This might sound dumb but I have had a hard time taking good coin and medal images over the years.
This is just my experience but I think that practice was my answer to getting better. I am still not a great photographer but somehow over time I have improved gradually to where I can produce some nice images now. It took thousands of pictures to get where I am today and I still have a long ways to go.
I think any camera with a micro function and a delay timer might be enough. I like to delay the shot 2 seconds so I can steady the camera. I found pushing the "shoot" button always blurred my images because my camera was moving a little while the button was pushed.
Of course while a high end camera would probably make a big difference, a basic digital camera can still do.
Mine is a Canon Powershot elph 190IS.
I also have the inexpensive Celestron for extreme close up images.
Experimenting with lighting has also made a difference, again, lots of trial and error and practice.
I have a "cut in half" OJ juice plastic bottle that diffuses the inexpensive lamps on each side and replaced the short distance rod with some copper plumbing.
My celestron wants to make everything brownish yellow so I use a program called PhotoScape and adjust the image the best I can to look same as the coin under light in hand and save it that way.
Edited by TNG
05/15/2019 2:57 pm