The Samyang 14mm super wide angle for Pentax comes with a flower lens hood to avoid bothersome flares and reflections. Lenses with high quality anti-reflective UMC (Ultra coated layers) layers, a special treatment to reduce chromatic aberratoin to a minimum. The Promote Control from Promote Systems delivers very precise control over DSLR cameras to open up new creative possibilities. This device is like a Swiss Army Knife for photographers who want to get the most out of their DSLR cameras.
Rather than go into every single function of the Promote Control, I’m going to highlight its three most powerful features, which I believe merit the asking price themselves. As a landscape shooter, I mostly want corner to corner sharpness in my images and sometimes I’ll use focus stacking to achieve maximum sharpness throughout the frame. Here’s an example of a focus stacked shot with corner to corner focus using a mid range aperture. Of course, it can’t know exactly when the changes in light occur, you have to know in advance by casing your location the night before, and making a note of the sunset time. If three or five bracketed exposures simply aren’t enough to capture the dynamic range of your scene, how does 45 exposures sound? My other complaint is that the Promote Control is not compatible with mirrorless cameras like my Sony A7R. When you look at what the Promote Control does and the results that it achieves, there’s obviously a demand for this level of functionality. It turns out that my gripe about not being able to do focus stacking and HDR at the same time was unfounded. This looks great, but if you have a Canon I’d recommend looking into Magic Lantern first as it provides focus stacking and HDR bracketing built into the software.
The Promote automatically takes the lens back to the first focus, and then steps through at your setting choice until it shoots the final shot. We noticed that the article mentioned that the Promote Control doesn’t do HDR focus staking. TriggerTrap is a very cool mobile phone + dongle device with different capabilities than the Promote Control. I recently had to get a new cellphone because mine went swimming in a public toilet on the first day of my new job…fun day! I also want to make sure that you know about a FREE photography class that can help you with your family portraits this holiday season!
Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  Any purchases made through those links help this blog to keep on running! The Kowa TSN-DA10 digiscoping adapter  is no newbie in the digiscoping world – Kowa has always been at the forefront of digiscoping and the DA10  was a popular choice for digiscopers using compact cameras with fixed internal lenses when digiscoping was still in its infancy.
The Kowa TSN-DA10 is perfectly suited to the compact and lightweight Micro Four Thirds camera system bodies and Micro Four Third compact lenses up to 25mm focal length (full size) (50mm MFT equivalent).
Kowa believe digiscoping should be easy and affordable – The TSN-DA10 ticks both boxes.
You can easily switch from landscape to portrait position and quickly slide off for normal observation. CAUTION: The Kowa TSN-DA10 System works with all camera sensor body sizes but larger systems may exert too much stress on your lens filter thread.
Kowa accepts no responsibility or liability for any damage you may cause to your equipment when using our adapters.
Steve has been digiscoping for around twenty years, when he first started trying video cameras up against his scope to capture what he was seeing. I originally purchased my Kowa scope in August 2015 after comparing all the top scores at the BirdFair.
The extender is around an inch long, very lightweight at just 105 grams, and blends seamlessly on to the body of the scope. After just a couple of trips out leaving the extender on the scope I’d almost forgotten that it was there.
Once you have attached the extender the eyepiece is, understandably, a little longer, this means the stay-on case only just fits over the eyepiece and attaches via the poppers. So, with the birding views being so good using the extender I wondered what the digiscoping possibilities were using it. There are a couple of characteristics which you will notice when digiscoping with the 1.6 extender attached – the first is the slightly shallower depth of field.
The little chap-chapess knew exactly how close it wanted to get to people (if only it was so obvious for some of the people) and often made a short flight to the other side of the pool to evade the some times a little over excited people.
Then I repeated the trick for some of the other shots, first observing were its feeding and redemptive setting up and letting the bird do its thing, having all the reach (focal length) you can get through digiscoping allows great closeness with out impacting on the subject.
In contrast to conventional digiscoping, where the image produced by the spotting scope eyepiece is photographed.
The TSN PZ has a variable focal length range of 680mm – 1000mm (based on 35mm), which gives you the added flexibility when composing your image.
