New camera- Sony a6000

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Malleus Maleficarum, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    I bought a new Sony a6000 last weekend. I got my macro tubes in the mail yesterday. I have a copy stand on the way.
    This weekend I'm going shopping to buy a proper table, so I can get my lighting the way I want it.

    I'm excited about the possibilities with this camera. I see so much potential. Here's a few of my latest photos. DSC00150.jpg DSC00154.jpg DSC00172.jpg DSC00173.jpg DSC00170.jpg DSC00171.jpg
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  3. ChristopherCollectsCoin

    ChristopherCollectsCoin Active Member

    Amazing coins. The seated liberty is my favorite to look at! I just use my phone, I always wanted something legit like that. Here's some photos of mine to share since you shared your collection! Taken from a S10e.

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    Just a tiny portion of coins!

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  4. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Sony a6000 is a great camera. Nice photos on coin details.
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  5. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Learning something everyday.

    Nice photos. I agree, the lighting on some can be improved but WOW.
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  6. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    I was messing around with the light tonight. Going to do more tomorrow when I get my new table. I'm going to check out the lights to see if there's anything interesting. .

    Setting I was using. ISO 1000. F 8. 1/160.

    A few pics with better lighting. I'm going to some research to find the ideal lighting setup. I'm improving, but I'm not where I want to be. DSC00192.jpg DSC00191.jpg DSC00193.jpg DSC00194.jpg
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Lookin' good. The lighting could be improved slightly, and the photos rotated to the proper upright orientation, but they're nice pictures and nice coins. Neat graffiti/love token Draped Bustie, there. The Seated and Trade dollars are great, too.

    Edit: just saw your second pix of the graffiti coin. Much better! Still a teensy bit dark, maybe, but not bad at all. Certainly as good as anything I could do.
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  8. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    What's weird about the orientation. In Photoshop, it was correct. In the folder, the orientation was wrong. That's what uploaded here. So, I had to go to Paintshop and correct everything. Everything seems ok now.
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  9. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Most folks who photograph coins seem to recommend an ISO setting of about 100. I have a book by Mark Goodman, "Numismatic Photography" which is excellent and if I may quote from page 25:

    "...setting the ISO to the lowest number will help reduce noise in your images. While this produces a better image, it also necessitates a longer exposure. Conversely, a higher ISO setting will allow faster exposures, but yields a noisier picture..."
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  10. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    I did start with the ISO at 100. With my current lighting situation, it's way too dark. I did order an LED light panel last night so I'll have more options when that arrives.

    Thanks for the input, I'm all ears when it comes to coin photography.
  11. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    I bought a cheap light panel today to try to improve the lighting. Seems to help some. Placement really is important. Here's a few new pictures. DSC00210.jpg DSC00211.jpg DSC00214.jpg DSC00215.jpg
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