I confess, cheese actually has nothing to do with me or cameras, apart from the fact I just finished a dinner laden with cheese.
Back to the topic, you distracted me. I can not recall the first camera I had, but my dear late Mother always told me I was a little obsessed with cameras all my life. I recall vaguely that if I came across a camera in a second hand shop I would buy it. In a frantic manner I would run around taking pictures of everything I could, never mind the fact it had no film in it, nor was I even aware if it worked. It was me, behind a camera and taking pictures, at least in my mind. That's where all art begins, so it now seems as though it was quite appropriate.
I do recall buying a very early Polaroid camera and driving everyone nuts with my ridiculously high rate of excitement at this brand new technology, this allowed me to annoy the living hell out of everyone within shooting distance by photographing them and then making them watch the miracle of that instant photo while I giggled excitedly beside them.
My first serious camera was a fabulous old Pentax MX, with a variety of lenses, none of which I can now recall. I actually used this camera professionally for a number of years both in Australia and overseas and still own it to this day.
The Pentax MX, a grand old lady!
Fast forward a number of years and I was dragged very reluctantly into the digital era. I was very much a traditionalist and loved the feeling of winding the film and the sounds only an old 35mm can provide. I was loaned a digital Sony DSC F707 for a weekend by a photographer friend and I was hooked.
The next week I went out and bought the Sony DSC F828. At around $1600.00 at the time it was a very nice piece of camera. I still have it and use it. The swivel body was a great innovation and is so handy when you don't want to scrape your belly on the ground to get the right shot.
The Sony DSC F828, still holds it's own!
Currently I use a Canon EOS 40D with a Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG Macro and a Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR. Despite these lenses not being in the same quality class as their Canon prime lens cousins, they are excellent value and perform exceptionally well in all the conditions I have tested them in.
The EOS 40D, I love this beast.
A great performer, the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm
The Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro in it's 3 stages of extension
I am not going to go into long boring technical details about the advantages of my current rig mainly for two reasons. Firstly for those who want to know all the technical information there are 14,753 reviews on the net on the Canon EOS 40D and both lenses. I know because I read every single one of them during a month or more of painful research before I made my final choice. Secondly this site is far more about the art of photography rather than the technology.
So, now you know my name and a little about my choice of cameras, meanwhile you have not even introduced yourself to me. How rude.