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    Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    I mainly do 20x24 contract prints in b&w. But only have an iphone to take images of them to submit to shows. They do not look very good - only a suggestion of the contract print. I assume scanning the photos would be pricey so I thought it was time to buy a digital camera to take images of my analog work.

    My thought was that a used, "obsolete" digital camera would be all that I would need to take close up images of my prints. Any suggestions for a make and model of digital camera that would be just good enough for what I want to do?

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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    I’m a great fan of the Canon 100D (SL1 in the US), with the 50mm/1.8 stm lens.
    It’s a lot of camera for the money.

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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    A Nikon D600, D610, D750.....with a 60mm micro would work great. The Nikon's have very good dynamic range. Lighting will be important.....
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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    How much are you comfortable spending?

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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    How much are you comfortable spending?
    My hope was to spend under $200. Would a mirorless be appropriate. The camera I need really only needs one function - to take close ups of my prints

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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    If it is only to post and submit to shows, almost any digital camera with a decent lens that will focus close enough will do. You might have to do some post-processing to adjust the final image. Oh, and lights and a copy stand of some sort would be great.

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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    pentax k-5.

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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    What Iphone do you have? What don't you like about the images?
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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    Agree Peter

    It is hard to beat a current iPhone or iPad

    if you help it out and use an adjustable mount, get it parallel and stable

    you can also edit a LOT with it

    also provides GOOD lighting

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    Re: Which used digital camera to shoot images of my prints??

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    What Iphone do you have? What don't you like about the images?
    What Peter said. For $200, if you shop carefully, you might *just* be able to find an early-model APS-C DSLR with a 50mm prime lens or an entry-level kit zoom, in decent condition. It should also be possible to find a compact/point-and-shoot digital camera with reasonable controls and build quality for $200, with a somewhat different set of image quality tradeoffs. Which brings us to Peter's question: exactly what problem are you trying to solve? Whether buying one of these older cameras makes sense, and if so which type, depends on what perceived defects you're trying to fix.

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