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Any Recommendations For A Video Camera For Stamps??

 
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Posted 02/24/2021   8:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add mootermutt987 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am tired of going through the scanning process. I am wondering if there is some kind of USB-driven 'video camera' that I could use (maybe on a stand) to give a real-time image of my stamps. I would love to have something that could do some extreme close-up zooms, so I can do my fly-specking, and move the stamp (or stand, I suppose) to look at other parts of the stamp. It would be nice to take pics, too, of views that I want to keep/store. Or, perhaps something like a low-power (probably 100x would be plenty for my purposes - anyone have any input on adequate magnification for what we do in our hobby?) video-microscope??

There MUST be such a thing out there. Do any of my fellow stamp collectors use such a device instead of, or in addition to, a scanner?? What is your experience with it?

I would be using it for looking at detail. Generally, NOT for scanning and storing stamp images. Also, NOT for color correctness. I think it would be a quicker tool than a scanner for plating my 3c 1851's.

Any input from people that have gone this route??? Something I may not have considered???
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Posted 02/24/2021   8:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Have you tried the 'search' function? We had a very good post here some time back that covered all sorts of equipment, one of which was a document camera.


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Posted 02/24/2021   8:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Search for Celestron. Mine works great. Not 100x, but close enough
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Posted 02/24/2021   11:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vinman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Check out this thread for ideas.
http://goscf.com/t/45998
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Posted 02/24/2021   11:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mootermutt987 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, guys! No, I did not do a search. I am on here all the time, and I have never seen anyone ask about such a camera/microscope/thing. Obviously, I am only on here a lot, and not ALL the time.

I will do the search here. Thanks.

Another hobby of mine is astronomy, so 'Celestron' is a very well known company to me --- I will look and see what they have along the lines of what I am looking for. Thank you for the tip!
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Posted 02/25/2021   01:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Philatarium to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mootermutt: Thanks for making this post. Having seen a couple of auction houses post videos of a page-by-page flip-through of an album on offer, I've thought about doing that myself, in order to "record" an album before beginning to break it down. I'm fortunate to have a pretty good smartphone that does a better job on pics and videos than the cameras I was using previously, so I'm mostly thinking about trying to select the right kind of holder or tripod to record the flip-through.

But I'm interested in following the responses along here to your post, along with following the link(s) posted herein.

Thanks again!
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Posted 02/25/2021   06:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are many small USB cameras for sale and a search here will find a lot of discussions. I have a Celestron unit and my primary complaint is that camera has automatic light gain that complicates setting the lighting where you want it without the camera trying to compensate. This is one type of device you need to try before you buy unless you also collect usb microscopes.
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