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April 24, 2008


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - glad the information will help you get into digiscoping. I've been using my set-up a little more lately and promise more digiscoped images.
Don & Sheryl - glad you're liking your new Sandpiper. Keep working with the adaptor. What you'll find is that you set the adjustments once and typically don't need to readjust each time you put the camera on. That's a time saver. I promise - you do become more efficient in the use of the adaptor.

Don and Sheryl

We love the Stokes Sandpiper that we purchased from you guys. It is light weight and easy to use.

I have used it with a Nikon Coolpix P50 and my DSLR Nikon D50 by using a SER-VII 52mm adapter ring I found in an old camera bag. With this adapter my camera lens fits around the eyepiece.

To be honest I have the Vortex digital adapter but I am not thrilled with it, though it does seat the camera well to the lens, it takes to much time getting it on.

For now I use the scope by the old Laurence Poh method of placing the camera up to the lens, it does work but it takes, practice and patience.


You have NO idea how glad I am that you posted this! I've seen "digiscoping" blogs before, but they've never detailed what "digiscoping" is. Now that I have the info, I can work on getting into it, myself. You rock!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lori - generally, DSLRs are too large for digiscoping. Its hard to match the lens on the camera to the small eyepiece of the scope. Even when you're able to line them up, vignetting is a major concern.
In fact, digiscoping requires only a small point & shoot digital camera with 3-4x zoom! You'll even find that most images you take, you aren't even using the upper ranges of that zoom. You'll also use the lower ranges of your scope's zoom.
Good luck in your research - if I can help with your selection of equipment or taking images, let me know!


I'm glad you wrote on this; I consider this my next step in the process of taking waterbird shots. First, my hubby would love a good scope and I can turn it into another lens! How cool is that? I'm glad you specifically mention products that work well with cameras. Question; is there an adapter for DSLR cameras? Specifically the Canon DSLR's?

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