In 2000, I bought my first P&S Kodak film camera at a second hand store for $25. I was almost finished high school and decided to skip school that day (shame on me) to go on my first photo walk. Not a lot I could do with a prime, fixed focus and aperture lens, fixed to about 30-35mm and the shots were all rubbish lol.
In 2006, I bought my first Digital P&S, a Lumix and the next year I bought a SONY handycam and a Nikon D80. After my experience with the Handycam, I vowed never to buy SONY again because I didn't like the way it handled and the abberations were worse than my P&S. I lost the Handcam and stuck with the D80 with the old film 35-80mm lens for ages, after which buying a few cheap lenses.
Early last year facing a descision to upgrade and the appeal of the Canon lineup, I took the plunge and bought a 7D. Realizing the potential I bought a few more expensive lenses and have plans to buy a 70-200 2.8 II IS and a later upgrade of perhaps a 5D III (seeing what's available when I make the move).
I have been tossing the Idea around of going back to Nikon for a D800/E but the wisest move finacialy at this point would be Canon and I think I would probably be happier in the end anyway.
This is my first post so my current equipment is:
Canon 7D, sigma 10-20 f4-5.6, Sigma 18-50mm 2.8-4.5, Nifty 50mm 1.8 II
Nikon D80, Sigma 18-50mm 2.8-4.5 (because I love this lens so much), 50mm 1.8D, 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G (which I rarely use)
GoPro Hero 2
Panasonic TM-900 Camcorder