What Kind of Camera is Your Primary Digital Camera? [POLL]

What Kind of Camera is Your Primary Digital Camera? [POLL]

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It seems more and more of our readers are buying DSLRs – it’s no wonder that they are with prices coming down so much in the last year or two – but just how much is this class of camera dominating the market at the moment? Lets find out!

What Kind of Camera is Your Primary Digital Camera?

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If you have a DSLR – when did you get it? Are you happy to got one?

If you don’t have a DSLR – are you planning to or are you happy to try another type of camera?

It’ll be interesting to watch how the results of this type of poll change in the coming year or two with more and more Four Thirds cameras released.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Rick August 17, 2012 03:20 am

    I started off with a Canon EOS 650 film years ago, then went through a series of digital Point and shoots and super zooms before finally upgrading to a Canon T3i. I absolutley love this camera and it will make a great second camera but it does have it's limitations. I had the chance to upgrade to a 7D but in all honesty the 7D didn't have enough extra features and still using the same sensor and processor as the T3i, the extra money didn't make sence to me. I am however planning on moving up to a full frame very soon (probably the 5D mark II, unless i manage to pull the extra cash out for the 5D mark III).

  • Christo August 6, 2012 11:22 am

    http://flic.kr/p/cLmb4E

  • Christo August 6, 2012 11:21 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/christothomas/7721786364/

  • John Ireland August 6, 2012 09:43 am

    My primary camera is a Nikon D5000 that I use with a variety of lenses. However on the days I don't want to pack the gear I make due with a Canon Elph 100HS.

  • Jack Clarfelt August 5, 2012 06:55 pm

    Until two years ago I had a Nikon D40 which was and still is all you need to take great photos, then I bought a Nikon D90 which adds a few bells and whistles. It does all that I want and does it well. Never had any problems and it is a joy to use. My grandaughter, aged fifteen, uses the D40 with kit lens and gets results even better than I did. Good photographs come from using your brain not from having the latest spec camera, in spite of manfacturers advertising to the contrary.

  • Dennis Domingo May 29, 2010 04:38 pm

    My primary camera is my iphone 3GS. It's with me all the time. Now if I want to go for a quick outing, I take my Panasonic Lumix LX3. For weddings or kids running around, I take my Nikon D90. I'm going to Italy in 2 weeks and I really torn what to take. Most likely I'll take all three cameras. I'll probably take 2 lens { 18-200mm, 50mm f1.8 ) for the Nikon D90. It's shame that I paid all that money for the camera and some lens for me not to take it to a beautiful place like Italy. Although I will dread the extra weight

  • Phil Ball May 24, 2010 07:23 am

    I carried 35mm SLRs for years, taking two bodies and several lenses even when backpacking. Today, I'm unwilling to carry all that stuff around. I've discovered the joy of carrying a camera that is smaller than either SLR and yet ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHT LENS ON IT. I can't tell you how many shots "got away" while I was fooling around with changing lenses or screwing around with filters. Today I rarely miss a shot. I love my Canon SX20 IS and the freedom I feel. Before, I would debate whether to take a heavy camera bag with me; today I just grab the SX20, knowing I'll get great images without the distraction of a big old camera bag full of choices.

  • Jen Yu May 21, 2010 11:05 pm

    D70 in 2004, D200 in 2006, D3X in 2009. Just sold my D70. Still use my D200 for most of my food photography. The D3X is primarily for client work and freelancing.

  • John Ireland May 19, 2010 04:01 am

    I purchased my first DSLR this last year (Nikon D5000). I am working with it and testing the limits of what I can do with the kit lens and a 55-200mm zoom. I really like the camera and it has produced excellent images. As secondary cameras I have a couple of P/S cameras (Canon Powershot G and Elph series) that I have accumulated since my transition to digital. Now most of my P/S cameras are used for family gatherings and as a way for my three year old to get used to taking photos (nothing like passing on an obsession).

  • Todd May 18, 2010 08:53 pm

    Baught my first DSLR a few years back, Nikon D40x, quickly outgrew it and purchased a Nikon D300.
    Love it...but will upgrade as well to a full frame......someday!!

  • Stacie May 18, 2010 06:58 am

    My husband bought the Canon Rebel XT when it first came out. I know its like 6 years old now. Works so great though. This Christmas he upgraded for me and got me the Canon 50D. I like them both! I found that they each have their own little quirks that I like about them. I am sad, because my husband is thinking of selling our Rebel and I dont think I am ready to do that just yet.

  • Gerald May 18, 2010 01:28 am

    Started with a Canon 5d 2007, upgraded to 5dII a year ago and just got Canon G11 to carry in my pocket.

    DSLR 5dII is tops but G11 is a great pocket camera.

  • Paul Sinclair May 17, 2010 08:42 pm

    I started years ago with a Halina compact, then moved to a Canon AE1, then an Olympus Compact Digital, then onto a Fiji FinePix 9500 and currently a Canon 400D and also a Sony Cybershot DSC-S780 Compact... which are both constantly with me...!

    Oh yeah, I also have a Brownie Box camera circa 1954 and also one from 1939. I actually made enquiries regarding the availability of film for the Brownies and was told they take 120 film spools. So I bought one and ran it through the 1939 camera... and it still works....! :-) As a bonus, they also develop it in their 'one hour' service...! Class.

  • Zosja May 17, 2010 05:28 pm

    Hai!
    I have a Canon D60. It's an 'old' camera with 6,1 mp I believe, and I got it five and a half years ago. I am SO happy I got this wonderfull camera. I learned so much from it and a lot faster than with my analoge camera. First I had to wait for the pictures and I always forgot to write down the settings I used. Now I just look at my screen, see if I like it and I can adjust if I want to.
    Now I am saving some money to buy the Canon 50D. But I still have a long way to go. ;)

  • John May 17, 2010 08:07 am

    I voted for my DSLR (a Canon EOS 450D) which I use whenever I can, especially for my more serious attempts to take good photographs. I also have a Canon IXUS 800IS which is of course much more portable and gets used a lot for that reason. Finally, my phone, an HTC HD2 has a camera which is not too bad in terms of picture quality but has two huge advantages over my "real"cameras: 1) I always have it on me so can use it for many purposes such as note-taking and 2) it stamps the photos with GPS data and integrates closedly with other applications that use it. So I mark important or favourite places with the HTC Footprints application and can also use the navigation software to find my way back to where I took a photo. Finally, even when shooting with the other cameras I always take a couple of pictures with the phone so I remember where I took the DSLR photos.

  • LiB Team May 16, 2010 09:07 pm

    I always used family members cameras since I was 7 years old and my father and uncle both had the old Canon A1 SLR, had a film point and shoot of my own and had a few digital point and shoots. I got my first DSLR back in Feb '08 ( A Canon EOS 400D) and then in December '08 bought the 50D and that's my primary at the moment. Had the chance to buy a 2nd hand 5D Mk1 and worked with it for 4 months then was able to sell it at the same price I got it for! I love the 50D and was thinking of going for the 7D but I decided that my next upgrade will be a full-frame DSLR either a 5D Mk2 or anything else that will be made available by Canon at the time I will go for it...

  • Linda and Joe May 16, 2010 01:24 pm

    We started with a Sigma SD9, but soon went over to Canon to give us the speed we needed to do wedding photography. Our first Canon was a 5D and we quickly added a second as our backup when our wedding business took off. Our latest purchase was the Canon 1DS Mark III which we now use as primary. After purchasing our first L glass lens, it enhanced the cameras capabilities even more. Now almost all of our glass is Canon L glass or Zeiss. The quality of the images translates into bookings. We love our 1DS and await the time when we can upgrade once again. Can't imaging better images, but Canon just keeps getting better!

  • Skippy May 16, 2010 11:24 am

    I have a Sony Alpha 200 and Tamron 18-250mm lens bought from the local camera store here in Australia. I've traveled through Africa with the camera sitting on the floor of the bus, so it's been bounced around and battered with lots of dust and not a problem. Good photos but a bit slow to focus, using in manual over comes this. Good camera at motor racing also. A very good travel camera.

  • Jan Van der Heyden May 16, 2010 08:28 am

    Started out four years ago with Nikon D50, upgraded last year to a d300 and got a D3x two weeks ago. Ooo mama ;)

    Couldn't live without it anymore...

  • WJD May 16, 2010 07:51 am

    Two dslr's
    I plan to purchase an advanced PnS to provide a low weight 24/7 carryaround

  • Chris May 16, 2010 12:59 am

    I bought my Canon XSi in November 2008 online from Buydig.com. I bought a package that came with a Canon 85-250mm Zoom lens.

  • Jim Sharp May 15, 2010 12:39 pm

    I have a Nikon D300 which I use when I am doing "serious" photography but it is heavy and bulky. So I have a Sony Cybershot DSC W300 that I carry on my belt all the time easily available anytime I want to take a picture. With 13.6 MP it takes a good shot of most things. It obviously cannot rival the Nikon D300 but it is easy to use and always available.

  • Mark May 15, 2010 11:13 am

    DSLR's are the best!

  • Dwight Parks May 15, 2010 11:07 am

    Currently using the Nikon D700 with a D200 and D100 as backups. The D100 doesn't get used very often these days but it is still a awesome camera. The D700, I love it! Great to ISO 6400 in color and even beyond if making black & whites. Or as I tell friends ISO 6400 is the new ISO 800. Can't wait to see what we are working with in 5 or even 10 years.

  • Carolyn May 15, 2010 10:01 am

    I have a Nikon D5000 that I purchased in October 2009, my first DSLR and I just love it . Being a newbie, I have a long way to go,but it is so refreshing and such a joy to read all of the positive emails from the camera owners in this poll.

  • maurice May 15, 2010 09:25 am

    I OWN AN OLYMPUS E-3 AN OLYMPUS E-30, THE REASON I OWN OLYMPUS BODIES IS BECAUSE
    THERE LENSES ARE SO SHARP., AN ARE PRICED BELOW CANON AN NIKON. I DO MOTORSPORTS
    PHOTOGTAPHY, THE LENS I USE ARE 55-200MM 78-300 AN 11-22. DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR THEY
    ARE THE BEST BET.

  • John W. May 15, 2010 08:40 am

    I bought my first DSLR in 2004, it was Olympus E-500. I used it for the next 4 years then upgraded to a E-510. Now I have a E-600. You can have your expensive Cannons and Nikons. I take just as good a picture with my Olympus as my friends with their more expensive cameras. Won't use anything but Olympus.

  • Tea May 15, 2010 06:09 am

    Got my first Nikon film slr way too long (1998) I could not even remember the model. Accidentally broke it one day on 2002 and had stopped taking pictures since. Then those really handy pocket size portable point and shoots came into picture it renewed my photography interest I got me at least two different HP models, one after the first HP broke while a friend borrowed it. My husband bought me a bigger point and shoot (FujiFilmFinePixSF8000) on 2007 and I though I still used that one on macro shots, I have been mostly using my Nikon D300 with 2 Nikor lenses and a sigma for a year now. As far as taking those shots goes...am so pleased with my D300 really. What I want for christmas 2011 (heheh)...is another telephoto lens...a super telephoto that is ;-)

  • Ryan May 15, 2010 03:19 am

    I bought my Nikon D5000 a couple of weeks ago b/c I felt like I graduated out of the compact ultra zoom stage. Initially I was drawn to videography, but recently I've become very fond of still photography; absorbing as much info as my brain can handle. I love the portability of still photography and the creative outlet it provides me. Recently, I'm becoming much more comfortable comparing what camera settings provide particular outcomes in photos. Next up, I'm combining my love for still images and videography and producing a short stop motion to expand my portfolio. Love dPs by the way. Much of my newfound knowledge is due to the posts here.

