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Old Thursday 14th June 2018, 08:04   #1
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DigiScope or Camera/Lens?

Visiting nature reserves in the UK and Germany I notice a big increase in folks carrying DSLR cameras and long lenses rather than digiscoping.

Looking forward over the next couple of years or so, which option will you be using and why?

Hopefully your answers will explain whether this trend is real or whether I am mistaken and if it is real, what the reasons behind it are.

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Old Thursday 14th June 2018, 22:41   #2
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Used to own Canon DSLR and 100-400. A nice combination, not too big and certainly nothing like as expensive as canons big telephotos but i found 400 just isn't long enough. Scope + camera i feel is just too cumbersome.

Unless bird photograph is your thing i think scope + phone is the best all round combo. With the 100-400 i found i just couldn't get close enough to get a decent shot. I recently found out about a local osprey nest which is a good example, 400 just isn't enough. Scope allows me to see so much more detail. If you can get close enough how ever and its pictures you want then you can't beat camera/lens.
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Visiting nature reserves in the UK and Germany I notice a big increase in folks carrying DSLR cameras and long lenses rather than digiscoping.

Looking forward over the next couple of years or so, which option will you be using and why?

Hopefully your answers will explain whether this trend is real or whether I am mistaken and if it is real, what the reasons behind it are.

Lee
Probably because you can't shoot moving birds very easy with a digiscoping setup and it's fiddly.
Also there are more options these days in both cameras and "longish" (zoom) lenses that are cheaper than 10-20 years ago. Sigma/Tamron etc.
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