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Spotting scope vs Camera
Apr 30th, 2020 at 5:18pm
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Tossing up between buying a new spotting scope or committing to buying a decent camera set up. wondering if anyone has some advice and any recommendations.
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Re: Spotting scope vs Camera
Reply #1 - May 2nd, 2020 at 9:33pm
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a good camera will be as good as a good set of binos.....for spotting animals the binos are best.for taking photos of game the camera is best,for getting a better look at game you have found with binos....nothing beats a spotting scope....
if you after really good heads and pass up smaller ones the spotting scope will save your legs....if you happy with any animal,the spotting scope is surplus to requirements.
  
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Re: Spotting scope vs Camera
Reply #2 - May 3rd, 2020 at 10:58am
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Unless you are really fit, a spotting scope can be a real pain.  Once 'barren' topography will now be viewed as chokka full of donks, conveniently forgetting that all those donks are 2-3km away over gnarly terrain. A days work easy Shocked

I have taken some good pics of groups of animals @900m with the Swaro 80 power spotting scope, with a digital camera adaptor attached. mobs of 2-3 animals only just fill the screen Shocked
  
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Re: Spotting scope vs Camera
Reply #3 - Jun 7th, 2020 at 3:12am
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I think the idea he is after, is the possibility to zoom really close in, snap a picture of a bull, and have a better look at it?

In not familiar with the concept, as I run a Swaro HD 20-60x65 myself. Resonably light, and the tripod could double for use on the binos as well. I find that package holda up through some harsh weather and temps, and not battery reliant...

I have seen some guys on here doing the camera option, and Theyll probably chime in?

I think, no first hand experience though, that a camera will not reach as far out as the spotter, and it will probably have bigger light restrictions.

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Re: Spotting scope vs Camera
Reply #4 - Jun 22nd, 2020 at 2:30pm
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Look at this thread. Get the right camera and you don't need a spotting scope.
http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi?num=1552111957
  
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Re: Spotting scope vs Camera
Reply #5 - Jun 30th, 2020 at 8:13am
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Have a look at youtube reviews of Nikon b700 and p900.
I use the b700 as it's the smallest, at approx. 600 grams. 

"Get closer to the action with 60x optical zoom*1 and 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom*2 on the COOLPIX B700. Whether you are at a football game or on a hike, the 20.3-megapixel B700 captures crisp details in 4K ultra high-definition".

http://www.nikon.co.nz/en_NZ/product/digital-compact-cameras/bridge/coolpix-b700

I weighed up getting a Leica or similar, and then had a look at the B700.  It was lighter by a couple of kg's and takes great video or stills..

My hunting setup used to rely on a set of Leica Geovid 10x42 etc. Now, i just take the camera, and a Swaro 8x30 rangefinder.
  

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