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6 Mar Re: Camera suggestion for Vortex Razor 11-33x50 ["Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" ]
4 Mar RE: Camera suggestion for Vortex Razor 11-33x50 ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
04 Mar Camera suggestion for Vortex Razor 11-33x50 ["akhalifa AT cox.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
4 Mar RE: Hello from Connecticut! ["Kai Soon Chan chankaisoon AT hotmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
04 Mar RE: Hello from Connecticut! ["rdcny AT earthlink.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
1 Mar File - Rules and Regulations []
25 Feb RE: Follow-up From NANPA Summit ["glenn AT gntnz.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
24 Feb RE: Follow-up From NANPA Summit ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
11 Feb Re: Hello from Connecticut! ["stephen shaw stephen.shaw1 AT btinternet.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
11 Feb Re: Hello from Connecticut! ["Aris Houwing aris.houwing AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
11 Feb RE: Hello from Connecticut! ["Kai Soon Chan chankaisoon AT hotmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
10 Feb RE: Hello from Connecticut! ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
10 Feb Re: Hello from Connecticut! ["Catherine Thiem cathythiem33 AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
10 Feb Re: Hello from Connecticut! ["John Burrack john.burrack AT me.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
10 Feb Hello from Connecticut! ["Bettsy Boope leica2lip AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
9 Feb RE: What gear do I need to attach to my canon 5D camera? ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
08 Feb Northern Hawk Owl, Manitoba, Can. ["curtis.lindaj AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
08 Feb What gear do I need to attach to my canon 5D camera? ["Cathy Thiem cathythiem33 AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
1 Feb File - Rules and Regulations []
10 Jan Re: The new DLM from Digidapter ["roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
9 Jan The new DLM from Digidapter ["Tom Berriman tom.berriman AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
8 Jan RE: Digiscoping Podcast ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
8 Jan Re: Digiscoping Podcast ["Anand Sharda anandsharda AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
8 Jan RE: Digiscoping Podcast ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
8 Jan Re: Digiscoping Podcast ["Rick Phillips sunfish0501 AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
8 Jan Re: Digiscoping Podcast ["Jerry Jourdan jourdaj AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
8 Jan Re: Digiscoping Podcast ["Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" ]
7 Jan RE: Digiscoping Podcast ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
7 Jan Re: Digiscoping Podcast ["Tom Berriman tom.berriman AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
7 Jan Digiscoping Podcast ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
1 Jan File - Rules and Regulations []
20 Dec Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it ! ["Anand Sharda anandsharda AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
19 Dec Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it ! ["jbouton2 AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
17 Dec Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it ! ["Andres Saravia andressaravia01 AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
7 Dec Re: Customer Service ["Warren James martay6 AT bellsouth.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
07 Dec Customer Service ["roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
1 Dec File - Rules and Regulations []
21 Nov Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Tom Berriman tom.berriman AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
21 Nov Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" ]
20 Nov RE: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["'Steve Sosensky' steve AT optics4birding.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
20 Nov Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
20 Nov RE: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["'Steve Sosensky' steve AT optics4birding.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
17 Nov Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it ! ["roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
16 Nov Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it ! ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
16 Nov Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it ! ["roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
14 Nov Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it ! ["Aris Houwing aris.houwing AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
14 Nov Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it ! ["davehickson_1 AT hotmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
4 Nov Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Tom Berriman tom.berriman AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
3 Nov Re: Digest Number 4375 ["Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
2 Nov Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
2 Nov Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Kevin Bolton kevinbolton56 AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
1 Nov File - Rules and Regulations []
31 Oct Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["glenn AT gntnz.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct Re: new purchase. ["roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct RE: just a quick comment ["roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct RE: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Juan Benjumea benjumea AT sbcglobal.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct RE: just a quick comment ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct Re: new purchase. ["Aris Houwing aris.houwing AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct just a quick comment ["Roy Halpin royhalpin AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct new purchase. ["Roy Halpin royhalpin AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct RE: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
30 Oct Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Roy Halpin royhalpin AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
29 Oct The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
26 Oct Videoclip with Leica 1.8 Extender, Bonelli`s Eagles in Andalusia, Spain ["Andreas Schulz-Benick Schulz-Benick AT gmx.de [digiscopingbirds]" ]
19 Oct Re: Gx7 and DCA adaptor ["Keith Hamilton k11fpc AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
19 Oct RE: Gx7 and DCA adaptor ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
19 Oct Gx7 and DCA adaptor ["k11fpc AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
04 Oct RE: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ? ["Andreas Schulz-Benick Schulz-Benick AT gmx.de [digiscopingbirds]" ]
4 Oct Re: Re: iPhone 6 and 6+ for digiscoping? ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]
4 Oct Re: Re: iPhone 6 and 6+ for digiscoping? ["Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" ]
3 Oct Re: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ? ["Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" ]
03 Oct Re: Need Jay's opinion RE: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ? ["jay AT studio522.com [digiscopingbirds]" ]
3 Oct Need Jay's opinion RE: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ? ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" ]
03 Oct RE: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ? ["Andreas Schulz-Benick Schulz-Benick AT gmx.de [digiscopingbirds]" ]
3 Oct Re: Re: iPhone 6 and 6+ for digiscoping? ["Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" ]

Subject: Re: Camera suggestion for Vortex Razor 11-33x50
From: "Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:44:59 +1100
Amin
 You live in a nice place for bird photography. The A6000 will do a great job 
of Digiscoping but not with a Sony zoom lens. I have the Nex 5 and 7 and I like 
the sigma 30/2.8 on them. No vignetting and sharp. Any pancake around 20/25 mm 
will also work. As Tara suggested you want to be around 40 mm ( including 
crop). 

Look forward to seeing some results. 
Neil. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On 5 Mar, 2015, at 2:06 am, akhalifa AT cox.net [digiscopingbirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> All,
> 
> 
> 
> I'm a long time bird photographer (mainly a Canon 1DX with 500mm 2 and 1.4x). 
I have recently purchased a Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 and was wondering which of 
my existing cameras/lenses would work better. I have a Canon 5d3 with 50mm 1.4 
and a sony a6000 with 18/55 3.5-5.6. Would I be better off with a different 
lens on the Sony? 

> 
> 
> 
> Thanks in advance for your advice.
> 
> 
> 
> Amin Khalifa
> 
> Laguna Niguel, CA
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: RE: Camera suggestion for Vortex Razor 11-33x50
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:25:05 -0500
Hello Amin,

 

I don’t own that scope or either of those cameras, but would suggest that you 
try to find the combination that will just eliminate vignetting at the lowest 
power on the scope’s eyepiece. I’m taking a guess here, but think a pancake 
in the 40mm range on the Sony *might* work, but no way to know w/o trying it. 


 

There may be someone on the group that has the scope and one of the cameras 
that you have, but it’s not a common combination for digiscoping. 


 

Regards,

 

Tara

  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds 


  http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 

  
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368 


 

 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:07 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Camera suggestion for Vortex Razor 11-33x50

 

  

All,

 

I'm a long time bird photographer (mainly a Canon 1DX with 500mm 2 and 1.4x). I 
have recently purchased a Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 and was wondering which of 
my existing cameras/lenses would work better. I have a Canon 5d3 with 50mm 1.4 
and a sony a6000 with 18/55 3.5-5.6. Would I be better off with a different 
lens on the Sony? 


 

Thanks in advance for your advice.

 

Amin Khalifa

Laguna Niguel, CA


Subject: Camera suggestion for Vortex Razor 11-33x50
From: "akhalifa AT cox.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 07:06:56 -0800
All,
 

 I'm a long time bird photographer (mainly a Canon 1DX with 500mm 2 and 1.4x). 
I have recently purchased a Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 and was wondering which of 
my existing cameras/lenses would work better. I have a Canon 5d3 with 50mm 1.4 
and a sony a6000 with 18/55 3.5-5.6. Would I be better off with a different 
lens on the Sony? 

 

 Thanks in advance for your advice.
 

 Amin Khalifa
 Laguna Niguel, CA
Subject: RE: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "Kai Soon Chan chankaisoon AT hotmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:45:06 +0800
Hi Bob, it had already been reported that the LX100 is not that digiscoping 
friendly - in terms of lens matching the eyepiece. Vigneting could not be 
elimiated with any position of a zoom eyepiece which I used. Or else I would 
have bought it. I also tested its predecessor LX7 which has similar problems. 

Meanwhile, I am enjoying digiscoping with my Panny GX7 + Sigma 30mm + Kowa 
20-60 zoom eyepiece. 


 

---------------------------
Warmest regards
Chan Kai Soon
Consultant Pathologist
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Old home http://members.fortunecity.com/kaisoon/

Old Photos http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/64/812580159/

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000052682589
Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/chankaisoon#p/a



To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:35:32 -0800
Subject: RE: [digiscopingbirds] Hello from Connecticut!














 

 



  


    
      
      
 Dr. Chan - looks like You ans Beng are enjoying Thailand (Phukio)...anyway, 
this camera is starting to get some notice for digiscoping: 


Panasonic LX100 - Luminous Landscape

Bob and Debs in NYC...and how we miss Laurence Poh.


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Subject: RE: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "rdcny AT earthlink.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 06:35:32 -0800
Dr. Chan - looks like You ans Beng are enjoying Thailand (Phukio)...anyway, 
this camera is starting to get some notice for digiscoping: 


Panasonic LX100 - Luminous Landscape 
http://luminous-landscape.com/panasonic-lx100/ 


Bob and Debs in NYC...and how we miss Laurence Poh.

 
 
 http://luminous-landscape.com/panasonic-lx100/ 
 
 Panasonic LX100 - Luminous Landscape 
http://luminous-landscape.com/panasonic-lx100/ The New Pocket Camera of Choice 
There is a problem in the camera industry, and only a few companies rise above 
the rest to overcome it. What is that problem, y... 

 
 
 
 View on luminous-landscape... http://luminous-landscape.com/panasonic-lx100/ 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Subject: File - Rules and Regulations
From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 1 Mar 2015 16:11:37 -0000
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Subject: RE: Follow-up From NANPA Summit
From: "glenn AT gntnz.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 15:29:59 -0800
Hi Clay -  

 Thanks again for organizing and hosting the inaugural Digiscoper's Meeting!
 

 I agree it would be better to have the event not tied to any particular 
vendor. 

 

 I do not have any experience in this area, but imagine it would be very 
difficult for an individual to plan and execute such an event. 

 

 Is it time for an International Digiscoping Association? Could such a thing be 
accomplished in time to coordinate the next meeting? 

 

 Glenn Kincaid
Subject: RE: Follow-up From NANPA Summit
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:06:00 +0000
Thanks, Bob -

Please forgive me as I cross-post this to the DigiscopingBirds list, as your 
thoughts are spot-on, and I would like to share them with the group. 


BTW all - the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Summit 
was held this past weekend in San Diego, CA. I was there showing our scope 
photography system, and received a LOT of serious attention from people that 
had NO idea that our imaging systems existed or that we could get top-quality 
results from them. They were very impressed. 


Referring to your suggestion below for the next World Digiscopers Meeting - 
while I think that we digiscopers would definitely benefit from more meetings, 
it is up to "others" to organize the next one. We (Swarovski Optik North 
America) primed the pump at Space Coast, the event was excellent, and we are 
happy with how it played out. It unfortunately became "branded" as a Swarovski 
Optik event, even though that was not my original intent. 


One of the biggest problems we had this year was the short lead-time in the 
announcement - participants only had 4 - 5 months to plan their trip. I had 
advocated a year's lead-time, but it did not happen. That said, if I was going 
to be the organizer of the next one (and I definitely am NOT) in North America, 
I would look at late 2016 (Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival?) or possibly early 
2017 (that could be the NANPA Summit, for sure, or maybe the FL FotoFest). 
Also, the next one could be in Europe, Costa Rica, Ecuador, etc. - where would 
you like it to be? 


In preparing for that, especially if it is in conjunction with a mainstream 
photography group like NANPA, we as digiscopers need to do a HUGE amount of 
work in the upcoming months to start to establish ourselves to the traditional 
photography world as "legitimate" nature photographers. NANPA will not be 
bending over backwards to accommodate our meeting and featuring our speakers if 
they do not even recognize Digiscoping as a legitimate photographic discipline. 


Tara Tanaka and a few others are actively participating and placing highly in 
mainstream photography contests, but I will bet that 99% of the attendees at 
NANPA had NO idea what the Digiscoper of the Year Contest was, or what images 
won it. We as digiscopers have our work cut out for ourselves. 


That said, we can draw on some allies - George Lepp (outdoor Photographer 
magazine) is VERY impressed with the quality of work that top digiscopers are 
producing, and Panasonic Luminary Rob Knight is now shooting his GH4 on a 
Swarovski Optik spotting scope and telling that story to the photography world. 
We need more contacts like that if we want to walk into a room full of nature 
photographers and get recognized as being one of the crowd. 


So, does anybody want to roll up their sleeves and start planning for the 2nd 
World Digiscopers Meeting? 


I would certainly help out on a personal level, especially with making 
contacts, etc., 


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us



From: Robert Turner [mailto:rcturner AT cox.net]
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:50 AM
To: Clay Taylor
Subject: Follow-up From NANPA Summit

Hi Clay,

It was great to talk with you at the NANPA Summit last Saturday! Further to our 
brief discussion.... 


I hope the world digiscoper group will conduct future meetings, and here are 
two potential sites: 


* Feb/Mar 2016: in conjunction with the San Diego Bird Festival, San Diego, CA

* Feb  2017: in conjunction with the NANPA Summit, Jacksonville, FL


Plus, I will attach PDFs of my two digiscoping articles which I had mentioned 
to you. 


I trust you enjoyed the remainder of your San Diego visit, and I hope to see 
you again, soon! 


Regards,
Bob Turner

(760) 436-5390



Subject: Re: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "stephen shaw stephen.shaw1 AT btinternet.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:20:12 +0000
Hi Issy,
Link below to my shots on Flickr digiscoped through a Swarovski ATX 30-70x95 
Spotting Scope using a DCB II adapter and Panasonic Lumix GX7 camera with 
14-42mm power zoom lens I have also tried the 20mm lens Aris recommends also 
used GX1 before the GX7 probably not the best pics but I am more than happy 
with the results. 

