Here is a direct link to the thread Ray is suggesting you peruse:http://goccf.com/t/158182
It's 40 pages of items starting from 2013, so I'd imagine the cameras in the earlier threads are even cheaper now when you look at used ones. Though there is something to be said for newer larger megapixel cameras, up to a point. I use a 7D and am very, very happy with it I shoot primarily the Canon 100mm EF Macro F/2.8 pre IS lens. My single sided shots are so large I cannot scale them down at all enough to post a full resolution here, no matter what I've tried, even compressing to a low quality of 1 out of 100 in Photoshop still only gets me to around 650KB.
Using only two Ikea LED lights this is what to expect at 50% or so. I compressed to 1% low quality and dropped my DPI from 300 to 72.
and at 100% (only showing the date as it's all that will fit into the 300kb upload limit, this is compressed to low quality 20% on Photoshop.
I'm not using anything other than a USB cable to my computer and a tripod with a piece of black foam to shot the coin on. I do raise the coin up on a little coffee can to help fill the frame better and make it easier on me as far as comfort when shooting. I will shoot a bunch of coin obverse and reverse then I take the raw files and do the edits in Adobe Photoshop or Affinity Photo software. I crop the obverse or reverse out size the square to 3000 pixels at 300dpi (my choice of file saving) this is around 18-22 MB per image. I label the coins with my IDs and move on to the next one, the editing takes about twice as long as the shooting and all goes pretty fast now that I have everything dialed in. I'm probably getting around 12 to 15 coins total, done in an hour or so (obverse & reverse). I'm slowing slogging away through around my 1000 or so Two Cent
varieties. So far I'm just shooting the raw coins, and will eventually move into shooting slabbed coins which will take some thinking and redoing of my work procedures.
"Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin" - Aaron R. Feldman - "And read it" - Me 2013! ANA
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