Monday, October 26, 2009

Digiscoping with Swarovski or Zeiss?

From: Fred
Subject: digiscoping

Hey guys, I was reading a review over at Birdchick.com and she mentioned that you are the leading people in Digiscoping.

I have a Canon 40D and I want to get into Digiscoping real bad, I have been looking at the Swarovski Spotting Scopes and the Zeiss Spotting Scopes. I was hoping you can tell me which direction is the best way to go? I look forward to your advice.

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Hi Fred, thanks for the email. For using a DSLR camera, the Zeiss scope is not really adaptable, sorry. You'd be looking then at the Swarovski scopes, which is the better option optically in most people's opinions. The Swarovski set-up I would most recommend would include the following pieces:

- Swarovski ATS80HD scope body
- Swarovski Zoom eyepiece - either the 20-60x zoom, or the 25-50x zoom
- Swarovski DCA adapter

In addition to those pieces, you'll need a lens for the camera body, most folks are getting great results with Nikon's 50mm "pancake" lens (Nikon model no. 2137) which retails for about $100. The camera lens has a filter thread diameter of 52mm which will meet up with the 52mm adapter ring that is included with the Swarovski DCA.

Hope this helps get you started!

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