Set the tripod low to the ground and set a higher iso on the camera to achieve faster shutter speeds to minimise motion blur. The birds were a long way off and I needed the extra telephoto power that digiscoping provides – a telephoto lens would not give me enough reach.
Yesterday we went out to the beautiful RSPB Minsmere reserve for a digiscoping session and to meet the wonderful staff there.
Sand martins are the smallest European hirundines (martins and swallows), with dark brown upper parts and dark under wings contrasting with otherwise pale under parts divided by a distinctive dark chest bar. The image was taken using an iPhone5 and also Kowa gear : TSN-IP5 adapter, Kowa TSN-883 scope and TE-11WZ wide zoom eyepiece. It proved particularly difficult to get a good image of them, but after almost three hours of waiting, we did it.
The technique used is called phonescoping, the method used to connect your smartphone (in this case, we used the iPhone) to the scope and take high quality pictures.
It couldn’t be simpler to start taking magnified images or HD video with your iPhone and optical equipment via the Kowa digiscoping adapter.
Due to the unrivalled high magnifications that can be achieved in digiscoping, it can be a challenging but also very rewarding method of telephoto photography.
Please Note: Kowa accept no responsibility for any damage which may occur when connecting our product with other manufacturers optical instruments.
Digiscoping is the method of attaching a digital compact camera or DSLR, video camcorder or phone to a spotting scope to create very highly magnified images or video. In contrast to conventional digiscoping, where the image produced by the spotting scope eyepiece is photographed, the TSN PZ connects your D-SLR directly to the body of the scope via a T2 mount.
No more frustrating auto-focus hunting. The decision is yours, quickly and accurately manually focusing on even the most challenging of subjects.
Due to the unrivalled high magnifications that can be achieved in digiscoping, it can be a challenging but also very rewarding method of telephoto photography. Even the slightest movements can cause camera shake resulting in blurred images, try setting your D-SLR to mirror lock-up – this will help reduce vibrations when the shutter is fired. A sturdy tripod with a good, smooth video panning head is highly recommended to keep your digiscoping setup stable.
Use your cameras self timer or a remote control to fire the shutter of your camera, the less you handle your camera whist taking the shot, the less the risk of camera shake. Good light is essential in digiscoping resulting in faster shutter speeds to help freeze the motion of your subject and minimise camera shake. Sometimes I can walk for miles and not see another soul- the only reminder of civilisation being an ancient burial chamber or monolith which has stood on the landscape for thousands of years- a landscape that you can imagine as you stand there, hasn’t changed much over the centuries. These expansive panoramas are usually enhances with the stunning backdrop of the mountains that make up the Snowdonia National Park on the Welsh mainland. Sensor: Despite of having same resolution and sensor size and resolution, the Nikon D7200 sensor is new so we will see for sure some performance improvement in the camera. ISO: Thanks to the new sensor the Nikon D7200 can boost up its ISO range upto 102400, whereas the Nikon D7100 ISO is limited to 25600. WiFi– Wifi with NFC in Nikon D7200 plays a key role in sharing your images and videos with your some near and closest friend or someone by connecting with their android, iOs devices,tabs etc.
Battery life: The Nikon D7200 has been packed with a very powerful battery and that can apply power to the camera to take upto 1110 number of shots and on the other hand the battery of Nikon D7100 can let you to take 950 shots only. Weight and dimensions: Dimensions are of same scale to both the cameras but again the Nikon D7200 is more comfortable to carry due to its lower mass as contrast with the Nikon D7100. Verdict: Nikon D7200 have better core specification compared to Nikon D7100, the camera features new sensor, better image processor amd Built-in WiFi with NFC, hence we highly recommend you to go with Nikon D7200. The Nikon D5500 and Nikon D5500 features same sensor as of Nikon D7100, so you will get approx same image quality compared to Nikon D7100. So it’s look like the Nikon has limited the functionality of the Expeed 4 image processor inside the Nikon D5500 camera. The Nikon D5500 features 39 distinct AF points, including nine cross-type sensors on the other hand the Nikon D7100 features  professional-level DSLRs and comes with 51-point focus area with 15 cross-type sensors for detecting both vertical and horizontal variations.


