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Help Taking Photos Of Commemorative Proof Sets.

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 Posted 04/03/2015  12:44 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Gilron to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm starting to sell a load of commems my wife inherited on ebay to aid in some hard times. and I'm taking pictures with so so results. On old 5 MP Easyshare camera doesn't cut it. 4G ipod camera, no. All of these coins are proof sets. Anyone have any tips on an inexpensive camera that may get the job done, one with wifi. do you think I need to take extreme close ups. I'm hoping to keep a portion of these sets to continue my interest in coin collecting.
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 Posted 04/05/2015  02:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scropper to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What's wrong with the pictures from your existing cameras?

My experience is that the camera doesn't matter much, so long as the rest of the set up is right.

As for extreme close-ups, I'd say no. If you take a nice, clear, bright, in-focus picture of each coin, both sides, that will be more than enough. There is no need for macro on a commem set, they should all grade 68 or 69 so the only thing you'll be doing with extreme close-ups is showing off the tiny flaws you can probably hardly see in-hand. Just be honest with the pictures, that's the best you can hope for. Too much honesty (which I try hard to achieve with my photographs, honestly) probably won't help the sale.
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 Posted 04/05/2015  10:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SsuperDdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, but he's not looking for those closeups to sell but for his own collecting interests.

Gilron, it's unlikely anything "inexpensive" will do all of that unless "inexpensive" to you can mean "up to $500." Spend that much, and we'll make you as good a photographer as anyone here.

It's quite possible you aren't getting everything your Kodak is capable of giving you. It won't do the macro work, but chances are we can help you maximize its' potential. If that works, an inexpensive (under $100) Celestron digital microscope or something of that sort can possibly meet the macro requirement.

Let's work with what you've got first. Can you mention the actual model so I can see what it's capable of? Maybe a pic or two here, also, so we can see where improvement is needed.
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