Steve

https://www.flickr.com/photos/16832492 AT N06/with/16416861001/


On 11 Feb 2015, at 10:08, Aris Houwing aris.houwing AT gmail.com 
[digiscopingbirds] wrote: 


> 
> Issy,
> 
> I don't see why you should have to buy a new camera. At all.You have quite a 
list there. My advice: Buy the 20mm 1.7 lens and attach to the G5 for great 
quality stills and even better video than you already have. 

> I used the G3 until 2013 and the results were great, let alone how things 
with a G5 should work. The 20mm is THE lens for panasonic digiscoping and lots 
of well known digiscopers use it. (it is Tara Tanaka's only lens the uses ) 

> If you really want to upgrade, I'd still buy the 20mm too, you'll love it. 
When you buy a GH4 you'll need a new adapter too, to support the weight, a 
lighter solution would be the GX7, but the viewfinder isn't in the centre. 

> 
> Lots of example shots I made with the G3 and 20mm 1.7: www.flickr.com/wing73
> 
> A couple of direct links: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wing73/8668163280/ or 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wing73/8806999818/ 

> 
> Good luck, and don't forget to post shome shots!!
> 
> Aris 
> 
> 
> 2015-02-11 3:47 GMT+01:00 Kai Soon Chan chankaisoon AT hotmail.com 
[digiscopingbirds] : 

>  
> 
> If you do not mind another camera body, grab the Panasonic GX7. It is 
supposed to have the same sensor as GH4. Focus peaking, convenient switch 
between manual and auto focus, versatile EVF and a connection for electornic 
shutter release makes it good for digiscoping, not to mention the light weight 
which helps a lot in stability. Since your digiscope with G5 you probably 
already has a suitable lens. 

> 
> If 4K video is a must, then you will have to go for GH4 for a heavier body.
> 
>  
> ---------------------------
> Warmest regards
> Chan Kai Soon
> Consultant Pathologist
> Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
> Old home http://members.fortunecity.com/kaisoon/
> Old Photos http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/64/812580159/
> Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000052682589
> Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/chankaisoon#p/a
> 
> 
> 
> To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:32:34 +0000
> Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Hello from Connecticut!
> 
>  
> 
> Hello, I, too, am from CT and am looking for advice.
> 
> Last year I bought a Vortex Razor HD scope - I only ended up using it for 
video with a Panasonic G5 (I think). 

>  
> The video was wonderful! But now want to do photos. I do have the Vortex 
Adapters - but it's the cameras that I'm wondering about - I have these to work 
with now: 

> 
> Canon 5dMIII (too heavy actually though I have a massive tripod)
> Canon 60D and Canon 70 and T4i (spare body I've hardly used)
> Pentax K 30 
> Nikon 1 V2
> Olympus Ep3
> Panasonic G5 (worked quite well for video, and might upgrade that camera).
> a small Nikon point and shoot - don't think that is a viable option
> Several long zooms - don't think those will work
> 
> Right now for photos I'm using the Tamron 150-600mm I got last summer.
> 
> I've been very hesitant doing more than just snapping a photo to see if it's 
exposed properly, etc. - but don't feel comfortable trying it for - like an 
entire afternoon or something. Also wondering if maybe the Nikon V2 would be 
better. I did have some vignetting on the Panasonic using the 14-45mm lens 
(also have 2 other longer lenses) - I think I tried the Olympus 17mm lens (use 
both Panasonic and Olympus on either body) - but got vignetting. 

> 
> So, need advice here!
> 
> Right now we have too much snow to venture out to do much - but want to be 
ready. 

> 
> Thanks!
> Issy
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "Aris Houwing aris.houwing AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:08:37 +0100
Issy,

I don't see why you should have to buy a new camera. At all.You have quite
a list there. My advice: Buy the 20mm 1.7 lens and attach to the G5 for
great quality stills and even better video than you already have.
I used the G3 until 2013 and the results were great, let alone how things
with a G5 should work. The 20mm is THE lens for panasonic digiscoping and
lots of well known digiscopers use it. (it is Tara Tanaka's only lens the
uses )
If you really want to upgrade, I'd still buy the 20mm too, you'll love it.
When you buy a GH4 you'll need a new adapter too, to support the weight, a
lighter solution would be the GX7, but the viewfinder isn't in the centre.

Lots of example shots I made with the G3 and 20mm 1.7: www.flickr.com/wing73

A couple of direct links: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wing73/8668163280/
or https://www.flickr.com/photos/wing73/8806999818/

Good luck, and don't forget to post shome shots!!

Aris


2015-02-11 3:47 GMT+01:00 Kai Soon Chan chankaisoon AT hotmail.com
[digiscopingbirds] :

>
>
> If you do not mind another camera body, grab the Panasonic GX7. It is
> supposed to have the same sensor as GH4. Focus peaking, convenient switch
> between manual and auto focus, versatile EVF and a connection for
> electornic shutter release makes it good for digiscoping, not to mention
> the light weight which helps a lot in stability. Since your digiscope with
> G5 you probably already has a suitable lens.
>
> If 4K video is a must, then you will have to go for GH4 for a heavier body.
>
>
> ---------------------------
> Warmest regards
> Chan Kai Soon
> Consultant Pathologist
> Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
> Old home http://members.fortunecity.com/kaisoon/
> Old Photos http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/64/812580159/
> Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000052682589
> Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/chankaisoon#p/a
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:32:34 +0000
> Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Hello from Connecticut!
>
>
>
> Hello, I, too, am from CT and am looking for advice.
>
> Last year I bought a Vortex Razor HD scope -  I only ended up using it for
> video with a Panasonic G5 (I think).
>
> The video was wonderful! But now want to do photos. I do have the Vortex
> Adapters - but it's the cameras that I'm wondering about - I have these to
> work with now:
>
> Canon 5dMIII (too heavy actually though I have a massive tripod)
> Canon 60D and Canon 70 and T4i (spare body I've hardly used)
> Pentax K 30
> Nikon 1 V2
> Olympus Ep3
> Panasonic G5 (worked quite well for video, and might upgrade that camera).
> a small Nikon point and shoot - don't think that is a viable option
> Several long zooms - don't think those will work
>
> Right now for photos I'm using the Tamron 150-600mm I got last summer.
>
> I've been very hesitant doing more than just snapping a photo to see if
> it's exposed properly, etc. - but don't feel comfortable trying it for -
> like an entire afternoon or something. Also wondering if maybe the Nikon V2
> would be better. I did have some vignetting on the Panasonic using the
> 14-45mm lens (also have 2 other longer lenses) - I think I tried the
> Olympus 17mm lens (use both Panasonic and Olympus on either body) - but got
> vignetting.
>
> So, need advice here!
>
> Right now we have too much snow to venture out to do much - but want to be
> ready.
>
> Thanks!
> Issy
>
>
>
>
>    
>
Subject: RE: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "Kai Soon Chan chankaisoon AT hotmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:47:21 +0800
If you do not mind another camera body, grab the Panasonic GX7. It is supposed 
to have the same sensor as GH4. Focus peaking, convenient switch between manual 
and auto focus, versatile EVF and a connection for electornic shutter release 
makes it good for digiscoping, not to mention the light weight which helps a 
lot in stability. Since your digiscope with G5 you probably already has a 
suitable lens. 

If 4K video is a must, then you will have to go for GH4 for a heavier body.

 

---------------------------
Warmest regards
Chan Kai Soon
Consultant Pathologist
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Old home http://members.fortunecity.com/kaisoon/

Old Photos http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/64/812580159/

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000052682589
Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/chankaisoon#p/a



To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:32:34 +0000
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Hello from Connecticut!














 

 



  


    
      
      
      
Hello, I, too, am from CT and am looking for advice.
Last year I bought a Vortex Razor HD scope - I only ended up using it for video 
with a Panasonic G5 (I think). The video was wonderful! But now want to do 
photos. I do have the Vortex Adapters - but it's the cameras that I'm wondering 
about - I have these to work with now: 

Canon 5dMIII (too heavy actually though I have a massive tripod)Canon 60D and 
Canon 70 and T4i (spare body I've hardly used) 

Pentax K 30 
Nikon 1 V2Olympus Ep3Panasonic G5 (worked quite well for video, and might 
upgrade that camera).a small Nikon point and shoot - don't think that is a 
viable option 

Several long zooms - don't think those will work
Right now for photos I'm using the Tamron 150-600mm I got last summer.
I've been very hesitant doing more than just snapping a photo to see if it's 
exposed properly, etc. - but don't feel comfortable trying it for - like an 
entire afternoon or something. Also wondering if maybe the Nikon V2 would be 
better. I did have some vignetting on the Panasonic using the 14-45mm lens 
(also have 2 other longer lenses) - I think I tried the Olympus 17mm lens (use 
both Panasonic and Olympus on either body) - but got vignetting. 

So, need advice here!
Right now we have too much snow to venture out to do much - but want to be 
ready. 

Thanks!Issy






    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: RE: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:30:35 +0000
Hi Issy –

Ok, what subject(s) do you want to digiscope?

At what distances, and under what lighting conditions (Mid-day, early morning 
or late afternoon, etc.)? 


What do you intend to DO with the images – bird ID photos, FaceBook, website, 
enter online competitions, submit for publication, make big prints for 
exhibition and sale, etc….? I am guessing you are aiming at big prints, 
correct? 


As you go up that scale of image quality, it becomes less about the camera and 
scope and more about YOUR photo knowledge and skill. Since you have a 5D MkIII, 
I am hoping that you are experienced with photographic systems and field 
shooting. Once you have the scope and adapters sorted out, you can ignore them 
and concentrate on the important part – getting the quality pictures you 
want. 


From your camera list below, the Canon 70D will have the most pixels/mm² on 
the sensor with the best high-ISO performance. The 5D MkIII has less noise and 
better dynamic range, but fewer pixels to cover the fine details of your 
intended subject. The K30 would likely be my second choice, again for very good 
high ISO performance. 


I own an Olympus E-P2 (the model before yours) and a Nikon V1, and while I 
enjoy using them for video, neither one can cut it when it comes to making big 
prints. Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com told me that all of the people renting 
the 1-Series cameras reported back the same thing - the little Nikon 1 sensor 
is simply too small for making high-quality big prints. Their results are 
perfectly fine for showing on an iPad or computer monitor or making 8x10s, but 
that’s it. 


Unless you have a LOT of experience doing digiscoping, shooting at the lower 
ISOs (under 1000) will typically make it hard to get good, stable sharp photos 
because your shutter speeds will not be able to compensate for scope / camera 
shake. A balance system is a MUST, no matter what camera body you choose, so 
ultimately the weight of the camera becomes less important – getting 
everything balanced and dampened IS important. Having a heavy tripod is good, 
but having one that is properly dampened is more important. 


The last concern is the Vortex scope – carefully examine the edge sharpness 
that the eyepiece sends for your photos. The top-line ($2500+) spotting scopes 
have eyepiece sharpness that covers most of the field of view. If all you are 
doing is takeing centered, well-lit portraits of birds and critters with 
soft-bokeh backgrounds, edge sharpness can be ignored, but filling the frame 
with interesting content and different lighting angles will make Image Quality 
more important. 



Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us



From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:33 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Hello from Connecticut!


Hello, I, too, am from CT and am looking for advice.

Last year I bought a Vortex Razor HD scope - I only ended up using it for video 
with a Panasonic G5 (I think). 


The video was wonderful! But now want to do photos. I do have the Vortex 
Adapters - but it's the cameras that I'm wondering about - I have these to work 
with now: 


Canon 5dMIII (too heavy actually though I have a massive tripod)
Canon 60D and Canon 70 and T4i (spare body I've hardly used)
Pentax K 30
Nikon 1 V2
Olympus Ep3
Panasonic G5 (worked quite well for video, and might upgrade that camera).
a small Nikon point and shoot - don't think that is a viable option
Several long zooms - don't think those will work

Right now for photos I'm using the Tamron 150-600mm I got last summer.

I've been very hesitant doing more than just snapping a photo to see if it's 
exposed properly, etc. - but don't feel comfortable trying it for - like an 
entire afternoon or something. Also wond ering if maybe the Nikon V2 would be 
better. I did have some vignetting on the Panasonic using the 14-45mm lens 
(also have 2 other longer lenses) - I think I tried the Olympus 17mm lens (use 
both Panasonic and Olympus on either body) - but got vignetting. 


So, need advice here!

Right now we have too much snow to venture out to do much - but want to be 
ready. 


Thanks!
Issy




Subject: Re: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "Catherine Thiem cathythiem33 AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:20 -0500
Where in CT do you live?

You can email me directly if you want.

Cathy

Cathy Thiem Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2015, at 11:32 AM, Bettsy Boope leica2lip AT yahoo.com 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 

> 
> Hello, I, too, am from CT and am looking for advice.
> 
> Last year I bought a Vortex Razor HD scope - I only ended up using it for 
video with a Panasonic G5 (I think). 

>  
> The video was wonderful! But now want to do photos. I do have the Vortex 
Adapters - but it's the cameras that I'm wondering about - I have these to work 
with now: 

> 
> Canon 5dMIII (too heavy actually though I have a massive tripod)
> Canon 60D and Canon 70 and T4i (spare body I've hardly used)
> Pentax K 30 
> Nikon 1 V2
> Olympus Ep3
> Panasonic G5 (worked quite well for video, and might upgrade that camera).
> a small Nikon point and shoot - don't think that is a viable option
> Several long zooms - don't think those will work
> 
> Right now for photos I'm using the Tamron 150-600mm I got last summer.
> 
> I've been very hesitant doing more than just snapping a photo to see if it's 
exposed properly, etc. - but don't feel comfortable trying it for - like an 
entire afternoon or something. Also wondering if maybe the Nikon V2 would be 
better. I did have some vignetting on the Panasonic using the 14-45mm lens 
(also have 2 other longer lenses) - I think I tried the Olympus 17mm lens (use 
both Panasonic and Olympus on either body) - but got vignetting. 

> 
> So, need advice here!
> 
> Right now we have too much snow to venture out to do much - but want to be 
ready. 

> 
> Thanks!
> Issy
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "John Burrack john.burrack AT me.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:54:47 -0500
Hi Issy,
I have a Vortex Razor HD 85 with adapter.  