Wireless Connectivity inside Nikon D5500: The Nikon D5500 features built-in WiFi connectivity, that helps you to transfer your images without any physical pain.
Other advantages of Nikon D7100: The Nikon D7100 includes bright viewfinder, weather sealed design and more battery life. Verdict:  Based on core specification we do recommend you to buy Nikon D7100 camera since it features advance core specification compared to Nikon D5500 DSLR and there is very less difference in the price tag of both the camera.
If the rumored specification are true then the upcoming Nikon D7200 camera will have a major specification upgrade over the current Nikon D7100 camera, the upcoming Nikon D7200 camera will give better output with more ISO range, advance AF sensor by having 72 AF points and fast continuous shooting speed and a option to record Full HD videos at 120fps. High ISO RAW Test of Sony A77 II camera done by french website focus-numerique, you can download the high resolution sample images from here. Sony A77 II vs Canon 70D – at least Canon 70D showing real colors and bit more details compared to A77 II at ISO 12800. Sony A77 II vs Nikon D7100 – the Sony A77 II is bit more flat compared to Nikon D7100, again the D7100 colors look more real compared to A77 II. Sensor: The Sony A77 II sensor delivers better ISO range and more resolution compare to its competitor, the ISO range of Sony A77 II is 100-51200 and Nikon D7100 ISO range limited to 100-25600. Low-pass filter: Without low-pass filter the Nikon D7100 will sure give you more details in images compared to A77 II. AF System: Technically the Sony A77 II does fast Auto focus since the camera is made with SLT technology, the A77 II uses phase and contrast based system at the same time and uses a total of 79 AF points to quickly acquire the focus, on the other hand the Nikon D7100 uses phase AF system with 51 AF point and contrast based system becomes active when you are using LCD live-view display for shooting your images. Display: With A77 II you get Swivel LCD display on the other hand Nikon D7100 comes with fixed LCD display.
Connectivity: The A77 II features WiFi connectivity with NFC (near field communication), you cam share your images witlessly to your network and you can also use your smartphone or tablet to shoot images from a distance. Fujifilm X-T1 is a mirrorless camera and Nikon D7100 is a Pro DSLR, both features excellent core specification .. Nikon D7100 have more resolution compared to Fujifilm X-T1  but, the X-T1 offers more ISO range hence you get better low light images with X-T1 compared to Nikon D7100.
PDAF sensor in Fujifilm X-T1: The Fujifilm X-T1 comes with phase AF pixels within the sensor, the X-T1 quickly acquire focus during still, video or live view shooting, on the other hand the Phase AF of Nikon D7100 is active when you are using optical viewfinder otherwise during live-view mode and video mode only contrast AF is active.
Fujifilm X-T1 offers tilting screen and you get a better option to compose your image compared to Nikon D7100. Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity: Fujifilm X-T1 features built in WiFi connectivity on the other hand Nikon D7100 require WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to enable WiFi connectivity.
Verdict: Fujifilm X-T1 offers better sensor and fast continuous shooting speed and on the other hand Nikon D7100 have more resolution + huge range of DX and FX lenses and Built-in i-TTL Flash and Speedlight Compatibility.
Take a look at Kula Bebe and Deeper lenses, you may like to use them to turn your smartphone or DSLR into a 3D camera. Want to shoot spectacular ‘holy grail’ time lapse sequences that capture the change from day to night? Currently priced at $299, it’s an accessory that will appeal to the more hardcore shooters, but for those photographers that regularly need advanced HDR bracketing, focus stacking or bulb ramping, the Promote Control is worth every penny. This really only works when your static subjects are perfectly still, with little to no breeze. When you see the results of your focus stacked image and the lack of weird looking artifacts that can sometimes result from inaccurate focus adjustments done manually, you’ll be hooked.
You either adjust the shutter speed manually while shooting (which introduces terrible flicker) or you use a bulb ramping device that can gradually and smoothly alter your shutter speed over time.
