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    I think that have decided on my camera / lens /etc --

    Any opinions?

    - Nikon D90 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens
    - Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO HSM IF Macro Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras
    - Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control for Nikon P7000, D3000, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D7000, D70s, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras
    - Nikon EH-5A AC Adapter for Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80, D700 & D300 Digital SLR Cameras
    - Transcend 32 GB Ultimate Speed SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card TS32GSDHC10

    No choice on copy stand yet, may go hunting at local camera shop.
    Ditto on lights, probably just going to grab a few long flexible necks and experiment with incandescent vs fluorescent.

    Anything I am missing or comments on that gear?

    Also, I chose the D90 specifically because it can take advantage of tethered shooting in lightroom without having to do anything "hacky".

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    How much will that run you?
    And what is tethered shooting about?
    But it sounds nice.

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    You really don't need a wireless remote. First problem is unless the sensor is in the back of the camera (which it isn't), you'll have issues setting it off, since the camera is facing down toward the floor. Do one of two things: get a wired one, or set a timer. In either case, use mirror lock up to reduce vibration.

    If you want a killer copy stand, see my review in the photography section.

    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Kavanaugh View Post
    And what is tethered shooting about?
    Tethered shooting is like "live" shooting on your computer. You'll see what you'd see if you look through the viewfinder. It's great and with macro shooting it is a major bonus since you can see if you are focused correctly much easier. Once you shoot tethered in coin photography you won't want to shoot any other way!

    Another thing with tethered shooting is (if you are hardcore into "correctly shooting"), you can block the viewfinder with the attached viewfinder blocker that usually is on the included strap, which will stop any stray light from coming into the camera.
    Last edited by Jesh; 01-08-2011 at 09:33 AM. Reason: period happy.


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    Ok, will change the remote for a wired shutter release cable -- even that might not be necessary, though, as I might be able to release via software on the PC.

    Also, I think I might be confused about tethered shooting vs. live view on the PC. From what I understand, I am going to be able to snap pictures and have them instantly appear on the PC, but not have a live viewfinder view on the PC. I'd like what you describe better, so I am going to have to do a little bit of research there!

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    I'm not sure does Nikon have liveview?

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    They do on the LCD, and I know at least one 3rd party app can view it outside of that. Trying to see if the Nikon capture software supports that, and if lightroom does. I suspect the Nikon software will, but that lightroom will just support the display of images as you actually take them.

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    Did the rest of my homework and the Nikon software does the live view, so it looks like I will be using that.

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    Nice. Are you familiar with photography in general?

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    I am relearning. I used to shoot in high school (20 years ago). It's amazing how much I have forgotten. I plan to get some use out of the camara outside of coin photography. I actually asked my dad about my old camara during the christmas visit. It was a no-name SLR, but it worked pretty well and we had a few different lenses and other goodies. Katrina ate it except a set of close up filters.

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    Damnit.

    Ordered this item: Copy stand.

    Assumed from the sellers pictures and description that it came with the lights. Got tipped off by reading a thread on the PCGS boards that it does not and did some investigation -- mainly going direct to the sellers website where it does state that it doesnt come with lights. I've already blown my budget out of the water and would rather buy a less expensive stand now that I know I am still going to have to purchase lights. I really don't want to be out the 30 bucks return shipping. This stinks.

 

 
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