  • Charles Corbett May 15, 2010 02:48 am

    My current DSLR is the Nikon D300s. I've had it about 4 weeks but really haven't been able to take out for a good test run due to the location I am in. Most people here don't like their picture taken and you really have to watch what buildings you photograph (No government buildings or Mosques). I traded up from a Nikon D90 which in itself is an excellent camera.

  • Simen May 15, 2010 01:03 am

    I got my Nikon D300 from my grandfather, October 2009. I was so happy that I almost began to cry.

    Since November I've taken almost 9000 pictures with it.

  • Roman Maloshtan May 14, 2010 11:09 pm

    Canon 40D with Canons 24-70\2.8f lens... :-)

  • Bernard May 14, 2010 09:39 pm

    I got my first camera for xmas back in 2007. It was a Fujifilm FinePix S5700. It was awesome for me, I felt like I had to shoot all the time. It's a very good camera for it's price, and was perfect for me to learn using the camera's functions. I learned using Manual mode all by myself, by experimenting, but in the summer of 2009 I felt that I MUST HAVE a DSLR. It would open up so many possibilities that I just couldn't do with my Fuji. So my grandma bought a Canon EOS 500d (T1i) for my birthday in March, 2010 that I'm still using and I'm more than satisfied with it. From March 'till now I've shot more than 8 thousand frames with it. I've only got a kit lens, but I hope I'll be able to buy a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens by this summer.

  • Bernard May 14, 2010 09:37 pm

    I got my first camera for xmas back in 2007. It was a Fujifilm FinePix S5700. It was awesome for me, I felt like I had to shoot all the time. It's a very good camera for it's price, and was perfect for me to learn using the camera's functions. I learned using Manual mode all by myself, by experimenting, but in the summer of 2009 I felt that I MUST HAVE a DSLR. It would open up so many possibilities that I just couldn't do with my Fuji. So my grandma bought a Canon EOS 500d (T1i) for my birthday in March, 2010 that I'm still using and I'm more than satisfied with it. From March 'till now I've shot more than 8 thousand frames with it. I've only got a kit lens, but I hope I'll be able to buy a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens by this summer.

    I think this is my best shot until now. It was pretty random, I just shot for fun, this is the 8th try, cause my subject was moving around having a shower:)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/bornard/4589795632/' title='Awakening' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4589795632_69d2ab5de9_b.jpg']

  • Chuck May 14, 2010 09:14 pm

    Well... my first DSLR was a Nikon D1H, my second was a Canon D30, and my third is a Canon 10D. All still in service, all purchased second hand, all still used daily. Saving my pennies to get a 5D at some point, but for now, my three oldies serve me very well :)

  • John Hemingway May 14, 2010 09:02 pm

    Bought a Sony a350 eighteen months ago, got 18-70 and 75-300 lenses with it. This has opened up a whole new world of photography for me after having an old Nikon SLR for many years. After taking a few thousand shots with it I am still just learning how to use it, and I expect to go on learning for a year o two yet! The Sony a350 is an excellent camera and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Francie May 14, 2010 08:28 pm

    Olympus E-30. Love the smaller, lighter weight, with superb quality photos, it is perfect for me!

  • feily May 14, 2010 06:35 pm

    I don't have yet a DSLR because at he moment my pocket just allowed me to buy a small compact Kodak M1093 IS. I had a small time experience of using Nikon D40 and Nikon D80 and I really love it. So yes I'm planning to have a DSLR someday. For the moment I am learning from many forums how to get best photos with compact camera (but rarely available... )

  • Reddon May 14, 2010 05:59 pm

    I started with an Olympus C-1400 L many years ago. This was one of the first SLR type of digital cameras and I've had is since new. 1.4 megapixels and a 3 times zoom. Boy was I proud of it, got some reasonably good pics from it too. Still have it and it still works well. I have printed a full A2 image from this camera and seen no pixellation on the output.

    My new camera is a Fuji S200EXR, which a got sometime in 2009. What a difference - 12 megapixels, and 14.3 times zoom. Loads of stuff on the new camera which I am having to get my head around, but all in all I am over the moon with it. Magic buttons and doodahs all-over the place, but the best thing about it is that it was much cheaper than the original Olympus which cost around £1000. The S200EXR was around £300 give or take a few quid. All in all I would say that I am now a really happy snapper!

  • Cobos Leon May 14, 2010 04:47 pm

    I bought my first Rebel XT in early 2007 and fell in love!! since then the addiction led me to an awesome 20D, Rebel XTI, Rebel XS, 17-55 f2.8, 50mm f1.4, and 28-135mm... i am more then pleased with the CMOS sensor, but would love to upgrade to a full sensor someday.... and some L Glass.

  • Madhur May 14, 2010 03:40 pm

    I have a Nikon D50 bought from my office colleague in San Jose. Still learning, but satisfied with my results. I have the 18-55 kit lens, got a 55-200 from craigslist and a 50mm 1.8. Love the 50mm. :)

  • pip cooper May 14, 2010 02:40 pm

    I believed your stats will be skewed as relatively few and shoot owners would read publications such as yours.

  • ~ Ann James Photography ~ May 14, 2010 02:21 pm

    I have a Canon 40D and bought a 50D as well.
    I have been more than pleased with the image quality!

  • Reed in StL May 14, 2010 02:00 pm

    My wife gave me a Nikon D300 for Christmas in 2007 and it absolutely changed my life and the way I see things.

  • Carlo Cruzada May 14, 2010 02:00 pm

    i currently have a Sony DSC-H10 and it is my first camera. I got it last 2008 when i went to the US.

    I am planning to get a DLSR this year. I am still undecided whether i will be getting a Canon 450D, 500D, 550D or 40D. Still reading the reviews to get a concrete decision :)

    I also plan to get a micro 4/3 as my secondary camera. Maybe a Lumix GF1. But my priority right now is to get my first DSLR. :)

  • Carlo Cruzada May 14, 2010 01:59 pm

    i currently have a Sony DSC-H10 and it is my first camera. I got it last 2008 when i went to the US.

    I am planning to get a DLSR this year. I am still undecided whether i will be getting a Canon 450D, 500D, 550D or 40D.

    I also plan to get a micro 4/3 as my secondary camera. Maybe a Lumix GF1. But my priority right now is to get my first DSLR. :)

  • Terry May 14, 2010 01:58 pm

    I own a Pentax K10D and have had it for about two years and it's the first DSLR I've owned. I wouldn't take pictures before because whenever I did they would come back from being developed and I could hardly reconize them , they just didn't seem like what I had in mind at all when I took them. Then I snagged this camera and with a little bit of practice, nature photography has been an unfiltered blast, I've not been sorry for the money or time I've spent on this adventure, It's been a lot of fun...........Thanks for letting me give my two bits worth....

  • Mithun May 14, 2010 01:06 pm

    Oh yeah... My DSLR is an Olympus E-620 And I truly Love it! :)
    Checkout my snaps from the camera at my website... (Just click on my Name above)

  • Marea Breedlove May 14, 2010 12:38 pm

    My husband bought me a Canon Rebel 450D XSi last summer and I love it. I took a 6 week photography class at our local technology school to learn how to use it. Which I did. I knew nothing and the book wasn't helping.
    I have no desires at present to do any upgrading. I absolutely love the size of this camera and it takes fantastic pictures. I do very little editing for the skin tones or colors. Unless, of course, the lighting is bad.
    I have also learned alot from this website and all of the people who post here and write articles. Thanks!

  • Kathy May 14, 2010 11:45 am

    I just bought a Canon XSI in January 2010. I absolutely love it. Coming from a Canon Powershot to the Canon XSI, there is alot to learn and good challenge. I love Photography so want to learn to get the best shots I can and doing the projects that DPS has and the information is great.

  • Paul May 14, 2010 11:30 am

    started off with slr films and learnt about depth of field, iso, shutter speed etc, but then for some now unknown reason (probably cost and convenience) moved to p & s cameras for a few years. The Canon A75, then the 510, then the 710is all served a purpose, but the best thing I ever did was move to a 350D in April 2006. Chalk and cheese quality difference!

    I then moved to a 40D in April 08 and the autofocus speed and nice balanced weight particularly had me jumping for joy!

    Lately I added a 5D mark 1, even though it was older technology, because I thought the iso capabilities of the 40D above 800 weren't good enough. Btw, the 5D has exceptional iso capabilities for a $AUD1300 second hand ebay camera!

    And I had an array of L series lens by then and they seem to be more suited to the full frame. Especially the 16-35L.

    I have spent more on glass than on bodies, I must admit :) 50 1.8, 85 1.8, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 4.0L and the 16-35L.

    There must have been cheaper hobbies out there!!! lol

  • Jenny May 14, 2010 11:08 am

    I got a Nikon D40 for Mother's Day last year. While I don't have it all figured out yet, I love it! I broke the 18-55 mm lens this past Mother's Day and just replaced it with a 35mm.

  • Mark W May 14, 2010 11:02 am

    I have to add to my previous post regarding another's : a good photographer can take a great picture with a point and shoot whereas a bad photographer can have the finest equipment money can buy and still not capture a compelling image. Anyone enjoying photography should never be judged by their equipment.......

  • Arron May 14, 2010 10:49 am

    I brought my first DSLR about 18 months ago, An olympus E420. I was very impressed with this little thing that i have just begun studying photography to improve and just recently upgraded to the Olympus E3. STUNNING camera... It really is!

  • Mark W May 14, 2010 10:49 am

    I purchased a Nikon D80 three years ago and loved it. Recently I picked up a D200 which is similar, but gives you much more control without going into the menus. The reason I've stuck with the Nikon system is that you can use most of the excellent manual focus Nikon lens that were made 30 yrs ago. Paul Simon had it right "...........I've got a Nikon camera"!

  • Roy Richards May 14, 2010 10:11 am

    I have a Canon 1D Mark III for a studio camera, a 40D for casual photography, and a new 7D which is PHENOMENAL! Canon's EF-S 28-135mm IS lens is truly a "wide-range" tool for many shooting needs; and it rivals my 70-200mm telephoto lens as well. For the best portrait and low-light/no flash applications, I have an EF 18-50mm f/1.4 prime lens which is nearly as good (but far less expensive) as the EF-S 18-50mm f/1.2 lens.

    I've used Olympus and Nikon as well---but Canon is on the cutting-edge of the DSLR industry, hands down.

  • Mal D May 14, 2010 10:05 am

    My First DSLR is a Pentax K20D. I purchased it the week it was released in OZ from Photo Continental in Brisbane. My camera all have been Pentax and have had a wonderful experience with them all. I am awaiting anxiously for the Full Frame Sensor from Pentax and will upgrade when it arrives.

  • Rob May 14, 2010 09:51 am

    Currantly using a Sony Alpha 550 which I'm really enjoying. Waiting to see what Sony are going to do about replacing the Alpha 700. The glass I use is Sony 18-250 first. I also have a 50mm 1.8, Tamron SP90 for macro and have just ordered a 500mm reflex AF Minolta which I can't wait to use.