Simply tell the Promote Control what shutter speed to use for the middle (or correct) exposure, then tell it how many EV steps to use and the number of total exposures. You can also power the Promote Control with an external DC power jack for taking super long exposures, or lengthy time lapse shoots. My only gripe isn’t with the unit itself, but with the hotshoe attachment, required for bulb ramping when shooting time lapse sequences. Full compatibility only extends to Nikon and Canon, with limited compatibility for Sony and Sigma cameras.
They implemented a tethering protocol on A7 cameras, but just as with earlier cameras, it refuses to save images on the card – you MUST pick them up and save them elsewhere, or all subsequent USB image acquisition commands will fail.
Become a better photographer today with his free photography guides and photography tutorials. It wouldn’t surprise me if it offers bulb ramping as well, but it is not a function I need so I have not looked into it.
This will draw from the inputs you set in HDR mode to perform an HDR bracket at each focal point in your focus stacking sequence.
This allows the Promote Control to precisely control exposures so that the ramp is extremely smooth. I had heard good things about the camera in the iPhone 5c and thought I would test it out to see if the pictures would be as good as my DSLR. Craftsy, which is a online video classroom, is offering this opportunity for you to make your portraits as professional as possible. Using a wide aperture fast MFT lens delivers blisteringly fast shutter speeds with low ISO settings, combined with a Kowa fluorite crystal spotting scope – image quality is breath-taking with virtually no chromatic aberration (colour blur) and delivering stunning levels of detail.
It was clear to me that the Kowa 883 was an awesome scope – bright, very sharp, and almost no chromatic aberrations that I could discern. I have managed to use it in a variety of situations, from watching thousands of gulls on my local rubbish tip, to blistering views of Northern Parula in the pine woods of Florida. Eyepieces attach using a standard bayonet mount and the extender attaches to the body of the scope securely via a threaded mount. The view, although starting at around 40x instead of 25x, was still easy to use and find birds with. I could see superb detail of a Yellow-legged Gulls eye ring on my local rubbish tip at around 100 meters, and reading colour rings all of a sudden became a lot easier too with the extra boost in magnification, coupled with the clarity of the Kowa 883 and the magic 25-60x zoom eyepiece. The base magnification (around 64x) I found a bit too much for scanning through gulls at around 100 meters, however for more distant birds it was truly impressive.
The light loss from using it without the extender is minimal and the sharpness, especially at lower zoom ranges is very good. One of the local birders got wind of this duck and went to go take a look for himself and low and behold a Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron is what stood before him. However the bird came on more than one occasion back to the same spot, a floating island made from a broken branch that had almost completely submerged and gathered pondweed and other flotsam, this was my chance i figured.
The design allows for the full use of the zoom eyepiece range giving an amazing focal length reach of up to 2570mm when using the TE-11WZ eyepiece or 2750mm with the TE-10Z. This makes for a high powered, yet lightweight and compact telephoto lens, when compared to traditional telephoto lenses.
It also makes finding your subject matter easier – by zooming out to the wider angle of 680mm to locate the subject and then zooming into 1000mm for maximum telephoto power. It is still early days yet in terms of sea bird activity, but give it a few weeks and these silent cliffs will be drowned by the noise of thousands of nesting Guillemot and Razorbill. An hour flew by as I took image after image of these amazing birds with the Kowa telephoto lens using the 500mm f5.6 adapter and my Canon EOS 5D. Now with my iPhone connected and my Kowa 25-60x eyepiece cranked up to 60x optical zoom – I was achieving focal lengths of up to 2100mm.
