Pros: Excellent image quality rivalling many much more expensive options. Superb wide field of view. Ergonomic, well-balanced magnesium alloy body gives a quality feel while remaining light. Great all-around performer offering superb value. Cons: Biggest gripe is the rain guard... which has no bearing on the quality of the binocular, but has a big impact on its usability. … [Read more...] about Hawke Sapphire ED 8×42 Binocular Review
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We feature independent reviews of the latest wildlife equipment, clothing, gadgets and optics for the most discerning wildlife enthusiast. All of our reviews are based on hands-on experience of products we've tested extensively under field conditions. We put the best wildlife equipment out there through its paces, and give you our honest opinion, allowing you to make informed decisions about what you buy.
Ever the innovators, Panasonic has just introduced two new cameras to its flagship Lumix G line of mirrorless compact system cameras (CSC). You may recall I tested the top-end Lumix GH5 in the third quarter of 2017, and was very impressed with the camera... so when I received an invitation to a Photo Walk in Dublin for a hands-on look at the brand new Lumix G9 and Lumix GH5S … [Read more...] about Panasonic Lumix G9 Photowalk
Pros: incredibly lightweight tripod and versatile ball-head suitable for both spotting scope and photography. Excellent height for a travel tripod. Cons: a little light for to hold a full-size spotting scope steady in all but the calmest conditions (ideal for a small 50mm travel scope or even a 65mm standard scope though). Price: RRP GB£249.99 (c. €290 at time of … [Read more...] about Vanguard VEO2 265CB travel tripod
By sheer coincidence, while we had the Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera body and Leica DG 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens on loan for review, one of our review team was heading to Shetland for his annual autumn migration "pilgrimage". We asked if he'd like to take the camera along and give us his thoughts from a travelling birder's perspective... here's how he got on. Read our … [Read more...] about Panasonic Lumix GH5 — a “birder on-tour” review
Pros: Professional build quality and comprehensive feature set, incredibly compact and light for an 800mm 35mm equivalent focal length setup, fast accurate autofocus, superb image stabilisation in the body and the lens made hand-holding at long focal lengths possible. Did I mention it was compact and light. Cons: Autofocus sometimes struggled to isolate small subjects (i.e. … [Read more...] about Panasonic Lumix GH5 & Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm