My Digiscoping Rig - 25 Dec 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. I've been spending this morning playing with the Sony Alpha a6300 APS-C Camera and Zeiss 4/16-70mm Zoom Lens. While listening to Mark Galer's Sony Alpha Series Master Classes on YouTube I decided to photograph the digiscoping rig nicely illuminated by the morning light. The above image is a composite of 6 images that were taken (hand-held) at f/4 after flex-spot focusing on the camera, digidaper, focusing ring, then Swarovski logo. The images were selected in Lightroom, then opened as layers in Photoshop. I then auto-aligned the images before auto-merging to create a sharp, focused image of the entire rig.

Swarovski STX85 with 25-60X Zoom Eyepiece.
Sony Alpha a7III Full-Frame Camera
Zeiss 2.8/35mm lens
Manfrotto 501HDV Video Head
Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Even though the a7III is the better of the two cameras the a6300 produces crazy-sharp images especially when the DMF mode is utilized to obtain magnified, critical focusing of the subject.
It helps when focusing through a single-pane window to photograph a Blue Jay in the yard.


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