Digiscoping is a term used for attaching a digital camera to a tele- or spotting scope, giving one extremely long zooms at a much lower price than you’d pay for a telephoto lens. In fact, SLR Magic has announced a new digiscoping setup, aptly named SLR Magic Monster Lens II 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This is the second edition of the Monster Lens, and apparently an optical improvement over the older version thanks to a new Micro Four Thirds mount that provides boosted sharpness and contrast. It features Extra-low Dispersion optics, and Multi coated glass. This lens has the equivalent focal length of 840-2520mm, and has dual focus controls, for both gross and fine focus adjustments. Obviously, this lens isn’t designed to take the place of a dedicated telephoto zoom lens, but instead is ideal for wildlife watchers who would like the option of being able to photograph what they’ve seen. It is expected to retail at $799, and will be available in the US & other markets from June onwards.
[via DP Review]