I found for my purposes of photographing the irises to be scanned into the computer through a USB port the Kodak DC215 Millennium 2000 camera to be the best deal for the dollar. At the time (a little over a year ago) it was somewhere in the $435 range. I chose the DC215 Millennium 2000 over just the DC215 because I wanted to be able to turn the flash OFF if I wanted to. Now I believe you can pick up just the DC215 for about $285. Go to Kodak.com to find out more about their models and retail pricing. My camera came with both a serial and a usb port connection, an 8 MB memory card (holds 26 high resolution pics), and all the software needed, and 4 AA batteries.
Now however, I am looking around to find a camera that has a higher resolution. But for posting to Iris Photos and having a digital record of my irises, it does a GREAT job. The colors come out just about as true as they can be except lately. Sometimes violet comes out bluish. Kodak will fix it if I send it in to be serviced for about $135. But most of the coloring I can correct in my picture editor.
This camera is about the easiest to learn and use of all the cameras I looked at. The LED screen has icons on them that you can choose to do a variety of preferences, instead of having a button for each and every function.
Overall, I have been very pleased with it.
Zone 9 USA
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Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 12:22 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Buying a Camera...Suggestions?
You guys really take GREAT pictures! I have always taken ugly ones,
but perhaps it is time to buy a new camera.
This year I'm determined to get some GOOD pics of whatever has the
smarts to grow and bloom in my garden.
I am leaning toward a digital, and a USB port would be nice. I'd also
like to keep the price under 500.00, and it will be used primarily
for photographing iris...but also a few folks here and there too.
I'd like to try to get colors as true as possible, as well as detail
such as veining.
It is VERY confusing when I go to a camera store..so please, send me
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