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Telephotography
with SLR, D-SLR and Compact System Cameras

Wildlife montage

Overview
Telephotography is easier than ever to enjoy using Opticron spottingscopes in combination with either SLR cameras (digital or film), or compact system cameras (CSC’s). In these systems the fieldscope substitutes for the camera lens and is coupled to the camera body using either a telephotoadapter or an eyepiece & photoadapter combination. T-mounts, available for most makes of SLR and CSC’s are needed to connect the assembly to the camera body.

Fallow Deer picsWhile it is possible to take capture high magnification photographs and video of wildlife in a wide range of environments using a telescope as a telephoto lens, the relatively small apertures, fields of view and depth of focus limit image quality and your ability to frame shots at close range.

The chart below shows the current range of telephotoadapters and photoadapters available to enable you to convert your Opticron spottingscope into a long focal length telephoto lens.

Other things to know
Focusing is facilitated on the fieldscope. Your camera may need to be operated in manual mode with shutter locks disengaged. The high magnification to aperture ratios result in slower shutter speeds compared with conventional telephoto lenses so choose an ISO setting of 400. For 35mm SLRs 400 ASA film is recommended. If possible use a cable release or remote control to reduce camera shake when operating the shutter.

 

Telephotography Chart

 

CLICK HERE for information on telephotography with compact cameras, camcorders and smartphones. T mounts Telephotoadapter 40215 Photoadapter 41111 Photoadpter 41112Photoadapter 41113