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Old 06-08-2019, 01:24 PM
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Rec's for used camera and lens for prints of paintings

Hi all, I've been going back and forth for months, reading reviews and watching videos about how to photograph your artwork for prints.

And as I scroll thru the used cameras on Adorama and Precision, I'm having trouble deciding and actually choosing a camera and lens. Do you folks have any suggestions?

I'll be aiming for giclee prints, don't really care about the video capability, and I know I need a tripod, proper light set up, color checker... but first that camera and lens!

I'm looking for used because I need to keep the camera and lens combo under $500.
I appreciate any and all suggestions!
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Old 06-08-2019, 01:46 PM
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Re: Rec's for used camera and lens for prints of paintings

I got a great used Canon on ebay for $169. I have had it since November and it looks and works like new.
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Re: Rec's for used camera and lens for prints of paintings

Ginny, what is the model number of the Canon? And more importantly, what lens do you use to take photos of your paintings?
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Re: Rec's for used camera and lens for prints of paintings

Thanks Ginny, and like Luv2shoot, I'd like to know which Cannon and lens. I keep getting drawn to Nikons, but the local camera place has been steering me away from them.



Which camera and lens are you guys using to shoot photos of paintings?
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:16 PM
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Re: Rec's for used camera and lens for prints of paintings

I'm sorry. I typed that on the run. Stream of consciousnes. LOL! As soon as I have time, I will look up the info.
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Re: Rec's for used camera and lens for prints of paintings

Okay, I'm sorry it took me so long. I get distracted and now I am sitting down here in my dungeon studio and my camera is right next to me: no excuses! LOL!

I am typing what I see on the camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi Model No. DS126181

It came with a lens: Canon EFS 18-55 mm with image stabilizer and autofocus. I paid $169 for both from a camera shop that refurbishes cameras and sells on ebay. I cannot, for the life of me, remember who it was and I have quickly looked and can't find the receipt right now. I'm sorry. There are a LOT of good sellers, but there are also bad ones. I was fortunate. I hope you find what you need.
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:38 PM
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Re: Rec's for used camera and lens for prints of paintings

Thanks, Ginny- I pulled the trigger on a refurbished Nikon D3400 with lenses from Adorama for under $400. Keeping my fingers crossed! But they have a return policy so I'm hoping it works out.





You can drive yourself mad trying to come up with the best budget options!
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I am sure it will work out. If the camera is well made to start with, the refurbished ones are probably pretty good, too. You sound like you got more than one lens. If so, that seems like a good price to me. May you have many happy years with your new camera. 📷😎
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I prefer a camera that shoots RAW files, a good prime 35 mm to 50 mm lens, sturdy tripod, This will get you the file. Technique and practice will get you a good file. You should have a software program to make your adjustments and a calibrated monitor to view. If you plan to print your own, that's another ball game but in my case worth it.
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