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What camera do you use to take photos of your watch?

  1. puddlep1rate

    puddlep1rate Jan 26, 2015

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    Does anyone have any recommendations as to what camera I should be looking at to get good close up detail photos of watches? The only camera I've ever owned is the one that comes with my phone, and that just isn't cutting it. Was looking to post up a watch for sale soon and wanted great pictures. I'm not looking for any type of commercial use camera costing over $300.

    What camera do you use?
     
  2. repoman

    repoman Jan 26, 2015

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  3. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Jan 26, 2015

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    Canon G series - mine is an older model G9. The pocket Nikon Coolpix series (I have an older S600 as a backup camera) had pretty good macro optics and should be under your budget.
     
  4. jw0n

    jw0n Jan 26, 2015

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    Most cameras can take decent pics of your watch, yes even with an iPhone, I have seen impressive results. Key here is lighting; go outside and aim for morning or evening sun. Sunlight is a bit harsh from 12-3pm, generally. For close up details, a loupe can easily double up as a macro lens.

    Personally, I use a Canon 5dm2, Lumix GX1 and my iPhone :)
     
  5. proximal

    proximal Jan 26, 2015

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    I'm pretty sure @Kringkily takes the pictures for his ads with a phone. Maybe you could ask him for some pointers before investing in a camera solely for watch sales purposes.
     
  6. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Jan 26, 2015

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    First thing is to let us know what phone you use, we can then let you know how to get more out of it or advise you on a camera.

    I use a Panasonic/Lumix DMC-TZ30 and find it quite good for a P&S.
     
  7. puddlep1rate

    puddlep1rate Jan 26, 2015

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    Well, I've personally always used the camera that comes equipped on iphones. I currently own an iphone 6, but even on this, close up photo shots where minor detail that needs to be shown (scuffs) never come out too great.
     
  8. Andy K

    Andy K Dreaming about winning an OFfie one day. Jan 26, 2015

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    For under $300 I'd just upgrade your phone's camera. The iPro lens system has macro and telephoto lenses that clip to your phone for $90, and you could get a good light box kit for 75 or so.
     
  9. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Jan 26, 2015

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  10. alfanator

    alfanator Jan 26, 2015

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    Panasonic Lumix LX7---excellent macro. Or get a used Canon S90 for $100. Lighting is key.
     
  11. flyingout

    flyingout Jan 27, 2015

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    I was about to make the comment that P&S cameras are not good if you want shots with a shallow depth of field. True enough. But I pulled out my little used S90, set focus mode to macro, probably for the first time, et voilà.

    Edit: Yes, lighting, and a clean desk, are key.

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  12. jw0n

    jw0n Jan 27, 2015

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    Definitely not all about hardware. Just need the right set-up, lighting, and some imagination to make it work :)

    Here's one with my GX1:
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  13. TNTwatch

    TNTwatch Jan 27, 2015

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    Shallow depth of field is actually a limitation in macro/close-up shots. You'd usually need more not less depth of field here.
     
  14. flyingout

    flyingout Jan 27, 2015

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    Understood. I had never used the macro mode with that little guy.
     
  15. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Jan 27, 2015

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    iPhone 5, always.

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  16. Darlinboy

    Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Jan 27, 2015

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    Never used anything but my iPhone. :)

    I bought an ollo clip attachment for macros, but hardly ever gets used.
     
  17. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 27, 2015

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    Nikon D600 + 105VR and occasionally TC-17 1.7X teleconverter
     
  18. gaczr7s

    gaczr7s Jan 27, 2015

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    Nikon D80 DSLR with a Sigma 24-70mm 1:2.8 EX DG lens. I always shoot manual with a flash kit and light box.
     
  19. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jan 27, 2015

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    Currently a Nikon D90, with Nikon 2.8 macro leans, extension tubes, and if needed a Manfrotti tripod and macro slide attachment.
     
  20. gaczr7s

    gaczr7s Jan 29, 2015

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    Archer, what is a "macro slide attachment"?