Monday, March 4, 2013

Want to digiscope with my Fuji Camera

I have a Fuji F500EXR and want to buy a scope and attachment for the camera.  Can you give me advice as to what would suit my camera and my somewhat  limited expertise?

Sue B.


Hi Susan,

Thanks for your inquiry.  Unfortunately, your particular camera isn’t going to be well suited for digiscoping due to the fact that it has such a large optical zoom (15x).  The type of cameras that work for digiscoping will be those that have a short (3x-4x) optical zoom or a digital SLR (the cameras with interchangeable lenses).  If you were to mount your camera on the back of a spotting scope the image you would see would consist of a large black field with a tiny dot of light in the middle.  Not unlike looking through a long dark tunnel.  This is due to the way this type of camera is designed/constructed.
Here is a link to a number of articles we have on digiscoping, including equipment selection:

When looking at a digiscoping kit (camera, scope, adapters, tripod) the one component that will get changed/updated most frequently is the camera.  For this reason, I would approach the purchase by getting the spotting scope that’s going to best suit your needs/budget first, and then getting a camera to accommodate that equipment.  Vortex, Kowa, and Swarovski all make excellent and versatile camera adapters for their scopes.

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call us.


Eagle Optics

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