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The Strange Duck…

A film by Simon Brumby

In the middle of August 2014 a strange “Duck” was reported on the pond by several of the local’s of Bloemendal (NL). One of the local birders got wind of this duck and went to go take a look for himself and low and behold a Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron is what stood before him. Much to the excitement of the birding community the report spread like wild fire and soon the photographers were as this as the weed that floated upon the water surface all cramming to get a “good picture” of this young fellow. Now being a rare breeding bird just about any were north of southern France I also went to go chance a peek, promptly packed my KOWA 883 in its bag and checked the batteries on the GH4 succinctly place it also in its spot in the bag jumped in the car and made the 40 is minuets drive to the location. Sure enough the clamour of clacking DSLRS is what greeted me as i stepped out of the car, I peered over the semi circle of huddled photographers with my bin’s and sure enough their walking along the edge of the pond was the heron AMAZING.

The little chap-chapess knew exactly how close it wanted to get to people (if only it was so obvious for some of the people) and often made a short flight to the other side of the pool to evade the some times a little over excited people. However the bird came on more than one occasion back to the same spot, a floating island made from a broken branch that had almost completely submerged and gathered pondweed and other flotsam, this was my chance i figured. I waited for the bird to relocate then picking a spot on the other side of the pond some 7-8 meters away from the little island collapsed the tripod as low as it would go to the ground and got comfortable. Sure enough the bird came back to the spot allowing me fantastic views of it feeding, I could readily identify the fish species it was eating with he aid of the scope to boot the bird ignored me and flew to my side and walked to within close focus distance on several occasions.

Then I repeated the trick for some of the other shots, first observing were its feeding and redemptive setting up and letting the bird do its thing, having all the reach (focal length) you can get through digiscoping allows great closeness with out impacting on the subject.

 

D-SLR Digiscoping- Get closer to the action with our range of high quality and easy to use Kowa digiscoping adapters

What is digiscoping? 

Digiscoping is the method of attaching a digital compact camera or DSLR, video camcorder or phone to a spotting scope to create very highly magnified images or video. By combining the optics of a spotting scope with the optics of a camera  - the telephoto power of a Kowa digiscoping set-up can far exceed that of traditional telephoto lenses as well as often being far more compact.

Kowa offers a range of digiscoping adapters to suit all applications. When combined with our legendary range of super high quality spotting scopes – with practice, the results can be truly spectacular. Our digiscoping adapters are designed to make digiscoping easy and connect to our spotting scopes quickly and securely.

We currently have two digiscoping adapters for D-SLR digiscoping.

 

1. The Kowa TSN PZ Telephoto adapter transforms your KOWA TSN 880/770 series spotting scope into an extremely high quality telephoto lens for your D-SLR camera. Allowing you to not only experience stunningly sharp views of the world around you, but also take exceptionally detailed and vibrant photographs and videos with your D-SLR camera.

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In contrast to conventional digiscoping, where the image produced by the spotting scope eyepiece is photographed, 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.

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Focus is achieved by using the responsive dual manual focus wheels on the scope body. Incorporating quick and ultra fine focus options, you are in full control of focussing.

No more frustrating auto-focus hunting. The decision is yours, quickly and accurately manually focusing on even the most challenging of subjects.

 

Please note: When used with full frame D-SLR cameras, significant vignetting will occur.

Please watch the video below for easier understanding:

 

2. The Kowa TSN-PA7 D-SLR digiscoping adapter transforms your KOWA TSN 880/770 series scope into an extremely high powered telephoto lens for you D-SLR camera. Allowing you to not only experience stunningly sharp views of the world around you, but also take highly magnified, detailed and vibrant photographs and videos with your D-SLR camera.

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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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For an easier understanding watch the below video:

DIGISCOPING ADVICE

Due to the unrivalled high magnifications that can be achieved in digiscoping, it can be a challenging but also very rewarding method of telephoto photography. Try these useful tips to help you get the best from your digiscoping.

Even the slightest movements can cause camera shake resulting in blurred images, try setting your D-SLR to mirror lock-up – this will help reduce vibrations when the shutter is fired.

A sturdy tripod with a good, smooth video panning head is highly recommended to keep your digiscoping setup stable.

Use your cameras self timer or a remote control to fire the shutter of your camera, the less you handle your camera whist taking the shot, the less the risk of camera shake.

Good light is essential in digiscoping resulting in faster shutter speeds to help freeze the motion of your subject and minimise camera shake.

Get closer to the action with our range of high quality and easy to use Kowa digiscoping adapters.

Digiscoping is the method of attaching a digital compact camera or DSLR, video camcorder or phone to a spotting scope to create very highly magnified images or video. By combining the optics of a spotting scope with the optics of a camera – the telephoto power of a Kowa digiscoping set-up can far exceed that of traditional telephoto lenses as well as often being far more compact.

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Kowa offers a range of digiscoping adapters to suit all applications. When combined with our legendary range of super high quality spotting scopes – with practice, the results can be truly spectacular. Our digiscoping adapters are designed to make digiscoping easy and connect to our spotting scopes quickly and securely. Kowa have digiscoping adapters for use with DSLRs, compact cameras, video cameras and now even iPhone 4/4S.

D-SLR digiscoping

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The Kowa TSN PZ telephoto adapter transforms your KOWA TSN 880/770 series spotting scope into an extremely high quality telephoto lens for your D-SLR camera. The TSN PZ has a variable focal length range of 680mm-1000mm, which gives you the added flexibility when composing your image.

Alternatively, you can use the TSN-PA7 adapter. 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.

Compact Camera digiscoping

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Unleash the telephoto power of your Kowa spotting scope by adding the TSN-DA4 compact camera digiscoping adapter. The TSN DA4 attaches securely yo your Kowa spotting scope eyepiece by simply unscrewing the eye-relief cap, allowing you to attach either the TSN-DA10 collar (TSN 880/770 series), or the TSN-DA1A collar (TSN 660/600/82SV). The DA4 slides over the collar and is fixed by tightening the screw to lock it in place.

Phone-scoping

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Transform your iPhone 4/4s/5 or Galaxy4S into a super telephoto lens.

It couldn’t be easier to start taking magnified images or HD video with your iPhone/Galaxy4S and Kowa optic, via the TSN-IP4/TSN-IP5/TSN-GA4S digiscoping holder. Simply slot your iPhone/Galaxy4S into the holder and screw in the appropriate adapter ring- then push the adapter over the eyepiece of your spotting scope and you’re ready to digiscope.

 

Enjoy!