  • Fraser May 14, 2010 09:48 am

    My primary camera is a Canon 50D with my older Canon 20D used as a backup

  • Chuck May 14, 2010 09:32 am

    I started out with the Canon Rebel XTi but in the last year moved up to the 50D. The 50D is hands down the best camera I've ever owned. I still have and enjoy the XTi but use it mostly as a backup.

  • Garry May 14, 2010 09:22 am

    My first digital camera was a Kodak DX 3600 P&S which took a lot of great photos. I then upgraded to a Canon 400D which I have used for a couple of years. I have just upgraded again to a Canon 5D Mark ll which will get a good workout at my daughters upcoming wedding. I also have an old Canon 500 film camera that I dont use all that much.

  • martin May 14, 2010 09:09 am

    Canon 500D. I'm very happy about my purchase, especially since I threw in the extra for a nifty fifty. I got it in january while out of country following the death of my fuji f100fd.

    Though for some travelling and certainly once I start rollerblading again I'll want a handy P&S to drag around...

  • starrpoint May 14, 2010 08:48 am

    I have a cannon rebel, and love it. I also have a kodak point and shoot that I carry everywhere. Love both cameras.

  • HEATHER May 14, 2010 08:22 am

    Currently have a EOS1000d with a 18-55mm because thats all i could afford. Have had it for 2 months and love it but still learning as only fairly new to photography. Previously was using a Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd. Still love that camera and still own it.

  • Ron N May 14, 2010 08:17 am

    I first purchased a Sony A100 DSLR and bought a zoom lens and other accessories. I like it a lot but wanted the best so I bought a Canon XSI. The XSI will be better than my Sony when I invest some money in a good lens.

  • steve May 14, 2010 07:32 am

    I recently got my second DSLR, a Canon 7D. This was an upgrade of the Canon Digital Rebel XT that I got in 1996. And what an upgrade! It has so many features that I'm still learning how to get the most out of it. But I have been very happy with digital. Post-processing in Photoshop is time-consuming but very important. I shoot in RAW most of the time. It's fun to work in the digital darkroom. I just wish I had more time to do it. But using a DSLR is the only way to go if you truly care about the pictures that you take.

  • teernisse May 14, 2010 07:22 am

    I currently have a FujiFilm FinePix S700 that was given to me about 8 months ago. Since then I have totally gotten hooked on photography. I've been researching dSLRs for a couple of months now, but unfortunately, all I can do is drool over them right now lol. I've got my eyes on the Nikon d5000, but I could pretty much care less what kind of camera I end up with as long as it's a dSLR. The only way I'll be getting one in the near future is if someone gives one to me, though. :P I've got my fingers crossed about my high school graduation coming up later this month!

    As far as my current camera goes, it's great. I absolutely LOVE the quality of its macros. The resolution is okay, as long as you don't zoom in too far or crop to closely (which bothers me sometimes). It also has the highly annoying tendency to pick up WAY too much blue, which really limits my ability to increase the saturation of a lot of shots. But other than that, I can't complain. Actually, I can't complain at all since it was a gift, but no point and shoot is better than a dSLR! :)

  • Tim McCuiston May 14, 2010 07:08 am

    I own a Nikon D50 and i love it.

  • Marisa May 14, 2010 06:50 am

    I'm saving up for my first DSLR I just got a Sony Cybershot DSC-W350 for the meantime, and it's a decent point-n-shoot but it just makes me want a DSLR that much more!!

  • Bogdan May 14, 2010 06:49 am

    I also own a Nikon D80 and like it very much. When i started photography about one year ago, i first bough a Canon powershot a590is compact, but soon after went DSLR with a nikon D60 which i exchanged three months later for my current camera. I believe it is true that once you go DSLR, there's no way back, and this feels like the right way to take pictures.
    Anyway, maybe this poll is a bit subjective, because most readers of DPS are DSLR-users (as most of them are serious and passionate amateurs, not only snapshooters), so even if P&S cameras hold the majority out there, their owners are not here to show it.

  • Keith May 14, 2010 06:13 am

    I bought a Canon KissX2 (450D) as a parallel import mid 2009 with 18-55 Is & 55-250 IS lenses. initially some disappointment with softness of lenses until I learned I had to apply sharpening in processing. Have recently bought a 2nd hand f1.8 55mm MkII as a sharper lens. I have also bought 2x 75mm-300 lenses as gifts for my sons (450D & 500D)m and played with them. Found these reasonable but with some CA at extreme zoom

  • Ajith May 14, 2010 05:55 am

    My camera is a Canon 400D. I got this about 3 years ago after my EOS 300 film camera. I love this camera as it gives me plenty of flexibility to learn on photography. Also as I am in Botswana and facinated about wild life gives me the advantage of taking a load of photos on a single visit to the bush.

  • Andrew May 14, 2010 05:48 am

    I got my first in january 2009 and the second one a month ago. I was happy when i had my d60 but i needed something more so i got the d300s and i am absolutely happy with this camera. It's just that great for me.

  • Matt May 14, 2010 05:32 am

    I bought my Nikon D50 several years ago for $700 with a 18-55mm kit lens (2005, when 6.1 MP was a lot), but still find it more than sufficient for my needs today. I love the flexibility of using almost any Nikon lens. I recently acquired a 70-300mm f4.5-6 telephoto on ebay for under $100! As I am not making billboard sized prints, the 6.1 MP capacity is more than enough.

    I just bought my wife a Sanyo 12.1MP compact point and shoot compact. There is just no comparison between the two. She may have twice as many PM's, but my pics are still way better.

  • micah mickles May 14, 2010 05:29 am

    I started out with point and shoot, I have always felt more connected to the snap and go feature and it fits my lifestyle. I do however love having full control over my shots as well. I figure one of these days I'll invest in a pro grade P&S camera.

  • Ildiko May 14, 2010 05:13 am

    I got my DSLR las September from alan's camera online it's a D90 and I love it it's light it's semi pro enough to do light work and does what I need art and creative wise....nikon has always been my choice and even the point and shoot ones you are able to change the most settings in my opponion...

  • Erica May 14, 2010 05:11 am

    I've got a DSLR. I have my Pentax K20D for almost a year now and every day I learn more about using it. This is my second DSLR, I've started with the Pentax *istDs, also a lovely camera.

    I'm really happy with my camera and hope to use it a lot before my next upgrade ;)

  • saveyourskin May 14, 2010 04:38 am

    I own a Canon XSi since january 2009, that´s my primary camera, my previous camera was a canon powershot a700 that I still use sometime for some events where is too heavy, or dangerous for the DSLR. also, for some "on the go" photos i often use my Nokia n78 to keep things in mind, or to shot something interesting that i will photograph later with the Xsi.

    I will not upgrade my body for a while, for now i will try to buy some other accesories before doing that update, ive bought a flash last month, and soon i will go for a 50mm 1.8 and a 70-300 to fill my bag, and then i will go for some new upgrade, maybe an 7D or something like that.

    I´m thinking in the micro fourh-third format, I will buy one in the near future to have a good portable camera, , but i will wait until the prices go down a bit before that. even more since i´m in Argentina and the prices here are hard to afford withmy actual incomings

  • Michael May 14, 2010 04:32 am

    I bought my Nikon D40 from Amazon.co.uk and it's the best thing I have ever purchased!

  • DL May 14, 2010 04:08 am

    Just over two years ago, I finally made the move from multiple 35mm Nikon bodies and lenses to a digital SLR. I only have one body for now, and four new lenses, and don't regret the move. I plan on buying another body this Spring.

    I had been holding off for so long because of the 'mushy' & 'weird' details effect you get around full resolution images with all digital cameras, and they all looked 'fake' to me. The fact that you had to apply all sorts of sharpening and that most photographers 'went to town' with saturation & contrast made the images look almost as bad as first-timer's HDR images (to me, at least). But the grief from conventional photography on my last long distance trip at the time finally pushed me over the edge to switch to digital.

    I chose Foveon sensor cameras initially in my research, just because it seemed 'proper' in principal, but later in the decision process because the images can be utterly striking. I also found out they were not 'friendly' cameras in any sense of the word, and they are slow as molasses, and as close to featureless as an old Kodak Brownie. They also are a lot lower resolution than the very latest '35mm'-equivalent DSLR's, however, the output is easily comparable to the best results from an excellent 10 or 12 MP cameras, so that turned out to not be a concern. The lack of any blurring filter or any image interpolation has made me totally happy with the quality of digital now, versus high quality scans from conventional. My camera doesn't 'guess' about what I'm photographing, and fill in the pixels for me, which is what happened with my other digital camera tests: it records what was actually there. Unfortunately, the current Foveons usually need some RAW tweaks, as their overall white balance is often skewed, but easily correctable. So you have to be willing to invest time and some hassles to get the great images out of them, but they are literally as 'real' as conventional. My current model is an SD14, and I'm looking to add the SD15 later on. If everything was stolen tomorrow, I'd replace it with the same equipment, but I spent a lot of time researching every piece of equipment, and can tolerate the finickiness of these cameras for the image quality they return.

    Regarding the earlier question about aftermarket lenses, I don't have any real choice any more(aside from Zeiss conversions) but to use Sigma lenses, and I've tried both their regular lenses and their 'EX' series lenses, and I've stuck entirely with the 'EX' series for my four lenses. They're not perfect, but not even Canon 'L' glass is perfect, and depending on the lens you buy, and what your level of expectation is, I am comfortable saying that there are Sigma 'EX' lenses that are totally comparable to the best Nikkors or Canons. Mind you, not every one (same goes for Canon and Nikon) is that good: it varies by the lens. Read the lens reviews, and find out what the flaws are for the lens you are going to buy. Every lens has weaknesses, and if your style of shooting plays well with those weaknesses, or you can remember to work around them, then you can get fantastic images, IMHO.

  • Fred Helferstine May 14, 2010 03:52 am

    I bought a Pentax K7 two weeks ago. It's my first digital. I've only shoot it a few times but I am very satisfied. I'm a longtime camera bug with my first SLR being a Olympus OM1 when they first came out. I'll still use Olympus for my film camera.

    The past number of years I've been shooting Large Format , but now will enjoy being freed from the darkroom.

  • Holly May 14, 2010 03:49 am

    Purchased my first DSLR in August 2006 (Canon 30D), upgraded exactly a year later to the Canon 5D, then went to the 1DMkIII, and have since upgraded that to the 1DMkIV. I still have the 5D as my backup/second body on professional shoots, but far prefer the 1D line. Very happy to have purchased one and started a new career in photography.

  • Jeff Dickerson May 14, 2010 03:43 am

    I am on my 5th DSLR.... sort of.

    I currently have a brand spanki' new Canon EOS 7D and my previous body is still hanging around, a Canon EOS 20D. I have also owned/used a Canon EOS 10D and and Canon Digital Rebel XT. Plus I have an original Canon Digital Rebel that was converted for IR photography. I also use a Canon PowerShot G9 that I always have with me, plus have an underwater housing for.

    I graduated to my first DSLR from a Minolta DiMage 7i from before DSLRs were affordable, although that was a short detour from my Canon film SLRs, a Rebel and before that an old, hand-me-down Canon AV-1. Yay for Manual focus!

  • Trisha Fawver May 14, 2010 03:29 am

    I just got my DSLR last week and I'm loving it. It's a Nikon D5000 and I'm having fun exploring it.

  • John May 14, 2010 03:19 am

    I currently use a Canon SX10-IS... a point and shoot ultra zoom. I would like to upgrade to a DSLR, but it is very expensive to get something comparable to the 20X lens of my current camera. I really enjoy using the zoom and can't imagine cutting the power by 1/4 or even a 1/2. If I come up with a bunch of bucks, I'll probably do more serious shopping for a DSLR. But right now, for my needs, the Canon works great.

  • Don Peterson May 14, 2010 03:16 am

    My first quality digital camera was a Nikon D70 which I acquired in 2006, I believe. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was happy with the images I captured with it. I now use a D90 almost all the time. I keep the D70 handy for use when I want to have two lenses available quickly. I am very happy with the D90. My images seem sharper and the colors truer. I use the standard AF-S NIKKOR 18-105mm 1:3.5-5.6G most of the time but am learning to use an AF-S -NIKKOR 70-200mm 1:2.8G. Although the 70-200 lens is a VR type, I find I can get better images with this large lens when I use a tripod.

  • Rosemaryandthegoat May 14, 2010 03:07 am

    I still can't get one accept at foodgawker or tastespotting. Also, I tried using the 70-300 zoom yesterday adn it zoomed fine but then I tried to take a picture of a flower fairly close to me and it was blurry. This lens doesn't have the automatic focus like the 18-55 so is this a lens I'm going to be taking on and off all the time. Getting ready for a cruise and week in Spain in the fall and I guess I thought I could just leave the zoom lens on and take everything with this lens, guess that isn't the case. So should I leave the 18-55 on and if I need to zoom in on somethng, change the lens? Thanks for your help. I have the Nikon D3000 for dummies book and I think it is beyond me :)

  • Steven Clay May 14, 2010 03:02 am

    Rosemary I took a look at your pics they are quite good, Good preperation and layout, you might try a good portrait lense the one you are using just isnt quite crisp enough on the focus. If you cant afford one ( they do get pricey) see if you can rent one for a day just to see the difference. Also instead of all that cash spent on overlighting. Try getting a silver backed craft paper and bending your light to give proper shadows amazing what can get acomplished with a simple bounce of natural lighting or room lighting into the currect place. I hope this helps.

  • Steven Clay May 14, 2010 02:50 am

    I currently shoot a Nikon D 60 with an array of lenses. 50 mm 17-55mm 18-135macro 80-200zoom. I find I can get just about any shot I want with this array. I do photo shoots of puppies and find my Hoodman adapter quite usefull for groundwork, as well as table work. my 135mm nikor takes unbelievable portraits and I carry my 200 zoom with me everywhere. I purchased an Armor kit for the body and love the protection it offers. My 15 year old daughter just did her first wedding shoot with this set up and the pics are great. For anyone wanting to improve there photo work and give it movement you must have a super fast DSLR, I would say my D60 is bottom of the line for the work I do and I do plan to replace it soon. I purchased it in October 2008 after winning a large poker tournament and have enjoyed every minute with it. I have shot pictures from the Redwood forest through the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Tombstone,heck just about everywhere from Oregon coast to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis Mo. I have found there to be one major flaw in DSLR and that is cold temperatures. Incredible shots you will get, but not what your looking at.lol At temperatures below freezing you must keep your camera case warm, Difficult to do when treking through snow covered mountains searching for the next masterpiece

  • heidi y May 14, 2010 02:44 am

    I received my Nikon D5000 for this past xmas. I was so excited getting it - wanting a DSLR for a long time. And now I need to figure it out. I still have my Nikon S250 and I've had many other point-and-shoots for the past several years, ... Now I have my new camera, it is more confusing than I thought. But I'm slowly picking up hints & tips in taking better pictures. I just need someone to point all the great features. Recently my pictures are turning out darker than I want them to be. But I still love how much better pictures are when I take motion shots - like the kids running around or playing. I am happier that I have a DSLR!

  • Stephen VanGorkum May 14, 2010 02:40 am

    I have a Nikon D200 and lov it! ?

  • Andre May 14, 2010 02:39 am

    I really love my 5D Mark II
    But sometimes I need something more compact to take my paparazzi photos )))

  • Staci May 14, 2010 02:31 am

    I first got my Canon Xsi in April of 2009. I purchased it because I had my first child and when he started walking the delay on my point-and-shoot was causing me to miss a lot of shots. I was frustrated with missing shots so I got an Xsi. I used my Xsi until November of 2009, then I upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark II because I wanted a professional grade camera in hopes of launching a photography business some time down the line.

  • Rosemaryandthegoat May 14, 2010 02:27 am

    I bought a Nikon D3000 a couple of months ago have a 18-55 lens and just bought a 70-300 zoom. I'm trying to take decent pictures for my food blog and I haven't learned to do that yet even though I have invested in a Lowell Ego table light and bought a couple of clip on lights. I have taken 4 camera classes so far but I think I need hands on training in how to start using the manual settings. Beginning to think I'm too old to learn new trick :)

  • Mark May 14, 2010 02:20 am

    My first digital camera was a Pentax Optio WP. It's a 5MP waterproof camera. This is a great little camera, and is awesome for traveling, because it is small, durable, and best of all, it's waterproof!
    After using this for a few years, I realized I really enjoy photography, and I researched a few DSLRs, but could not decide which one to get. I mentioned this to my cousin who is also into photography, and he let me borrow his Olympus Evolt E-500. After using this for only a few days, I decided this was the camera for me. It's very user-friendly, and a great DSLR. I purchased the Olympus Evolt E-500 with 2 lenses, the 14-45mm and the 40-150mm. Since then I've added the 35mm macro lens, and the FL-50 external flash to the package.
    I really enjoy using this camera! It's a great camera overall. I've used my brothers Nikon DSLR, and I find the Olympus more user-friendly.

  • Dave May 14, 2010 02:14 am

    I shoot with a Nikon D50. It's a little older but a great camera. Makes more sense to me to invest in lenses than to always have the latest and greatest body.

  • Lisa McCully May 14, 2010 02:11 am

    Had a Rebel I bought in 2006, used the heck out of it and this year I bought a Canon 7D. I named him Diego :) Let's just say that Diego is much smarter than me!

  • David Arrowsmith May 14, 2010 02:05 am

    My first digital camera was an Olympus C60 p&s with 6mp. I still have it and use it occasionally although it is pretty useless in less than full sunshine or when using the built in flash. I then upgraded to a Nikon D40 and used it for over a year with the kit lens before deciding to upgrade to the D300 and a couple of decent lenses to go with it. This is the camera I use most of the time at home in the UK. I did not want to risk having an expensive camera stolen when abroad so bought a second hand D80 which I use on my foreign trips. I then wanted a video facility better than the Olympus can provide and the ability to get closer than my 18-200 Nikkor will allow so I bought a Panasonic FZ28 mainly for these features although I must say I have been pleasantly surprised with the image quality from this camera. I resolutely refuse to spend any more on photography equipment ( well, maybe a lens or two!).
    If I am doing a landscape or portrait shoot I will use my Nikon D300. If going to a wildlife park or zoo I will take the Panny. I am trying to get into the habit of taking my Olympus with me for spur of the moment photo opportunities but sadly it usually remains at home in its case. I wonder how many people actually carry a camera virtually everywhere they go? I have a few friends who are keen photographers but few of them have a camera with them when we are out socially.

  • Alan May 14, 2010 02:04 am

    The Best a Canon DSLR.

  • Carole May 14, 2010 02:00 am

    I have two cameras and my main camera is the Olympus E520 (DSLR). I purchased it a 1 1/2 years ago. I'm constantly learning how to do something new on it. Using manual, aperture and shutter settings, it takes fantastic pictures. Simply pointing and shooting is just too easy. I like more control of the pictures I take.

    My second camera is an old Nikon D70 I purchased off of E-bay. I use it as a back up. The only reason it isn't my favorite camera is because the viewing screen is too small. One of these days, I may consider purchasing the Nikon D90 to replace this camera. Until then I'm enjoying both cameras.

  • Regina May 14, 2010 01:51 am

    Canon Rebel EOS XS

  • Rob May 14, 2010 01:48 am

    I have to say I have way too many cameras. I have a Canon 5DII, 50D, XSi, and several point and shoots: Canon SD450 and Panasonic DMC-TS1. I really like them all but each has its own place. The 5D for my portrait shoots, my 50D for my action shots, the SD450 for my all around pocket camera, and the TS1 for underwater and beach locations.

    I have been buying digital cameras the better part of 10 years with my first being the Sony DSC-S30 1.2MP that actually took great photos! I bought the first Digital Rebel (300D) when it was first released and I was hooked on the DLSR. I recently sold it to a friend who is just starting in digital photography and that camera still impresses me with the quality.

  • Axel May 14, 2010 01:48 am

    Upgraded to Nikon D3X, including some incredible fast lenses last year.
    Yes, that was expensive but worth it. Can't get the smile of my face, having that machine.
    I believe shooting with this camera there is no need to test anything else for a long time.
    Happy Days, Axel

  • Tom Adams May 14, 2010 01:43 am

    I bought my Canon T2i in March from Schiller's in St. Louis and love it. It is just the right mix of functionality and ease of use that this serious amateur wants/needs at this point. I upgraded from a 2005 Canon 300D and added a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens and Canon 70-200mm (f4) telephoto.

  • Ilya May 14, 2010 01:43 am

    I have a Nikon D200 with a 50mm f/1.4, 28mm f/2.8 and a 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 (all nikkor). It was a gift from my father when he upgraded to a D700. Best hand-me-down I have ever gotten!

  • Kenneth May 14, 2010 01:43 am

    I agonized for months about whether it was crazy to get the Canon 5D Mark II as my first DSLR, after owning a bunch of Canon Powershot, Nikon Coolpix, and Sony Cybershot point-and-shoots over the years. 8 months and over 20000 pictures taken (according to 40Dshuttercount), I'm so glad I went for it!

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  • Paul May 14, 2010 01:41 am

    Canon 5d mk1 and 2x sigma lenses covering 24-400mm i had a lumix fz18 for a couple of years before and got caught by the bug, now working as events/sports snapper at weekends.

  • Marvin May 14, 2010 01:40 am

    I picked up my Nikon D90 in March 2009 and I've been happy ever since.

  • BK May 14, 2010 01:38 am

    @Derek Barrette: I beg to differ, I learned SO MUCH from my P&S, which really helped me when I moved to a dSLR. I had no problems messing with aperture, exposure, white balance, etc. If I would have jumped straight to dSLR I would be floundering in Auto! And my Sony took amazing photos, sometimes even better than my Rebel. Some people just can't afford a dSLR or want something to play with before moving on to the "big boys"

  • Charan May 14, 2010 01:37 am

    I got my first ever DSLR - Canon 550D/Rebel T2i two days ago. Its a wonderful camera with very nice quality. I have purchased the canon 18-55mm kit lens, canon 55-250mm and canon 50mm f/1.8 lenses along with T2i.
    Prior to this camera I owned Canon SX20IS which is again a very nice camera. I will sell the SX20 now.

  • Hagen May 14, 2010 01:37 am

    Canon 50D on it's first day on sale - Henrys. Up to 10000 shutters now and loving it.

  • BK May 14, 2010 01:36 am

    I have a used Rebel EOS that I bought as a body from a friend for a whopping $100. Before that I had a Sony DSC-H2 P&S which I LOVED (and still do). The only reason I upped to a dSLR is the price was right, and felt like I had maxed out the potential on the Sony. I hardly ever shot on auto, I was always fiddling with settings. On the Rebel I use a Canon 17-85mm lens since I shoot mostly landscapes, old houses, etc. I would like a super zoom soon but I gotta get a couple paychecks in the bank first!

