Thursday, April 12, 2012

Digiscoping with a Vortex Razor

Eagle Optics,

I just purchased a Vortex Razor spotting scope and camera adapter and need a couple of additional attachments but am not sure exactly what that is.

I purchased the scope (and love it!!) through Eagle Optics and thought maybe you might be able to tell me specifically what I need to order.

I have a Nikon Coolpix 4500 and the smallest adapter ring (30mm I believe) doesn't quite line up with the threads on the inside of the lens housing. Is there a slightly small adapter or a step ring to transition it?

Next I have a Cannon 5d SLR with a Cannon 1.2 50MM L series lens which the largest adapter ring doesn't fit. The lens thread is 72MM.

I don't know if there is a better choice for a lens for this camera - maybe the lighter, smaller non L series 50MM Lens? or maybe the SLR isn't the way to go - seems kind of big and gaudy on the scope and tripod.



Both of your camera options should work okay.

Your Coolpix has a 37mm thread, so you’d actually just thread directly to the 37mm ring provided with the Razor Digital Camera Adapter.

As far as the DSLR goes, generally folks use the fixed 50mm lenses with a 52mm thread on the front (which will match the 52mm ring on the adapter).
The basic, manual lenses are the ones you want. I don’t know if yours is fancier or not, but you do want the basics.

What I would try before you buy another lens though, is getting a step ring (which you can find at most camera shops) that will take you from the 72-52mm threads.
If you can easily find that, that may be all you need. Hopefully this helps.

You can certainly feel free to call as well and any of our staff will be happy to help.

Eagle Optics

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