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  1. #1
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    Red Dot Sight

    Which RDS do you recommend? Is the Daisy sight that Walmart sells for 9.00 ok or should I get a 50.00+ sight that a gun shop sells.

    Mike
    Minolta X370, 35mm, 50mm; Vivitar 28-80 zoom; Auto Spira-Tel 200mm, 300mm; JC Penney 80-200 zoom;12mm, 20mm, 36mm extension tubes, 2X & 3X teleconverters
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    IMHO the Daisy sight is the best.....they actually have a 15 dollar model that may be a little better it has an adjustable brightness but I never had a problem with the cheap one.
    http://kwikaim.com/
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    Gene
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    I received my Daisy sight today (got the better one for 8.99 ). What distance do you recommend for zeroing in the sight?
    Minolta X370, 35mm, 50mm; Vivitar 28-80 zoom; Auto Spira-Tel 200mm, 300mm; JC Penney 80-200 zoom;12mm, 20mm, 36mm extension tubes, 2X & 3X teleconverters
    Sony Mavica FD-83
    FZ-20; 62mm Pemaraal Adapter; TCON-17; Hoya SHMC UV; Kenko Circular Polarizar; Tiffen ND 6, Sky 1-A
    Vivitar 2800-D flash; Spiratone Tripod

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike63 View Post
    I received my Daisy sight today (got the better one for 8.99 ). What distance do you recommend for zeroing in the sight?
    I had the same question awhile ago. See this thread:
    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20873
    Panasonic FZ20, Kodak DC4800, Canon SD850 for when I don't want to carry a camera
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    Cool RDS distance?

    I'd say around 100 feet, give or take. You'll discover pretty quickly when you use it whether your birds are centered or not, by reviewing a few shots afterwards.
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    Questions about Ret Dot Sights

    I consider buying a UZ-cam (perhaps TZx) and a RDS for shots of fast moving objects such as flying birds an have a few questions:

    1. How long does it take the calibrate/zero the RDS?

    I believe the RDS must be unmounted when carrying the cam in a pocket or a camcase. When for example a nice flying bird suddenly approaches I have to mount the RDS and make both it and the camera ready for the shot. When that's done the bird is maybe already out of sight.

    2. Which is most important things on a UZ-camera to be used together with RDS to get good shots of rapid objects? Is it fast autofocus, burst capabilities or someting else?

    3. Do anyone know if the xtendasight-adapter between RDS and flash hot shoe could be bought in Europe / UK?

    Thankful for Your answers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luscinia View Post
    1. How long does it take the calibrate/zero the RDS?
    I have no experience with RDS on camera but I use it one on my airsoft-rifle and as far as I know, once you calibrate it, you don't have to do it again...Unles you unmount it. Then you would have to calibrate it everytime you mount it (or at least this is how it works with my rifle). It takes several shots to calibrate it right but it is not that time consuming.
    Quote Originally Posted by Luscinia View Post
    2. Which is most important things on a UZ-camera to be used together with RDS to get good shots of rapid objects? Is it fast autofocus, burst capabilities or someting else?
    Both fast autofocus and burst capabilities are very useful in shooting rapid moving objects such as flying birds. The fast autofocus is in fact quite essential (of course if you don't use manual focus which is sometimes better ) Another thing you should have a look at is the time which you have to wait between switching the camera on and taking first picture...

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    Here is a link to the Kwik Aim site which will ship world wide or so they say and its a very good setup....... and the one I use.

    And after the initial setup, which he includes instructions on how to do that ....if you put the sight on and off as he instructs, you will not need to zero in again........I can understand needing to do that with a rifle but the sight on a camera is not as critical nor are you using the same system to remount, that the rifle uses.

    http://www.kwikaim.com/FAQs.php
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    Gene
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    Cool My Kwik-Aim vs. Xtenda-Sight two bits...

    I thought the Kwik-Aim would be a good thing, and I bought one. I've got two RDS cameras, needed a second mount anyway. But I dislike the fact that the Kwik-Aim has a little play in my FZ30's hot shoe bracket, such that it's "iffy" about alignment, and you basically have to re-align it everytime you start a new photo session. With Photosolve's "Xtenda-Sight," I slip the thing into the hot shoe whenever I want to do RDS, and it's always perfectly aligned, don't have to tweak it at all. I vastly prefer that convenience, myself.
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    John ...he told me the adapter he was using did not fit the FZ50 so he either used a different adapter or cut the other one down ( I forget what he said).....and he said it fits the FZ50 perfectly but that there was some play with the FZ30.....so I guess he has screwed up the mount......The two mounts I have, require no adjustment when put back on the camera......I would feel your way, if I needed to adjust it every time that would be a major pain.

    Maybe he sells both versions ...I do not know.
    He was keeping me informed but I have not heard from him lately.
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    Gene
    http://grc225.zenfolio.com/
    http://imageevent.com/grc6
    one of these days I'll understand!

    Panasonic FZ20 & FZ30,FZ18
    D50 -- D80

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