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    What Camera Is Best?

    I've taken pictures with my microscope camera but they are nothing like the ones seen on this site. I would like to find a good camera for taking coin pictures. In the past, when taking pictures of silver eagles or morgans, I can only fit a portion of the coin into a picture. I've read the quidelines for posting pictures on this site and all of mine would not be acceptable. I'd really like to find something to take pictures that isn't complicated or hard to work with.

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    Well that would also depend on your budget. What do you plan on spending? 100? 1000?

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    Hello again Jesh,
    When it comes to the price of a camera.....around 1-200. I've got a good little camera for taking family pictures but haven't learned that much about it...like macro or the lighting or even a type of tripod. I read the thread on the Nikon D3100? but can't afford anything like that. I have a lens or camera for my microscope but it seems complicated. Anyway, I'd like to find something so I could put some pictures on here. Preferably one that will take a picture of the whole coin, not just half or part of it. pcb

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocketchangebandit View Post
    Hello again Jesh,
    When it comes to the price of a camera.....around 1-200. I've got a good little camera for taking family pictures but haven't learned that much about it...like macro or the lighting or even a type of tripod. I read the thread on the Nikon D3100? but can't afford anything like that. I have a lens or camera for my microscope but it seems complicated. Anyway, I'd like to find something so I could put some pictures on here. Preferably one that will take a picture of the whole coin, not just half or part of it. pcb
    You can use a point and shoot easily. Lehigh uses one I believe and has no issues. Right, Paul?

    Sorry for the late reply. I could do some research for you, but a canon powershot should do the job just fine, assuming you learn the ins and outs of it.

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    Great, I'll check out the canon powershot and/or learn to use one of mine and hopefully post a few pictures. THANK YOU

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    I use a Canon Powershot SD880 IS 10 megapixel camera and have had fantastic results. I tried to upgrade to a Nikon D90 with a macro lens but found that it was so complicated and so much time to master that it would basically become it's own hobby. Since I was able to achieve what I think are professional quality results with a simple point & shoot, I decided to rid myself of that big expensive DSLR camera.

    My advice is to use what you are comfortable using. It sounds as if you are a little hesitant with your point & shoot. If that is the case, you definitely don't want to enter the realm of a DSLR with detachable lenses. You must have macro mode on your camera (flower icon) and should always use the timer function. Taking photos by hand will cause vibrations and blur the photos.

    Have fun and can't wait to see some of your results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocketchangebandit View Post
    Great, I'll check out the canon powershot and/or learn to use one of mine and hopefully post a few pictures. THANK YOU
    Happy New Year! Any results with your new setup?

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    While I cannot speak to the point and shoot, I will say I love my Canon T3i. But what really helps is proper lighting and a copy stand and a good macro. Admittedly, my setup cost over $2000. but I use my camera for all sorts of other pictures besides coins.

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    Canon DSLRs are the best cameras for studio photomacrography and photomicrography. The oldest model I would recommend is the XS.

 

 
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