Mine's bigger than yours


The winner of the tele photo wars is the guy in the middle. Gary, the guy between the Canon 500 at the front and the Sony/Minolta 600 at the back, with the small narrow white tube. It’s a 1200mm digiscope. It’s mounted on an Olympus micro 4/3!

The 1200mm digiscope on a micro-4/3rd camera gives him a whopping 2400mm lens. So he works at f/11 with an ISO that oscillates between ISO 800 to ISO 3200. His whole setup cost him less than $3,000 Canadian! The others? Their setup cost them between $10,000 and $15,000 Canadian and they don’t have as much magnification as Gary with his digiscope + his Olympus.

With this setup, Gary fill his frame with just the face of the snowy owl. The others have to content themselves with “environmental” photos, ie: the snowy owl + what’s around while trying to avoid all the photographers that are crawling the fields to get closer to the snowy owls.

Me? I’m in the ditch at eye level with the semi-sleeping snowy owls, also taking photos of the photographers photographing the birds.

Technical

Camera: Canon 7D ISO 400 and 1/1250
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4 @159mm and f/7.1
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