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    Coin Photography System

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    Asking Price: $635

    I have created a new coin photography system based on a couple of prototypes synergized into a system with excellent range and image quality.

    The first system I built many years ago was a very flexible one that I named "Santoku", which means "three uses" in Japanese. First use was with bellows; Second use was with a Bausch & Lomb Monozoom-7 microscope; and Third use was with direct mounting of camera and macro lens. The stand provided the function of a fine-focus capable copy stand.

    A few years later, on another forum, a member asked how to put together a coin photography system for <$400. I replied with a recommendation for camera, lens, focusing helicoid, etc that came out to <$400 and could provide excellent image quality. The recommendation included a small Tripod for mounting the camera, since the copy stand alone would blow the $400 budget.

    I have now (finally) combined the two systems into one...Santoku stand, with camera, helicoid and lens like the <$400 system. I'm including a better lens than was originally specified (originally Nikon 75mm El-Nikkor; new offering Rodenstock 75mm Apo Rodagon D), and along with the stand this makes the system much more than $400, but for a camera, fine focus copy stand, and high quality macro lens, this is still a pretty good bargain.

    Santoku is my Example System-7 on my website. Here's a link to show some of the features of Santoku
    http://www.macrocoins.com/santoku.html

    This link is to the original <$400 setup thread, which is still very active on the other forum:
    https://www.coincommunity.com/forum/...OPIC_ID=158182

    And here is a link to a thread with some posts regarding the first Santoku I sold, configured with a bellows:
    https://www.coincommunity.com/forum/...OPIC_ID=156715

    Santoku can be adjusted to frame the full range of US coins, from a bit larger than ASE's down to 3-Cent Silver (at 1:1 magnification).

    The Santoku system is $635, and includes:
    Canon Rebel XS DSLR with Live View control and Image Editing Software
    Focusing Helicoid
    Rodenstock 75mm Apo Rodagon D 1:1 macro lens (fixed aperture version)
    Camera and lens adapters
    Modified Bausch & Lomb microscope Copy Stand
    Builder of Custom Coin Photography Setups. PM me with your needs or visit http://macrocoins.com

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    If you already have a camera, or want to go with a different one, I can supply the System-7 without camera for $485.

    If you are looking for a more entry level system, I can substitute the Rodenstock lens for a 75mm Nikon lens. The system without camera, and with Nikon lens, is $385.
    Builder of Custom Coin Photography Setups. PM me with your needs or visit http://macrocoins.com

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    Very impressive set ups Ray! One of these days when I am not just a weekend searcher... and I'm able to buy and sell some nice ebay coins I will be ordering one of these from you!

    The link to your website is not working, gives me an error.

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    Sorry Viv, I messed up the name of that page. Here is the correct link:

    http://www.macrocoins.com/example-system-7.html

    FYI I listed this system on eBay at same price, so I will give LCF folks a $50 discount if bought from me directly.
    Builder of Custom Coin Photography Setups. PM me with your needs or visit http://macrocoins.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray_parkhurst View Post
    Sorry Viv, I messed up the name of that page. Here is the correct link:

    http://www.macrocoins.com/example-system-7.html

    FYI I listed this system on eBay at same price, so I will give LCF folks a $50 discount if bought from me directly.
    Thank you Ray, no problem... this link is working fine The Santoku system looks pretty simple to use and I'm sure it takes some powerful shots!

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    I have lowered my asking price for system without camera to $395 on eBay, or $355 for direct purchase from forum members.
    Builder of Custom Coin Photography Setups. PM me with your needs or visit http://macrocoins.com

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