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Nikon ED82, P5000, FSB-6 problems newbie

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Old Sunday 11th March 2012, 22:01   #1
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Nikon ED82, P5000, FSB-6 problems newbie

I just bought a Nikon P5000, FSB-6, and the 16x24x30x eyepiece to go with my Nikon ED82. I was really psyched about getting to take advantage of my scopes glass. I am trying to get more reach than I get with my Sigma 150-500 and D90, and I had all sorts of problems. I went out yesterday to give it a try and only got 1 semidecent shot of a laughing gull very close up. I am at work right now, so can't post pictures.

First, I can't see the image on my monitor to know if I have everything square and in focus, the screen is too dark. It is not dark outside and so I am assuming that the camera is closing the aperture to decrease the light? The problem is that I am shooting blind!

Second,the quality of the pictures was not good at all. I am hoping that is related to my shooting blindly. A couple of things of note: It has been rainy. I changed from 64 ISO to 400 to allow faster shutter speed, shooting A mode. 400 ISO on my D90 is not a problem, is it a problem on the P&S cameras?

Is there a way to brighten the image on the camera to see what I am shooting? What settings are best for this setup? My FSB-6 came with instructions for setup, but it seems that it slows down the shutter speed tremendously.

I know that I have a lot of questions, and I am looking into taking a class on digiscoping at the next bird festival I go to next month, but it seems that this is not as easy as it should be for me to pick up.
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Old Sunday 11th March 2012, 22:36   #2
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As with all new cameras, you need to get familiar with the camera's functions & behaviour before mounting onto the scope. I've birded with friends who have similar setup & they take better pictures than what I do on my Olympus E510 with Sigma 50-500mm! So now I'm taking my time & switching bodies to Lumix GF1, something I've had for 2 years now. P5000 is an incredible camera for a P&S.
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The P5000 is a good P&S as far as image quality is concerned but it has its problems too. One of them is a pretty dark LCD screen (you should check though if LCD brightness is set too maximum in the camera settings). One thing you can do about it is getting a hoodman suncover which helps a bit. Other things the P500o isn't good at is being quick and indeed at iso400 quality will decrease. I wouldn't go further then 200 en be careful not to zoom on the camera too much and let the scope do the work.
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