I use a Nikon 1 V1 (10-30mm at 30mm, 11 - 27.5mm at 27.5 and 18.5mm prime) and 
Canon 60D with EF 50mm, F/1.8 II … had good results with both. 


I’ll get back to you later with link to some images and some set-up 
“stuff” I’ve learned over the last couple years. You can see several of 
my images in the photos area of the digiscopigbirds site. 


My opinion; best images come from the Nikon 1. I just have to work harder and 
have more available light with the Canon set up. Light weight of the Nikon 1 
and lens at less than a pound makes for a better balance and sharper images. 
These days I use the Canon 60D + 100-400mm + 1.5 Tele-Extender to get up to 
almost 1,000mm Full Frame Equivalent and the Vortex + Nikon + 11 - 27.5mm to 
get 1,200mm or longer shots. 


Here’s a link 
 
to some Nikon 1 images within the last couple weeks. 


Enjoy.

John B

> On Feb 10, 2015, at 11:32 AM, Bettsy Boope leica2lip AT yahoo.com 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 

> 
> 
> Hello, I, too, am from CT and am looking for advice.
> 
> Last year I bought a Vortex Razor HD scope - I only ended up using it for 
video with a Panasonic G5 (I think). 

>  
> The video was wonderful! But now want to do photos. I do have the Vortex 
Adapters - but it's the cameras that I'm wondering about - I have these to work 
with now: 

> 
> Canon 5dMIII (too heavy actually though I have a massive tripod)
> Canon 60D and Canon 70 and T4i (spare body I've hardly used)
> Pentax K 30 
> Nikon 1 V2
> Olympus Ep3
> Panasonic G5 (worked quite well for video, and might upgrade that camera).
> a small Nikon point and shoot - don't think that is a viable option
> Several long zooms - don't think those will work
> 
> Right now for photos I'm using the Tamron 150-600mm I got last summer.
> 
> I've been very hesitant doing more than just snapping a photo to see if it's 
exposed properly, etc. - but don't feel comfortable trying it for - like an 
entire afternoon or something. Also wondering if maybe the Nikon V2 would be 
better. I did have some vignetting on the Panasonic using the 14-45mm lens 
(also have 2 other longer lenses) - I think I tried the Olympus 17mm lens (use 
both Panasonic and Olympus on either body) - but got vignetting. 

> 
> So, need advice here!
> 
> Right now we have too much snow to venture out to do much - but want to be 
ready. 

> 
> Thanks!
> Issy
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Hello from Connecticut!
From: "Bettsy Boope leica2lip AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:32:34 +0000 (UTC)
Hello, I, too, am from CT and am looking for advice.
Last year I bought a Vortex Razor HD scope -  I only ended up using it for 
video with a Panasonic G5 (I think). The video was wonderful! But now want to 
do photos. I do have the Vortex Adapters - but it's the cameras that I'm 
wondering about - I have these to work with now: 

Canon 5dMIII (too heavy actually though I have a massive tripod)Canon 60D and 
Canon 70 and T4i (spare body I've hardly used) 

Pentax K 30 
Nikon 1 V2Olympus Ep3Panasonic G5 (worked quite well for video, and might 
upgrade that camera).a small Nikon point and shoot - don't think that is a 
viable option 

Several long zooms - don't think those will work
Right now for photos I'm using the Tamron 150-600mm I got last summer.
I've been very hesitant doing more than just snapping a photo to see if it's 
exposed properly, etc. - but don't feel comfortable trying it for - like an 
entire afternoon or something. Also wondering if maybe the Nikon V2 would be 
better. I did have some vignetting on the Panasonic using the 14-45mm lens 
(also have 2 other longer lenses) - I think I tried the Olympus 17mm lens (use 
both Panasonic and Olympus on either body) - but got vignetting. 

So, need advice here!
Right now we have too much snow to venture out to do much - but want to be 
ready. 

Thanks!Issy


Subject: RE: What gear do I need to attach to my canon 5D camera?
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:45:18 +0000
Hi Cathy -

OK, for a number of reasons, the 7D will be the camera of choice for 
digiscoping, most importantly in that it has more pixels / mm than the 5D, and 
thus will give you more detail on distant subjects. That said, your first 
challenge will be to find / make an adapter that will attach the camera and 
lens (a 50mm Canon lens is best, but a Kit Zoom-type lens will work) to the 
eyepiece of your spotting scope. I am betting that Simmons has none. Most of 
the top-end spotting scope manufacturers have some sort of adapters available, 
and independent companies like DigiDapter 
http://www.digiscopeadapter.com/home.html could make a custom one for your 
Simmons. All it takes is money.... 


However, the bigger challenge will be your spotting scope - that is a very 
small and relatively inexpensive scope, and once you mount the camera to the 
eyepiece you will have a VERY tail-heavy system. I would bet that the camera 
weighs more than the scope. Getting that assembly balanced atop the tripod head 
will take a LOT of counterweight or a very long balance rail. Another 
do-it-yourself project. 


The image that the camera makes is only as good as what the scope sends it. I 
am not familiar with your specific scope, but the Simmons brand in general has 
never been ranked very highly in the various spotting scope reviews. Try a test 
- set up the scope and point it at tree branches silhouetted against the sky. 
If the branches in the corners of the image show a lot of bluish or greenish 
tint, or are "haloed" in color, you are getting chromatic aberrations. The 
camera will show those very nicely, too. Also look at center sharpness vs. edge 
sharpness and see how much detail you lose as you go out toward the edges of 
the circle. 


The relatively small 50mm front aperture of the scope will make things more 
challenging, too. The scope at 12x and the 7D with a 50mm lens will give you an 
effective focal length of 12 x 50 = 600mm, and 600 
[cid:image002.png AT 01D043CF.621E7980] 50 = f/12. Zoom it up to 20x and you have 
a 1000mm f/20 lens. Be prepared to live at very high ISO settings in order to 
get shutter speeds fast enough to compensate for the image shake and yield 
sharp images. 


Bottom line - your scope will be the limiting factor in your final images. You 
have excellent cameras, and setting them up with a top-quality spotting scope 
will definitely give you the ability to take great images. However, you are 
looking at spending $2000 to $5000 for such a system, which is still FAR less 
than the $10,000 of a 600mm f/4 telephoto lens. Plus, the scope will be smaller 
and lighter than a 600mm, much more rugged and very likely waterproof - all 
things that the 600mm does not offer. 


Question - do you have an iPhone? There are adapters available from PhoneSkope 
http://www.phoneskope.com/ that would allow you to use the phone on your 
Simmons spotting scope. While you probably will not be making 16x24 prints from 
those images, the phone can get remarkable results with both still and videos 
through the scope. The small size and weight makes balancing less critical, and 
the small sensor size will get you faster shutter speeds than the 7D would when 
pointed at the same subject. 


That brings up the follow-up question - what are you intending to DO with the 
images once you have them? If you want big prints to exhibit or sell, you will 
probably need a much better scope than the Simmons. If you want to do Bird ID 
photos, it will probably suffice, but so will an iPhone. 


Feel free to contact me directly if you want to discuss specifics,


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us





From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2015 2:24 PM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] What gear do I need to attach to my canon 5D 
camera? 



Hello members,

I am a nature photographer and wondering if I could fit my spotting scope to my 
camera body. I have a 12-36x50 Zoom Compact Spotting Scope made by Simmons and 
was wondering if it could be mounted to a canon 5D or 7D camera body. 


I do not know anything about digiscoping but love the fact that I could 
possibly photograph nature without investing in a heavy, expensive 600mm f2.8 
lens. 


Could anyone help me with this? Is there anyone in CT that I could meet up with 
to see how this would work and maybe try out there equipment before I decide? 


Warmest regards,
Cathy

Catherine Thiem Photography
12 Bar ella Rd
New Hartford, CT 06057
860-287-6048
cathythiem33 AT gmail.com
Catherinethiem.com
Subject: Northern Hawk Owl, Manitoba, Can.
From: "curtis.lindaj AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Feb 2015 14:32:02 -0800
It was quite cold - 15C today but had the good fortune to see a Northern Hawk 
Owl and photographed it with my Vortex Razor 65 mm scope and S110 Canon camera. 

Linda Curtis
Winnipeg Mb, Canada
 

Subject: What gear do I need to attach to my canon 5D camera?
From: "Cathy Thiem cathythiem33 AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:23:34 -0500
Hello members,

I am a nature photographer and wondering if I could fit my spotting scope to
my camera body. I have a 12-36x50 Zoom Compact Spotting Scope made by
Simmons and was wondering if it could be mounted to a canon 5D or 7D camera
body.

I do not know anything about digiscoping but love the fact that I could
possibly photograph nature without investing in a heavy, expensive 600mm
f2.8 lens.

Could anyone help me with this? Is there anyone in CT that I could meet up
with to see how this would work and maybe try out there equipment before I
decide?

Warmest regards,
Cathy

Catherine Thiem Photography
12 Barella Rd
New Hartford, CT 06057
860-287-6048
cathythiem33 AT gmail.com
Catherinethiem.com

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Subject: Re: The new DLM from Digidapter
From: "roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Jan 2015 03:45:53 -0800
Nice Review Tom
Subject: The new DLM from Digidapter
From: "Tom Berriman tom.berriman AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:34:51 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi All
Just received my DLM adapter from Paul Sayegh. This is a direct threaded mount 
adapter to the prime lens of a DSLR or mirrorless camera or Point and shoot (if 
that camera has filter threads). As many of you know I have been using homemade 
pvc adapters similar in design to the DLM but now have an adapter that is of 
excellent craftsmanship. As I mentioned before these direct mount adapters work 
very well with the angled scopes as the weight of the adapter, lens and camera 
are at a downward force rather than hanging off the end in thin air. But they 
are compact , light and pop on and off in 2 seconds with not having to adjust 
anything. I have never broken or destroyed a lens or camera using these 
adapters for many years. But then I am careful to never move my digiscoping rig 
any distance with camera attached and I use the pan bar to find birds and not 
yank on the camera to do so.The DLM can be fitted for several different 
diameter threads ( just let Paul know). Right now this adapter works with the 
Swarovski ATX scopes that have the TLS-APO sleeve over the eye piece. Here is 
a video Paul put together. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tckOo3o4j5A 
Tom Berriman
Subject: RE: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:44:06 -0500
Hi Anand,

There is no video, just audio, but you should be able to listen to it from
the link I sent.  I hadn't even seen that Download link, but just tried it
and it downloaded and started playing in iTunes when I clicked on it.  

You can email me directly if you still have problems listening to it. 

Regards,

Tara
http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 
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From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
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Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 9:35 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast

Hi Tara,

Do we view this only after downloading or is there a way to see it on line.
I tried downloading but then I do not go any further at all.

Regards.

Anand Arya



On 07-Jan-2015, at 11:46 PM, 'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote:

> 
> A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonic's Lumix
Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live:
http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/
Enjoy!
> 
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> Tara
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Subject: Re: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "Anand Sharda anandsharda AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:04:59 +0530
Hi Tara,

Do we view this only after downloading or is there a way to see it on line.
I tried downloading but then I do not go any further at all.

Regards.

Anand Arya



On 07-Jan-2015, at 11:46 PM, 'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 


> 
> A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonics Lumix 
Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live: 
http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/ 
Enjoy! 

> 
>  
> 
> Tara
> 
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
> 
> http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka
> 
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
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Subject: RE: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:41:54 -0500
Thanks Rick and Jerry! I was a little hesitant to do it when Rob asked, but he 
led me through it with great questions, so he deserves most of the credit. 


 

Tara

  
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  http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 

  
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From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 6:47 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast

 

  

Brilliant podcast, Tara! Wonderful piece!

Jerry

 

On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 7:14 PM, 'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 


  

Thanks Tom! Rob will be one of the speakers in the Video presentation on 
Saturday. 


 

Tara

http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds

http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 2:09 PM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast

 

  

Very Cool interview, Tara!!

 

Tom
  

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From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 

To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 1:16 PM
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast

 

  

A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonic’s Lumix 
Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live: 
http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/ 
Enjoy! 


 

Tara

http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds

http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 

 

 


Subject: Re: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "Rick Phillips sunfish0501 AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:53:35 -0500
Very informative, Tara. You're a good teacher!

On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 1:16 PM, 'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote:

>
>
> A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonic’s Lumix
> Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live:
> http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/
>   Enjoy!
>
>
>
> Tara
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
> http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka
>
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
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Subject: Re: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "Jerry Jourdan jourdaj AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 06:47:03 -0500
Brilliant podcast, Tara! Wonderful piece!
Jerry

On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 7:14 PM, 'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote:

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>
> Thanks Tom!  Rob will be one of the speakers in the Video presentation on
> Saturday.
>
>
>
> Tara
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> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
> http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka
>
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
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> *From:* digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:
> digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com]
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 7, 2015 2:09 PM
> *To:* digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> *Subject:* Re: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast
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> Very Cool interview, Tara!!
>
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> Tom
>
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>
> *From:* "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" <
> digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com>
> *To:* digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 7, 2015 1:16 PM
> *Subject:* [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast
>
>
>
>
>
> A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonic’s Lumix
> Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live:
> http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/
>   Enjoy!
>
>
>
> Tara
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
> http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka
>
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>
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Subject: Re: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:23:04 +0800
Tara
      Lovely article. 
I'll have to redo my presentation if we have some "pros" there. 
What do you understand by "Old World". Clay hasn't got back to me on this. I 
presumed he just meant "old" as I'll be 65 next month. 

Neil

Sent from my iPhone

> On 8 Jan, 2015, at 8:14 am, 'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Thanks Tom! Rob will be one of the speakers in the Video presentation on 
Saturday. 

>  
> Tara
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
> http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>  
>  
>  
> From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

> Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 2:09 PM
> To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast
>  
>  
> Very Cool interview, Tara!!
>  
> Tom
>  
> From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 

> To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
> Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 1:16 PM
> Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast
>  
>  
> A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonic’s Lumix 
Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live: 
http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/ 
Enjoy! 

>  
> Tara
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
> http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>  
>  
>  
>  
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: RE: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:14:53 -0500
Thanks Tom! Rob will be one of the speakers in the Video presentation on 
Saturday. 


 

Tara

  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds 


  http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 

  
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368 


 

 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 2:09 PM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast

 

  

Very Cool interview, Tara!!

