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I'm Going To Start Shopping For A New, Real Camera. Suggestions?

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 Posted 06/19/2017  6:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add WheatBack to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I know you were wanting to get close to PCGS Trueview and this is the closest that I've gotten so far. I used the stock 18-55mm lens that came with my T6 and the wide angle conversion. Click the image for the full resolution.

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 Posted 06/19/2017  9:40 pm  Show Profile   Check Darth Morgan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Darth Morgan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice, Wheatback. I'm going to practice and play with doing regular family photos for a while just to get the feel of the camera. I'd like to get comfortable with it first before I dive into coin photography. The next thing I'll need to get is a copy stand. After that, a dedicated macro lens. Just gonna take my time and enjoy the learning experience.
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 Posted 07/11/2017  08:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JeffMTampa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would definately stick with a Canon body so you can utilize the free tethering software provided. I use a Canon 50D body, but a Rebel T6 will work great.

To get the kind of photos you're looking for you'll need a 1:1 Macro lens, 90 to 150 MM. Tamron makes a good 90mm to start with. You can pick up a good used one for under $200.

You'll also want to invest in a cocy stand. With a Tamron 90mm lens you can use a smaller less expensive model ($125).

As others have stated, once the basic equipment is in place it's ALL about learning lighting techniques. That will take a lot of time and pracitce to master.
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 Posted 07/11/2017  08:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I know you were wanting to get close to PCGS Trueview and this is the closest that I've gotten so far. I used the stock 18-55mm lens that came with my T6 and the wide angle conversion. Click the image for the full resolution


That is exceptional from the kit lens.
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 Posted 07/12/2017  08:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ham1947 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Show me what the "wide angle conversion" is all about. Thanks, Ham.
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 Posted 07/26/2017  5:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add WheatBack to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Show me what the "wide angle conversion" is all about. Thanks, Ham.


Nothing really to show. I haven't really done much without it, but it just allows a wide frame view. All of my photos are using it.

https://www.amazon.com/Vivitar-0-43...p/B0052UMN3U
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 Posted 07/27/2017  09:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ham1947 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, WheatBack. I have a Canon T1i. I'm presently using a Tamron 90mm macro lens, but have the zoom lens that came with the camera. I assume that this conversion kit will work with the Canon zoom lens?
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 Posted 07/27/2017  12:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Harry213 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I bought the same vivitar wide angle attachment lens after reading WheatBacks post.

It attaches to the stock 18-55mm zoom lens on my Canon Rebel T6. I believe it's a 58mm thread. It's a nice improvement to the stock lens. I like that it is a 2 part lens (wide angle & macro), so you can remove the wide angle lens and just use the macro lens attachment.

A few weeks ago I went out and purchased the Canon 24mm pancake lens and I've fallen in love with using just that lens now..

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 Posted 09/01/2017  10:34 pm  Show Profile   Check Darth Morgan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Darth Morgan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just a quick update. During lunch yesterday I told my Dad I needed some lumber to build my own Copy Stand based on this one below:



When I came to pick up my little girl after work a couple of hours later he had this ready for me:




Total Cost: $0

So far I've been experimenting with a silver '73-S Ike using just the stock 18-55 mm lens. I also purchased the same Vivitar wide-angle attachment lens mentioned by Wheatback, but it is in transit at the moment. My goal is to duplicate the size and sharpness of the Morgan he posted on Page 2. Extension tubes are next on my radar.

Here is the Ike I was practicing with (18-55mm stock lens). It's kind of like starting over trying to figure out the lighting suitable for this Canon Rebel. I don't like how dark the image appears. I want it to be brighter and more crisp. I DO like how the right side of the coin is in focus now. I always had trouble with this using the iPhone. We'll see how that Vivitar lens performs. If I can get near 1:1 with extension tubes then I may not need to get a dedicated macro. It will all depend on the quality.

My Eisenhower dollar Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof ( PCGS Registry) - https://www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry/do...edset/119137
Darth Morgan - "The Other Ike dollars" Showcase: https://www.PCGS.com/setregistry/showcase/3354
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 Posted 09/05/2017  5:31 pm  Show Profile   Check Darth Morgan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Darth Morgan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Question: What setting can I change so that more light is allowed into the camera for brighter photos?
My Eisenhower dollar Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof ( PCGS Registry) - https://www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry/do...edset/119137
Darth Morgan - "The Other Ike dollars" Showcase: https://www.PCGS.com/setregistry/showcase/3354
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 Posted 09/05/2017  6:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bd251 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A wider aperture (smaller f/) and longer shutter speed will let more light into the camera. That kit lens is probably f/3.5 at 18mm so you wontn't have any depth of field/focus issues, especially with a cropped sensor. If you want more information on obtaining proper exposure with manual controls, read about the exposure triangle. You can also just use the exposure compensation (EV+/-) to achieve a brighter picture.
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 Posted 09/05/2017  6:04 pm  Show Profile   Check Darth Morgan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Darth Morgan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you. I'm doing some research now, and I've found a couple of good "Dummies" articles to go along with your advice. It's a journey now figuring out coin photography with a DSLR.
My Eisenhower dollar Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof ( PCGS Registry) - https://www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry/do...edset/119137
Darth Morgan - "The Other Ike dollars" Showcase: https://www.PCGS.com/setregistry/showcase/3354
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 Posted 09/22/2018  3:28 pm  Show Profile   Check Darth Morgan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Darth Morgan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's been over a year since I imaged a coin with my Cannon, and I was in the mood to play around with it again today. Thus, this thread is resurrected. For the first time I used the LIVE VIEWER on my computer screen to take shots, and it was SOOO much better. Now I know why most people do it this way.

I set the camera to landscape mode and used the standard lens (18-55 mm) for this shot. I still haven't mustered the courage to buy a dedicated macro lens yet.

My Eisenhower dollar Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof ( PCGS Registry) - https://www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry/do...edset/119137
Darth Morgan - "The Other Ike dollars" Showcase: https://www.PCGS.com/setregistry/showcase/3354
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Thus, this thread is resurrected.
Good thing. I missed it the first time.

Looking good!
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