Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Barry Pearson
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Red Dot Sight on a K-5IIs

phil_t wrote:

I purchased a shoe-mounted red dot sight from  Once sighted in, it works well in getting my Q1 + DA 60-260mm aligned (1200+mm equivalent at the long end).

Wildlife Photography with Tactical Four Reticle Sight Product Code: GGMIS001900

As a result of your post (thanks) I've bought one from there too! It just arrived:

K-5IIs plus Sigma 500mm f/4.5 plus Red Dot Sight.

I haven't had a chance to try it seriously yet. But It certainly makes it easier to view the full scene yet know where the center of the camera+lens is pointing.

Perhaps when I use it for real I'll discover that I've wasted $39 (plus shipping)! But I find it hard to believe I won't find this useful in a number of situations with various lenses.

First impressions are that as long as I've sorted out the framing, it will at least be useful on a gimbal (which is what the lens is on above, although this isn't obvious).

I'll post conclusions, good or bad, once I've got some real experience in the field with it.

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Panasonic LX100 Pentax K-3 II Pentax K-1 Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM Pentax smc DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fisheye +20 more
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