 

Tom
  

  _____  

From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 

To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 1:16 PM
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast

 

  

A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonic’s Lumix 
Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live: 
http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/ 
Enjoy! 


 

Tara

http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds

http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 

 


Subject: Re: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "Tom Berriman tom.berriman AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:08:45 +0000 (UTC)
Very Cool interview, Tara!!
Tom
  From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 

 To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 1:16 PM
 Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Digiscoping Podcast
   
  A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonic’s Lumix 
Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live:  
http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/ 
  Enjoy! 
 Tarahttp://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birdshttp://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368       
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Subject: Digiscoping Podcast
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 13:16:38 -0500
A podcast on digiscoping that Rob Knight, one of Panasonic's Lumix
Luminaries, interviewed me for a couple of weeks ago just went live:
http://thisweekinphoto.com/itinerary-11-digiscoping-wildlife-tara-tanaka/
Enjoy!

 

Tara

http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds

http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 
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Subject: Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it !
From: "Anand Sharda anandsharda AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:23:32 +0530
This is the way a customer service should be.

While formulating Customer Service Policy, most Companies do not factor in
the cost of management time. loss of customer loyalty and such non-quantifible
factors.  Most often, it would be cheaper to refund the cost or just replace
and earn goodwill.

As CEO, I made policy in companies t sold 
fertilisers/carbon-black/insoluble/psf etc for a long time. 

Whenever, there was a complaint - invariably that the product got wet in 
transit or the 

weight was less.  All were looking for credits that I would not allow but would
promise replacement.  Within a short time - the complaints died unless these 
were really genuine.

It pays in the long long if a Company has first rate Customer Service.

I think I would stick with Apple iMac for the simple reason of their first rate
customer service even though they have had to replace three desk tops
and the screen at least seven times in last six years.

I would test Swarovski as I think the eye-piece bought in U.S 5 years ago
is acting up a bit.  I have found out where to go them in India.

Cheers.

Anand Arya


On 20-Dec-2014, at 1:07 AM, jbouton2 AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds] 
 wrote: 


> Hey Dave,
> 
> 
> I can't speak specifically to the Leica Customer Service issue in the UK or 
specifics there, as every country has a different protocol and different 
warranty tables. I will state that in the US though, eyepieces carry a Limited 
Lifetime warranty. I can however address the Costa Rica issue though as their 
equipment is handled by the US based subsidiary of Leica Camera, AG. 

> 
> Most of the guides in Costa Rica carrying Leica were either given product 
outright or purchased these items at an extreme discount back when the spotting 
scopes were relatively new to the market as part of a marketing campaign. Most 
purchased our least expensive Non-Apochromatic 62 mm scopes (lacking the 
additional fluoride glass of the APO) which at the time sold at retail below 
$1100. Now, a full 8 years has past since these models have been discontinued 
and at times when a scope comes in that is beaten up so badly that it is deemed 
non-repairable, folks have been offered credit for their respective scope 
toward the purchase of a new model. In the case of the Costa Rican guides we 
even offered 100% credit of what they paid for their old scope, toward purchase 
of the new scope at below retail pricing! Unfortunately, since we no longer 
have a cheaper non-APO model, and the newer models are more expensive due to 
advancements and >2 decades of inflation, this still required more than twice 
out of pocket what they paid for the original even after a 100% credit is 
applied. Many balked at this price, but even then, we have worked with guides 
and arrangements have been made to even provide full refunds (after a decade of 
use)! If your guide was still complaining about this and using a broken scope 
it's likely because A) he/she hasn't bothered to try and contact Leica, B) was 
given the scope for free and therefore has no credit, or C) can't afford to 
replace with ANY other scope for the refund offered and can't make a living 
without a scope. 

> 
> I honestly don't know what can be done more than that, and certainly would 
not describe this as poor customer service! Try to return your car after a 
decade of use and abuse and see if you will get 100% credit. How about your 
television, camera, house?!?... 

> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Jeff Bouton
> Manager Birding / Nature Markets
> Leica Sport Optics, USA
> jeff AT leicasportoptics.com
> 
> PS - if you email me directly I will see if I can find out more about your 
scope repair in the UK but would need some information from you. 

> 
> 
> 



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Subject: Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it !
From: "jbouton2 AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Dec 2014 11:37:55 -0800
Hey Dave, 

 I can't speak specifically to the Leica Customer Service issue in the UK or 
specifics there, as every country has a different protocol and different 
warranty tables. I will state that in the US though, eyepieces carry a Limited 
Lifetime warranty. I can however address the Costa Rica issue though as their 
equipment is handled by the US based subsidiary of Leica Camera, AG. 

 

 Most of the guides in Costa Rica carrying Leica were either given product 
outright or purchased these items at an extreme discount back when the spotting 
scopes were relatively new to the market as part of a marketing campaign. Most 
purchased our least expensive Non-Apochromatic 62 mm scopes (lacking the 
additional fluoride glass of the APO) which at the time sold at retail below 
$1100. Now, a full 8 years has past since these models have been discontinued 
and at times when a scope comes in that is beaten up so badly that it is deemed 
non-repairable, folks have been offered credit for their respective scope 
toward the purchase of a new model. In the case of the Costa Rican guides we 
even offered 100% credit of what they paid for their old scope, toward purchase 
of the new scope at below retail pricing! Unfortunately, since we no longer 
have a cheaper non-APO model, and the newer models are more expensive due to 
advancements and >2 decades of inflation, this still required more than twice 
out of pocket what they paid for the original even after a 100% credit is 
applied. Many balked at this price, but even then, we have worked with guides 
and arrangements have been made to even provide full refunds (after a decade of 
use)! If your guide was still complaining about this and using a broken scope 
it's likely because A) he/she hasn't bothered to try and contact Leica, B) was 
given the scope for free and therefore has no credit, or C) can't afford to 
replace with ANY other scope for the refund offered and can't make a living 
without a scope. 

 

 I honestly don't know what can be done more than that, and certainly would not 
describe this as poor customer service! Try to return your car after a decade 
of use and abuse and see if you will get 100% credit. How about your 
television, camera, house?!?... 

 

 Sincerely,
 

 Jeff Bouton
 Manager Birding / Nature Markets
 Leica Sport Optics, USA
 jeff AT leicasportoptics.com
 

 PS - if you email me directly I will see if I can find out more about your 
scope repair in the UK but would need some information from you. 

 

Subject: Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it !
From: "Andres Saravia andressaravia01 AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:27:29 -0500
hello

On Nov 16, 2014, at 3:43 PM, Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 


> 
> Hi all - 
> 
> I have no part in this conversation other then to comment on what any 
manufacturer means by "lifetime". It has nothing to do with how long the owner 
continues breathing - if that were the case, every product purchased would be 
registered to a two year-old baby...... 

> 
> It refers to the PRODUCT LIFETIME - how long that specific product is still 
being made. After a product has been discontinued, its "life" is over, and the 
manufacturer can then decide how to proceed with warranties and repairs. 

> 
> Clay Taylor
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Nov 16, 2014, at 7:16 AM, roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
>>  
>> Aris that is well put. We all must understand that all warranties are 
different between companies. All Customer Service policies are different. If 
one were to read the "lifetime Warranty" one would find many statements that 
protect the manufacture and not the consumer. Dave this is a tough lesson, I 
wish you success. 

>> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Customer Service
From: "Warren James martay6 AT bellsouth.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:30:11 -0800
It's very good to see letters like this. I always believe in praising good 
service- as well as to note inferior service. 


Wes



On Sunday, December 7, 2014 12:11 PM, "roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" 
 wrote: 

 


  
Customer Service at Panasonic.  
Like all things made by man there will be mistakes in manufacturing. We all 
keep the memory of what went wrong, 

badmouthing the product in the process.  Correcting
the lasting negative image of mistakes is an art. A great customer service 
department is as 

important as the sales and marketing departments in manufacturing. Some of my 
retired Electrical Engineer friends 

from NASA always told me that in the first 90 hours of operation an inferior
electrical component will fail.  After
the 90 hours electronics are pretty solid. 
That being the case every electronic device, TV, PC, DVD, cell phones, Camera;
whatever gets hard use for the first 90 hours. 
 Afterwards I have the confidence
that the product will last.  A very small
amount of some of the best and most expensive produces in the world fail. This 
is where the art of customer service 

comes in.  I have only found two
companies that have met what I call top drawer customer service in what we do,
birding and photography.  I always will praise
Swarovski and Gale Fisher in their customer service department for the best
non-electronic customer service in the industry. The very best in 
Photo-electronic is 

Panasonic.  In the first 90 hours of use
of my DMC- GH4 some of the electronics malfunctioned.  I email Rob
Knight the Panasonic photo rep from Atlanta who happened to be in Bosque Del
Apache; got an out of the office reply. Surprisingly, within an hour I received 
a 

message from Robert Koztarek of
Panasonic stating he got a message from Rob, giving me a link, contacts and all
the information needed to get the camera back to McAllen TX for repair. While 
the GH4 was being shipped overnight to 

McAllen, Rob and Robert were discussing the potential solutions with the
engineering staff at Panasonic, I was included. 
Rob contacted me explaining the problem in detail. Within an hour of the 
delivery time I 

received an email from Jamie Ramirez Supervisor of Panasonic factory service; 
telling me the details of their procedures. Shortly I received a memo from 
Ruben Silva who CC everyone mentioned 

explaining what the solution and that the replacement part was available, 
stating 

that the camera was on the way back to me, second day. This customer service is 
exemplary. The only thing that could be improved would 

be the invention and use of a teleportation device to ship the camera, said 
tongue 

in cheek.  Roy Halpin NE Florida

 
Subject: Customer Service
From: "roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2014 09:11:41 -0800
Customer Service at Panasonic.  
 
 Like all things made by man there will be mistakes in manufacturing. We all 
keep the memory of what went wrong, badmouthing the product in the process. 
Correcting the lasting negative image of mistakes is an art. A great customer 
service department is as important as the sales and marketing departments in 
manufacturing. Some of my retired Electrical Engineer friends from NASA always 
told me that in the first 90 hours of operation an inferior electrical 
component will fail. After the 90 hours electronics are pretty solid. That 
being the case every electronic device, TV, PC, DVD, cell phones, Camera; 
whatever gets hard use for the first 90 hours. Afterwards I have the confidence 
that the product will last. A very small amount of some of the best and most 
expensive produces in the world fail. This is where the art of customer service 
comes in. I have only found two companies that have met what I call top drawer 
customer service in what we do, birding and photography. I always will praise 
Swarovski and Gale Fisher in their customer service department for the best 
non-electronic customer service in the industry. The very best in 
Photo-electronic is Panasonic. In the first 90 hours of use of my DMC- GH4 some 
of the electronics malfunctioned. I email Rob Knight the Panasonic photo rep 
from Atlanta who happened to be in Bosque Del Apache; got an out of the office 
reply. Surprisingly, within an hour I received a message from Robert Koztarek 
of Panasonic stating he got a message from Rob, giving me a link, contacts and 
all the information needed to get the camera back to McAllen TX for repair. 
While the GH4 was being shipped overnight to McAllen, Rob and Robert were 
discussing the potential solutions with the engineering staff at Panasonic, I 
was included. Rob contacted me explaining the problem in detail. Within an hour 
of the delivery time I received an email from Jamie Ramirez Supervisor of 
Panasonic factory service; telling me the details of their procedures. Shortly 
I received a memo from Ruben Silva who CC everyone mentioned explaining what 
the solution and that the replacement part was available, stating that the 
camera was on the way back to me, second day. This customer service is 
exemplary. The only thing that could be improved would be the invention and use 
of a teleportation device to ship the camera, said tongue in cheek. Roy Halpin 
NE Florida 

 

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Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Tom Berriman tom.berriman AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:27:45 +0000 (UTC)
blackpoll AT charter.net
 From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" 
 

 To: "digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com"  
 Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:11 PM
 Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 
24, 2015 in Titusville, FL 

   
  Yes, Steve, sunrise to 9am.   East Coast will be 8am to Noon.    You can 
get us some desert species in Henderson, and maybe a Burrowing Owl! 


Clay TaylorCalallen (Corpus Christi) TXClay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
Sent from my iPad
On Nov 20, 2014, at 6:36 PM, 'Steve Sosensky' steve AT optics4birding.com 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 



   I'll be attending the SHOT Show, but would love to participate in the 
Blitz. Hopefully, the west coast will be in sunlight during the 4-hour window. 
     Good viewing,  Steve Sosensky, 
VPOptics4Birdingwww.Optics4Birding.comPhone: 949-360-6789Toll Free: 
877-674-2473           
 From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:05 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 
2015 in Titusville, FL   



Hi all –  Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the 
details, but please make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting 
from January 20 to 24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in 
Titusville, Florida.      Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and 
Swarovski Optik Austria, the event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of 
what equipment you use.  This will be the first time that you can attend a 
gathering of top digiscopers and finally meet the personalities behind the 
gorgeous images we see posted online.  Anticipated attendees include – Neil 
Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen 
Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and Robert Wilson.   More names to 
come…. We hope you can make it!  Registration will be through the Space 
Coast Festival website when it goes 
online.http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.phpThe 
World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free access 
to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within the 
SCBWF.  The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting 
attendees –Tuesday, 1/20 – afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie 
Crossroads Restaurant with food and drink for Registered DigiscopersWed., 1/21 
– All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition – teams of two shoot pretty pictures 
all day, anywhere in FLThurs., 1/22 – Luncheon and Showcase – all teams 
show their best images and we vote on winners of categories Friday 1/23 – 
digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ 
and interested people can stop by and talk equipment, technique, etc.  Also, 
two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping – one for North America, 
the other Video, using images from the WDM attendeesSaturday 1/24 – The World 
Digiscoping Blitz – a 4-hour time block where digiscopers across the sunlit 
world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much any organism that moves, and 
post them to a social media site.  Goal = how many species worldwide can be 
digiscoped in a 4-hour period?                Also, Saturday 
afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping – one will be Europe, Africa, and 
Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife  More details -The Team Digiscoping 
Competition – All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.   Teams of two 
digiscopers each will shoot images (still and  / or video) everywhere they can 
in Florida.   The categories of competition will be:(1) Bird, (2) Non-Bird, 
(3) In the Air, (4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape, (5) Macro - Close Up & 
Personal, (6) Video - Short Clip (one sequence, no editing) (7) Video - 
Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)  Luncheon and Showcase – Each team 
submits that  morning a maximum of 10 images total, no more than two in any 
one category.  After lunch, all teams plus interested Festival attendees will 
view all the images and vote for the category winners.  Small prizes will be 
awarded to the winners. 