We recommend that you attach the supplied neck strap to the iPhone holder and wear it around your neck whilst in use. By combining the optics of a spotting scope with the optics of a camera  - the telephoto power of a Kowa digiscoping set-up can far exceed that of traditional telephoto lenses as well as often being far more compact. When combined with our legendary range of super high quality spotting scopes – with practice, the results can be truly spectacular. Allowing you to not only experience stunningly sharp views of the world around you, but also take highly magnified, detailed and vibrant photographs and videos with your D-SLR camera. To me, the light and atmosphere just seems different, with its rugged coastal cliff paths, expansive woodland, salt marshes and unspoilt beaches lines with ancient sand dunes. Depending on what time of the day you see them, their appearance can look remarkably different, sometimes dark and forboding and at other times, soft hues of pink and purple fading away into the distance. The Kula Bebe and Deeper are two innovative and interesting 3D lenses designed for smartphones and DSLR cameras respectively. Here’s a video of Joel Schat explaining how to achieve bulb ramping with the Promote Control. The backlit LCD screen is easy to read and there are only eight buttons on the entire unit. I found that the cable fell out of the hotshoe attachment at the slightest nudge, not something I would trust out in the field when shooting a lengthy time lapse. Until Sony resolves the issues with not saving images on to the in-camera card when tethered, we can’t do much about it, unfortunately. Until then, Promote Systems are filling a gap in the market and they are doing it very well.
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You start by manually, framing and setting the closest focus, then, you use the promote to step into the image at the setting you have chosen until you reach the far focus, then you tell the promote to shoot.


I was able to take super close photos as well as landscape shots and still maintain a sharp focus to the pictures.
Wouldn’t it be great to have beautiful pictures of your kids to add to those holiday cards? In looking for new ways to inspire my creative side - and in turn inspire you - I decided to blog about the creative journey that is my life. The full zoom range of the eyepiece is available creating incredible telephoto possibilities for such a compact system. This is really good news because you can do something astonishing with them because of it – stack them. The view is still bright, and the field of view is large enough to make you forget it is there. I could easily pick out a hybrid drake Pochard x Tufted Duck amongst a flock of Tufties at around one kilometre! As you move up through the zoom range the sharpness slightly decreases and light loss naturally increases.
You will see from the images below (See the Greenfinch and Brambling shots) the heads are sharp and the tails are out of focus – slightly more so if you simply used the 25-60x at a similar magnification.
The boost this gives your zoom or 30x eyepiece, especially for the price, is incredible value.
I waited for the bird to relocate then picking a spot on the other side of the pond some 7-8 meters away from the little island collapsed the tripod as low as it would go to the ground and got comfortable.
Creating a high powered, yet lightweight and compact telephoto lens, when compared to traditional telephoto lenses.
The sun was still rising and there was not a breath of wind – pure silence apart from the dozens of Wrens  singing from the Gorse that lines the track.
A Peregrine Falcon cruised over my head and I enjoyed watching Fulmar and other gulls dart about the cliff face. I also turned the scope out to sea and pushing the eyepiece up to 60x zoom I spotted my first Puffin of the year! It was an amazing view, several Sand Martins flying around the sand wall, stuggling to nest as other people gathered to watch them. The less contact you make with your phone when taking the shot, the less chance of camera shake resulting in a blurred image. Our digiscoping adapters are designed to make digiscoping easy and connect to our spotting scopes quickly and securely.
Allowing you to not only experience stunningly sharp views of the world around you, but also take exceptionally detailed and vibrant photographs and videos with your D-SLR camera.
As shown in the images, the two lenses features a similar design, using four high precision mirrors with reflection coefficient around 94%, each lens is capable of capturing super sharp 3D images and videos.
The Promote Control takes all the guess work out of focus stacking by incrementally adjusting your focus from start and end points that you specify. It’s small enough to pack into any mid-sized camera bag, and comes with a tidy little carry case.
When I focus stack manually, I often have to bracket in order to capture the dynamic range. But if Promote Systems manages to catch up with the mirrorless movement, I’ll be unleashing the credit card. Upgrade your post processing skills with his online video tutorials for Photoshop and Lightroom. The only alterations I made to the photos were cropping and brightening one or two of them. It is good to know that I don’t always have to drag along my big DSLR camera to get a wonderful picture. Whilst these camera models may have faded away as camera technology moves forward at a rapid rate, digiscoping has gained ever more popularity  with results often super-seeding high end DSLR and lens combination performance. He has digiscoped over 1000 species of birds on five continents including 600 species alone from two years spent in Ecuador. This pumped their top of the range scope and 25-60x wide angle eyepiece up to an astonishing 96x. As you zoom up through the magnification brightness only really drops away around 50x (that’s around 80x), but the sharpness is still excellent.
