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Old Friday 29th July 2011, 13:11   #1
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Sony W300 settings and attaching a DSLR

I currently digiscope with a hand-held Sony W300 & Opticron EF80 and also shoot with a Canon 1000D & 100-400mm IS. I've managed with the basics of DSLR settings regarding altering of aperture, ISO & shutter speed but can't seem to apply this knowledge to the Sony which I don't find very user-friendly. Consequently I frequently use the Auto function and with hand held shots unsurprisingly the results are often poor. Lately I've not found the time to play around with the camera which doesn't help (due to new baby!)

Could someone give me an idiot's guide to digiscoping with the Sony and can anyone comment on whether it is possible to attach the DSLR to the 'scope? I'm in the market for a new 'scope next yr so recommendations on that would also be useful.

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Old Saturday 30th July 2011, 02:39   #2
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All you need with your existing equipment is a good DSLR adapter. See the diagram at the lower half of this page
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Old Sunday 31st July 2011, 18:00   #3
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All you need with your existing equipment is a good DSLR adapter. See the diagram at the lower half of this page
Thanks for that Hor Kee - v useful.
Anyone know about the Sony settings?
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There was an adaptor for the W300 that allowed it to be connected to some alternate lens options. Its called the VAD-WF but seems to be out of stock with Sony, Amazon etc - perhaps you could pick one up on ebay.

It has a 37mm thread which combined with a 37~28mm flat step ring would allow you to use one of our push fit DCC photoadaptors:

That would help with centering/stabilising the shots but would probably show a degree of vignetting.

There's a YouTube thing that shows how someone used that adaptor with a Swaro scope:

For users of our Panasonic compact camera kit, we suggest forcing the flash off (of course), using macro mode and then adjusting EV +/- to improve exposure. ISO setting of 400 seems to work well with the Panasonic's.


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