  • Iva May 14, 2010 01:30 am

    I have had various ultrazooms for 4 years now, the current is Panasonic TZ7/ZS3. Definitely looking into something professional in near future, torn between Canon 50D and Panasonic GF1 or G2, once available. I also own a 39-year-old analog SLR.

    @Derek Barrett, that's pure elitism! Your PS person cannot possibly be the same as those of us who really try, want to learn and, in the end of the day, come to websites such as this one.

  • Geoff May 14, 2010 01:27 am

    Nikon D300s bought last year as upgrade from D50. Also a selection of lenses aquired over last 3 years.
    Fantastic camera and learn something new every time I take a photo. Video has brought new dimension to my photography. Could not be happier.

  • James May 14, 2010 01:25 am

    I have been considering some after market lenses, as Nikon lenses, although excellent, are sometimes too expensive. Has anyone out there had any experience with Sigma or Tamron lenses. I have been doing some research on them and so far have found some promising reviews.

  • James May 14, 2010 01:22 am

    I have a Nikon D90 for about a year now and I absolutely love it. I am learning how to do with digital what I have always done with film, it is sometimes a bit confusing but none the less lots of fun. This camera goes everywhere with me, I do not want to miss an opportunity for a good shot. I already am drooling over the D3X, but it is too cost prohibitive at this point.

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey May 13, 2010 06:35 am

    First DSLR was Canon Rebel whenever they came out, now have a 40D and considering upgrading again in the next year.

  • Rebecca May 12, 2010 02:00 pm

    I got my Canon XSi about 9 months ago. I absolutely love it! I've almost shot 10,000 photos already... but that includes when I was learning all the features, so I've slowed down a bit with the photo taking to better quality :)

  • laura May 12, 2010 10:28 am

    i have a canon rebel xt i got 3 years ago and love it.

  • Rob May 12, 2010 06:55 am

    Great ;poll dps :) My inbox is flodding. Bert, Nice Tulips oh and forgot to say that I used to have a Sony dsc-F707 and the dsc-F828 that I loved much until the Canon came along. Raw was a pain on the Sony's but still nice ans sharp short plus IR on the hoya 72 IR.

  • Danielle Fox May 12, 2010 05:59 am

    I just bought a used Canon Rebel XT and I absolutely love it already. Before I had been using an Olympus Stylus which I also really liked but I love the feel and quality of my Canon so much more.

  • Ken Miller May 12, 2010 05:31 am

    I have a Nikon D300 and love it. I have been at photography a long time, my first camera was a folding Kodak taking 130 roll film, making a huge negative. I processed the film in the bathroom at night, and made contact prints with a print frame. The world has come a long way since then. My first 35mm was an Argus C3 and the Kodachrome film speed was ASA10. Young people today have a had time believin all this. However most of my old Kodachrome slides are still good today. The later Kodak Ektachrome color film had no lasting qualities at all. Most of these are now virtually blank transparancies. Progress suffered a relapse here.

  • Derek Barrett May 12, 2010 04:00 am

    Of course your poll might be biased because 90% of the people who buy Point & Shoot compacts wouldn't want to know about Learning about photography. After all, all they have to do is press the button, don't they?

    I get asked that all the time when I turn up to a photo shoot with my brace of Canon 5D'd and umpteen lenses, etc. "Why bother with all that junk? My PS takes amazing photos" Reply is usually polite but inside I want to Stomp on his worthless piece of *****.

  • Lena May 12, 2010 03:47 am

    My primary digital is a DSLR. I currently shoot with the Nikon D90 which I got in January, but prior to that, my Nikon D40X NEVER left my side. :)

    My secondary is my P&S - Nikon P80. :) (Had to show this great camera some love too!!)

  • rebec245 May 12, 2010 01:48 am

    I have had my nikon d90 for only about a month and a half, but i absolutely love it. I am BEYOND happy that i got it! it gives me so much more creative control over the final image.
    before my d90, i had the fujifilm s1000fd, a bridge camera. it was wonderful, but i had it for a year, in which my photography advanced greatly, and i kind of grew out of it. i am very happy that i have had both cameras.

  • Brittani May 11, 2010 10:08 pm

    :))
    got my DSLR in January, and I am so happy!

  • Renea May 11, 2010 09:05 pm

    My first SLR was a Canon Rebel 35mm probably about 12 years ago. When I upgraded to digital, I got a Canon 20D, and then last December I upgraded to a 7D. I absolutely love it! I still use my 20 sometimes, and I still have the old 35mm, but I never use it. I'll have to say my 7D is ny far my primary camera, but I also own a Powershot that does really well for a point and shoot.

  • Mark Cody May 11, 2010 06:15 pm

    Hi have a Canon 40D. I upgraded from a 350D a year ago and haven't looked back. I also upgraded my 17-85 IS lens to the fantastic 24-105 L and the difference in image quality combined with the 40D is amazing. My wife cant't understand why my camera is getting bigger whist technology is getting smaller however when people see my photos they always comment on the high quality of them. I have a small Casio point and shoot with video which is great for a night out but will never match my Canon in terms of quality.

  • sil May 11, 2010 06:07 pm

    I still rely on my old Nikon d70... and Iove it! I bought it back in 2005, I know it will eventually die so would like to upgrade but haven't got the money. Most probably I would buy a d90.

  • Danny Rash May 11, 2010 12:39 pm

    My primary camera is a DSLR(d70) that I got for Christmas 2009. I LOVE it. but i would like to upgrade to a d5000 or something like that. by the way, megapixels do not matter! my d70 6.14 mp sensor could capture photos that would look the same blown up to poster size as the 18mp t2i! look up the megapixel myth or something like that!

  • Matt May 11, 2010 12:38 pm

    My first digital was a Canon A590IS p s. I loved the image quality. But, as I started getting better at photography I grew very weary of the shutter lag. At that point I began to drool over several DSLRs. This last Christmas my fiancé bought me an XSi w/ the 18-55. I LOVE that camera. She also bought me a Sigma 28-70 and I later picked up a 70-300 USM. That's my primary kit for now. The next purchase will be a 50mm f/1.8 and eventually, when $ allows, a Sigma 10-20 or Canon 12-24. But for now I am super happy with what I have. It's a great starting point for me to learn in conjunction with this website.

  • Bob Sislow May 11, 2010 12:35 pm

    When i saw this poll, and I saw the phrase "primary camera," I thought of the one that I could literally carry everywhere. When I go to certain events where I'm "afraid" that my DSLR may be dropped, I bring only my pocket camera, aka my compact point-and-shoot. It takes perfect pictures in light or dark situations (Canon Powershot SD870IS). I carry around my DSLR (Nikon D90) at safer gatherings, or if I'm on my own taking artsy-fartsy kind of stuff...

  • mad editor May 11, 2010 11:13 am

    I used an SLR for years. My kids brought me into the digital age when they bought me a Fuji fine pix compact camera probably back in 2003. From there, they bought me an ultra zoom, which I used until a year ago when I bit the bullet and bought a dslr. Love it!

  • Kurt Wall May 11, 2010 10:36 am

    I'm delighted with my Nikon D60. It's given me so much enjoyment, much more than I imagined, and I've enjoyed the places I've visited in pursuit of pictures even more. I've also made a few friends and significantly widened my circle of acquaintances. It's been a win on all fronts!

  • techno photo May 11, 2010 10:26 am

    I'm happy and still don't have a problem with my digital camera. I just want to thank you for this very interesting and informative post.

  • Nick May 11, 2010 10:01 am

    I'm only a teenager, but when I graduated middle school, I bought myself a Canon Digital Rebel XT. I still use it almost every day, taking upwards of 1000 photos a week, mostly sports. I love the camera, but can't wait to add a new, quicker Canon DSLR.

    I have been subscribed to this blog for two years and learned so much! Any suggestions on a quick Canon DSLR for sports??

  • Federico Presti May 11, 2010 09:15 am

    I had a DSLR that got stolen... after that I only had enough money to get me a point and shoot with ultra zoom. I'm saving up to get a DSLR again

  • Rob May 11, 2010 07:27 am

    Got my XSI and already shot over 5000 photo's with it and will probably shoot some more in the thousands with it. My combo stuff is Canon ef 28-135is Canon ef 100-400is Canon ef 50 and Tokina 12-24. A Vivitar flash and soon a cactus v4 set. Oh and got it about a year ago or a bit more ... can;t find the b&h invoice right now :)[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/gipukan/4445638695/' title='Hippopotamus' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4445638695_2a1feab598.jpg']

  • Rob May 11, 2010 07:21 am

    Got my XSI and already shot over 5000 photo's with it and will probably shoot some more in the thousands with it. My combo stuff is Canon ef 28-135is Canon ef 100-400is Canon ef 50 and Tokina 12-24. A Vivitar flash and soon a cactus v4 set. Oh and got it about a year ago or a bit more ... can;t find the b&h invoice right now :)

  • Skotniczny May 11, 2010 06:51 am

    I have a Nikon D40, and love it to bits!
    I have shot entire weddings with it and have gotten great results.
    the only reason i would upgrade is because its small size looks un-professional.

    but its not the size that counts, its how you use it!

  • Larry May 11, 2010 06:23 am

    I use a Canon 30D, my lenses include Canons 55mm macro, 18-55 zoom, 35-125, 75-300 and a 400mm fixed focal and 2x adapter. also use 3 canon film SLR EF's Plus Canon A-1 FTb, and T70. w/ macro to 300. Medium FMT Rollei twin, and Mamiya RZ w/5 lenses and pentaprism, and now Cambo SC Mono-rail and Graphlex Speed Grafic both 4x5. Have my own wet lab....

  • John May 11, 2010 06:21 am

    Just upgraded my 10D to a 5D II with some new glass. Lovin it! My first DSLR was the D30 which I struggled to get used years ago.

  • E May 11, 2010 06:00 am

    I'm going to mark myself as an amateur here... I have a Canon G-series. I have no clue whether it's an "ultra zoom" or a "compact" I have a feeling it's neither, so my camera doesn't fit any of the voting categories. Considering upgrading to the Olympus PEN.

  • Adam May 11, 2010 05:54 am

    Started when i was 12 with a lumix fz7. a few years and cameras later and i'm now 16 with a d300s and a collection of lenses!

  • Eric May 11, 2010 05:39 am

    I bought my XSi a little under 2 years ago before taking my kids to Disneyland. Last month, I upgraded to a 7D for the better build, FPS, ISO, and AF. My next upgrade will probably be into the 5D series (they should be to the Mk3 by the time I'm ready.)

  • Jackie May 11, 2010 05:14 am

    I purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D40, in March of 2009. It is a FANTASTIC camera. I am getting ready to upgrade to a Nikon D700...definitely ready for the upgrade. I will definitely hang to to my D40, tho...

  • Ashok May 11, 2010 05:07 am

    I have Sony DSC W220 P&S camera. It`s very good, but now I plan to purchase DSLR Canon EOS 1000D.

  • Missie May 11, 2010 03:57 am

    Most recent purchase is a Pentax K-7, December 2009. Also have a Pentax K-200 and K-100 . (as well as 3 ~ k-1000 film cameras) Love the Pentax cameras, especially the fact that ALL my lenses will work with the digitals,you need to use manual focus for the old SLR lenses but given the cost of new lenses, it is a small price to pay.