I found adding the second extender obviously made the resulting image duller, and at the maximum zoom (approx a staggering 153x) it was very dull indeed, especially on a dreary UK winters day. Again, very sharp and bright, with minimal CA, the view through this setup was very nice indeed, and personally I preferred it to using it with the zoom. At the far end of the zoom range conventional digiscoping still images gets difficult, especially birds.
Now being a rare breeding bird just about any were north of southern France I also went to go chance a peek, promptly packed my KOWA 883 in its bag and checked the batteries on the GH4 succinctly place it also in its spot in the bag jumped in the car and made the 40 is minuets drive to the location.
Sure enough the bird came back to the spot allowing me fantastic views of it feeding, I could readily identify the fish species it was eating with he aid of the scope to boot the bird ignored me and flew to my side and walked to within close focus distance on several occasions.
Reason two, and the main reason for me is that there is just something special about having South Stack all to yourself!
The compact size and lightweight body of the Kowa telephoto lens meant I was able to hand hold it allowing me to react quickly and position myself where I did not disturb the birds.
Over the past 50 years the European population has crashed on two occasions as a result of drought in the birds’ African wintering grounds. The iPhone is a great way to digiscope – the large highly detailed screen is perfect for composing your image. Moreover, Kula Deeper can be attached to the camera lens in one click, and it uses the lens thread and fits lenses of diameter o77mm by default, while optional adapter ring allows it to work with more cameras. That means if you attach two extenders to their 25-60x eyepiece it has a top magnification of around 156x! One thing I did notice was a slight drop-off in contrast, and some chromatic aberrations in high contrast situations – but you have to look for it.
However, the image was still very sharp, something that surprised me considering how much glass you have now added to your original scope.
I could imagine this being a favourite with seawatchers very quickly – the exceptional field of view for the magnification makes it a joy to look through. However if you are after a record shot of that distant rarity or especially if you are using video, the increase in magnification and extra reach is again superb and very usable. Overall the 1.6 extender is a very impressive addition to the Kowa range and at a bargain price. Sure enough the clamour of clacking DSLRS is what greeted me as i stepped out of the car, I peered over the semi circle of huddled photographers with my bin’s and sure enough their walking along the edge of the pond was the heron AMAZING. You can also use your headphones as a remote shutter release for hands free operation (iOS5 operating system required). Kula Bebe comes with attachments, using them you can easily attach the 3D lens on your smartphone. This is perhaps not too surprising as almost all photographic extenders suffer similar traits, and Kowa would have to pull off a miracle for this extender not to show any flaws at this price point. Contrast also drops again adding a second extender, and a little more chromatic aberration creeps in too, but nothing that detracts from its overall usability and still super impressive. The extender will be a fantastic addition if you are in to phonescoping – the increase in magnification will really benefit you as most mobile phones don’t have an optical zoom lens, so the edge the extender offers you means closer phonecoped shots. However, remember at the price point which this is being pitched at, there will not be any fancy flouride coatings on this optic, so the small amount of CA showing up is still astonishingly low. Thanks to the connectivity of the iPhone, you can quickly upload and share your unique and high quality images with friends, family and the rest of the world online! Apart from that, included anaglyph glasses or StereoViewer lets you conveniently enjoy those 3D videos and images you captured.The team of Kula Deeper and Bebe is raising fund via Mickstarter.
Set at around 50x on the zoom (roughly 128x with both extenders) the view was comfortable and I thought offered an excellent compromise on brightness and magnification. And besides, with modern day software CA can easily be removed, especially if you shoot RAW images.
Pledging 205 DKK (approx $35 USD) will let you own Kula Bebe 3D lens kit (approx $98 USD for Kula Deeper). The only thing you have to watch are vibrations – you are going to need a solid tripod to use two extenders, especially at magnifications over 100x. The third thing you will notice, and which especially affects digiscopers, is the increase in shake because of the higher magnifications used. If you’re interested, jump to Kickstarter official site for more details or check out the following demo video first.
When you add a second 1.6 vibrations are very noticeable when viewing and digiscoping becomes much more difficult, but still possible with the right setup (see peregrine shots above).



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