Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read More.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Photography Talk by Genre Bird Talk
Thread started 30 May 2016 (Monday) 10:25
Prev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)

Can you identify this lens?

 
Aressem
Goldmember
Aressem's Avatar
Joined Dec 2009
Vancouver, BC
May 30, 2016 10:25 |  #1

Local police are now using these tricky tactics to bust distracted drivers, via the use of a pretty unique camera combo. I've never seen a lens quite like this though. Are any of you able to identify what it is?! Just curious, as they claim to be able to take photos of drivers at the wheel more than 1KM away!


IMAGE: http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2016/05/showing-length-of-scope1.jpg?quality=70&strip=all&w=800&h=520&crop=1

Ryan Mackay WEBSITE (external link) | FACEBOOK (external link) | GEAR LIST | Buy & Sell Feedback: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
jnecr
Member
jnecr's Avatar
Joined Sep 2015
Raleigh, NC
May 30, 2016 10:54 |  #2

Some sort of spotting scope with a camera attachment. Maybe somebody knows the exact model/focal length..


-John

LOG IN TO REPLY
Larry ­ Johnson
Goldmember
Larry Johnson's Avatar
1,189 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Joined Sep 2011
Virginia
May 30, 2016 11:09 |  #3

Aressem wrote in post #18023634 (external link)
Local police are now using these tricky tactics to bust distracted drivers, via the use of a pretty unique camera combo. I've never seen a lens quite like this though. Are any of you able to identify what it is?! Just curious, as they claim to be able to take photos of drivers at the wheel more than 1KM away!


QUOTED IMAGE


Uh, maybe a Vortex. Possibly Diamondback, angled.


_______________
Ain't Nature Grand!
Shooting 7D2 with Canon 400mm, f/5.6.
60D, canon 18-135 EFS, and 1.4 extender in the bag.
flickr (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
Beekeeper
Goldmember
Joined May 2010
Dayton, Ohio, United States
May 30, 2016 11:46 |  #4

Larry Johnson wrote in post #18023677 (external link)
Uh, maybe a Vortex. Possibly Diamondback, angled.

Yeah, Vortex spotting scope. Digiscoping has been around for quite a while now.


Zach--C&C is welcome on my photos
https://www.flickr.com​/photos/46367607@N06/ (external link)
7DI Body Gripped|7DII Gripped|EF 85mm1.8|EF 50mm1.4|EF 100mm2.8L IS Macro|EF-S 10-22mm|EF 400mm5.6L|430EXII|580E​XII

LOG IN TO REPLY
Aressem
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Aressem's Avatar
Joined Dec 2009
Vancouver, BC
May 30, 2016 11:48 |  #5

Beekeeper wrote in post #18023712 (external link)
Yeah, Vortex spotting scope. Digiscoping has been around for quite a while now.

What are these lenses generally used for?


Ryan Mackay WEBSITE (external link) | FACEBOOK (external link) | GEAR LIST | Buy & Sell Feedback: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

LOG IN TO REPLY
Beekeeper
Goldmember
Joined May 2010
Dayton, Ohio, United States
May 30, 2016 11:51 |  #6

Aressem wrote in post #18023722 (external link)
What are these lenses generally used for?

The're spotting scopes. Usually used for viewing wildlife at long distances, hunting, and long-range rifle competition.


Zach--C&C is welcome on my photos
https://www.flickr.com​/photos/46367607@N06/ (external link)
7DI Body Gripped|7DII Gripped|EF 85mm1.8|EF 50mm1.4|EF 100mm2.8L IS Macro|EF-S 10-22mm|EF 400mm5.6L|430EXII|580E​XII

LOG IN TO REPLY
Aressem
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Aressem's Avatar
Joined Dec 2009
Vancouver, BC
May 30, 2016 11:52 |  #7

Beekeeper wrote in post #18023725 (external link)
The're spotting scopes. Usually used for viewing wildlife at long distances, hunting, and long-range rifle competition.

So normally just for spotting things, not actually taking photos (although it looks like they CAN be used for taking photos?)...?


Ryan Mackay WEBSITE (external link) | FACEBOOK (external link) | GEAR LIST | Buy & Sell Feedback: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

LOG IN TO REPLY
hodad66
Member
hodad66's Avatar
88 posts
Joined Oct 2003
Indialantic, Florida
Post has been edited over 1 year ago by hodad66.
May 30, 2016 12:00 |  #8

One gentleman on Facebook does amazing work with a Kowa spotting
scope!!


Sony A7RII
Sony A7II
hodad66.com (external link)
My Flickr Site (external link)
:cool:

LOG IN TO REPLY
Beekeeper
Goldmember
Joined May 2010
Dayton, Ohio, United States
May 30, 2016 12:01 |  #9

Aressem wrote in post #18023728 (external link)
So normally just for spotting things, not actually taking photos (although it looks like they CAN be used for taking photos?)...?

Yeah, not normally used for photography, but there are adapters to make it possible, and some people are rather good at digiscoping.


