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Questions regarding new set up

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Old Tuesday 3rd June 2014, 15:30   #1
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Questions regarding new set up


My name is David, this is my first post on the forums, thank you for having me here.

I would like to purchase some equipment for wild life observations but i am unsure of the correct route to take, there are many things to consider and im not sure which would provide a better outcome for me.

I want very much to have an ultraHD 4k setup with big magnification, 60x minimum but ideally closer to 90-120x. I don't want to use a telescope. I will be utilising it primarilly for video. I am pretty much sold on the Panasonic GH4 but i am unsure of the downsides to using a micro 4/3 camera for videoscoping with a spotting scope or even if the spotting scope route is a better choice than using a long lens such as a tamron product. I don't have that much knowledge in optics, and i have been hearing talk about the camera ‘crop factor’ feature. Is it true that i will be able to multiply the magnification of the spotting scope or lens by the camera's crop factor value? And is this a viable option to gain magnification without loss in image quality or am i better off achieving 4k plus 100x via another means?

By day i will use this set up for terrestrial observations but i'd very much like to be able to use utilise it at night for 4k moon observations too.

I would appreciate any advice to help me choose the right spotting scope that is a good match with the gh4. so far i have been looking at a few products, such as:

Swift Nighthawk 20-60x 82mm
Swift Premier 20-60x 80mm
Alpen Rainier 25-75x 86mm
Celestron Ultima 100 22-66x 100mm
Vortex Razor HD 20-60x 85mm
Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 20-60x 80mm

I have also seen a few scopes by Swarovski, Zeiss and Leica but i think these are out of my budget for now. Are any of these scope suitable for use with the gh4? I have around a thousand to spend on a scope.

Also another question, will i need to buy a lens for the gh4 or can i attach the body only to the spotting scope? im not sure how it works exactly.

Thank you so much for your help.

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