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Nikon FSA-L1

Digital SLR camera attachment for compatible Nikon fieldscopes

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by Woody Sherman
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Get even more utility out of your precision Nikon fieldscope. This attachment for select Nikon DSLRs attaches to compatible Nikon fieldscopes, allowing super-telephoto shooting of spectacular digital images at 35mm equivalent focal lengths of up to 1500mm. This adapter fits in place of your eyepiece on your fieldscope.

The Nikon FSA-L1 is compatible with the folllowing Nikon DSLRs, as of November 2012: D4/D3 series / D2 series / D1 series / D800 series / D700 / D600 / D300 series / D200 / D100 / D7000 / D90 / D80 / D70 series / D5200 / D5100 / D5000 / D3200/D3100/D3000/D60/D50 and the D40.

It is also compatible with these Nikon film SLRs: F6, F5, F100, F65, F55, FM10, FE10.

Some slight vignetting may occur at these edges of the frame with all these models.

In addition, the FSA-L1 is only compatible with certain Nikon fieldscopes. These include: Fieldscope ED82 / Fieldscope ED82 A / Fieldscope III / Fieldscope III A / Fieldscope EDIII and the Fieldscope EDIII A.

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Highlights:

  • allows select Nikon digital and film SLRs to attach to certain Nikon fieldscopes for spectacular close-up images
  • achieve equivalent focal lengths of up to 1500mm
  • attaches directly to fieldscope and to Nikon bayonet F-mount on camera
  • allows use of both center and spot weighted metering systems
  • because this is not a typical interchangeable lens, exposure indications may not always be reliable. Monitor the camera's LCD and use exposure compensation when necessary
  • accommodates aperture-priority and manual modes
  • camera's autofocusing mode cannot be used. Perform focusing using the fieldscope focusing ring
  • diameter: 2-1/2"
  • length: 5-11/16"
  • weight: 11.29 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear caps
  • padded case
  • adjusting screwdriver

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  • FSA-L1 Fieldscope Digital SLR Camera Attachment
  • Camera mount cap (installed)
  • Scope mount cap (installed)
  • Nylon storage case
  • Screwdriver
  • Instruction Manual
  • Available Exposure Modes sheet
  • Warranty Form

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Features

Overview: The Nikon FSA-L1 allows you to attach a Nikon DSLR camera to select Nikon Fieldscopes. This Digiscoping attachment will transform the fieldscope into a super-telephoto lens for taking spectacular close-up images. The attachment comes with a soft Nylon case that can be looped through the straps of your camera or fieldscope case.

Compatibility: The FSA-L1 has a screw-in mount for the scope and an F-mount for the Nikon DSLR. The attachment is compatible with most Nikon DSLRs. Photos should be taken in manual focus mode, and in either Aperture Priority or Manual exposure mode. Center-weighted and Spot metering systems are compatible; Matrix metering is not. In many cases, you may need to use exposure compensation, and Auto Exposure Bracketing, if available, offers a convenient way to do this.

Selector: A 4-position selector (A, B, C, D) can be found on the bottom of the attachment under a protective cover. This selector is for setting the attachment to the corresponding fieldscope, and is adjusted with a small screwdriver (included).

Camera Clamp: The FSA-L1 has a clamp screw on the side of the camera mount that allows you to rotate the camera freely and lock it into place in the desired orientation.

 
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