 The Art of Digiscoping – presentations showcasing our best images.  All WDM attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible talk about their images during the program.  The World Digiscoping Blitz – The Goal – how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can – birds, mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish!      More details to follow.  I hope to see you there!  Clay TaylorTOS Life MemberCalallen (Corpus Christi), TXClay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us       #yiv2522507284 #yiv2522507284 -- #yiv2522507284ygrp-mkp {border:1px solid #d8d8d8;font-family:Arial;margin:10px 0;padding:0 10px;}#yiv2522507284 #yiv2522507284ygrp-mkp hr {border:1px solid #d8d8d8;}#yiv2522507284 #yiv2522507284ygrp-mkp #yiv2522507284hd 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Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:35:43 +0530
Steve
        Sorry we won't see you in Florida. 
Neil

Sent from my iPhone

> On 21 Nov, 2014, at 8:15 am, 'Steve Sosensky' steve AT optics4birding.com 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> We'll be back in Orange County on Friday, but I can certainly get some west 
coast birds before we open at 10AM. Varied Thrushes are all over the place 
right now. 

>  
>  
>  
> Good viewing,
>  
> Steve Sosensky, VP
> Optics4Birding
> www.Optics4Birding.com
> Phone: 949-360-6789
> Toll Free: 877-674-2473
>         
>  
>  
> From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:12 PM
> To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 
24, 2015 in Titusville, FL 

>  
> 
> 
> 
> Yes, Steve, sunrise to 9am. East Coast will be 8am to Noon. You can get us 
some desert species in Henderson, and maybe a Burrowing Owl! 

> 
> Clay Taylor
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
>  
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Nov 20, 2014, at 6:36 PM, 'Steve Sosensky' steve AT optics4birding.com 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 

> 
>  
> I'll be attending the SHOT Show, but would love to participate in the Blitz. 
Hopefully, the west coast will be in sunlight during the 4-hour window. 

>  
>  
>  
> Good viewing,
>  
> Steve Sosensky, VP
> Optics4Birding
> www.Optics4Birding.com
> Phone: 949-360-6789
> Toll Free: 877-674-2473
>         
>  
>  
> From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

> Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:05 AM
> To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 
2015 in Titusville, FL 

>  
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Hi all –
>  
> Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but 
please make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 
20 to 24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, 
Florida. 

>  
>  
> Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the 
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This 
will be th e first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and 
finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. 
Anticipated attendees include – Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, 
Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and 
Robert Wilson. More names to come…. We hope you can make it! 

>  
> Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes 
online. 

> http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php
> The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free 
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within 
the SCBWF. 

>  
> The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees 
– 

> Tuesday, 1/20 – afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads 
Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers 

> Wed., 1/21 – All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition – teams of two shoot 
pretty pictures all day, an ywhere in FL 

> Thurs., 1/22 – Luncheon and Showcase – all teams show their best images 
and we vote on winners of categories 

> Friday 1/23 – digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands 
www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ and interested people can stop by and talk 
equipment, technique, etc. 

> Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping – one for North 
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees 

> Saturday 1/24 – The World Digiscoping Blitz – a 4-hour time block where 
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much 
any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many 
species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period? 

> Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping – one will be 
Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 

>  
> More details -
> The Team Digiscoping Competition – 
> All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will 
shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The 
categories of competition will be: 

> (1) Bird,
> (2) Non-Bird,
> (3) In the Air,
> (4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape,
> (5) Macro - Close Up & Personal,
> (6) Video - < /span>Short Clip (one sequence, no editing)
> (7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)
>  
> Luncheon and Showcase – Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 
images total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus 
interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the 
category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners.< /p> 

>  
> The Art of Digiscoping – presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM 
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible 
talk about their images during the program. 

>  
> The World Digiscoping Blitz –
> The Goal – how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?
> A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 
4pm to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the 
sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can – birds, 
mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to 
follow. 

>  
> I hope to see you there!
>  
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life M ember
> Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
>  
>  
>  
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: RE: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "'Steve Sosensky' steve AT optics4birding.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:45:37 -0800
We'll be back in Orange County on Friday, but I can certainly get some west 
coast birds before we open at 10AM. Varied Thrushes are all over the place 
right now. 


 

 

 

Good viewing,

 

Steve Sosensky, VP

Optics4Birding

  www.Optics4Birding.com

Phone: 949-360-6789

Toll Free: 877-674-2473

  
 
 


 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:12 PM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 
24, 2015 in Titusville, FL 


 






Yes, Steve, sunrise to 9am. East Coast will be 8am to Noon. You can get us some 
desert species in Henderson, and maybe a Burrowing Owl! 


Clay Taylor

Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX

Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us  

 

Sent from my iPad


On Nov 20, 2014, at 6:36 PM, 'Steve Sosensky' steve AT optics4birding.com 
 [digiscopingbirds] 
 > 
wrote: 


  

I'll be attending the SHOT Show, but would love to participate in the Blitz. 
Hopefully, the west coast will be in sunlight during the 4-hour window. 


 

 

 

Good viewing,

 

Steve Sosensky, VP

Optics4Birding

  www.Optics4Birding.com

Phone: 949-360-6789

Toll Free: 877-674-2473

   
 
   


 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:05 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com  
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 
2015 in Titusville, FL 


 







Hi all – 

 

Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but please 
make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 20 to 
24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, 
Florida. 


 

 

Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the 
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This 
will be th e first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and 
finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. 
Anticipated attendees include – Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, 
Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and 
Robert Wilson. More names to come…. We hope you can make it! 


 

Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes 
online. 


http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php

The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free 
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within 
the SCBWF. 


 

The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees –

Tuesday, 1/20 – afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads 
Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers 


Wed., 1/21 – All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition – teams of two shoot 
pretty pictures all day, an ywhere in FL 


Thurs., 1/22 – Luncheon and Showcase – all teams show their best images and 
we vote on winners of categories 


Friday 1/23 – digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands 
 
www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ and interested people can stop by and talk 
equipment, technique, etc. 


Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping – one for North 
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees 


Saturday 1/24 – The World Digiscoping Blitz – a 4-hour time block where 
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much 
any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many 
species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period? 


 Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping – one will be 
Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 


 

More details -

The Team Digiscoping Competition – 

All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will 
shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The 
categories of competition will be: 


(1) Bird, 

(2) Non-Bird, 

(3) In the Air, 

(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape, 

(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal, 

(6) Video - < /span>Short Clip (one sequence, no editing) 

(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)

 

Luncheon and Showcase – Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 images 
total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus 
interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the 
category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners.< /p> 


 

The Art of Digiscoping – presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM 
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible 
talk about their images during the program. 


 

The World Digiscoping Blitz – 

The Goal – how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?

A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm 
to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the 
sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can – birds, 
mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to 
follow. 


 

I hope to see you there!

 

Clay Taylor

TOS Life M ember

Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX

Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us   

 

 

 













Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:11:46 -0500
Yes, Steve, sunrise to 9am. East Coast will be 8am to Noon. You can get us some 
desert species in Henderson, and maybe a Burrowing Owl! 


Clay Taylor
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us

Sent from my iPad

On Nov 20, 2014, at 6:36 PM, 'Steve Sosensky' 
steve AT optics4birding.com [digiscopingbirds] 
> 
wrote: 



I'll be attending the SHOT Show, but would love to participate in the Blitz. 
Hopefully, the west coast will be in sunlight during the 4-hour window. 




Good viewing,

Steve Sosensky, VP
Optics4Birding
www.Optics4Birding.com
Phone: 949-360-6789
Toll Free: 877-674-2473
 
 
 



From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:05 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 
2015 in Titusville, FL 





Hi all –

Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but please 
make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 20 to 
24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, 
Florida. 



Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the 
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This 
will be th e first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and 
finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. 
Anticipated attendees include – Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, 
Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and 
Robert Wilson. More names to come…. We hope you can make it! 


Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes 
online. 

http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php
The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free 
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within 
the SCBWF. 


The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees –
Tuesday, 1/20 – afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads 
Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers 

Wed., 1/21 – All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition – teams of two shoot 
pretty pictures all day, an ywhere in FL 

Thurs., 1/22 – Luncheon and Showcase – all teams show their best images and 
we vote on winners of categories 

Friday 1/23 – digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands 
www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ 
and interested people can stop by and talk equipment, technique, etc. 

Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping – one for North 
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees 

Saturday 1/24 – The World Digiscoping Blitz – a 4-hour time block where 
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much 
any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many 
species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period? 

 Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping – one will be 
Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 


More details -
The Team Digiscoping Competition –
All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will 
shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The 
categories of competition will be: 

(1) Bird,
(2) Non-Bird,
(3) In the Air,
(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape,
(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal,
(6) Video - < /span>Short Clip (one sequence, no editing)
(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)

Luncheon and Showcase – Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 images 
total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus 
interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the 
category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners.< /p> 


The Art of Digiscoping – presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM 
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible 
talk about their images during the program. 


The World Digiscoping Blitz –
The Goal – how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?
A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm 
to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the 
sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can – birds, 
mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to 
follow. 


I hope to see you there!

Clay Taylor
TOS Life M ember
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us








Subject: RE: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "'Steve Sosensky' steve AT optics4birding.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:04:58 -0800
I'll be attending the SHOT Show, but would love to participate in the Blitz.
Hopefully, the west coast will be in sunlight during the 4-hour window. 

 

 

 

Good viewing,

 

Steve Sosensky, VP

Optics4Birding

  www.Optics4Birding.com

Phone: 949-360-6789

Toll Free: 877-674-2473

 

 

 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:05 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24,
2015 in Titusville, FL

 






Hi all - 

 

Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but
please make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from
January 20 to 24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in
Titusville, Florida.   

 

 

Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use.
This will be the first time that you can attend a gathering of top
digiscopers and finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we
see posted online.  Anticipated attendees include - Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka,
Jorg Kretzschmar, Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes,
Clay Taylor, and Robert Wilson.   More names to come.. We hope you can make
it!

 

Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes
online.

http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php

The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within
the SCBWF.

 

The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees -

Tuesday, 1/20 - afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads
Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers

Wed., 1/21 - All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition - teams of two shoot
pretty pictures all day, anywhere in FL

Thurs., 1/22 - Luncheon and Showcase - all teams show their best images and
we vote on winners of categories 

Friday 1/23 - digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands

www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ and interested people can stop by and
talk equipment, technique, etc.  

Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping - one for North
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees

Saturday 1/24 - The World Digiscoping Blitz - a 4-hour time block where
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty
much any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site.  Goal =
how many species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period?

                Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping -
one will be Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 

 

More details -

The Team Digiscoping Competition - 

All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.   Teams of two digiscopers each will
shoot images (still and  / or video) everywhere they can in Florida.   The
categories of competition will be:

(1) Bird, 

(2) Non-Bird, 

(3) In the Air, 

(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape, 

(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal, 

(6) Video - Short Clip (one sequence, no editing) 

(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)

 

Luncheon and Showcase - Each team submits that  morning a maximum of 10
images total, no more than two in any one category.  After lunch, all teams
plus interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the
category winners.  Small prizes will be awarded to the winners.

 

The Art of Digiscoping - presentations showcasing our best images.  All WDM
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible
talk about their images during the program. 

 

The World Digiscoping Blitz - 

The Goal - how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?

A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time,
4pm to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout
the sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can - birds,
mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish!      More
details to follow.

 

I hope to see you there!

 

Clay Taylor

TOS Life Member

Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX

Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us   

 

 

 







Subject: Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it !
From: "roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Nov 2014 03:30:51 -0800
Clay great explanation. I want to add a little logic to the reason. Tooling is 
changed when any product from any manufacture is discontinued. When the 
existing part supply is exhausted what is a manufacture to do? The best way a 
consumer can protect themselves with a lifetime warranty is to keep your 
products current. Sell the old and buy the new. Roy Halpin FLA 
Subject: Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it !
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:43:43 -0500
Hi all -

I have no part in this conversation other then to comment on what any 
manufacturer means by "lifetime". It has nothing to do with how long the owner 
continues breathing - if that were the case, every product purchased would be 
registered to a two year-old baby...... 


It refers to the PRODUCT LIFETIME - how long that specific product is still 
being made. After a product has been discontinued, its "life" is over, and the 
manufacturer can then decide how to proceed with warranties and repairs. 


Clay Taylor
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us

Sent from my iPad

On Nov 16, 2014, at 7:16 AM, roy.halpin AT gmail.com 
[digiscopingbirds] 
> 
wrote: 




Aris that is well put. We all must understand that all warranties are different 
between companies. All Customer Service policies are different. If one were to 
read the "lifetime Warranty" one would find many statements that protect the 
manufacture and not the consumer. Dave this is a tough lesson, I wish you 
success. 



Subject: Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it !
From: "roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 04:16:47 -0800
Aris that is well put. We all must understand that all warranties are different 
between companies. All Customer Service policies are different. If one were to 
read the "lifetime Warranty" one would find many statements that protect the 
manufacture and not the consumer. Dave this is a tough lesson, I wish you 
success. 
Subject: Re: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it !
From: "Aris Houwing aris.houwing AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:59:40 +0100
Dave,

I'm sorry but I don't really agree with you. An eyepiece is something
different than a scope-body. Professional body's are usually waterproof,
weather sealed and filled with gas and if there is one, that is where the
lifetime guarantee is for. Eyepieces are used much more intensively and I
can understand why a company won't give a lifetime guarantee on it. Kowa
doesn't either. The communication about the receipt makes sense because it
told them it was older than five years. They might have said that right
away, it would have saved you the time to search for it, other than that it
looks like normal business to me.

About the other example: Why did Leica refuse to repair it? What had
happened to the scope?

It looks like you are a bit frustrated about Leica and I don't think that
is completely legit.