Zach--C&C is welcome on my photos
https://www.flickr.com​/photos/46367607@N06/ (external link)
7DI Body Gripped|7DII Gripped|EF 85mm1.8|EF 50mm1.4|EF 100mm2.8L IS Macro|EF-S 10-22mm|EF 400mm5.6L|430EXII|580E​XII

LOG IN TO REPLY
jnecr
Member
jnecr's Avatar
Joined Sep 2015
Raleigh, NC
May 30, 2016 12:33 |  #10

Aressem wrote in post #18023728 (external link)
So normally just for spotting things, not actually taking photos (although it looks like they CAN be used for taking photos?)...?

There's even adapters that will allow iPhones and the like to be attached to the scope to take photos. IQ is decent from the photos that I've seen. But, I'm sure focus is a hard thing to achieve on anything but a stationary object.


-John

LOG IN TO REPLY
OhLook
Spiderwoman
OhLook's Avatar
15,279 posts
Gallery: 64 photos
Joined Dec 2012
California: SF Bay Area
May 30, 2016 13:18 |  #11

I can't find the bird in this image, unless it's a joke using British slang. Flagged the thread for a mod to move.


PRONOUN ADVISORY: OhLook is a she. | A FEW CORRECT SPELLINGS FOR YOU: lens, aperture, amateur, hobbyist, per se, raccoon, whoa, more so (2 wds.) | IMAGE EDITING OK

LOG IN TO REPLY
Aressem
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Aressem's Avatar
Joined Dec 2009
Vancouver, BC
May 30, 2016 14:07 |  #12

hodad66 wrote in post #18023742 (external link)
One gentleman on Facebook does amazing work with a Kowa spottig
scope!!

Would you mind sharing a link or info so that I can look him up?


Ryan Mackay WEBSITE (external link) | FACEBOOK (external link) | GEAR LIST | Buy & Sell Feedback: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

LOG IN TO REPLY
Aressem
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Aressem's Avatar
Joined Dec 2009
Vancouver, BC
May 30, 2016 14:07 |  #13

OhLook wrote in post #18023811 (external link)
I can't find the bird in this image, unless it's a joke using British slang. Flagged the thread for a mod to move.

My bad!


Ryan Mackay WEBSITE (external link) | FACEBOOK (external link) | GEAR LIST | Buy & Sell Feedback: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

LOG IN TO REPLY
CyberDyneSystems
Admin (type T-2000)
CyberDyneSystems's Avatar
47,809 posts
Gallery: 78 photos
Joined Apr 2003
Rhode Island USA
Post has been edited over 1 year ago by CyberDyneSystems.
May 30, 2016 14:14 |  #14

Aressem wrote in post #18023867 (external link)
My bad!

No problem, it was natural to ask birders at about long lenses. And the fact is that back when "Digiscoping" was popular, about 90% of the application was used for birding:)

The drawbacks of not using a camera lens are multiple;

No auto focus is the most obvious.

No ability to change aperture, so all exposure changes must be done via shutter speed and ISO adjustment.

Image quality is usually very different from a dedicated lens. but of course the quality of the spotting cope/telescope will vary just as it does with camera lenses. That said, you can gt some pretty terrible image quality form spotting scopes. Hard to find a real camera lens at made at such focl lengths that will be as bad. But again, with a good spotting scope like Kowa, Pentax, or at the HIGH end like Swarovski, you can be in very good shape.

Of course the advantage to a spotting scope is cost. Starting at around $400.00 and going up to a few thousand, they are even at the high end a good deal cheaper than say, a Canon 500mm f/4 :)


GEAR LIST
CDS' HOT LINKS
Jake Hegnauer Photography (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
hodad66
Member
hodad66's Avatar
88 posts
Joined Oct 2003
Indialantic, Florida
Jun 01, 2016 02:24 |  #15

Aressem wrote in post #18023866 (external link)
Would you mind sharing a link or info so that I can look him up?

sure...... https://www.facebook.c​om ...d=100005217128296&f​ref=ts (external link)


Sony A7RII
Sony A7II
hodad66.com (external link)
My Flickr Site (external link)
:cool:

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)

5,296 views & 5 likes for this thread
Can you identify this lens?
FORUMS Photography Talk by Genre Bird Talk


Not a member yet? Click here to register to the forums.
Registered members get all the features: search, following threads, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, settings, view hosted photos, own reviews and more...


AAA

Send feedback to staff    •   Jump to forum...    •   Rules    •   Index    •   New posts    •   RTAT    •   'Best of'    •   Gallery    •   Gear    •   Reviews    •   Polls

COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Privacy policy and cookie usage info.

POWERED BY AMASS 1.4version 1.4
made in Finland
by Pekka Saarinen
for photography-on-the.net
Spent 0.00105 for 4 database queries.
PAGE COMPLETED IN 0.05s
Latest registered member is Bruno Rosa
791 guests, 299 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 6430, that happened on Dec 03, 2017