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Old Friday 16th November 2012, 17:43   #1
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A Report on the Swarovski TLS-APO Adapter with a Panasonic Lumix G2

I was recently generously loaned some equipment to play with for the duration of an expedition to search for Snow Leopard on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau.

The equipment involved the rather fabulous new ATX95 (a big advantage whilst searching over great distance) and Swarovski APO with adaptor to fit my Lumix.

Now had I read the instructions properly, I would have realised the significance of the small extension tube that came with the pack and the then focussing ability of the Apo with my Lumix as a standalone. However I didn't and left it behind in the UK having tried out a few test shots through the scope in the garden.

I've always used a Swarovski DCA and although its a piece of kit I really like. The fact that you really have to remove the eyecup to get a clean fast hit was a slight pain and always, for me took that extra protection away from the rather expensive glass. However, I've got some great results, and I'd favour it...until now!

This new piece of kit is actually very quick, simple and a joy to use. The 'hit' rate for me certainly improved, getting more keepers than usual. Its well made, as you would expect from the company, and sits very well on the ATX, which of course it was initially designed for. I was using a relatively lightweight tripod, a Carbon Fibre Sherpa Pro with a Manfrotto 701RC head, also relatively lightweight. I did however find the balance better than my ATS65HD and with the camera on, didn't feel it rear heavy, as it often does with the ATS.

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Ibisbill & Solitary Snipe ISO 400, Guldenstadt's Redstart ISO 200, Brown Accentor ISO 320 and Bharal (Blue Sheep) ISO 200
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Old Wednesday 28th November 2012, 16:38   #2
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Some recent Digi-videos using the above combination, click on the little cog symbol for HD -

Ibisbill - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXTPJ...1&feature=plcp
Ibisbill - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5pvL...2&feature=plcp
and Solitary Snipe - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buHwm...3&feature=plcp
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Old Friday 30th November 2012, 05:44   #3
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marvelous combination Mark, love the shots all specially the red start. and the videos are so super, i have subscribed to your channel.

i am looking forward to start digiscoping but i don't think i can afford this scope or the Kowa i might just go for those cheaper options until i fully understand and master it.
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Very nice Mark, sounds & looks like a good combo especially giving you that extra bit of speed to catch the shot you're after with less fussing about attaching the DCA.
Glad you had a successful trip mate.
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Some recent Digi-videos using the above combination, click on the little cog symbol for HD .
Nice piece of kit the TLS APO.

Banded Kingfisher at 40x in rainforest - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMJN7...9n3KKQ&index=1

Spoon-billed Sandpiper at about 45x, lot of heat haze - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew6qY...9n3KKQ&index=6

Spoon-billed sandpiper in better light at 50x - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKUv5...n3KKQ&index=14
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Hi, I have posted previous threads regarding swarovski ATX95mm plus apo lens and Panasonic Gx1 these little owl shots were taken last week although the light was changing
constantly you can get an idea of detail although all are manually focused

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6j9nbmtb8qmgl35/7M6bs5C8cn
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Some recent Digi-videos using the above combination, click on the little cog symbol for HD .
Nice piece of kit the TLS APO.

Banded Kingfisher at 40x in rainforest - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMJN7...9n3KKQ&index=1

Spoon-billed Sandpiper at about 45x, lot of heat haze - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew6qY...9n3KKQ&index=6

Spoon-billed sandpiper in better light at 50x - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKUv5...n3KKQ&index=14
You are very fortunate to have seen a Spoon-billed Sandpiper - great video - thanks for sharing.
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