Aris

2014-11-14 14:29 GMT+01:00 davehickson_1 AT hotmail.com [digiscopingbirds] <
digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com>:

>
>
> I live in England and have a leica APO 77 scope that I was using for
> digiscoping before changing over to Swarovski. The eyecup which is
> basically just a small piece of plastic tube had fallen off into water and
> was lost. I sent the eyepiece off to be repaired under the "lifetime"
> warranty.  I got a reply back from Leica saying that to repair the eyepiece
> was going to cost £100 sterling (aprox $160 US ). They said the guarantee
> was not valid without a receipt.So after much searching  I managed to find
> the receipt and the camera shop sent off a copy. Today I have just had
> another reply  from Leica saying that because I bought the eyepiece 8 years
> ago the guarantee was invalid as it was only for 5 years on eyepieces. If
> you buy a telescope with a lifetime guarantee you expect the eyepiece to be
> classed as a part of the telescope. What terrible customer service from
> leica ! and what an extortionate fee for replacing a piece of plastic.
> Telescope purchasers be warned . I am refusing to pay this and have asked
> that they send back my eyepiece.
>
>
> A bird guide  friend in Costa Rica found that his Leica scope had algae
> growing inside it. He got someone to send it back to leica from   within
> the USA and he later  heard that Leica had refused to repair it. Almost all
> of the bird guides in Costa Rica now use Swarovski scopes and I know
> several that have been really happy with repairs etc and Swarovski customer
> service seems to be way superior to Leica.
>
>  
>
Subject: Leica APO 77 scope customer service or lack of it !
From: "davehickson_1 AT hotmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Nov 2014 05:29:49 -0800
I live in England and have a leica APO 77 scope that I was using for 
digiscoping before changing over to Swarovski. The eyecup which is basically 
just a small piece of plastic tube had fallen off into water and was lost. I 
sent the eyepiece off to be repaired under the "lifetime" warranty. I got a 
reply back from Leica saying that to repair the eyepiece was going to cost 
£100 sterling (aprox $160 US ). They said the guarantee was not valid without 
a receipt.So after much searching I managed to find the receipt and the camera 
shop sent off a copy. Today I have just had another reply from Leica saying 
that because I bought the eyepiece 8 years ago the guarantee was invalid as it 
was only for 5 years on eyepieces. If you buy a telescope with a lifetime 
guarantee you expect the eyepiece to be classed as a part of the telescope. 
What terrible customer service from leica ! and what an extortionate fee for 
replacing a piece of plastic. Telescope purchasers be warned . I am refusing to 
pay this and have asked that they send back my eyepiece. 

 

 A bird guide friend in Costa Rica found that his Leica scope had algae growing 
inside it. He got someone to send it back to leica from within the USA and he 
later heard that Leica had refused to repair it. Almost all of the bird guides 
in Costa Rica now use Swarovski scopes and I know several that have been really 
happy with repairs etc and Swarovski customer service seems to be way superior 
to Leica. 
Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Tom Berriman tom.berriman AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:27:16 +0000 (UTC)


I have also made a reservation for that week in Titusville. Will be good to 
meet you all : ) 





Tom Berriman


  
 From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" 
 

 To: "digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com"  
 Sent: Sunday, November 2, 2014 12:24 PM
 Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 
24, 2015 in Titusville, FL 

   
    

Awesome!

Clay TaylorSwarovski Optik N.A.Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 2, 2014, at 10:43 AM, Kevin Bolton kevinbolton56 AT yahoo.com 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 



    

Clay ,,,
Sounds great ,,, I can make it.
Kevin Bolton



  
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Subject: Re: Digest Number 4375
From: "Len Blumin Len.blumin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 19:33:29 -0800
Sounds like a great gathering. Sorry to miss it, as our annual Florida
visit will be in April 2015. From what many of my friends are doing you
should perhaps add a new category to your competition, namely "Best
Digiscoping Shots using a smart-phone".

Regards to all,
http://lenblumin.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/

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Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:24:50 -0500
Awesome!

Clay Taylor
Swarovski Optik N.A.
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX

Sent from my iPhone

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kevinbolton56 AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds] 
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Clay ,,,

Sounds great ,,, I can make it.

Kevin Bolton



Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Kevin Bolton kevinbolton56 AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:38:34 +0000 (UTC)
Clay ,,,
Sounds great ,,, I can make it.
Kevin Bolton
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Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "glenn AT gntnz.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Oct 2014 13:52:19 -0700
What a great opportunity!  Many thanks for those responsible for organizing. 

 I would love to attend. Presently I am fighting some shoulder problems, so it 
is uncertain if I will be able. Hoping for the best! 

 

 Glenn Kincaid
Subject: Re: new purchase.
From: "roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Oct 2014 19:18:14 -0700
Aris, They have some internal problems. Nothing to do with the quality of their 
gear. Roy 
Subject: RE: just a quick comment
From: "roy.halpin AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Oct 2014 19:13:41 -0700
Yep that was me 3 lens

Roy
Subject: RE: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:29:06 -0400
Awesome!! Juan (Dancing Western Grebes, DOY 2013) and I have met in California, 
but it will be great to see him again in FL. 



Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us



From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
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Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:03 PM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 
24, 2015 in Titusville, FL 



Dear group,

If a last minute emergency would prevent me from going, II'l be there, and I'll 
have the pleasure of meeting many of the fellow digiscopers I have heard in the 
years I've been digiscoping. 


Best regards,

Juan M. Benjumea

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:08 AM, "Clay Taylor 
clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
[digiscopingbirds]" 
> 
wrote: 



Neil is in, Jay Turberville wants to come, and we are trying to get Kowa to 
bring Paul Hackett over. Should be a blast! 


CT

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
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Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:54 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 
24, 2015 in Titusville, FL 



Looks good to me, to quote Steve Martin

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:04 AM, "Clay Taylor 
clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
[digiscopingbirds]" 
> 
wrote: 



Hi all –

Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but please 
make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 20 to 
24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, 
Florida. 



Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the 
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This 
will be the first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and 
finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. 
Anticipated attendees include – Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, 
Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and 
Robert Wilson. More names to come…. We hope you can make it! 


Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes 
online. 

http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php
The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free 
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within 
the SCBWF. 


The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees –
Tuesday, 1/20 – afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads 
Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers 

Wed., 1/21 – All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition – teams of two shoot 
pretty pictures all day, anywhere in FL 

Thurs., 1/22 – Luncheon and Showcase – all teams show their best images and 
we vote on winners of categories 

Friday 1/23 – digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands 
www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ 
and interested people can stop by and talk equipment, technique, etc. 

Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping – one for North 
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees 

Saturday 1/24 – The World Digiscoping Blitz – a 4-hour time block where 
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much 
any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many 
species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period? 

 Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping – one will be 
Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 


More details -
The Team Digiscoping Competition –
All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will 
shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The 
categories of competition will be: 

(1) Bird,
(2) Non-Bird,
(3) In the Air,
(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape,
(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal,
(6) Video - Short Clip (one sequence, no editing)
(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)

Luncheon and Showcase – Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 images 
total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus 
interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the 
category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners. 


The Art of Digiscoping – presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM 
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible 
talk about their images during the program. 


The World Digiscoping Blitz –
The Goal – how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?
A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm 
to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the 
sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can – birds, 
mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to 
follow. 


I hope to see you there!

Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us







Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Juan Benjumea benjumea AT sbcglobal.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:02:54 -0700
Dear group,

If a last minute emergency would prevent me from going, II'l be there, and I'll 
have the pleasure of meeting many of the fellow digiscopers I have heard in the 
years I've been digiscoping. 


Best regards,

Juan M. Benjumea


On Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:08 AM, "Clay Taylor 
clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" 
 wrote: 

 


  
Neil is in, Jay Turberville wants to come, and we are trying to get Kowa to 
bring Paul Hackett over. Should be a blast! 

 
CT
 
From:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:54 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 
24, 2015 in Titusville, FL 

 
  
Looks good to me, to quote Steve Martin
 
On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:04 AM, "Clay Taylor 
clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" 
 wrote: 

 
 
Hi all – 
 
Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but please 
make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 20 to 
24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, 
Florida. 

 
 
Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the 
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This 
will be the first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and 
finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. 
Anticipated attendees include – Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, 
Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and 
Robert Wilson. More names to come…. We hope you can make it! 

 
Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes 
online. 

http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php
The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free 
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within 
the SCBWF. 

 
The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees –
Tuesday, 1/20– afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads 
Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers 

Wed., 1/21– All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition – teams of two shoot 
pretty pictures all day, anywhere in FL 

Thurs., 1/22– Luncheon and Showcase – all teams show their best images and 
we vote on winners of categories 

Friday 1/23– digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands 
www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ and interested people can stop by and talk 
equipment, technique, etc. 

Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping – one for North 
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees 

Saturday 1/24– The World Digiscoping Blitz – a 4-hour time block where 
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much 
any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many 
species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period? 

 Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping – one will be 
Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 

 
More details -
The Team Digiscoping Competition– 
All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will 
shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The 
categories of competition will be: 

(1) Bird, 
(2) Non-Bird, 
(3) In the Air, 
(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape, 
(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal, 
(6) Video - Short Clip (one sequence, no editing) 
(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)
 
Luncheon and Showcase – Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 images 
total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus 
interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the 
category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners. 

 
The Art of Digiscoping – presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM 
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible 
talk about their images during the program. 

 
The World Digiscoping Blitz – 
The Goal – how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?
A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm 
to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the 
sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can – birds, 
mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to 
follow. 

 
I hope to see you there!
 
Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
 
 
 
 
 
Subject: RE: just a quick comment
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:26:43 -0400
I agree - how many Canon 50mm f/1.8 lenses did you destroy? I know one fellow 
that killed 3 before buying the Canon 50mm f/1.4 L-series lens at $400. 



Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us



From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:21 AM
To: Digiscopingbirds
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] just a quick comment


I do not believe that any camera company would recommend hanging the weight of 
any camera off the filter thread of the lens. Find a support system. 

Subject: Re: new purchase.
From: "Aris Houwing aris.houwing AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:25:25 +0100
Hey Roy,

Looks like a killer setup! Problems at Kowa USA? What problems?

Aris Houwing
www.flickr.com/wing73

2014-10-30 16:16 GMT+01:00 Roy Halpin royhalpin AT yahoo.com
[digiscopingbirds] :

>
>
> I now have all the photo gear I need for a while.  I will receive from
> Hunt Photo in MA tomorrow a box containing a GH4, A Lumix 100-300 lens. a
> 14-140 Lumix lens amd UV filters for both.  I also purchases two 16 gig
> flash cards,fast ones and two Wasabi Batteries with Charger.  I contacted
> the nice people in Germany and purchases a Tripod Collar for the 100-300
> lens.  Start up plans is the my GX7 will pair up with the 14-140 and the
> 100-300.  My new GH4 will pair up with my Digidapter and my 20mm pancake
> lens.  Even though Kowa USA is having problems I will still use my Kowa 884
> as my primary scope.  The future looks bright.
>
> The national parks are now requiring  a Permit to take people hiking,
> birding and  on a photo shoot in parts of the everglades.  Since I will be
> doing some work with MJ  Attong and Everglades Nature Tours the permit is
> required.  Taking the class next week.  This stuff is in my blood.  I
> planned to be in Texas net week, won't make it.
>
> Roy Halpin
> Fruitland Crossroads, FLA
>
>  
>
Subject: just a quick comment
From: "Roy Halpin royhalpin AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:21:15 -0700
I do not believe that any camera company would recommend hanging the weight of 
any camera off the filter thread of the lens. Find a support system. 
Subject: new purchase.
From: "Roy Halpin royhalpin AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:16:44 -0700
I now have all the photo gear I need for a while. I will receive from Hunt 
Photo in MA tomorrow a box containing a GH4, A Lumix 100-300 lens. a 14-140 
Lumix lens amd UV filters for both. I also purchases two 16 gig flash 
cards,fast ones and two Wasabi Batteries with Charger. I contacted the nice 
people in Germany and purchases a Tripod Collar for the 100-300 lens. Start up 
plans is the my GX7 will pair up with the 14-140 and the 100-300. My new GH4 
will pair up with my Digidapter and my 20mm pancake lens. Even though Kowa USA 
is having problems I will still use my Kowa 884 as my primary scope. The future 
looks bright. 



The national parks are now requiring a Permit to take people hiking, birding 
and on a photo shoot in parts of the everglades. Since I will be doing some 
work with MJ Attong and Everglades Nature Tours the permit is required. Taking 
the class next week. This stuff is in my blood. I planned to be in Texas net 
week, won't make it. 


Roy Halpin
Fruitland Crossroads, FLA
Subject: RE: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:08:15 -0400
Neil is in, Jay Turberville wants to come, and we are trying to get Kowa to 
bring Paul Hackett over. Should be a blast! 


CT

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:54 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [digiscopingbirds] The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 
24, 2015 in Titusville, FL 



Looks good to me, to quote Steve Martin

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:04 AM, "Clay Taylor 
clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
[digiscopingbirds]" 
> 
wrote: 



Hi all –

Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but please 
make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 20 to 
24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, 
Florida. 



Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the 
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This 
will be the first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and 
finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. 
Anticipated attendees include – Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, 
Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and 
Robert Wilson. More names to come…. We hope you can make it! 


Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes 
online. 

http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php
The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free 
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within 
the SCBWF. 


The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees –
Tuesday, 1/20 – afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads 
Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers 

Wed., 1/21 – All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition – teams of two shoot 
pretty pictures all day, anywhere in FL 

Thurs., 1/22 – Luncheon and Showcase – all teams show their best images and 
we vote on winners of categories 

Friday 1/23 – digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands 
www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ 
and interested people can stop by and talk equipment, technique, etc. 

Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping – one for North 
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees 

Saturday 1/24 – The World Digiscoping Blitz – a 4-hour time block where 
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much 
any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many 
species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period? 

 Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping – one will be 
Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 


More details -
The Team Digiscoping Competition –
All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will 
shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The 
categories of competition will be: 

(1) Bird,
(2) Non-Bird,
(3) In the Air,
(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape,
(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal,
(6) Video - Short Clip (one sequence, no editing)
(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)

Luncheon and Showcase – Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 images 
total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus 
interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the 
category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners. 


The Art of Digiscoping – presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM 
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible 
talk about their images during the program. 


