04-18-2014 10:50 AM - edited 04-18-2014 10:52 AM
Get a T5i (less than $1000 in a kit), or if you can find a refurbished T3i you could probably get that in a kit under $500.
04-18-2014 03:29 PM
All of the currently sold Canon EOS camera bodies can do "wired" tethered shooting and support "live view".
The 70D and 6D are more than you wanted to spend, but they do have integrated WiFi can do "wireless" tethered shooting when using Canon's software.
If you're not averse to own a refurbished body, you can save a bit by purchasing a camera from Canon's online store in the refrubished section: http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/cameras/refurbished-eos-digital-slr-cameras
04-21-2014 01:24 AM
Clarification of objective: While photography was once a primary hobby (film age, Minolta SRT201, X700), Wood working & coin collecting are my primary hobbies today. As such, I'd like to use digital photography to take clear, sharp pictures of my coins to document my collection and share with other collectors for trading purposes. Presently using Canon Power Shot SD870IS and struggling to get the lighting and camera settings adjusted for a good image. I take a few shots with one set of varibles, then I have to dismount the camera from the copy stand to get at the memory card (and/or battery), mind you at this cameras focal length the lights may be in the way too. Then view the images on the computer, adjust varibles, remount, reposition lighting, shoot, dismount, etc. So when I learned of tethered shooting... being able to view image, adjust settings, and capture shot from computer seemed a must have. Then I learned I couldn't do it with my existing equipment and software was required since the Canon products included software, I came here for recommendations.
Based I what I've gathered so far, I'm considering purchasing a SL1 body, AC adapter kit, & EF 100mm f/2.8 macro usm lens. The longer focal length will allow greater flexibility for positioning lighting ...coins have a very reflective surface. So I'm looking at an investment of $1200 before taxes or additional software. That's 1 or 2 higher grade coins or a lot of lesser grade coins for the conveince. But combines 3 fun hobbies, coin, photo, computers. Now to build a cabinet for all of it.
04-21-2014 09:20 AM - edited 04-22-2014 05:01 PM
"For the added expense what advatage does lightroom have over the canon sftwr?"
Lightroom 5 and it's big brother Photoshop are professional level programs. They are the industry standard. If Lightromm can not do what you want, or PS, it is likely not possibile. Virtually every pro (99.9%) uses LR and/or PS. I know of none that use the free Canon software.
Lightroom will also let you do some adjustments to your photographs and of course PS is the ultimate for editing.
Lightromm is around $150 bucks but PS is only availible through subscription from Adobe. It is $9.99 per month and includes LR.
My recommendation is still a Rebel T5i with a EF 100mm f2.8 non-IS (copy stand, right?) and Lightromm 5. This is probably the cheapest way to do what you want. That is just a little more than you indicated you wanted to spend at around $1350 but this will prove to be a very good outfit for your stated objective.
One caveat, the EF 100mm f2.8 is not a good general porpuse lens. You will still need a "normal" lens if you want to do "nomral" pictures. Could be had for as little as a additional hundred bucks for a EF (Niftty 50) 50mm f1.8. Or you could buy the T5i with a kit lens for around $750. (Plus the 100mm plus LR5)
04-21-2014 12:05 PM
As such, I'd like to use digital photography to take clear, sharp pictures of my coins to document my collection and share with other collectors for trading purposes.
Based I what I've gathered so far, I'm considering purchasing a SL1 body, AC adapter kit, & EF 100mm f/2.8 macro usm lens.
You don't need anything fancy to get accurate images of coins, just a bit of time getting it set properly. Any camera back to the 450D has live view, though you don't even need LV for this. Furthermore, any camera back to 450D (and a couple models before) have more than enough resolution for this need. Unless you plan and getting into photography as a hobby, I'd look at getting a refurbish Rebel camera (450D, 500D, 550D, 600D...) directly from Canon. You could save quite a bit of money. I'd even try to pick up the 100mm macro from them if you can get it. All come with warranties.
Here's the camera bodies:
Looks like most of the Rebels come in a kit, and you don't need a kit. Though they have a refurbished SLR for $500. If you hold out you could get a T3i for $400. Likewise, you can get the 100mm for under $500, but they're tough to find.