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some or particularly heavy. A
sling or harness that allows you
to quickly access your camera
and lens (with or without binoculars) is handy as well. There
are many options for storage,
including handheld bags, backpacks, and waist packs (the
Vanguard Endeavor waist pack,
available in our online shop, is a
staff favorite to hold a camera
and other birding necessities).
Of course, thousands of other
accessories are available that
serve every photography-related
purpose imaginable. If you want
something specific to your needs,
contact your local camera store
or ask the powers that be at your
favorite shopping place.
Be willing to take your time
to find the ideal match. Visit a
few camera stores, read reviews
online, or even rent a lens to try it
out before you buy. (Many places
have rentals. Google can help
you find one.) After all, this is the
start of a long-term relationship.
Make sure it’s one that you’ll
Mollee Brown is the marketing assistant for Bird Watcher’s
Digest. She telecommutes from
Fairmont, West Virginia, where
she spends her free time birding on
her Simmental cattle farm.
*The two classic country
tunes mentioned in this article are
“Amarillo by Morning Light”
and “Smoky Mountain Rain.”
Is an SLR camera not for you?
Don’t worry; there are alternatives. Many companies produce
cameras that extend to as much
as 2000mm—the equivalent
of a 40x magnification scope.
These powerful zoom features
are usually coupled with strong
vibration controls to allow you
to take clear photos. They are
cheaper and more compact than
SLR cameras and have simpler
interfaces, with easy-to-use functions. Although these cameras
have smaller maximum apertures
and take longer to focus than
SLRs, many birders opt for
superzoom point-and-shoots for
their overall convenience.
For some, even a superzoom
is too big to take into the field.
If you want to maximize the
camera that’s on your phone,
consider digiscoping using your
spotting scope. With a digiscoping adapter, you can fit your
phone to your scope to take a
photo using its magnification.
Although these photos won’t be
the same overall quality or resolution as SLR photos, digiscoped
images are fun and easy to take
without any extra equipment to
lug with you on your outings.