I am seaching for a good, reasonable priced digital camera for taking good pics of jewelry for sale on eBay. We have an older model Kodak Easy Share and it just doesn't cut it. I bought the close-up lens for it and it isn't any better. Any suggestions?
If eBay is your limit, any of the better CoolPix cameras will focus to under an inch and are perfect for shooting jewelry.
Get a white plastic container like from Cool Whip, turn it upside down and shoot the jewelry through a hole you cut in it. That will give you to get diffused shadow free lighting when you photograph the jewelry.
I've got to agree with Larry on this one. I had (still have) a Nikon CoolPix880 and used it for years making images for a small electronics shop's eBay trade. It really did a great job photographing those tiny little things. Only a 3.3meg image, but since I was shrinking the images for the Web anyhow, it didn't matter.
Though the CoolPix line has moved on considerably from the 880, that model really is nice. It's also available for between $50 and $75 on eBay too. Get at least one extra battery and the charger.
That's a great tip Larry gave on the Cool Whip container too. I learned that trick only after doing it badly quite a few times...
What would be a newer version of the 880 in the Canon line? I need it for, as I stated before, taking very intricate pics of jewelry, for sale on eBay. But, I also have 2 beautiful granddaughters that are worthy of pics, too. Thanks for everyone's help!
Larry, Would the Nikon CoolPix 5600 take good closeups? Thanks. I have seen the white cubes for taking pics at the eBay convention.....a white bucket is much cheaper....thanks!
The white cubes you're seeing is called the Cloud Dome and is manufactured by Cindy Lichfield.
cloud dome web site
The 5600 has a close focus of 1.6 inches. Here's a review of the CoolPix 5600
I'm not that familiar with it but I can still recommend the CoolPix 5000, which I've heard is going for about $250 on eBay.
Try Canon A610, the distance you can focus with her is 1cm .