Facing the challenges and reaping the rewards
What is DSLR Digiscoping?
- a method of extreme telephoto photography
- combining a spotting scope and a DSLR camera body
- uses the optics of the scope and eyepiece/adapter
- achieving focal lengths of 3,000 mm+
The TSN PZ connects your D-SLR directly to the body of the scope via a T2 mount. This makes for a high powered, yet lightweight and compact telephoto lens, when compared to traditional telephoto lenses.
The TSN PZ has a variable focal length range of 680mm – 1000mm (based on 35mm), which gives you the added flexibility when composing your image. It also makes finding your subject matter easier – by zooming out to the wider angle of 680mm to locate the subject and then zooming into 1000mm for maximum telephoto power.
- huge telephoto power
- can keep a respectful distance from the subject
- compact and lightweight
- no need to carry additional gear
- requires skill therefore more rewarding and sense of ownership
- locating subject matter
- missed opportunities
- risk of motion blur
- moving subject matter
- small apertures
Is DSLR Digiscoping for you?
What kind of photography do you want to do?
What are your expectations?
Before you start…
- Get to know your apertures from your f stops…
- Do your research.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Start big and slow.
- Learn to love your photo editing software.
- Bright cliff face with a black coloured bird.
Set the camera to AE mode and under expose so to avoid highlights blowing. Lighten the subject in post processing as required.
- Windy conditions
Set the tripod low to the ground and set a higher iso on the camera to achieve faster shutter speeds to minimise motion blur.
- Fluctuating lighting conditions
Continuously monitor shutter speeds and adjust settings to suit.
Check image playback to monitor sharpness of image and histogram.
Check focus and fine tune if required.
Hints and tips
- Learn to use both your camera and scope before starting.
- Use a good sturdy tripod and fluid video or gimbal head.
- Adapt to the conditions and react accordingly.
- Light is everything.
- Limit motion blur with fast shutter speeds.
- Practice in your garden on static subjects.
- Grasp a basic knowledge of your imaging software.
- Enjoy it. It takes time to develop your skills.