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    Instead of lugging around a SLR with a 300 lens and spotting scope, I was thinking of just using the spotting scope with GoPro or SLR.
    I like the idea of the size, weight, and durability of the GoPro compared to my Cannon rebel.

    I am looking from some input from folks that have tried the Gopro and if they could tell enough difference to carry the SLR instead.

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    I have used a GP, but like my waterproof point and shoot better. It does video and photos, is waterproof so I always have it in my pocket. I use the Olympus TG4, it attaches to Swaro spotter with a cheap and light step ring.







    All the video and photos were taken with my TG4, when attached to the spotter I can use my phone to control it and my buddy can see what the spotter sees at the same time. We call it the "ram cam"

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    Thank you for the input. I have thought about going to a point and shoot since I was going after bou and go into a heard of Muskox, and my camera was in the truck. Good point with the ram cam!

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    I agree with Stid. If you aren't carrying the (D)SLR to actually take pictures with then why lug that around. I have seen decent results with a GoPro mounted on a spotter but it isn't ideal.

    That said, I'm a tech junkie so I carry around a DSLR and usually a couple lenses along with a GoPro or two (depending on the hunt) as I love to capture photos and video. However, if I were just looking to do some digiscoping then the P&S is the way to go.

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    Steve - can you tell us more about how the phone talks to the camera and what kind of phone communicates with it? Can you zoom etc too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Steve - can you tell us more about how the phone talks to the camera and what kind of phone communicates with it? Can you zoom etc too?
    It uses wi-fi, can use a smart photo or tablet. You can zoom, rec, take photos remote view.
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    has anyone used the tg-4 with a vortex razor HD 20x60x85 scope ?

    What adapters are really needed? Seems like about 200$ in parts from vortex and I am not sure it will work.

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    I actually have the Razor adaptor set I could unload. I never got around to picking up a spotter so it just sits.

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    The TG-4 itself has a 40.5mm thread. The adapter by Olympus makes it 45mm. The vortex razor HD digital camera adapter requires a 52mm thread and I think you also have to buy the PS-100, but not sure.

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    You can get steep rings pretty cheap.

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    I'll see if this works. also got a 40.5 to 52 mm adapter......did not get the PS-100.

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    Actually, I just dug out my kit and I actually have a 40.5-52mm step ring I had picked up to use on the Vortex setup with a camera I used to have. It just screws onto the 52mm Vortex plate. Basically exactly what Stid has photos of. Here are some (crappy) photos:







    Actually, in the photo(s) is also a Zeikos P&S adapter in case that thing in the middle is confusing.

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    I bought it already through Amazon.......

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    How long does the battery last on the TG4? Do you Carry extra batteries or charge in the field?


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    I get 5 to 7 days on one battery, much depends on temp and how often you view your photos. I take one spare battery and have always had plenty even on long trips and lots of viewing.


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    Thank you, sounds like this might be the route I will be going.
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    I must have hit the wrong buttons when I ordered. I ended up with the Viper setup instead of the Razor setup. I'd be interested in buying your adapter kit if it is for Razor. I am PM'ing you. There is another piece that clicks onto the lens pushbutton of the Razor/Viper scope (same button that releases the lens). Do you have that available also?
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    I got your PM. I am headed out the door right now but I will respond to it. Yeah, I will sell the adaptor kit as I never ended up getting the scope. It is for the Razor. I'm not really sure about what you mean about the piece that clicks onto the lens. I have everything that is in the kit linked below and pictured above along with a couple step rings if you still needed those.

    http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/...camera-adapter

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