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Old 12-21-2008, 03:13 PM
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Filming long range shooting

I have watched abunch of videos of people long range shooting and was wondering what kind of cameras they are using? Would a camcorder with a 35x optical zoom work or do I need something more powerful?
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:30 PM
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Re: Filming long range shooting

One thing that is really irritating is that you lose so much quality when you upload to a hosting site.

If you go down to Antelope, that video of the animals at 900 yards is at 15X using a Sony UX10 Hi Def. The UX10 has Sony's best amateur lens. In the video section is one of an antelope actually hit at 600 yards and there is just no detail after it has been through the host site. Kevin Kram takes videos and has a good set up so he knows when he isn't seeing what he is looking for.

I have ordered a 1.7 tele converter so I can get more magnification. It will get me up to about 25 power. What one forum member who I shoot F-class reminded me, is that camera lens are about like scope lenses. A big objective lets in plenty of light and gives you clarity. A camera with a small objective will not let in much light and clarity will suffer.

I will say this. It is not nearly as easy as it appears. You are hard pressed to be the shooter, the spotter and the camera man. That is just really hard. It requires a lot of practice. Being both the spotter and the cameraman is really hard too. If the shooter is real experienced and doesn't need much help then it is easier I expect.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:40 PM
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Re: Filming long range shooting

We use a 20 x optical zoom sony and like 800 x digital zoom. It peters out fast past 800 yards especially in low light conditions. We are looking to upgrade and just last night heard that panosonic has one with 53 X optical zoom. I think the more optical zoom the better and like mentioned the bigger lenses gotta help with light.

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Old 12-21-2008, 11:52 PM
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Re: Filming long range shooting

i just got a 32x Panasonic hd hard drive and had a 2x doubler from Sony so that gets me round 64x. Sony was making a 3x but i was told they are not any more. my set up works real well but i sure would like to find one of them 3x len. i was thinking of getting a set up for my spoting scope
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:37 AM
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Re: Filming long range shooting

I use a Sony with 40x optical zoom with a zeiss lens. It does well, but youtube degrades the quality so much all our egg shooting footage doesn't translate well over the net. I make DVD's for my friends and family.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:57 AM
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Re: Filming long range shooting

which sony ?
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:16 AM
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Re: Filming long range shooting

It's a Sony Handycam DCR-DVD610

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665286951

It can record on mini-DVD's or memory stick. The DVD's give better quality.
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