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    Which camera do you suggest?

    I want to take pictures of my firearms and some equipment to save to disc in case of the worst happening; I have no knowledge of cameras or photography, so I expect to take some time "working up" the photos to the quality I want.
    I think that I want a digital camera, but since this is probably the only thing that I'd be using it for, I don't want to break the bank. I want to take close ups for serial numbers and calibers and if that adds to the cost or complexity, so be it.
    I would appreciate your advice, and thank you.
    Last edited by wch; 07-28-2013 at 11:39 AM.
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    Find a box with small writing on it, similar to serial number size... shouldn't be hard to find one. Take that to a camera store or Sam's/Costco and have them show you models appropriate to your task... I expect there are many new digital cameras that will do the trick for less than $100... Probably gonna need a "macro" feature so you can focus and zoom close in... The most difficult thing I found with photographing guns is getting the background correct so the lens would open up and you could actually see the serial number... a black serial number on a black frame doesn't stand out very well... and if you have a really light background, the automatic features of the camera will adjust to the light background instead of the dark frame of the gun. Then you can't see ANY detail on the frame...

    If you're not sold on what the retailers offer, you can hit garage sales armed with your new education. I don't like my current pocket-size digital camera for close-ups as much as I liked the 10 year old, 3-megapixel Fuji that I sold at a garage sale for $35... with close-up lenses, bag and other goodies!! Should have kept that camera for documenting stuff and just bought the new camera for vacation photos.... but if you look at used/garage sale cameras, make sure that they have the correct cords to attach the camera to your computer, or a removable memory card (ie: SD card) or you won't be able to transfer the pictures to storage...

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    Thank you for the informative answer.
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    Digital so you can download them to the computer, send them to your email and save them to an outside media source of some sort i.e. cd, dvd, jump drive etc. You could also print off a hard copy if you needed to. Good suggestion on a Macro mode so you can focus in closely on the serial #s.

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    I am using a old Olympus E-10, it was a high end camera in its day, has a great lens and its only 4 mega pixel but takes great close-ups and its is digital. I think you should be able to buy one for no more than 150 this is a full size SLR.

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    I still use a very old (13 years) Canon G2. It is only 4 mega pixels but has 3x optical zoom, white balance, and macro settings. It does just fine for me !









    Find a good used camera from someone you know.

    Use a tripod !

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    Darn GLL...............more of your gun and mold porn.

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    I just use my stupid phone.
    I have a nikon d5000 , but its easier with my phone. I can email them straight to my computer.

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    A side light across the numbers can bring them out,
    an LED flashlight works for this.
    My old Fuji digital has a tube around the lens
    for mounting 55mm filters, got some closeup
    lenses for a few bucks at a camera store.

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    Light levels and direction will go a long way toward the details you want. A macro lens setting allows really close ups of detail, and a tripod gets rid of the shimmy shakes.

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    Thanks to all of you-I now have a starting place.
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    I shoot a fair amount of macrophotos for my work. For something like serial numbers, nearly any camera, including Cell cameras can work. A tripod or even a simple rest can be your friend if its an older camera or if you have shakey hands. Get a feel for the focus of the camera and try out the pre-focus features (on most digital cameras, its done by "half" pressing and holding the shutter button) after the camera pre-focuses, then it takes the photo much faster.

    If your interested in other photography besides just your serial numbers, you can hardly go wrong with a cannon Rebel dslr, even a T2 or T2i. Not the cheapest camera ever, but can take spectacular pictures of wild life, landscape and pretty good macros if you have a good rest. Plus, the large image sizes allow you some usable zoom when digitally editing photos. You can take a lower magnification photo of your gun, and then crop to the serial number area and not have excessive pixelation.

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    I took this with my new $85 camera.


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    Brassrat

    Quote Originally Posted by brassrat View Post
    I took this with my new $85 camera.

    OK, that looks like the thing I need; care to tell me which camera I'm looking for?
    Thanks.
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    optical zoom!

    GLL, great pics.

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    Buy the best camera you can afford. Ask a sales associate. They will know what to offer.

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    Have a price range and stick to it. It's not all about the camera, but there are a few breakpoints you need to hit. With that being said... Simply practice practice practice and you will have some amazing pictures as seen in this thread. It's not the camera that takes the pictures, it is you!

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    My camera is an outdated, but new, Canon Powershot.

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    My old Canon Power Shot S90 is hard to beat for a point and shoot. It has the largest sensor in it's class which by the way is the heart of the camera. The smaller the sensor means less quality images. The optical zoom is only a 3.8 but works for most of what I need. It has a reasonably fast lens 2.0 to 4.9 so taking pictures with existing light works very well.It has a easy to use menu and you can set a custom configuration to have the presets done as you turn it on. It also has manual setting when the auto does not give you what you want. It is proably more than you would ever have a use for but is there if you need it. You should be able to find a used one from the likes of KEH photo, B&H photo or Adorama. There are a couple of newer and improved models of this camera called the S100 and something else but the S90 would more than cover most of your needs. I didn't mention they are tough. I have been carying mine through Iraq and Afghanistan for several years now though sand storms extreme heat on helicopters and cargo planes that feels like it will vibrate your teeth out and it is still holding up fine. I'll be in extreme heat where it exceeds it's operating temps and it just shuts down until it cools off a bit and just starts going again.

    gmsharps

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    Taken with an Iphone 3gs, shrunk with Photoshop.
    Nothing special, one incandescent light and one fluorescent
    running in the room.
    I used the phone recently to update my collection of
    serial number pics.



    It helps to rest a finger or heel of hand on something.

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