Last week I took advantage of a few hours after a training session to visit RSPB's Vane Farm and Loch Leven Reserve to see what birds might be around. I took along my Canon 5D Mark II and my Kowa telescope with a view to trying out this combination for a bit of digiscoping. Effectively by using an DSLR adaptor you can convert your scope into a long lens. The technique requires you to use fully manual mode on the camera, including manual focus. In the past I have found focusing very difficult but this time round I used the live view function and it was a bit easier, although the camera shake made it quite difficult still to know when you had a really sharp focus. This image was the only one using this technique which came out reasonably sharp (this final image was cropped a fair bit). I took a few shots with my Sigma 150-500mm lens for comparison but it did not really have the reach as the bird was a fair way off, and ironically, using auto-focus did not provide any really good sharp images either. All in all worth perservering but probably only for birds that are happy sitting still!
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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