  • Mike May 11, 2010 03:28 am

    Panasonic FZ-18, bought from Amazon in 2008. I like it because it's just one lens - I started with a Canon SLR (AE1) in the 70's and I got really tired of carrying stuff.

  • Jackson May 11, 2010 02:49 am

    I have a DSLR—a Nikon D40—and am very happy with it. My uncle actually gave it to me after he upgrades to a Nikon D90. He knew about my strong interest in photography and decided that the D40 would help to get me off to a great start. Its features are great for beginners, although I do personally believe that I am perfectly capable of jumping up to something like a D300 or D700. I always use the Manuel modes (P,S,A,M), typically A and M. They allow me to do so much more with the photo than the other automatic modes do...and most point-and-shoot cameras. If you think that you will be taking a lot of pictures and you want them to look nice, and you know the basics of how to use a DSLR, then a DSLR is probably the camera for you.

  • Stephanie May 11, 2010 02:40 am

    I just got my first DSLR last month: Canon Eos Rebel T1i and I am loving it so far!

  • Steve May 11, 2010 02:36 am

    My "primary" camera is a Sony a700 DSLR, which gets used for any serious photography that I'm doing. However, that usually stays at home for safety until I need it for a shoot. Meanwhile, my carry around camera is a Canon S90 and I find that I'm taking more photos with that than with the DSLR.

  • Allison May 11, 2010 02:32 am

    My primary digital camera is a Nikon D40x. I got it from Ritz Camera in 2007 and I absolutely love it! I'm so happy I got one.

  • Lovelyn May 11, 2010 02:20 am

    Toward the end of last year I was looking for a DSLR. I was seriously considering getting a Pentax K-7 because I had a Pentax film camera and I'd learned that I could use the lenses from that camera for my digital. Then my friend's father died. He left her his digital camera and a few lenses. She dioesn't take pictures and wanted to know if I wanted it. Even though the camera is old I couldn't turn down the offer. I now have a Sony A 700. I'm happy with the camera.

  • Kathy Burkman May 11, 2010 02:06 am

    I purchased my first DSLR in January of 2007, to correspond with the birth of our twin grandsons. It is a Pentax k100D, and I have been delighted with it. However, the technology has passed me by, and I feel like I am seriously short of mega-pixels (6.1, which was a lot then). I just ordered myself a Mother's Day present - another Pentax; the K-x. Don't want to spend the money on the K-7, yet. It is due Wednesday, and I can't wait! Faster, smaller, better, and will work with my beloved fixed 50!

  • John Hritz May 11, 2010 01:29 am

    I'm really liking my Canon S90 as an everyday camera. Small, great pictures, lots of flexibility. I don't miss the viewfinder or the hotshoe. The latter because of the good low-light performance.

  • noreen May 11, 2010 01:24 am

    i have a D90 which was a christmas/birthday gift (rolled into one) from hubby. you have no idea how happy i was to get it. i have been shooting with it for a year and a half. i think i have shot more than 10k photos...

  • bellearielparis May 11, 2010 01:07 am

    Nikon D80 - my first (and only) DSLR since November 2007. It came with the AF-9 Nikkor 18-135mm1:3.5-5.6 lens; then I added the AF Nikkor 50mm1:1.4 lens in Jan 2009; an SB-600 External Flash in Jun 2009. Also a tripod, a monopod, memory cards, etc. etc......it sure does add up! I justify it by thinking of all the money I've saved in buying film, and developing and printing of a lot of pretty disappointing photos.

    I love my Nikon D80, but I must admit it's the Fuji Finepix F50fd P&S that's always with me, just in case!

    My next big splurge is a one-day workshop given by photographer Art Wolfe in NYC.

  • John Newton May 11, 2010 01:01 am

    I purchased my Canon EOS-10D around 2000. I love it. I recently added a Canon Powershot G-11 to my kit as a light weight point-and-shoot for those times that dragging around a full DSLR kit is just not practical.

  • koo May 11, 2010 12:50 am

    Droid cameraphone is the way to go for me.

  • idb May 11, 2010 12:45 am

    I bought a Pentax K200D DSLR a year and a half ago. I like it a lot and I'm glad I got I got it but I miss the full frame of my old 35mm cameras. I would like to get a full frame dslr some day. Meanwhile Pentax was a good choice because I have already added 3 lenses to the kit lens that came with the camera, including an "old", non-digital Pentax AF lens.

  • Pete Langlois May 11, 2010 12:45 am

    I got my most recent DSLR, a Nikon D300s, at Hunt's Photo & Video in Manchester, NH. I got it the week it came out as it was time for me to update my Nikon D50. I'm extremely happy with this camera. It's a great step up from my now 2nd body D50.

    I have other various P&S cameras from Canon; D-10, SD500, S45 and other 35mm film cameras from my past as well.

  • jason TWEAK OUT jacobs May 11, 2010 12:41 am

    got my d3000 about a year ago as my primary and love it to bits

  • jason May 11, 2010 12:39 am

    got my nikon d3000 as my primary about a year ago, love it to bits....FTL

  • laura May 11, 2010 12:14 am

    My first was the Canon A620 point and shoot-loved the camera, now is only for ebay and rides around in my purse because it fits. That point and shoot moved me to try my hand at going up the chain a bit and doing some senior pictures and small weddings. Went with the Canon 40D-love, love, love this camera. Great for just about everything from portriats to action sports in the gym and low light weddings, a bit more to it-but a great camera.

  • Melanie May 11, 2010 12:10 am

    I have an ultra-zoom P&S, a Canon PowerShot S3 IS, that I'm very happy with. I also have a waterproof Pentax W80 that is fun and takes decent shots, some toy digitals, and my trusty old Pentax K1000. Recent inherited an old Leica range-finder that I'm excited to try out.
    I do plan on getting a DSLR at some point, ideally a micro 4/3, but I'm not in a hurry.

  • iluvhatemail May 10, 2010 11:57 pm

    None of the above - Digital Rangefinder (M9)

  • Michael Springfield May 10, 2010 11:51 pm

    I got my first DSLR in 2002. It was a Nikon D1. Since that time I have owned 4 Nikon Pro bodies, D1, D1x and 2 D2h. I now have 3 Canon Pro bodies, 1DMkII, 1DsMkII, and a 1DMkIII. I love the versitility that DSLRs provide but I do still have a small P&S that I can carry in my pocket when carrying around a huge camera is not something that I want to do.

  • Al May 10, 2010 11:48 pm

    2008 Canon Rebel XT
    2009 Canon 50D

    Love both cameras and use them both often - 50D main camera and Rebel XT as secondary.

  • Helder Ribeiro May 10, 2010 11:45 pm

    I have one Canon Rebel XTI (400D) and Im really happy with it. I bought it 3 years ago, but only in the last year I started studying photography more deeply. I intend to upgrade it to a Canon 7D or a 5D MII (it depends on the budget :)).

  • Deborah May 10, 2010 11:43 pm

    If you have a DSLR – when did you get it? Are you happy to got one?

    I bought my D-SLR a Nikon D90 in Nov. 2008, and two months ago bought upgraded to a Nikon D300s.
    I am currently using both cameras. One with a wide angle lens, and the other with a telephoto lens.
    YES, I'm very happy I got one, er two. :)

    Since purchasing my D90 I've moved from a total P&S photographer to a fully manual one. I've learned so much about photography in the last 19 months. It's has been and continues to be a wonderful journey.

  • James May 10, 2010 11:09 pm

    My primary camera is a Canon 10D that I bought via Craigslist in April 2010. I really enjoy my DSLR and am saving a small fortune over the cost of film and developing.

  • Ashfaq May 10, 2010 11:01 pm

    A KODAK EASYSHARE Z8612 IS.

  • Andres Calle May 10, 2010 10:56 pm

    January 2003 - Canon Rebel
    January 2008 - Nikon D40
    May 2009 - Nikon D80
    June 2010 - Nikon D300 (Hopefully!!)

    I love my DSLR... its so versatile and efficient, I actually love the fact that I have a multi-purpose lens and lenses for special ocassions. If you dont have one yet you should have one.
    Robert H. don't stay too long in the bridge, we are waiting for you in the other side. :-)

  • Philippe May 10, 2010 10:35 pm

    My first camera was a Canon AF35 ML, when I was 12... it was in the eigthies !
    Now, I bought a Nikon D40 one year ago, from the same local store my parents bought me this 35ML... well, now, this is the son which holds the store... same wonderfull advices, same possibilities to test some DSLRs before buying...
    Never imagine to buy a DSLR from Amazon or Valmart !

  • len macbeth May 10, 2010 10:17 pm

    i own canon 40d canon 500 canon mk11 i am very happy with the three cameras mentioned
    canon 40d i have tamron 18-270 lens
    canon 500 i have canon macro lens
    canon mk11 i have the canon lens 24- 70 mm

  • John Eastman May 10, 2010 10:09 pm

    I have a Panasonic micro four thirds with three lenses. A 20 mm, a 14-45 mm zoom and a 45-200 zoom. Very light, not bulky.

  • Robert Hruzek May 10, 2010 10:08 pm

    Just got my Fujifilm HS10 Ultrazoom last week. Decided to try a strong "bridge" camera before moving on to DSLR and the associated "stuff" that goes with it.

  • Paul May 10, 2010 10:06 pm

    I have DSLR (5D Mark II) that I use for anything and everything. My wife loves her P&S (G11) because it fits in her purse.

  • Bert Buiskool May 10, 2010 09:51 pm

    IUntil january I always had a digital point and shoot camera. Nice but it wasn't giving me he possibilities I was surching for. Now I have a Nikon D5000, a nice, not to heavy with all the possibilities I was looking for. I have 2 lenses (18-55 and a 55-200 mm)
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  • MH Media May 10, 2010 09:49 pm

    I got my Nikon D80 about 3 years ago and it's been my "workhorse" camera - the D200 is my "best" and only gets taken out occasionally. The D80 has had some horrendous assignments: all-night gigs in climatically-unfriendly conditions and day-long shoots in freezing conditions (Polish shipyard). I've consistently found that it needs to be battery-out reset on long-duration shoots: sometimes this is inconvenient, other times practically impossible, but always very annoying. It rolled over the 10,000 images counter last month and is still going strong. The lack of live-view means constant chimping.

    Overall, I would recommend this camera, but only if you're not going to use it like a "Pro" (whatever that is).

  • jmarieg May 10, 2010 09:46 pm

    I bought a Nikon D5000 a year ago this month and it's been a wonderful experience. I use it with 3 nikon lenses--18-200 (my "walkaround"), 35mm prime and a gorgeous 105mm that they call macro, but is useful for so many other types of shooting. It is a continual learning curve, but well worth it. The resolution and clarity of photos and the lack of shutter lag produce amazing results. Once you go DSLR, there's no turning back!

  • Jan May 10, 2010 09:39 pm

    Have had a DSLR for about four years. Started with a Canon Rebel XT. Now own 5D and 5D M2

  • Julie May 10, 2010 09:32 pm

    Bought a Nikon D40 in July 2008. I am so happy I got it because I was using a regular P&S and couldn't capture my moving children at all. Now I have wonderful pictures of my kids in lots of different settings.