The World Digiscoping Blitz –
The Goal – how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?
A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm 
to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the 
sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can – birds, 
mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to 
follow. 


I hope to see you there!

Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us






Subject: Re: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Roy Halpin royhalpin AT yahoo.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:54:28 -0700
Looks good to me, to quote Steve Martin



On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:04 AM, "Clay Taylor 
clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" 
 wrote: 

 


 



Hi all – 
 
Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but please 
make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 20 to 
24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, 
Florida. 

 
 
Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the 
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This 
will be the first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and 
finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. 
Anticipated attendees include – Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, 
Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and 
Robert Wilson. More names to come…. We hope you can make it! 

 
Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes 
online. 

http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php
The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free 
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within 
the SCBWF. 

 
The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees –
Tuesday, 1/20 – afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads 
Restaurant with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers 

Wed., 1/21 – All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition – teams of two shoot 
pretty pictures all day, anywhere in FL 

Thurs., 1/22 – Luncheon and Showcase – all teams show their best images and 
we vote on winners of categories 

Friday 1/23 – digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands 
www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ and interested people can stop by and talk 
equipment, technique, etc. 

Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping – one for North 
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees 

Saturday 1/24 – The World Digiscoping Blitz – a 4-hour time block where 
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much 
any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many 
species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period? 

 Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping – one will be 
Europe, Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 

 
More details -
The Team Digiscoping Competition – 
All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will 
shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The 
categories of competition will be: 

(1) Bird, 
(2) Non-Bird, 
(3) In the Air, 
(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape, 
(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal, 
(6) Video - Short Clip (one sequence, no editing) 
(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)
 
Luncheon and Showcase – Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 images 
total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus 
interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the 
category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners. 

 
The Art of Digiscoping – presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM 
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible 
talk about their images during the program. 

 
The World Digiscoping Blitz – 
The Goal – how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?
A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm 
to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the 
sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can – birds, 
mammals, reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to 
follow. 

 
I hope to see you there!
 
Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
 
 
 

Subject: The World Digiscopers Meeting - January 20 - 24, 2015 in Titusville, FL
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:04:48 -0400
Hi all -

Well, it took longer than I had anticipated to finalize the details, but please 
make an effort to attend the 1st World Digiscopers Meeting from January 20 to 
24, 2015 at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, 
Florida. 



Sponsored by Swarovski Optik North America and Swarovski Optik Austria, the 
event is open to ALL Digiscopers, regardless of what equipment you use. This 
will be the first time that you can attend a gathering of top digiscopers and 
finally meet the personalities behind the gorgeous images we see posted online. 
Anticipated attendees include - Neil Fifer, Tara Tanaka, Jorg Kretzschmar, 
Kevin Bolton, Roy Halpin, Stephen Ingraham, Dale Forbes, Clay Taylor, and 
Robert Wilson. More names to come.... We hope you can make it! 


Registration will be through the Space Coast Festival website when it goes 
online. 

http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/maintenance.php
The World Digiscopers Meeting registration fee will give WDM attendees free 
access to all the WDM functions as well as to other selected programs within 
the SCBWF. 


The basic schedule for Registered 2015 World Digiscopers Meeting attendees -
Tuesday, 1/20 - afternoon / evening Meet & Greet at Dixie Crossroads Restaurant 
with food and drink for Registered Digiscopers 

Wed., 1/21 - All-Day Team Digiscoping Competition - teams of two shoot pretty 
pictures all day, anywhere in FL 

Thurs., 1/22 - Luncheon and Showcase - all teams show their best images and we 
vote on winners of categories 

Friday 1/23 - digiscopers set up at Blue Heron Wetlands 
www.nbbd.com/godo/BlueHeronWetlands/ 
and interested people can stop by and talk equipment, technique, etc. 

Also, two presentations entitled The Art of Digiscoping - one for North 
America, the other Video, using images from the WDM attendees 

Saturday 1/24 - The World Digiscoping Blitz - a 4-hour time block where 
digiscopers across the sunlit world SIMULTANEOUSLY shoot images of pretty much 
any organism that moves, and post them to a social media site. Goal = how many 
species worldwide can be digiscoped in a 4-hour period? 

 Also, Saturday afternoon, 2 more The Art of Digiscoping - one will be Europe, 
Africa, and Asia, the other one Cell Phone Wildlife 


More details -
The Team Digiscoping Competition -
All day on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Teams of two digiscopers each will 
shoot images (still and / or video) everywhere they can in Florida. The 
categories of competition will be: 

(1) Bird,
(2) Non-Bird,
(3) In the Air,
(4) Manmade, Weather & Landscape,
(5) Macro - Close Up & Personal,
(6) Video - Short Clip (one sequence, no editing)
(7) Video - Digiscoping Story (2 minutes maximum)

Luncheon and Showcase - Each team submits that morning a maximum of 10 images 
total, no more than two in any one category. After lunch, all teams plus 
interested Festival attendees will view all the images and vote for the 
category winners. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners. 


The Art of Digiscoping - presentations showcasing our best images. All WDM 
attendees are encouraged to submit their images and videos, and if possible 
talk about their images during the program. 


The World Digiscoping Blitz -
The Goal - how many species can be digiscoped worldwide in four hours?
A Four-Hour time frame (1pm to 5pm GMT, 8am to Noon Florida (Eastern) time, 4pm 
to 8pm on the Serengeti Plains, etc.) in which digiscopers throughout the 
sunlit world take digiscoped images of every animal they can - birds, mammals, 
reptiles & amphibians, insects, arachnids, even fish! More details to follow. 


I hope to see you there!

Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us


Subject: Videoclip with Leica 1.8 Extender, Bonelli`s Eagles in Andalusia, Spain
From: "Andreas Schulz-Benick Schulz-Benick AT gmx.de [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:50:35 +0100
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OC3WsqmwwA


hi all,
have a look at my youtube video with the new leica 1.8 extender, leica 
apo-televid 82 and sony rx100.

there is still heat haze near by the cliff since there is late evening 
sun. so not quite good to judge the quality of the 1.8 extender with 
this videoclip. my experience is however that without heathaze the view 
is quite sharp at 40x on the eyepiece and even good at 50x on the 
eyepiece. the contrast seems a bit lower than without the extender. 82 
mm scope diameter is a bit low. 95 mm would be better. the best time of 
the day for the extender is early morning when there is already enough 
light and not yet heat haze.

anybody else on the list who tried the extender ? other statements would 
be welcome.


best wishes,
andreas


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Subject: Re: Gx7 and DCA adaptor
From: "Keith Hamilton k11fpc AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:21:49 +0100
Thank you Tara, i will get on to that.... Keith

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM, 'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote:

>
>
> Keith,
>
>
>
> I used to use this thread reducer and the method described, and it took
> the last bit of vignetting away.  I’ve cut and pasted from an email I sent
> someone else in the past:
>
>
>
> I am now using a thread reducer from Photosolve.com
> :
>
>
>
> *Items Ordered:*
>
>
> 37mm Thread Converters
> ADAPTER_37
> Flat thread converters provide the equivalent of a step down ring from a
> larger size thread (outer) to 37mm (inner) with no additional thickness or
> separation. Used for connection to OpticZoom Digimount Xtend-a-Scope 37M
> and other similar applications.
>
> *  IN STOCK*
> Base price US$17.95
> Features/Options:
> *Thread Adapter* 46mm to 37mm thread adapter
> Quantity : 1
> Price : US$17.95
>
>
>
> As long as he’s using manual focus, there is something he can do
> immediately for free that will make the most difference; the thread reducer
> is just the icing on the cake.  Tell him to put the camera on MF and then
> turn the focus ring on the camera as far clockwise as it will go on the
> screen.  He will see a slider on the screen with infinity on the left and a
> macro symbol on the right when he starts turning it.  As he turns it toward
> macro the vignetting will go away by the time he gets all the way there.
> There will be a little shadowing, and possibly a couple of corner black
> pixels, but that should be all.  I remove the eye cup, it is not needed to
> protect the glass.
>
>
>
> Also tell him that the thread reducer has, well, less threads than the
> step up ring.  I used a tiny amount of LocTite Blue 242 from Lowes on the
> threads to secure the reducer on the Swaro adapter.  It’s so small it would
> be really hard to get off the lens if it got stuck on that side, and you
> want it to be secure as your precious GX1 is hanging off of it!
>
>
>
> Hope this solves your problem in the short run, however the Digidapter is
> insurance that will protect your camera and lens, so maybe that could be
> the next thing to save for.  Congratulations on your new gear.
>
>
>
> Tara
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
> http://vimeo.com/h2otara
>
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:
> digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com]
> *Sent:* Sunday, October 19, 2014 9:39 AM
> *To:* digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> *Subject:* [digiscopingbirds] Gx7 and DCA adaptor
>
>
>
>
>
> I am finally the proud owner of my new Panasonic GX7 with 20mm 1.7  lens,
> it has taken me a while but i got there in the end......... the problem is
> that i would like to use it with my swaro DCA and atm 80 like i did with
> the gx1 before i dropped and broke it. I ordered a step up ring as i knew
> the threads were different but i am getting a lot of vignetting, it seems
> to be the step up ring that is causing the problem, please can anyone
> advise me how to overcome this problem, ( Digidaptor is out of my price
> range) i wondered if there is a thread reducing bush out there which would
> allow me to use my 37mm ring off the DCA?      Keith....
>
>  
>
Subject: RE: Gx7 and DCA adaptor
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:28:39 -0400
Keith,

 

I used to use this thread reducer and the method described, and it took the 
last bit of vignetting away. I’ve cut and pasted from an email I sent someone 
else in the past: 


 

I am now using a thread reducer from Photosolve.com  :

 


Items Ordered:



37mm Thread Converters
ADAPTER_37
Flat thread converters provide the equivalent of a step down ring from a larger 
size thread (outer) to 37mm (inner) with no additional thickness or separation. 
Used for connection to OpticZoom Digimount Xtend-a-Scope 37M and other similar 
applications. IN STOCK 



Base price US$17.95
Features/Options:
Thread Adapter 46mm to 37mm thread adapter
Quantity : 1
Price : US$17.95

 

As long as he’s using manual focus, there is something he can do immediately 
for free that will make the most difference; the thread reducer is just the 
icing on the cake. Tell him to put the camera on MF and then turn the focus 
ring on the camera as far clockwise as it will go on the screen. He will see a 
slider on the screen with infinity on the left and a macro symbol on the right 
when he starts turning it. As he turns it toward macro the vignetting will go 
away by the time he gets all the way there. There will be a little shadowing, 
and possibly a couple of corner black pixels, but that should be all. I remove 
the eye cup, it is not needed to protect the glass. 


 

Also tell him that the thread reducer has, well, less threads than the step up 
ring. I used a tiny amount of LocTite Blue 242 from Lowes on the threads to 
secure the reducer on the Swaro adapter. It’s so small it would be really 
hard to get off the lens if it got stuck on that side, and you want it to be 
secure as your precious GX1 is hanging off of it! 


 

Hope this solves your problem in the short run, however the Digidapter is 
insurance that will protect your camera and lens, so maybe that could be the 
next thing to save for. Congratulations on your new gear. 


 

Tara

  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds 


  http://vimeo.com/h2otara

  
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368 


 

 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 9:39 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Gx7 and DCA adaptor

 

  

I am finally the proud owner of my new Panasonic GX7 with 20mm 1.7 lens, it has 
taken me a while but i got there in the end......... the problem is that i 
would like to use it with my swaro DCA and atm 80 like i did with the gx1 
before i dropped and broke it. I ordered a step up ring as i knew the threads 
were different but i am getting a lot of vignetting, it seems to be the step up 
ring that is causing the problem, please can anyone advise me how to overcome 
this problem, ( Digidaptor is out of my price range) i wondered if there is a 
thread reducing bush out there which would allow me to use my 37mm ring off the 
DCA? Keith.... 



Subject: Gx7 and DCA adaptor
From: "k11fpc AT gmail.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 06:39:05 -0700
I am finally the proud owner of my new Panasonic GX7 with 20mm 1.7 lens, it has 
taken me a while but i got there in the end......... the problem is that i 
would like to use it with my swaro DCA and atm 80 like i did with the gx1 
before i dropped and broke it. I ordered a step up ring as i knew the threads 
were different but i am getting a lot of vignetting, it seems to be the step up 
ring that is causing the problem, please can anyone advise me how to overcome 
this problem, ( Digidaptor is out of my price range) i wondered if there is a 
thread reducing bush out there which would allow me to use my 37mm ring off the 
DCA? Keith.... 
Subject: RE: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ?
From: "Andreas Schulz-Benick Schulz-Benick AT gmx.de [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2014 23:13:39 +0200
thanks very much to tara, jay and neil fot your thprough conzributions ! 
i'll keep using avchd 50p with my sony prx100. i'm presently in andalusia/spain 
and had some nice viewing and videoscoping of bonelli's eagles, albeit at a 
great distance. i had a leica1.8 extender with me for great distance 
videoscoping. i will post 70x and 90x footages on youtube when i'm back.camera 
fully zoomed. 

best wishes, andreas 

"'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 schrieb: 


>  
>
>Andreas,
>
>I looked up the specs for your camera, and it gave the different resolutions, 
and also said .mp4 and AVCHD, but didn’t say which resolutions were available 
in each format.  I’m not sure about the p50.  Are you asking if using 50fps 
is an advantage over 60fps? 

>
>Tara
>
>http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
>http://vimeo.com/h2otara
>
>http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>
> 
>
> 
>
> 
>
>From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

>Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 3:38 AM
>To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
>Subject: RE: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with 
AVCHD or MP4 respectively ? 

>
> 
>
>  
>
>thanks tara for your statement. mp4is so strongly compressed, that i thought 
avchd had better image quality. p50 is an advantage of avchd over mp4, isn't it 
? 

>best wishes, andreas
>
>"'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 schrieb: 

>
>  
>
>Andreas,
>
> 
>
>I only use .MOV which would be equivalent to the highest quality .mp4 for 
video.  AVCHD lets you record long videos, but the quality isn’t as good as 
.mp4 or .mov. 

