Thursday, August 11, 2016

Best tripod for the new Razor HD Scope?

I'm going to be purchasing the new Vortex Razor HD 27-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope and am looking for a good tripod for it. I'm hoping to find one that is carbon fiber with the flip locks and that doesn't require an adapter plate to attach the scope to it, any suggestions?




Dear Brianne,
Thanks for your inquiry.

You will need to choose the Manfrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Tripod Head, which is the only tripod head to which you can attach that new Razor scope without using the quick release plate.

For the carbon fiber leg set with lever locks, I'd recommend this kit, which comes with the head I mentioned: Manfrotto 128RC/MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Package.  Another nice leg set would be the Swarovski CT 101 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs, which would pair nicely with the 128RC Head.
Please let us know if you have any other questions!

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Quality difference: Ranger vs. Shrike binoculars

What is the difference between the Eagle Optics Ranger ED vs. the Eagle Optics Shrike 10x42 binoculars?  To a person using it for hiking or sports events, will they measurably notice the difference?
 Thanks for your help.



Dear Jim,
Two things: Glass quality and build quality.
In addition to being phase corrected and having fully multi-coated lenses, the Ranger has Extra-low Dispersion glass and dialectic prism coatings.

In terms of build quality, the movement of the center hinge, eyecups, focus knob, the general mechanics, etc., is so much better on the Ranger in terms of stiction and movement.

Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass helps color correct and enhance resolution, resulting in a brighter image with better sharpness. The dialectic prism coating increases light transmission efficiency.

Yes. You would certainly notice the difference in quality, as I think most people would.
The Ranger has better edge-to-edge sharpness, brightness, center resolution, and color tone.

If we may be of further assistance, please call us at 800-289-1132.


Eagle Optics

Monday, August 1, 2016

Comparing two Gitzo tripod legsets

What is difference between Gitzo Traveler 1545 T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs and the Gitzo Traveler 1555 T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs? Are they equally stable in windy conditions? I will mostly use it for bird watching with my Swarovski spotting scope.




Dear Barbara,
One of the differences is the number of leg sections. The 1545 is a 4-leg section tripod and the 1555 is a 5 leg-section, meaning that when fully collapsed, it will close down smaller.

The 1545 is also about 2" taller. Regarding stability, the 1545 will be slightly more stable for two reasons. One is that it has fewer leg sections and secondly, because it has fewer leg sections, the lower of the sections is slightly larger in diameter. 

If it's not a problem that the 1545 is about 3" longer when it's folded up, I'd recommend that one. With a scope, especially at the higher magnification range, the added stability will be nice. You could get away with the smaller 1555, but in some situations you may find it to be just undersized.

Both tripods are considered super compact. If you have any other questions, feel free to call Eagle Optics at 800-289-1132.

Kind regards,

Eagle Optics