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Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Or Xsi

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 Posted 03/19/2021  8:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Out of these two cameras which would be the better for taking photos of coins
Canon EOS Rebel T1i DSLR 75-300mm, or Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xsi? I have no clue want any of this means but I am getting a good deal on either one.
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 Posted 03/19/2021  10:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Minnimarine,

The T1i has 15MP vs the XSi 12MP, so the T1i is probably a better choice. However, the 75-300mm lens won't work well for coins. It won't focus close enough.
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 Posted 03/19/2021  10:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
He added two lenses 18-55, and 75-300. Am I still gonna need a macro lens?
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 Posted 03/19/2021  10:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 18-55mm can shoot Dollars pretty well, but not smaller coins. I use if only for full slabs, proof sets, etc. If you want to shoot down to Dimes, you'll need a macro lens of some type. Note that you can do pretty well with a helicoid and 75mm enlarging lens fairly cheaply, and it can go smaller than dimes. See the "<$400" thread for more details.
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 Posted 03/20/2021  12:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
He said he has a macro lens. He took a picture of a quarter and showed me. Ok awesome so now I know where I am going. If I can't get the macro then get the helicoid and 75mm enlarging lens. Most appreciated. Thank you.
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 Posted 03/20/2021  12:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gluggo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I own a T6i a few years newer you can't go wrong. In fact I just put an order in for Rays helicoil/lens set up. Looking forward to giving it a try later this month. Good luck on your purchase it's only money but well spent!
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 Posted 03/20/2021  2:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Would a XSi 28-90mm 2x quantaray coupler macro lens adapter work good? I just got offered the whole set up for $220.00. Shutter only has 1447. He said hardly used.
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 Posted 03/20/2021  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You would do better with the 18-55mm with 2x teleconverter but the image will be a bit fuzzy. Camera sounds good though, but maybe still a bit expensive.
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 Posted 03/20/2021  6:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I need to learn camera language. This absolutely Greek to me. I copied the list on this forum and I'm not buying yet. I'm gonna go learn first so I get what I need and noton impulse. I'm thinking at least a T5i or so. But I need a macro lens or a helicoid lens. Thanks all.... was just about to waiste money and end up not happy with it. Most thankful.
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 Posted 03/20/2021  9:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would personally recommend the T7 (not T7i) at this point as a good mid-level camera for coins. The camera I have recommended for 9 years (and still recommend) is the Rebel XS, but for some Mac computers the EOS utility software does not work on anything older than the T7, so it is the safest model to recommend now for all platforms. It's a lot more expensive than the XS but it is 24MP so quite a bit more resolution, so probably worth it.
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 Posted 03/22/2021  4:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can get the xs set up for $200, or the T3i for $300.
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 Posted 03/22/2021  4:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can get the xs 12.0 mp set up for $200, or the T3i 18.0 mp for $300. Ifth XS works I would rather just spend the $200.
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 Posted 03/22/2021  9:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you have a PC (not a Mac) then I would still recommend the XS. Here is one with the 18-55mm for $135, described as in "perfect condition":

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-...202438615127

No battery, but you don't need one if you buy an AC adapter for $12.45:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HQRP-AC-Po...260876369707

The 18-55 is good for proof sets, slabs, bills, etc. For coins you need the equivalent of a macro lens. These should work well:

helicoid for $27

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Female-M42...224026140088

EOS-M42 adapter for $10

https://www.ebay.com/itm/M42-Pentax...383728315352

And the 75mm Nikon lens for $43

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-75mm...224277414984

Total cost is ~$227 and includes both the 18-55mm and the "macro lens".
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 Posted 03/23/2021  2:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I got the 3ti. Is the links up top you posted for 3ti or xs?
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 Posted 03/23/2021  2:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Minnimarine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Man am I so confused.
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 Posted 03/24/2021  11:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The helicoid, adapter, and lens will work great with the T3i. You'll need a different AC adapter though. This one will work for T2i through T5i:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kastar-AC-...264766518804
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