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  • in reply to: Siam WWI Victory Medal – Any Opinions? #67110
    rdave
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    Hi All

    Here is an example of a fake Siam victory at European auction in the past.  The dealer was advised with information, but sold as genuine anyway.

    Cheers

     

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    in reply to: Siam WWI Victory Medal – Any Opinions? #67105
    rdave
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    Hi All

    Here are examples of 3 fakes and 1 genuine.  Unfortunately the dealer listed them all as genuine, but obviously they knew the 3 fakes were not genuine by the pricing.

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    in reply to: Photography and phaleristics #36901
    rdave
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    Hi Redleg

    There are numerous options, which in part depend on budget also.

    Canon tends to be better for this kind of work, because they have (good/free) tethering software which is good for critical focusing via computer – far superior than hand held approach. A copy stand is also essential for sharp images. A super camera is not required, as typical medal use doesn’t need maximum megapixels (used ebay cameras are good buys).

    For normal medals, I normally use a Canon DLSR with 60mm Macro USM lens. (many macro photographers recommend the 100mm version, but I found that is not very suitable for medal photography as it requires a very long distance from the camera).

    For larger items like medals with sashes, cases, certificates – I use a 24mm USM IS lens. I found old non-IS lens to be poor performers for digital photography – typical zooming will be unclear on older “soft” lens and thus dissapointing.

    For very small items such as hallmarks, I would go with the microscope objective and bellows approach (below).  The famous Canon 65mm macro I didn’t find as good.  Stacking is likely required.

    The coin community forum has a lot on this subject: https://www.coincommunity.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=81. They tend to go for budget setups suitable for coins (similar to medals – flat-ish small objects), based on enlarger lens (or microscope objective) on bellows with copy stand (typically cheap obsolete gear – the introductory setup is less than $300).  This will typically get much sharper than a macro lens, however stacking may be required for medals with depth.  Their discussions tend towards smaller items.  I did some forays into this, and although there is a learning curve, the sharpness is better.

    Learning the lighting aspects is more important than special gear.

    Rgds

    Dave

    in reply to: Socialist Republic of Vietnam – Labor Order #36764
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    in reply to: Socialist Republic of Vietnam – Gold Star Order #36727
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    in reply to: German WW2 Medals for Sale #31610
    rdave
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    in reply to: German WW2 Medals for Sale #31580
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