Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by pcworx, Jul 13, 2019.
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These were taken with my iphone6.
$100 can get you something, but $1000 will get you a lot nicer!
With practice and good lighting, some cell phones will take decent coin photos, but a DSLR with a good lens, proper setup, and quality lighting will take very good photos with minimal effort.
I am looking to spend around 300-350 for the setup. I have been looking at the Canon 4000D but of course I would need a lens also.
Alright, that's good. The guy you need to talk to is @rmpsrpms . He creates fantastic camera setups at a wide range of prices. Hopefully he'll respond and help you create the photo setup of your dreams.
I would argue that the lens you use is more important than the camera body. I have a T3i myself, but my lens cost as much as my camera. Combined with my lights and rig, I'm able to get good shots. It does take quite a bit of practice, however!
Here's a recent shot:
Great shots by the way!
The lighting is very important. Sunlight can take great pictures (even better on a cloudy day, actually), but it is highly variable. I like the consistency of a good light setup. I have three adjustable lights on my copy stand, and can vary the number and position of the lights to suit the coin. Incandescent light is just fine, as long as you white balance your image accordingly. However, a single light is insufficient for most images - most pictures I take use at least two, but usually three lights.
I was just about to suggest this.
The camera is just one component of a good system. You need a stable platform, meaning a copy stand or tripod, good lighting and lens accessories, too.
Edit to add: I think I paid around $125 for it back a few years ago but you could probably pick up one for well under $100 (Power Shot 1200 IS)
Now that said, I bought one of @rmpsrpms set ups and am very happy with it. It's capable of much more than I put into it and he was able to make a fancier set up so I can do my smallest coins and on up to some of my medals (65mm IIRC).
The other thing is software. I can't remember the freebie one that does really well, there's photoshop, and I use an online one called PicMonkey. A simple cropping tool from my laptop, and I can make Christmas cards and things like this I did last night (very simplistic, and yes the coins are really those colors).
Not my best work but it was a quickie photo shoot, process, and graphic slap together.
Can you explain your lighting set up?
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