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Hello, everyone. After several years away, I am back on this terrific site. Now retired and 72, my son or grandson are not interested in coins so I am thinking of selling some of my collection so my family won't have to deal with this when I am "gone". I have a nifty new digital camera (Kodak PIXPRO FZ55) and have not yet succeeded with decent photos. I think I need a tripod. Anyway, will a small "6 inch" tripod allow me to take photos of coins that I put on the top of my desk? I really don't know how to take decent coin photos. I figure at a later date, I can relearn E-Bay and load pictures from my camera. Any thoughts would be very much appreciated. Thanks SO much!! Piano1 (MusicAl) Alan in NH

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Piano1... Welcome back. We have several expert coin photographers as members. I am sure they will be along shortly to help you. Good luck, Cheers, RickO

  • messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,680 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I took a peek at the specs for your camera and it might be challenging to get good coin photos with it. The camera can't focus closer than 39" in telephoto mode. You'll have to be pretty close to the coin in macro mode, which will make lighting a challenge. The camera is capable of focusing to 2". You'll want a working distance of about 6" so that you can light the coin. A 6" tripod might be a little short but could work well enough. I did a presentation several years ago on getting decent pictures with a cheap setup. Give it a watch.

  • Piano1Piano1 Posts: 233 ✭✭✭

    Hello, messydesk, and thanks very much for your guidance with my coin photo endeavors. I will watch the video this evening. Can't promise a picture too soon though. Need to figure out the camera and see where I get with a tripod first...and lighting of course.

    Many thanks.

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