Top positive review
6 people found this helpful
on June 24, 2012
This is a well made device at a very reasonable price. It fulfills its expectations easily and i'm completely happy with my purchase.
Setting up takes a few minutes, and there are a number of locking screws that must be manipulated in order to get the camera positioned. Twenty minutes familiarization and you feel as though you've owned for years. Using a small Sony PAS I made very good photos. They are not perfectly sharp, but this is due in part to vibration and lack of a cable release for this type of camera. Also, a very sturdy tripod is a good investment, if you are serious about digi-photography.
I have several good SLRs, but bought this device as I felt the weight of the big cameras would put undue strain on the eyepiece of the scope. Once I had the Alpen device and had a chance to play with it I realized that I could attach the SLR to the Alpen and use it as a support for the camera/scope arrangement. It works perfectly!! The assembly is very solid and easily carried and moved about. I'm also able to use a cable release now making the system complete. I need more experience in setting the exposure since using the scope as the lens I no longer have aperture control, or auto focus. These are things that can be over come with a bit of practice.
There is only one mechanical defect that makes me give this a four rather than five. The elevation control on the vertical arm does not work well. It is not smooth and has to be fiddled with when making changes.To some extent the problem can be over come by holding both knobs as you make the change, but that's a bother.
I'd recommend this to a friend. With a modestly priced scope this is a good way to start. You can't go wrong.