View Full Version : camera for photographing my coins
03-26-2012, 12:21 AM
I'd like to document my collection for all the obvious reasons
and maybe for the occasional sale. I'm happy to spend a
medium amount of money, but don't really want to go overboard.
My current digital does just fine for all applications, but not good enough
for real close-ups. Any suggestions?
03-26-2012, 10:07 AM
What's your budget? I don't know if I'd go with a point-and-shoot for closeups; I'd recommend paying a little extra and getting an SLR (I use a Canon.)
03-26-2012, 11:08 AM
Tom.........I almost mentioned your photos specifically as they're so nice. I'd like to try to get away with two or three hundred dollars. Not sure if that's possible. I figured if I could get a decent camera, mount it on a tripod, it might be good enough. What do you think the minumum is that I could get away with?
03-27-2012, 04:48 AM
The important thing is that you have a close-focusing (macro) lens. Some point-and-shoot cameras have that; others don't. Beyond that, the most important thing is the lighting. Any digital camera that is available now will have more than enough resolution for coin photography. Without good lighting, no camera will take good coin photos.
03-27-2012, 12:10 PM
My numismatic photography is about as bad as it gets, so the only tip I can offer is this...if you get an expensive camera, it actually becomes more difficult to get good macro pics. I recently spent about $800 on a nice Cannon and I've since taken pics that have been bought by Arizona Highways and other magazines, but for the life of me, I can not get a decent coin shot. I do better with my cheap cell phone. I suggest testing it for your needs before you buy. Luckly I didn't buy mine to photograph coins. lol
03-27-2012, 01:01 PM
Might want to pursue Bill's post. I admit I haven't used a point-and-shoot in awhile, so a good one may be the solution. He's right - lighting is everything!
If it were me, I'd at least investigate a Canon SLR; I think they start more than you want, $400 or so with a lens, and personally I wouldn't trade an SLR for anything now. I do use a macro lens, but was actually able to get some pretty decent photos even before I bought the lens.
03-27-2012, 08:53 PM
I've been fortunate to combine my photography hobby with my coin collecting hobby. Over the years I have used mostly Nikon cameras and lens'. There are many good choices in cameras so don't get hung up on a brand name. One thing I like about Canon is they come with software that allows you to tether the camera to your computer, so you can see what the camera is about to capture. This gives you the opportunity to move lighting and see the results real time on your computer monitor. With my Nikon I had to purchase the software to do this. A macro lens will give you more consistent images of coins. First find a way to secure your camera to a solid mount. You can start with a tripod with the camera pointed down over the corner of a table or desk. The best alternative is a copy stand. Lights (multiple) are necessary. Also, learn how to use your camera White Balance settings. I like to use manual focus, the less automation the better for me personally. Mark Goodman has a teriffic book out on coin photograhy and it is well worth the price. You can also learn a lot from his web site; http://www.coinimaging.com/
Read the camera manual, and pratice, pratice, pratice. Remember with digital it won't cost you anything to take multiple shots. Keep notes on your camera and light setups so you will be able to replicate good results.
Pictures of copper seem to be more challenging to me than silver coins, but maybe that's just me.
Here is a CWT that I picked up simply because I liked it.
03-28-2012, 10:49 PM
I bought a Dino Lite AM411T. This is a digital microscope camera with up to 200x. It plugs into your computer via a USB cable so you can view what you are taking a picture of by viewing it on your screen. You also use it as a microscope and take close up pictures if you want. I believe its intented use is as a medical microscope but it's wonderful for taking pictures of my coins. I will attempt to include a photo so you can judge for yourself the quality of the photo. If the color is off, its me not the camera,227 since I'm colorblind. The camera has a number of color adjustments.
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