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Sue Gawler <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 2 Dec 2006 12:15:47 -0500
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Hi Rick -

A year ago I needed to replace my camera and after much research settled on
a Sony Cybershot DSC-V3 (often just referred to as the "V3") which I got for
about $400.  It has been terrific for all kinds of photos and I've taken a
bunch of plant shots.  It allows you to use fully manual settings if you
need to - which I often do for my better plant shots.  And Sony uses a
better lens on its cameras (at least this line) than other manufacturers.  I
couldn't afford to go up to the more expensive model like the one Arthur
uses, nor the digital SLR route which is also costly, so you might want to
check this out.  Of course the models change so fast that the V3 may or may
not be available, but it would be easy to find out which model has replaced
it. I can't recall which web sites I used in my research, but there is a
good digital camera review site that you may have already found.  I wound up
buying mine from Abe's of Maine (which is in New York!) because they had the
best prices, and it was a satisfactory transaction but the clerk tried to
sell me a bunch of extras, so be warned...

Good luck!


-----Original Message-----
From: - JBS-L - Josselyn Botanical Society discussion list of the
University of Maine [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Rick
Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2006 11:09 AM
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Subject: Digital cameras

I'm interested in making the plunge and getting a digital camera this year
and could use some recommendations from those in the know or with
experience.  Are there cameras out there that would take good macro plant
pictures in the $300-$500 range?  Any information or advice would be most

Rick Speer