Adapting SLR to Zeiss Monocular

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  1. Mustafa Umut Sarac

    Mustafa Umut Sarac Member

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    I am researching for a chance to use a zeiss tele lens - monocular - with a slr camera.
    Is there a chance to use it together , this would be the cheapest new zeiss camera .

    Waiting your help ,

    Best regards ,

    Mustafa Umut Sarac
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean by a Zeiss tele lens - monocular...

    Do you mean you want to put a sports optics, such as a spotting scope, onto an SLR?

    If so, Zeiss make an adaptor for this very pupose which fits their spotting scopes and takes T2 adaptors so as to match up to the SLR.

    I have a Zeiss spotting scope and intend to do this one day, but the adaptor is NOT cheap!

    Altenatively you can use the SLR with it's standard lens to look through the scopes eyepiece by mounting it on a bracket such as are used for 'digiscoping'. Being able to fill the frame without vignetting is likely to be a problem, though. Usually needs a lot of fiddling and adjusting to line it all up. Can be a good way to take a one off picture that needs a long focal length, like a lunar picture, but not very practical for daily use!

    Be aware, though, whilst these are ways to get a cheap long focus lens (well, the spotting scope is not at all cheap, but it is cheaper than buying a photo optic as well!) don't expect the flat field and even illumination you would expect from a photographic optic, the rules for telecopes are not the same...

    Steve
     
  3. Mustafa Umut Sarac

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    Hi Steve , I am talking about to put a smallest cheapest scope in front of camera body. Zeiss monoculars - smallest one - are very cheap , 1/25 of Leica. I do not want the best result , mine is to use a zeiss product with zenit and get funny results. I saw a man at photonet who build a 1 meter long tube and 1 diopter leica lens - same as eyeglass lens - and take incredible pictures. Is it easier to build a tele with zeiss eyeglass lens ?
    I would love its yellowish colors , low contrast at sea side of istanbul.
    There is one of the busiest ship traffic of the world here and taking russian captain portraits will be funny :smile: I think if all went wrong , trying a digital camera binocular - 50 dollars range - is a answer. Lets talk first , than shopping ...

    Best ,

    Mustafa Umut Sarac
     
  4. John Koehrer

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    steven,
    A monocular is one side of a binocular without the hinge. The eyepiece is not removable so I doubt the T2 route will work.
    I guess they were made for one-eyed, one horned people eaters.
     
  5. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    There are various adapters that the digiscoping folks use that might work. Check here--

    http://www.eagleeyeuk.com/

    You could also just cludge a way to set up the camera with a lens and whatever extension tubes are needed to look through the monocular and keep the whole thing parallel, and then just shade the space between the lens and the monocular eyepiece to prevent flare.