Coin Shutterbugs - What lighting do you use for your "copy stand" lights? Also Macro Lens question.
Based on forum discussions here about 12 or so years ago, I have always used the "GE Reveal" or "Sylvannia Daylight" incandescent bulbs, which remarkably, have not burned out yet.
Given the advances in bulb technology since then, what is recommended for today? LED Bulbs? What kind? I still find it challenging to get the white balance right (I do custom on white sheet of paper with my Canon EOS Rebel T2i SLR Camera), so any bulb which is conducive to better white balance results would be great. I think I get close with true WB my current setup, but I sense the Reveal bulbs still result in some residual distortion.
Also, what would you recommend for a Macro Lens? I currently use a 100mm, which seems to work well for larger coins (nickel size and up), but not as well as for smaller coins (especially half dimes and gold dollars). I am thinking of getting a 150mm but am wondering if the camera will need to be 4 feet away for silver dollars! I could switch out lenses based on coin size if I need to I guess.
Thanks in advance for your input!