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Old Sunday 13th November 2016, 00:51   #1
Pete the Birder
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Hello, I was once a hardcore dslr user but basicly I couldn't afford the big white lens and a friend of mine showed me a print of a digiscope shot of a wader. I think he used an option scope. And I thought Christ! that would give my Nikon d610 a run for its money so I sold the lot and now I'm looking for a camera for my nikon edg 95mm with a 50w eyepiece. I do have a budget of around 300 pounds so please let me know your thoughts. I did look at the gh4 but it's a lot of money.
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Old Sunday 13th November 2016, 18:27   #2
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Hi Pete,
First a word of caution: digiscoping has its limits, it's only good for birds that do not move much. Good for waders, no use for birds in flight or warblers moving in a tree.
For limited budget, I'd recommend to try your smartphone first. If you have one with a decent camera, that may be all you need. If not, get a good compact camera (e.g. the older Canon S series (S100, S110) are good and should not be too expensive).
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Old Sunday 13th November 2016, 18:49   #3
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Hi Pete and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

As Florian has said, give a camera phone a try. Mine didn't fit properly over my 'scope, but my sister's one did! A light small camera is a good option, but I'd recommend looking for one that has a flip out screen, that can be angled (nothing worse than having the sun shining on it!!) You'll likely want a bracket to attach it to the scope and I recommend a remote shutter release too.

With practise you can get slow moving birds of prey in flight, but I never managed little things!!

Hope these ideas help a little.
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