Here is another great attachment for your spotting scope for those who prefer using their DSLR/DSL camera instead of a Point and Shoot. The above image is of the older system Leica APO Televid 77 Angled Scope system that I have. The scope is converted to an 800mm telephoto lens with the DSLR adapter attached. The current models sizes are 65mm or 82mm angled scopes for DSLR/DSL or previous post on Digiscope system. I would rather lower the center post on my tripod to get the right height and see through my camera, than to raise my center post to almost the end ( Not reccommend or advisable and not stable) for the straight scope. Plus the angled as I mentioned in a previous post on Spotting Scope Optics. The angled scope is great for the tropics. Both scopes will work well, but again I say to ask yourself “What and how will you be using the scope with what attachments and what feels the most comfortable for you.
The Leica APO-Televid spotting scopes can be transformed with the new 7-lens optical Leica DSLR adapter into a high quality telephoto lens. This adapter allows the use of digital and analogue system cameras from all major manufacturers with both Leica spotting scopes ( APO-Televid 82 and APO-Televid 65th ) With 800 mm focal length (based on the small format) the new photo-adapter will help you obtain impressive and detailed wildlife shots from a great distance.
Most of the spotting scope manufactures make a DSLR/DSL adapter. I just happen to have the Leica system and has served me well. Here are the most current Leica APO Scopes to the left and right for you to drool over. Leica APO Televid Angled Spotting Scopes
Thanks for this adapter information. I am relatively new to bird watching and just upgraded my binoculars to a Nikon Monarch. I’ve had my eye on a new Canon 5D or 6D body and a 400MM telephoto. I’ve got a spotting scope on my list, but its farther down.
Glad this article was helpful to you. Congrats on your new binocular upgrade. Nikon Monarch are truly a great step up and they will take you far. When you get to the stage of wanting to get a spotting scope feel free to contact me for any guidance I can help walk you through.As for your Camera and lens choices. This all depends on what you want to do with the lens you choose. I would suggest spending most of your $$$ on the lens first and get the best you can afford. There are several flavors in the line-up of 4OOMM’s. Prime lens or Zoom? Then choose your camera body. If you are at all picky & want a work horse and want room to grow into, then go for the EOS 5D Mark III. Here is another article I wrote under equipment that may help with additional thoughts to think about with both camera’s
and lens. https://kymry.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/camera-lens-navigation/ Hope this helps.