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Attention all Micro Four Third Digiscopers!

The Kowa DA10 rises again…

The Kowa TSN-DA10 digiscoping adapter  is no newbie in the digiscoping world – Kowa has always been at the forefront of digiscoping and the DA10  was a popular choice for digiscopers using compact cameras with fixed internal lenses when digiscoping was still in its infancy. We all remember the popular models? Nikon Coolpix 4500 and the classic Contax U4R. Whilst these camera models may have faded away as camera technology moves forward at a rapid rate, digiscoping has gained ever more popularity  with results often super-seeding high end DSLR and lens combination performance. No other system offers telephoto focal lengths as great as digiscoping.

With the latest Micro Four Thirds camera technology and an ever increasing demand for a lighter more compact digiscoping system – it’s time for the Kowa TSN-DA10 to shine again.

 

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The Kowa TSN-DA10 Micro Four Thirds Digiscoping System

The Kowa TSN-DA10 is perfectly suited to the compact and lightweight Micro Four Thirds camera system bodies and Micro Four Third compact lenses up to 25mm focal length (full size) (50mm MFT equivalent). Use with our flagship 880/770 series spotting scopes combined with a Kowa TE-11WZ or TE-10Z eyepiece.

Kowa believe digiscoping should be easy and affordable – The TSN-DA10 ticks both boxes. Set-up takes less than a minute. Simply unscrew the eyepiece eye-relief cap and screw on the DA10 collar in its place. Screw the DA10 adapter to your MFT lens filter thread. The DA10 fits lenses with a 43mm filter thread. If your lens has a different size filter – simply add one of our adapter rings  - AR28/30/30.5/37/43/46/52/55/58/62/72mm between your lens and the DA10. Finally push the connected DA10 and camera body combination over the collar and secure.

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You can easily switch from landscape to portrait position and quickly slide off for normal observation. All camera functions remain including camera lens auto-focus and focus peaking. The full zoom range of the eyepiece is available creating incredible telephoto possibilities for such a compact system.

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 Watch the Kowa TSN-DA10 combined with a Kowa TSN-884 scope, Kowa TE-11WZ 25-60x eyepiece and a Panasonic GH4 and 20mm pancake lens in action

Performance and ease of use of this system is exceptional. Using a wide aperture fast MFT lens delivers blisteringly fast shutter speeds with low ISO settings, combined with a Kowa fluorite crystal spotting scope – image quality is breath-taking with virtually no chromatic aberration (colour blur) and delivering stunning levels of detail.

25x

Subject distance 38m.
Eyepiece optical zoom 25x

Kowa TSN-884 scope, Kowa TE-11WZ eyepiece, Kowa TSN-DA10, Kowa AR46 filter ring, Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic 20mm pancake lens
Image: Paul Hackett

60x

Subject distance 38m.
Eyepiece optical zoom 60x

Kowa TSN-884 scope, Kowa TE-11WZ eyepiece, Kowa TSN-DA10, Kowa AR46 filter ring, Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic 20mm pancake lens
Image: Paul Hackett

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Subject distance 7m.
Eyepiece optical zoom 25x

Kowa TSN-884 scope, Kowa TE-11WZ eyepiece, Kowa TSN-DA10, Kowa AR46 filter ring, Olympus OMD-EM5 MKII and Olympus 25mm lens
Image: Rob Wilton

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Subject distance 7m.
Eyepiece optical zoom 60x

Kowa TSN-884 scope, Kowa TE-11WZ eyepiece, Kowa TSN-DA10, Kowa AR46 filter ring, Olympus OMD-EM5 MKII and Olympus 25mm lens
Image: Rob Wilton

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CAUTION: The Kowa TSN-DA10 System works with all camera sensor body sizes but larger systems may exert too much stress on your lens filter thread.
Kowa accepts no responsibility or liability for any damage you may cause to your equipment when using our adapters.

DSLR Digiscoping

Facing the challenges and reaping the rewards

 

What is DSLR Digiscoping?

Kowa TSN-883 spotting scope, Photo Adapter, DSLR

Kowa TSN-883 spotting scope, Photo Adapter, DSLR

  • 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+

Get Connected

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In contrast to conventional digiscoping, where the image produced by the spotting scope eyepiece is photographed. The TSN-PA7 connects your D-SLR directly to the body of the scope via a T2 mount. Creating a high powered, yet lightweight and compact telephoto lens, when compared to traditional telephoto lenses.
Designed to be used with the Kowa TE-11WZTE-10Z zoom eyepieces and Kowa TSN-880/770 series spotting scopes. The design allows for the full use of the zoom eyepiece range giving an amazing focal length reach of up to 2570mm when using the TE-11WZ eyepiece or 2750mm with the TE-10Z.
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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.

The pros

  • 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

The cons

  • 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.

DEMO

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The challenges: 

  • 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.

Eyepiece: 25x optical zoom Focal length: 1000mm Effective aperture: F 12.4 ISO: 800 Shutter speed 1/1300 sec

Eyepiece: 25x optical zoom
Focal length: 1000mm
Effective aperture: F 12.4
ISO: 800
Shutter speed 1/1300 sec

Eyepiece: 60x optical zoom Focal length: 2450mm Effective aperture: F 31 ISO: 1600 Shutter speed 1/640 sec

Eyepiece: 60x optical zoom
Focal length: 2450mm
Effective aperture: F 31
ISO: 1600
Shutter speed 1/640 sec

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.
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Click on image to ZOOM