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 Posted 09/29/2007  02:14 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add 7070 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
How to build a (Cheap) copy stand.

There are many ways to Build a support to hold a camera.
Hopefully this will be a start and get the ideas flowing.

I started with two pieces of wood
A 2x3 about 36 inches and a 1x3 about 12 inches (both scrap that I found in my garage
last night).
2 - 4 inch C Clamps
1- 1 inch long 1/4 inch threaded wing bolt (should fit in your tripod socket)
I cut about 10 inches from the 2x3 and about a 5 inch piece from the 1x3

I attached the short piece of 2x3 to the longer piece in a T shape using 2 (3 inch) Screws.
I Then attached the short piece of 1x3 to the longer piece in a L shape. You can use
3 - 4 1.5 inch finish nails and a dab of glue wouldn't hurt.

Drill a hole for the 1/4 inch wing-nut in the center of the L shaped piece (see Picture)

Attach the T shaped piece to a table using 1 of the C Clamps.
Attach the L shaped to the long part of the T with the other C Clamp (See Picture)




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Wing Bolt hole location and a picture of said bolt (in case it is not a wing bolt)


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I use this to make sure the camera is level. front to back and side to side.
the C Clamp allows (even when it's tight) a little Up and Down adjustment (north and South)
While the Wing Bolt allows Left and Right (East and West) adjustment.

Just remember, you are not minting coins on a screw press, so Firm but not squeaky tight when you tighten up your camera with
the wing bolt.



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This is the Jefferson nickle in a PCGS Holder that I used for the photo subject.
This picture was taken with the Nikon in the photo's



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Nothing Fancy but it gets the job done, and when done, it comes apart easly and stores under the bed.

I hope this helps
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09/29/2007 02:16 am
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 Posted 09/29/2007  06:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bryan1315 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I made one out of plexiglass, just heated it up with the oven top and bent the plexiglass to the shape I wanted but I have to say it takes longer to set the camera up and I would just rather hold the camera in my hands and take a quick snap of a coin, it always seems to be sufficient for what I am trying to show at the particular time
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 Posted 09/29/2007  10:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sleaklight to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
nice! I finally understand what you were talking about
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 Posted 09/29/2007  11:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Metalman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the "how to build it " 7070 ,,making sure the camera is steady is the only way to get consistently good pictures ,,especially in macro or super macro .

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 Posted 09/29/2007  7:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hunter20ga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can't be any good...didn't cost a lot of money.

Thanks, 7070....what a great, inexpensive way to get us all started! You're a gentleman to share!
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 Posted 09/29/2007  8:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add collect4fun to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice set up. What type and watt bulb do you use in the lamps?
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 Posted 09/29/2007  9:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 7070 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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What type and watt bulb do you use in the lamps?



Well I HAD 100 watt daylight fluorescent bulbs, but I broke one during the photo setup. I replaced them with 45 watt halogen flood lamps. (I was going to try them anyway). they seem to work OK

Lighting is Key to coin photography, Take good notes on what works for you and your setup.

And do not forget the self timer.
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 Posted 09/30/2007  12:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add adobero1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, thank you for the plans. I think I'm going to try that.

I have a simple Olympus Stylus 500, I think it's similar to your Nikon. I was going to ask how you released the shutter, I totally forgot about the timer, something I've never used yet!

I can't manually focus with my camera, (at least I dont' think I can). So, when I depress the shutter it automatically focuses just before the shot, so when using the timer, I wonder if it automatically does that for me, or if I need to do that myself before setting the timer...?
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 Posted 09/30/2007  01:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add FroDaddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Perfect! Time to get to work
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 Posted 09/30/2007  2:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 7070 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
quote:
I can't manually focus with my camera, (at least I dont' think I can). So, when I depress the shutter it automatically focuses just before the shot, so when using the timer, I wonder if it automatically does that for me, or if I need to do that myself before setting the timer...?



Adjust the camera arm (up or down) to the focusing distance before final tighting the C-Clamp. you can place a mark on the upright so you know where to place the arm next time. Then when placing a new subject (coin) press the shutter 1/2 way to focus the coin and make sure the composition is what you want. Then adjust lighting, taking test shots (remember to take notes).

I do not use the self timer for the test shots. Once you have determined the best lighting for the coin at hand, then set the self timer and take your best shot.

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 Posted 09/30/2007  11:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add adobero1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the tutorial 7070. That all makes good sense.

This will beat by a long shot my current method of placing my subject coin in the bottom of a 6 inch tall narrow jar, moving the jar about under a bedlamp, then positioning the camera on the rim of the jar and manually releasing the shutter!

I have gotten some halfway decent shots that way, but oh, so much trouble, so many failed attempts!
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 Posted 09/30/2007  11:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spider5689 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, you made it sound so easy. Now I know what my next project is going to be. Thanks for the tutorial.
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 Posted 09/30/2007  11:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ducky1100 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
adobero1,

I have and use an Olympus Stylus 800, I think it's pretty much the same camera only a difference in Megapixels. Do exactlly what 7070 suggested, he's RIGHT ON!
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 Posted 10/02/2007  4:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add RenaL to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Today I assembled a copystand too, I was inspired by 7070 but I guess I was a bit lucky since I had suitable material for that.





I used a 30 x 40 cm aluminum coating board and a 50 cm piece of aluminum rail with a sliding piece.



I took off the head of my tripod and connected to the slider.





Now since I have a nice rigid stand, I should start working on the lighting.

Here's what I could get with a regular circulating coin:




Is there any chance that the good recommendations about close-up coin photography could be gathered in a sticky thread here?

You guys SuperDave, 7070, zacharycash really mastered this, and share your experience, but I think in time the good stuff gets lost within the pages here.
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 Posted 10/02/2007  8:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 7070 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice Setup, Lets keep the ideas flowing.

Everyone wins.

And......

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