The following is a review of Swarovski’s Universal Camera Adapter (UCA). When coupled to a Swarovski spotting scope and a camera (or video camera) you have a super powerful way to capture excellent shots of birds and other wildlife. At a mere 12 oz., the UCA will not add any undue weight to your photography
The new Swarovski EL binoculars are out and they are, in a word, unbelievable. In a fantasy world where warbler fallouts happen every day, Black and Yellow Rails take model poses seven feet from you, and the sun is always at the perfect viewing angle, these are the sort of bins you’d have. The good
The following is a review of the Swarovski EL Traveler Binoculars. Birdfreak.com has an ongoing partnership with Swarovski Optik. A few years ago I purchased a pair of Swarovski EL bins and would never want to use another brand. Since then, Swarovski has been super generous to us in getting awesome equipment in our hands.
Digiscoping is the combination of a spotting scope and a digital camera to take long-range photography. The technique is best done with high-quality optics because they have better coated glasses which help increase clarity and reduce light loss. However, just about any scope and digital camera will work for at least identification/proof shots, so long
The following is a comparison of five variations of bird photography: Digiscoping with a point-and-shoot [Nikon Coolpix 5100] Digiscoping with a digital SLR camera [Canon EOS Rebel XTi] Telephoto with Swarovski TLS800 adapter and digital SLR [Canon EOS Rebel XTi] Telephoto with 100-400mm lens [Canon] Telephoto with 100-400mm lens and 2x extender [Canon] The subject
Side-by-side comparison of an American Goldfinch (left) and Pine Siskin who were hanging out on our thistle feeder. This was digiscoped with the Birdfreak Swarovski Digiscoping Setup through a window. Camera was our Nikon Coolpix 5100 (point-and-shoot). Video clip also through the scope and Nikon camera. View all our videos which include not only birds
As the saying goes, “your spotting scope is only as good as your tripod” or something to that effect. This statement holds a lot of truth but finding the “perfect” tripod is a lot more difficult than finding the perfect scope. Swarovski Carbon Fiber Tripod CT-101 There are an unbelievable amount of tripods on the
Swarovski Optik is well-known for high quality birding optics and their High Definition (HD) spotting scopes are at the top of the list for most birders. Our scope of choice is the STS 80 HD version with the Swarovski 20-60x zoom eyepiece.