  • Jenny May 10, 2010 09:21 pm

    I bought a Nikon D40x a couple of years ago and have recently upgraded to the D90 with a Tamron 18-270 lens - love the DSLR

  • Helen May 10, 2010 09:09 pm

    Mine's a Canon 500d, with 18-55 kit lens. I've had it for a year now. I would love to find the time to improve my skills - I just feel as if I am scratching the surface

  • Jaina May 10, 2010 08:10 pm

    I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D5000, a couple of weeks ago from Jessops. Still getting used to using it to shoot photos but i really love it and the quality of the photos is brilliant. Love it.

  • Zakaria May 10, 2010 07:58 pm

    Bought a DSLR on my trip to Japan 2 years ago. I now own a 50D and love it. My photography has improved tremendously over the last 2 years, thanks to the DSLR, sites like digital photography school and books. The manual control was what I needed to make me learn faster about light. (PS: Bridge cameras today tho, offer a better manual control than 2 years ago, so mileage may vary) . Anyway, fell deep down the rabit hole and now own quite a few lenses and flashes and wanting more!

  • bogdan May 10, 2010 07:26 pm

    After almost five years of using a HP R507, I have finally bought a ”serious” camera - Pentax K-x, almost two months ago. I'm still in the "learning" phase. I'm very pleased with it.

  • Manfred.K May 10, 2010 06:41 pm

    I bought my first digital camera last december, it is a used Nikon D200 with a 18-105mm lens, i like it very much and i take it always with me, now i´m thinking about new lensen and an upgrade of my camera next year

  • Scott May 10, 2010 06:37 pm

    I bougt my Nikon D700 in November last year. Such a great camera in low light and very nice to handle.

  • Pawel May 10, 2010 06:21 pm

    Sigma sd14
    (sd10 before, pentax mz3 earlier)
    sigma cameras are ones of the less appreciated cameras in the world. don't understand why as the picture quality is just awesome.

  • Alaina May 10, 2010 05:50 pm

    My husband did the initial research and purchased the Canon 5D back in 2006. He couldn't do anything but shoot in auto. I finally got tired of it and learned how to use the camera. I'm on my third 5D Mk II. Yeah that's right the 3rd one. First one had to be returned because of a spot in the view finder. Second one was stolen when the house was robbed. Third one is now happy to be with me. The original 5D we bought is still working and a good backup but I love the Mark II. People ask how I like it . . . guess thinking that we've upgraded from a lower model but we've only owned 5Ds and point and shoots (which can't compare).

  • Banke May 10, 2010 04:39 pm

    I bought my first DSLR, Canon 10D, in 2003, the second 30 in 2007 and have upgraded to 5D Mark II.

    I own all 3 and use both my 30D, and the 5D Mark II.

    When I bought the 5D Mark II, I started adding Canon L Glass lenses.

  • Denise Burkhart May 10, 2010 04:20 pm

    I recently boutght a Nikon s4000 and really like it for the small compact size with all the featues. I found all the DSLRs to be very expensive and with all the focus lenses was too much to spend for a beginner. I want to learn all that I can with the full featured camera I have that is compact but still have so much to learn form this digital camera and all it can do.

  • Thomas May 10, 2010 04:19 pm

    I got my DSLR about a year ago. Am very pleased with it, although I am considering jumping ship from Canon to Nikon mainly due to ergonomics (and I don't need 21 mpix like the 5dII does have, 12 suits my needs far better).

    I love to be in control of my image, which a vast majority of smaller camera's do not offer. I also LOVE the image quality DSLR's produce.. To me, that image quality alone is reason enough to go from compact to DSLR.

  • Chris May 10, 2010 04:02 pm

    My Nikon D300s and the 50mm f1.4 that came with it was a going away gift from my boss. I had done most of the photography for the company and he knew that I was an amateur with aspirations to greatness. The rest of the employees got together and got me a Lowepro Commercial AW bag. My backup is a used D70s that I bought on Craigslist along with a 28-80 lens.

  • PrincessKessie May 10, 2010 03:52 pm

    I'd give my back teeth to own a DSLR, but unless I come into a large lump sum of money, that won't be happening for some time yet. I currently use two compacts (both gifts from family) - a Kodak ZD710 for tripod work, landscapes and panoramas, and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 for basic snapshots. It still amazes me that the Kodak takes better-looking shots, and far better macro shots, than the Lumix...

  • Mikko May 10, 2010 03:50 pm

    Went from Leica D-Lux4 to Sony A100 to a Canon EOS 500D to Lumix GF1.
    All my 12 lenses are manual, fast prime lenses only - M-mount, C-mount and M42.

  • Esdeebee May 10, 2010 03:49 pm

    I shoot with a Canon 50D that I bought 18 months ago. Before that I had a Sony DSCF-828 which was some kind of hybrid P&S mixed with DSLR. I changed because I was a bit frustrated not being able to change lenses. That made the Sony a bit limited although the lens was excellent.

  • Robert May 10, 2010 03:26 pm

    I've got a Canon 5D2 and some L glass. For the most part I really love it. My only gripes are size, weight and lack of external controls ( I hate digital menus). All in all its as close as I've found to the perfect camera in my price range. If I had the money though I'd go for a Leica because I love their control system.

  • Luciano Alvim May 10, 2010 03:23 pm

    I've been using a Sony H7 since December 2007, and just finished saving for a Canon 550d. I already sucked the H7 dry, in terms of skill... even as I grab a nice shot, it's somehow "ruined" when I see it 100% on my computer screen. Color artifacts, blurriness, you name it.
    I'm attending a Photography class and using a Rebel XSi, and I'm improving a lot already. Can't wait to buy my own DSLR.

  • Fred May 10, 2010 03:12 pm

    You know, I was going to make some sort of snarky comment about how this is a photography site, so of course everyone has a DLSR. While the results show this largely to be the case, I am reminded about one of the key things I like about this site - it's not all about the gear, it's about talent and creativity.

    Time and time again, I am delighted to discover a fantastic photo taken with a point and shoot or even a camera phone. The composition, lighting, and creativity are spot on. The fact that it was taken with a point and shoot is all the more impressive, given their usual lack of manual control.

    Oh, Canon 50D. My lovely wife gave it to me for my 40th birthday.

  • Narada Thomas May 10, 2010 02:36 pm

    I use a Sony A550, I am totally happy with it. I have shot many wonderful photos with it and learned by myself.

    But sometimes I regard because Sony Alpha dSLRs are not popular as much as Minolta was. So sometimes I find difficult to buy lens for cheaper price.

    I might upgrade to A full frame in next year or swich to Canon while keeping this dSLR with me.

    Actrually I badly love both Sony ( aka Minolta ) and Canon. I just feel so sad about what happened to Minolta.

  • Jeremy May 10, 2010 01:57 pm

    I bought my Canon Rebel XT right before I got married in September 2006. I didn't want to go on our honeymoon with my crappy Casio Exilim ZX3. It then took me two more years to actually make a decision to learn photography fundamentals and I've been growing steadily ever since. I just upgraded this past week and got a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM used off Ebay and a Canon 5D used off my friend who's a photojournalist who freelance for the NY Times. I'm so excited! Now I hope to branch out and start doing some side work!

  • Kimberly May 10, 2010 01:41 pm

    I shoot with a Sony Alpha 300; it's fantastic!

  • Rob May 10, 2010 01:25 pm

    The choices will have to be changed soon - the upcoming micro four thirds competitors from Ricoh, Samsung and Sony are not four thirds, so it's probably better to call them interchangeable lens compacts, systems compacts, or LVO (live view only) systems cameras.

    Also there's a difference between four thirds and micro four thirds as four thirds would fall under DSLR in your poll.

    Alternatively it's worth considering grouping four thirds, since live view is becoming more popular on DSLRs and maybe it will get good enough that there's really no difference.

    To me it would be more interesting to differentiate by sensor size:
    Medium Format (very expensive DSLRs)
    Full Frame (eg. Nikon D3/D700, Canon 5D, Sony A850)
    APS-C (most Nikon / Canon / Pentax / Sony DSLRs)
    Four Thirds (Olympus DSLRs and Olympus / Panasonic MFT)
    Compact (smaller than four thirds)

  • Jen May 10, 2010 01:24 pm

    I purchased my Canon XSi in Feb 2009. I am incredibly happy with it, but I would love to be able to afford a full frame sensor one day. For now, I'll continue obsessing over my camera and my 50mm 1.4. I love love love it and have almost forsaken my other lenses for it. :)

  • Victor Rocha May 10, 2010 01:19 pm

    My first DSLR was a Canon XTi that I bought 3 years ago and put 40k pictures on that after 2.5 years. I then bought a Canon 50D which was an extreme disappointment so I sold that a month ago and got a T2i which has been the best camera I've had.

  • Jim May 10, 2010 01:06 pm

    I was the1st in my city to get a D300 and my primary lens is the 18-200 along with a 70-300 VR and a 50mm 1.8. I could not be happier with this setup, I also have the battery grip which is just super esp doing verticals, I like to get a P & S Like a Nikon S8000 but I wonder about that camera.

  • Prime May 10, 2010 01:03 pm

    I bought a Canon EOS 1000D (Rebel XS) in April 2009 after using a point and shoot (Sony DSC-P93) for almost 5 years. I'm extremely happy with the camera and bought a 55-250 lens as well. Looks like I will stick with this configuration for a while.

  • MM May 10, 2010 01:03 pm

    All my pictures have been shot with a P&S compact Canon S3 IS....

    http://www.captivecaptures.blogspot.com/
    http://www.wow-wonderworks.blogspot.com/

  • Bug23 May 10, 2010 12:31 pm

    I bought my Canon 40D in July '09, and am loving it! When I have improved, would love to move to the Canon 5D mk 2, with a 10-22L lens

  • April May 10, 2010 12:03 pm

    I currently have a Nikon D60. I am happy with it most of the time. (I think I would like it better if I could afford more lenses.) I got my first DSLR, a Nikon D40, in the summer of 2008. It replaced a Minolta point and shoot and I wasn't please with the switch at first. I gave the Minolta away to force myself to learn to use the SLR. Then in the spring of 2009, less than a year after buying it, I slipped while crossing a little stream and dunked the D40 under water. I bought a Nikon point and shoot the fill the gap until I could get enough money together to replace the D40. I bought the D60 in the fall of 2009 and, again, gave away the point and shoot to force myself to learn the possibilities of the SLR.

    I am still sorting out f-stops and Aperture settings. When I want to be sure I get a good shot the first time, I have a tendency to fall back on auto. I now have insurance on the D60 and I do not intend to spend any more money on equipment until I have mastered the manual settings. Your column and blog have proven very helpful in this department.

  • joewatch May 10, 2010 12:00 pm

    I bought my first and current dslr, a Canon 30D with a Sigma 30/1.4 when my daughter was born. I regret not buying it sooner as it took me a few months to learn how to use it so I missed a lot of good opportunities. I've been pretty happy with the setup, but I sometimes wish that I had gotten a Nikon D40 instead for the 1/500 flash sync on sunny days and auto ISO. I don't regret getting not getting a full-frame camera, but I do find it very annoying to have to calculate equivalent focal lengths.

  • rich May 10, 2010 11:47 am

    Decided to get a dslr (Xsi) to supplement our nikon 7900. The p&s subsequently was lost on loan. I find the dslr to be a great everyday camera, though a bit bulky. It just can't be beat for capturing natural light.

    A p&s is more convenient, but all but the best take very flat shots with their heavy flash dependence.

