Filming long range shooting

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by elkstalker300, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. elkstalker300

    elkstalker300 Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
  2. Buffalobob

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    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.
     

  3. Broz

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    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.

    Jeff
     
  4. jeff 300

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    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
     
  5. landcbeitner

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    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.
     
  6. Sendero_Man

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    which sony ?
     
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  8. Kevin Cram

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    I run a Cannon DC50 with 10X optical (digital X is no good, too grainy) with a telescope eyepiece ina Bushnell Spacemaste set up ina custom bracket I mader. The eyepiece is the key with different magnification levels using different mm focal lengths. I thought my system worked pretty good until I ran into a fellow long range hunter this year who showed my his set up. He had a Kowa TSN-822 Spotting scope with a Kowa TSNVA-1 digi-scoping eyepiece. Kowa makes an adapter to fit most of the small camcorder lens threads. The digi-scoping eyepiece has an adjustable focal length so vignetting can be totally eliminated. The eyepiece will magnify 7-9X the optical power of your camera. With a camera having 20x optical power and using this system you now have between 140-180 optical power! His camera had 40X optical power was digital recorded on a hard drive. I was amazed at the quality and the power this system had. He showed me a buck he recorded at 1100 yards and he was able to zoom in enough that you could see just the head in the screen. Points were easily visible and clarity was pretty good considering how much magnification there was. The only downside to that much power is any little movement or vibration really shows up on the film. But you can back the power off as much as you'd like and just adjust the focal length for a perfect picture. The system isn't too cheap but video is excellent. I'm hoping to put one together for this summer woodchuck hunting.
     
  9. MuleHunter

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    The DVD's turn out awesome. We used a 32x in the past and it worked ok too.
     
  10. elkstalker300

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    ok I got a canon 40x optical with 30 gb hard drive and also can record onto sticks, hope it shows up those 7-800 yard shots :)
     
  11. Broz

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    It will our 20x does well out to 800.

    Jeff

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