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Digital binocuar cameras for birding

Postby opticsplanet.com on Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:46 pm

I want to be able to identify birds by their markings so I thought a
> camera binoncular would allow me to do this. The bird's picutre would
> give me plenty of time to reference with my birding guide for specific
> markings. After looking at all the sets you offer I am not sure what
> to get. I planned on looking at the bird through the binocular and
> taking a picture to use for identification. I would want to be able to
> print a small picture. Do you have any suggestions?
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:47 pm

Hi

As a birder and bird photographer myself, I can tell you that this is not a workable strategy for several reasons.

First, no digital bino is capable of taking high resolution pics and many of the distinguishing features on birds on very minute and subtle. Even high quality pics taken with professional SLRs in the field often fail to show these marks when you get back to the darkroom ( I am also a bird photographer). Bottom line here is that there is simply no substitute for identifying birds in the field, on the spot, using a good bino and a good field guide.

More importantly, for the vast majority of opportunities to identify birds in the field, there is no time to take a picture, even with a digital bino, considering you still have to take the time to frame the bird and get the focus correct. I can guarantee that in the end, you will only be able to convert a tiny percentage of birds seen into useable pics. Even with the best SLR and telephoto lens, most birds will be long gone before you even have a chance to take a pic. Take what little time you have to identify the bird first with your field guide, then if there is time, take a pic. Otherwise you may never learn the basics of bird identification.

About the only practical use I can see for a digital bino in birding is as a backup in case you see a rare bird and need a pic for confirmation. Even then, I would never recommend the bino portion of any of these products as a serious birding binocular.
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