled. When the mount is done up tight on the tripod it holds it in place and there's no unwanted movement. If you just plonk the mount on the tripod there will be movement, but it bolts on to hold it tight.
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