Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Bird Watching and Bird Pictures
From: Doug Herr <>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 19:44:27 -0500

On Mon, 30 Nov 1998, Roy Zartarian wrote:

>Someone asked about the use of the scope as a photographic lens.  
>I've done it with both a Nikon FM2 and an R4.  The process is a bit 
>cumbersome - one best suited for work in a blind (or hide) at 
>relatively close distances (i.e.15 - 20 feet) for small birds.  The 
>scope becomes an 800mm f/10-something lens which demands the use of 
>fast film to get a decent shutter speed.  The depth of field, of 
>course, is unforgiving.


I had no idea there was another birder on the LUG.  Have you done much bird
photography with "real" lenses?

Doug Herr