>
> 
>
>Tara
>
>http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
>http://vimeo.com/h2otara
>
>http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>
> 
>
> 
>
> 
>
>From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

>Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 6:10 PM
>To: digiscopingbirds
>Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or 
MP4 respectively ? 

>
> 
>
>  
>
>hi all and especially neil,
>
>do you see a difference in video quality with avchd and mp4 respectively ? mp4 
needs much less storing place on the sd-card, so i do it prefer the last months 
on my sony rx100 but never made side by side video quality controls. 

>i do videoscoping of raptors at large distances ( 300-800m), so i want best 
quality as possible at that distance. i know about disturbing effects of heat 
glimmer and air distortion. 

>
>greetings,
>andreas
>
>
>
>
>Diese E-Mail ist frei von Viren und Malware, denn der avast! Antivirus Schutz 
ist aktiv. 

>
> 
>
>
>
> 
Subject: Re: Re: iPhone 6 and 6+ for digiscoping?
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:49:24 -0400
Neil -

Use a Bluetooth shutter release for the iPhone - it will allow you to fire off 
burst sequences that the headphone control will not do. Totally hands-off, so 
no tugging effect from the headset. I love mine from PhoneSkope. 


Clay Taylor
Swarovski Optik N.A.
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 4, 2014, at 6:47 PM, Neil Fifer 
neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds] 
> 
wrote: 




I haven't tested the iPhone 6 on the scope yet ( my wife has hers under lock 
and key). I tried to buy one in the Apple Store in Mission Valley, CA but they 
insisted I take a plan. I'll wait till I get back back to HK. 

To overcome any vibration from Digiscoping with the iPhone you would be better 
off triggering the shutter from your headset. You need one with a Pause/+- 
control. Of course the headset doesn't need to be on your head. 

Off to Laguna Niguel tomorrow and will try and photograph hummingbirds with the 
Canon SX60 (although after Stephens recent review I should have got the Sony 
400hs) 

Neil

Sent from my iPhone

On 3 Oct, 2014, at 2:16 pm, Clay Taylor 
clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
[digiscopingbirds] 
> 
wrote: 


I have not been able to get my hands on either phone, but since they both have 
the same sensor and processor, my gut feeling is that the digital stabilization 
on the 6 would work better for digiscoping than the optical stabilization on 
the 6+. However, that remains to be proven. 


Weight can always be compensated for with a balance rail.

Clay Taylor
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us

Sent from my iPad

On Oct 3, 2014, at 8:11 PM, 
d-mcmullen AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds] 
> 
wrote: 




Paul,
Thanks for the tip about the Clearviewer. For now I'm not struggling too badly 
even without glasses, so I'll tough it out with my bifocals! 


Neil or Clay,
Any word on whether the 6 really does work better than the 6 plus as far as 
image stablization? Seems like the smaller phone would be a little less awkward 
hanging off the eyepiece, but maybe that's not an issue. 


Thanks.

Dave


Subject: Re: Re: iPhone 6 and 6+ for digiscoping?
From: "Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:47:46 -0700
I haven't tested the iPhone 6 on the scope yet ( my wife has hers under lock 
and key). I tried to buy one in the Apple Store in Mission Valley, CA but they 
insisted I take a plan. I'll wait till I get back back to HK. 

To overcome any vibration from Digiscoping with the iPhone you would be better 
off triggering the shutter from your headset. You need one with a Pause/+- 
control. Of course the headset doesn't need to be on your head. 

Off to Laguna Niguel tomorrow and will try and photograph hummingbirds with the 
Canon SX60 (although after Stephens recent review I should have got the Sony 
400hs) 

Neil

Sent from my iPhone

> On 3 Oct, 2014, at 2:16 pm, Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> I have not been able to get my hands on either phone, but since they both 
have the same sensor and processor, my gut feeling is that the digital 
stabilization on the 6 would work better for digiscoping than the optical 
stabilization on the 6+. However, that remains to be proven. 

> 
> Weight can always be compensated for with a balance rail. 
> 
> Clay Taylor
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Oct 3, 2014, at 8:11 PM, d-mcmullen AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds] 
 wrote: 

>> 
>> Paul,
>> Thanks for the tip about the Clearviewer. For now I'm not struggling too 
badly even without glasses, so I'll tough it out with my bifocals! 

>> 
>> Neil or Clay,
>> Any word on whether the 6 really does work better than the 6 plus as far as 
image stablization? Seems like the smaller phone would be a little less awkward 
hanging off the eyepiece, but maybe that's not an issue. 

>> 
>> Thanks.
>> 
>> Dave
>> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ?
From: "Neil Fifer neilfif11 AT yahoo.com.au [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 19:15:33 -0700
Andreas,
 I always shoot with the best quality I can, so with the Sony it's the PS AVCHD 
at 28 mpbs. If you are wanting to slow down the action later then 60/50fps 
(US/Europe) is the way to go . If the subjects are still or very slow moving 
then 30/25fps is better . 

I don't know about the pc as I use Macs but I wouldn't expect it to look any 
different. Most video should get a little Sharpen in post processing (FCP X can 
do this). 

Neil
On 3 Oct, 2014, at 2:58 pm, Andreas Schulz-Benick Schulz-Benick AT gmx.de 
[digiscopingbirds]  wrote: 


> 
> 
> tara, i thought, that 50p framerate is fine for moving subjects, especilly if 
looking slow motion afterwards (neil mentioned this often). 

> i wanted to know, which video-setting is sharper on a good pc-monitor: .mp4 
or avchd on my sony rx100. 

> 
> regards, andreas
> 
> "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 schrieb: 

> 
>  se
> Andreas,
> 
> I looked up the specs for your camera, and it gave the different resolutions, 
and also said .mp4 and AVCHD, but didnt say which resolutions were available 
in each format. Im not sure about the p50. Are you asking if using 50fps is an 
advantage over 60fps? 

> 
> Tara
> 
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
> 
> http://vimeo.com/h2otara
> 
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

> Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 3:38 AM
> To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: RE: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with 
AVCHD or MP4 respectively ? 

> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> thanks tara for your statement. mp4is so strongly compressed, that i thought 
avchd had better image quality. p50 is an advantage of avchd over mp4, isn't it 
? 

> best wishes, andreas
> 
> "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 schrieb: 

> 
>  
> 
> Andreas,
> 
>  
> 
> I only use .MOV which would be equivalent to the highest quality .mp4 for 
video. AVCHD lets you record long videos, but the quality isnt as good as .mp4 
or .mov. 

> 
>  
> 
> Tara
> 
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
> 
> http://vimeo.com/h2otara
> 
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

> Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 6:10 PM
> To: digiscopingbirds
> Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD 
or MP4 respectively ? 

> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> hi all and especially neil,
> 
> do you see a difference in video quality with avchd and mp4 respectively ? 
mp4 needs much less storing place on the sd-card, so i do it prefer the last 
months on my sony rx100 but never made side by side video quality controls. 

> i do videoscoping of raptors at large distances ( 300-800m), so i want best 
quality as possible at that distance. i know about disturbing effects of heat 
glimmer and air distortion. 

> 
> greetings,
> andreas
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Diese E-Mail ist frei von Viren und Malware, denn der avast! Antivirus Schutz 
ist aktiv. 

> 
>  
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Need Jay's opinion RE: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ?
From: "jay AT studio522.com [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Oct 2014 18:16:36 -0700
Tara is correct. In this case it mostly comes down to the bitrate. While MP4 is 
technically a container format and could actually hold MPEG 1 or MPEG2 encoded 
video, it usually holds video encoded using h.264 and therefore is actually 
very similar to AVCHD hen it comes to quality issues. The main practical 
advantage of MP4 is that it is has greater general support in players and 
editors. It is actually a variation on the Quicktime container format. 


So if your software can deal with AVCHD easily, then go with the AVCHD for 
quality since that has the highest bitrate. I strongly encourage you to avoid 
any interlaced format. Those usually show an "i" after the number of scanlines 
as in 1080i vs. 1080p. Unless you have a specific reason for capturing 
interlaced video, it is generally best to avoid it. I won't go into the 
details, but having dealt with interlaced NTSC video for nearly 20 years, I've 
come to almost despise it. 



Jay
 
Subject: Need Jay's opinion RE: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ?
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:03:55 -0400
Andreas,

 

My understanding is that AVCHD is more compressed than .mp4, however looking at 
the specs for your camera, you have these choices for video: 


AVCHD: 28M PS (1920x1080, 60p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 60i ) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 
60i) MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 30 fps) / 3M VGA (640x480 30 fps) 


I think that the 28M, 24M, etc. are the bitrates of each mode in mb/s. If that 
is the case, then the first option (28mb/s) is more than twice the bitrate 
(data being stored) of the best MP4 (12mb/s), so with your camera I’d go with 
the AVCHD. 


Given the choice between AVCHD 1080p 60fps and MP4 1080p 60fps, I would say go 
with the MP4, but given the choices listed above for the RX100 I’d go with 
the AVCHD. You are correct that if you are planning on slowing the video down 
in post processing you should chose a higher frame rate. 


Tara

  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds 


  http://vimeo.com/h2otara

  
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368 


 

 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 5:59 PM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD 
or MP4 respectively ? 


 

  

tara, i thought, that 50p framerate is fine for moving subjects, especilly if 
looking slow motion afterwards (neil mentioned this often). 

i wanted to know, which video-setting is sharper on a good pc-monitor: .mp4 or 
avchd on my sony rx100. 


regards, andreas

"'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 schrieb: 


  

Andreas,

I looked up the specs for your camera, and it gave the different resolutions, 
and also said .mp4 and AVCHD, but didn’t say which resolutions were available 
in each format. I’m not sure about the p50. Are you asking if using 50fps is 
an advantage over 60fps? 


Tara

http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds

http://vimeo.com/h2otara

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 3:38 AM
To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD 
or MP4 respectively ? 


 

  

thanks tara for your statement. mp4is so strongly compressed, that i thought 
avchd had better image quality. p50 is an advantage of avchd over mp4, isn't it 
? 

best wishes, andreas

"'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 schrieb: 


  

Andreas,

 

I only use .MOV which would be equivalent to the highest quality .mp4 for 
video. AVCHD lets you record long videos, but the quality isn’t as good as 
.mp4 or .mov. 


 

Tara

http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds

http://vimeo.com/h2otara

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 

From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 6:10 PM
To: digiscopingbirds
Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or 
MP4 respectively ? 


 

  

hi all and especially neil,

do you see a difference in video quality with avchd and mp4 respectively ? mp4 
needs much less storing place on the sd-card, so i do it prefer the last months 
on my sony rx100 but never made side by side video quality controls. 

i do videoscoping of raptors at large distances ( 300-800m), so i want best 
quality as possible at that distance. i know about disturbing effects of heat 
glimmer and air distortion. 


greetings,
andreas





  _____  


  

Diese E-Mail ist frei von Viren und Malware, denn der avast! Antivirus 
 Schutz ist aktiv. 


 


Subject: RE: Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or MP4 respectively ?
From: "Andreas Schulz-Benick Schulz-Benick AT gmx.de [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:58:54 +0200
tara, i thought, that 50p framerate is fine for moving subjects, especilly if 
looking slow motion afterwards (neil mentioned this often). 

i wanted to know, which video-setting is sharper on a good pc-monitor: .mp4 or 
avchd on my sony rx100. 


regards, andreas

"'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 schrieb: 


>  
>
>Andreas,
>
>I looked up the specs for your camera, and it gave the different resolutions, 
and also said .mp4 and AVCHD, but didn’t say which resolutions were available 
in each format.  I’m not sure about the p50.  Are you asking if using 50fps 
is an advantage over 60fps? 

>
>Tara
>
>http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
>http://vimeo.com/h2otara
>
>http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>
> 
>
> 
>
> 
>
>From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

>Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 3:38 AM
>To: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com
>Subject: RE: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with 
AVCHD or MP4 respectively ? 

>
> 
>
>  
>
>thanks tara for your statement. mp4is so strongly compressed, that i thought 
avchd had better image quality. p50 is an advantage of avchd over mp4, isn't it 
? 

>best wishes, andreas
>
>"'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds]" 
 schrieb: 

>
>  
>
>Andreas,
>
> 
>
>I only use .MOV which would be equivalent to the highest quality .mp4 for 
video.  AVCHD lets you record long videos, but the quality isn’t as good as 
.mp4 or .mov. 

>
> 
>
>Tara
>
>http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
>http://vimeo.com/h2otara
>
>http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>
> 
>
> 
>
> 
>
>From: digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:digiscopingbirds AT yahoogroups.com] 

>Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 6:10 PM
>To: digiscopingbirds
>Subject: [digiscopingbirds] Quality difference when videoscoping with AVCHD or 
MP4 respectively ? 

>
> 
>
>  
>
>hi all and especially neil,
>
>do you see a difference in video quality with avchd and mp4 respectively ? mp4 
needs much less storing place on the sd-card, so i do it prefer the last months 
on my sony rx100 but never made side by side video quality controls. 

>i do videoscoping of raptors at large distances ( 300-800m), so i want best 
quality as possible at that distance. i know about disturbing effects of heat 
glimmer and air distortion. 

>
>greetings,
>andreas
>
>
>
>
>Diese E-Mail ist frei von Viren und Malware, denn der avast! Antivirus Schutz 
ist aktiv. 

>
> 
>
>
>
> 
Subject: Re: Re: iPhone 6 and 6+ for digiscoping?
From: "Clay Taylor clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us [digiscopingbirds]" <digiscopingbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:16:38 -0400
I have not been able to get my hands on either phone, but since they both have 
the same sensor and processor, my gut feeling is that the digital stabilization 
on the 6 would work better for digiscoping than the optical stabilization on 
the 6+. However, that remains to be proven. 


Weight can always be compensated for with a balance rail.

Clay Taylor
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us

Sent from my iPad

On Oct 3, 2014, at 8:11 PM, 
d-mcmullen AT comcast.net [digiscopingbirds] 
> 
wrote: 




Paul,
Thanks for the tip about the Clearviewer. For now I'm not struggling too badly 
even without glasses, so I'll tough it out with my bifocals! 


Neil or Clay,
Any word on whether the 6 really does work better than the 6 plus as far as 
image stablization? Seems like the smaller phone would be a little less awkward 
hanging off the eyepiece, but maybe that's not an issue. 


Thanks.

Dave