cheap long telephoto for DSLR?

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  1. Anthony Hitchings

    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I have an old SWIFT 15-60x zoom spotting scope/telescope, built like a brick outhouse. They were used by the military back in the sixties. It uses T-mount system to mount cameras. I finally got around to testing it on a rock solid tripod and solid alt-az mount, using a fence grille as a target, in the distance. I hade to put my Nikon in live view mode to stop camera shake from mirror bounce. Sad to say its only a fair result at 15x and get softer and more purple as one goes up to 40x. Beyond that its getting too dark. So this scope won’t be used for photography.
     
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    I've got a couple lenses for my ancient Pentax SLR. I've been meaning to check to see if they will work on a DSLR even if only in manual mode. I miss having a decent camera, but have had other things (like a trailer...) I should spend money on first.
     
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    I shopped here pretty hard when I went looking for a DSLR last summer. Only an entry level unit. https://www.natcam.com/

    I found a Canon Kit setup on Target closeout with a long lens and a short lens, but I found the National Camera Exchange website helpful for what I should expect to pay, and lose, if buying my way into the artsy camera world IMG_1680.JPG
     
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    Any long zoom (150-600 or 200-500)
    By Sigma (stay with contemporary if weight is an issue, I use the Sport edition for build quality) Tamron or Nikon are all fine lenses that you'll be happy with.
     
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    I bough a walkin around lense zoom 300 MM for DSLR. I got a 2x lense a few years back before the full eclipse. I always had a heavy tripod. So a dark sun filters, remote and a camping spot in the center of longest total eclips. With 600 mm we endeded up with good great shots.
     
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    My Nikon AF-P 70-300 is a great medium tele for my DX format Nikon D3300 (with firmware upgrade). Easily hand-held with VR turned on. It does not accept a 2x converter. I still desire a longer solution for wildlife (such as Yellowstone wolves), but $$ and weight are a concern.
     
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    Weight can be an issue...but quality does come at a price my friend. As far as converters go. ....I would not use anything more than a 1.4x any converter degrads image quality. If you're shooting a DC body that 150-600 already becomes a 300-1200mm without a converter.
     
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    I also have a Celestron C90 "spotting scope" / telescope, with the T-mount system. It too needs the super stable tripod and mount combo. Totally not hand-holdable. I am still trying to get used to it. Its almost "more trouble than its worth" but I need to try again with the new alt-az mount.
     
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    So I did dig out He new alt-az mount, with the heavy tripod, and try my Nikon D3300 on the C90 at prime focus of 1200 mm. This reach is 4x what my Nikon 70-30 AF-P can do. It does capture more detail, but has to be on a tripod and the target needs to be still.
     

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