  • Mike May 10, 2010 11:37 am

    I got a Nikon D5000 the summer of 2009. I started out with a P&S and I "upgraded" with CHDK. Through this enhancement I got to play and explore with some advance features advance features that usually are only available on a dSLR such as shuttle speed and bracketing. It was fun but the P&S hardware is very limited. With my dSLR, it's just very liberating and it opens up more possibilities for me

  • Martin May 10, 2010 11:19 am

    I purchased my D300s September 2009 to replace my D60 which I had for just over a year. Delighted with it, getting to grips with it and all it can do. Now have the 10-200mmDX VR II lens, the 35mm DX 1.8 and the 50mm 1,4. I am still getting experience and take lessons in the areas that I am wanting to understand better.

  • Mario May 10, 2010 11:16 am

    My primary one is a dslr but the one I use most these days is... a cell phone! When I changed my phone with my provider, I chose my new one by the fact that it is 3.2 mp. I print my pics at 8X10 that I expose at my office and everybody is amazed to learn that it as been taken by a cell phone...

  • Chris Breidenbaugh May 10, 2010 11:06 am

    I bought a D5000 a few months back after "enduring" P&S for several years. I am extremely satisfied and having loads of fun. I have picked up a couple books to help me understand what a DSLR camera can do. This has helped immensely. I am spending way to much time with my photography, just ask the wife...

  • Mei Teng May 10, 2010 10:59 am

    I am using a Canon 450d since 2008. If I do upgrade, I would like to own a 7d.

  • Jim May 10, 2010 10:21 am

    This seems a bit odd. Most people interested in photography education as this site implies, would be using a DSLR. The results here is no big surprise. It would be better to break down the DSLR types and manufacturers.

  • jacq May 10, 2010 10:13 am

    I have a Canon PowerShot SX110. Its a step up from a normal point and shoot, until I can afford a DSLR. I went from having a $100 P&S, to this one, and I can use full manual settings and opticical zoom. Its still not a DSLR, but it is better than what I had.

  • RAP May 10, 2010 10:04 am

    I have my Canon 450D since 2008. Although I'm quite happy with it, I've been considering an upgrade. My doubt now is the 7D or the 5DMkII. Some say I should wait a bit more and myabe get a possible 5DMkIII which would be full frame with the improvements the 7D has. Let's see....

  • Mark Pashia May 10, 2010 09:45 am

    I started out in August 2009 with a low end Coolpix that I had picked up for web photos. In October I decided to try a super zoom P&S, so I bought the Nikon Coolpix L100 but that was a HUGE MISTAKE as I wanted to capture wildlife shots and this just was not up to it. The delay of the shutter and the weak zoom was not what I needed. Thus in November I broke down and bought a Canon Rebel XSi with 18-55mm IS kit lens and a Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro. By Feb. 2010 I bought a Tamron AF 200-400mm LD (IF). Next was a EF 50mm f/1.8 and now I have an EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS on its way as I type this.

    I really love my new hobby and am obsessed by it, but the money is OUT OF CONTROL!!! Hopefully, this will settle down soon and this first L series lens will keep me busy for a long time to come.

  • junglebear May 10, 2010 09:44 am

    I use a Fujifilm S1000fd, a point and shoot superzoom. I'm planning to invest in a DSLR sometime in the future, I need to graduate first though...I'm entering as many competitions as I can to try to win one!

    Of course, what's behind the camera is the most important thing

  • davidc May 10, 2010 08:47 am

    To go from film to digital I went from an Olympus OM2n to a Canon S50 point and shoot. I found that a bit limiting compared to the Olympus and took the opportunity when it was stolen in Rome to replace it with a Nikon D70. I now have a Nikon D300 and am firmly in the DSLR camp. I do have a point and shoot for the times it is not practical to carry a DSLR but my prime camera is still the Nikon D300

  • Mason Sklut May 10, 2010 08:44 am

    Got my Canon Rebel XTi in February of 2007.
    And yes, of course I'm happy I got it — it's a fabulous camera and I use for my outdoor photography shoots all the time.

  • Heather May 10, 2010 08:43 am

    I bought my first DSLR in 2005.

  • Jessica May 10, 2010 08:35 am

    I dont have a DSLR but I do plan on getting one. Any books or websites that will help me learn more when i do get it?

  • Al May 10, 2010 08:07 am

    I got the D90 about a year and a half ago, just before my baby was born. I use it for work as well as documenting my baby's early years. I upgraded from the D50. I have an 18-200 as well as a 50 lens. I'm glad I bought it when I did as I couldn't afford it now.
    I'd love to try out the micro four thirds, I expect the prices will drop sharply in the coming years.

  • Sascha Vogt May 10, 2010 08:06 am

    Bought my Canon 5DII in November 2008 from a local dealer, 2 month after I decided to get this as my first DSLR. I am really happy with it and shot somewhat 30k pictures with it. Bought a used Sigma SD-14 via eBay and modified it to a an infrared-camera in August 2009 because I didn't want to sacrifice the 5DII for this experiment.

    Before the 5DII I had and still have a Pentax W20 point'n'shoot. In the second half of 2007 I started to become more interested in taking more than snapshots and found out that this little camera wasn't the right tool for what I wanted to achieve. So I started to read and study and tried to pile up as much theory as I could get without actually owning a camera just to understand what I would have to buy.

    I decided for the 5DII allthough it is not really an entry-level DSLR because I wanted to get es many possibilities as I could afford and I hoped that the camera would help me to get over my lack of expirience. Also Canon offers the fastest lenses and most third-party vendors of hard- and software producing for the big names whereas Canon is usually among the first to be served.

    I never regreted it. 21MP let you crop like crazy. So even if you dont have a long enough lens or the shot is not in level you can correct most of these errors in post. And the fullframe sensor lets me get real wide. So I can experiment in every direction to find my talents if there are any.

    Another important point is that this camera allowed me to easily follow every how-to and tutorial I found.

  • Walter Wimberly May 10, 2010 08:02 am

    I got my first DSLR in 2004 (Canon 10D). I loved having it as it was a graduation gift for completing my masters. Since them my wife and I have bought a 20D (2006) and a 50D (about a year ago). So we've clearly enjoyed them, and even started doing professional photography with them. (While I can take many a good shots with a point-and-shoot, I wouldn't dream of showing up to a professional shoot or wedding with one, although I've heard stories of that happening...)

    As some people have alluded to, having a nice DSLR doesn't mean you take better photos, (any one can take a bad photo, even with a $10k camera), but it does open up opportunities which I can't get with my point-and-shoot digital (which we tend to carry around for normal days to capture whatever was just happening).

  • RSammy May 10, 2010 07:47 am

    Just bought a Panny GF1. Pretty happy with it so far and I feel like i'll be learning with it for years to come. Love the portability!

  • Thomas May 10, 2010 07:46 am

    Just thrilled with my XSi. Almost a year and the best thing I've done since inventing the internet. Wait, that was some other guy. Anyway, photos went from OK to good. Focused. More in tune with it like when I shot so many years ago with my Pentax K1000. Ah, the 80's. Good times/

  • Simon May 10, 2010 07:40 am

    I use a Canon SX10, which I bought for an overseas trip last year. It's a good compromise between the capabilities of an SLR, and the size and price of a compact.

  • Austin May 10, 2010 07:38 am

    I did have a Nikon D40 with the kit lens, a Fuji F20 compact and a Panasonic SD camcorder. Replaced them all with a Sony HX1 and I'm glad I did. It's just so versatile and the quality is good enough for me. I also have my iPhone 3GS for on the go snaps.

  • yo May 10, 2010 07:32 am

    nikon d40

  • CE Jones May 10, 2010 07:28 am

    I bought my Canon 30D in 2007. It was my first digital camera. It meets my every need and I probably won't upgrade for a while. It's a great camera. I also have a Canon G9 as a backup and something to carry when my 30D and attached flash is too bulky.

    My best learning experience was when I taught Digital Photography courses. It made me take lots of photos which helped me learn even more about my camera.

  • terryd May 10, 2010 07:27 am

    I bought my Nikon D50 used off Craigslist because I can't afford a new one. I may drool at more current cameras, but I LOVE my D50. I've stuck with Nikon for years and have 5 Nikon cameras, only one digital and all of them pretty old. Adding up the prices people are asking for cameras like mine doesn't come to a new DSLR ... but I still like to work with film at times anyway.

    I have a couple of 6Mp Kodak cameras, also quite old now. These are my 'always with me' cameras. Yesterday, a friend mentioned she'd like a picture of her brother and son at breakfast. I reached down, pulled out my camera, and SNAP ... got the picture.

    No matter how old my cameras are or how much people with better cameras chuckle when they see mine, I find that there is nothing that I WANT to do that I can't do with what I've got. I'd LOVE to have a newer, fully outfitted camera, but I learned a long time ago that the camera doesn't take great pictures, the photographer does.

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  • Jim May 10, 2010 07:19 am

    I previously worked only with film for about 50 years, from 16mm to 6 X 9's (Medium Format). My 35mm's were Pentax and I have a complete selection of lens for the Pentax line. In about 2000 I bought a Sony digital that used small cd's to hold the pictures as a backup. At that time I was using Mamiya C-330's. Last year I bought my first DSLR the Pentax K20D in no small measure because I have all the lenses for it. I am quite happy with it, when I cut the auto-focus and do my own settings! The auto's aren't as good as the eye in a lot of cases.

  • Tom May 10, 2010 07:13 am

    I don't need no fancy pants DLSR to make good photo! It's not the (sensor) size that matters, it's how you use it! I use a Canon SX10 and a Sony WX1 and make great photographs with them. Granted, I'd love to have a D300s or a 7D, but neither is in my fiscal future, so I made due with what I have.

  • Ramón May 10, 2010 07:11 am

    Canon 1Ds Mark III

  • Steve May 10, 2010 06:59 am

    I've had my Canon 50D just over a year. This was an upgrade from the 350D, which was bought just after it came out.

    Berfore that, I'd always shot film on an A1. The tipping point came when a dSLR offered comparable resolution to my 2700dpi film scanner and the A1 and its lenses (remeber the Vivtar Series 1 70-210?) were reaching the end of their working life.

    I've probably shot around 50,000 frames since going digital and haven't touched film at all.

  • Dan Hahn May 10, 2010 06:58 am

    My wife got me a Nikon D90 for an early birthday present last month. What a sweetheart! I love it, and there's so much to learn. I enjoy seeing my shots slowly improve with practice. It's also fun comparing results from settings I choose with the camera's preprogrammed scene modes to see which I prefer (I like to photograph scenery so usually set to A so I can fiddle with depth of field).

  • Morgan May 10, 2010 06:58 am

    I've had my Nikon D40 for about a year and a half now and I'm more than ready to move up when the funds become available!

  • Mr. Brian May 10, 2010 06:53 am

    In April I bought a Canon SX20IS from Amazon. It's my first digital camera. I've had experience with SLR's before and this certainly doesn't come close to that quality, but it works well as a starter and within a student budget. Also needed something to do video, so I'm happy with it. I plan to get into the DSLR world sometime in the future when money permits.

  • Veronica Salazar May 10, 2010 06:52 am

    My husband bought a Nikon D90 for me in September 2009 since he wanted me to get serious about my photography and I absolutely love it! I use it with the glass it came with (AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm 1:3.5-5.6) and have had a lot of fun with my AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G for portraits. I'm currenly enrolled in a photography course with a distance learning institute and I'm planning to buy a pro level camera as a gaduation gift. Anyhow, I'll keep my D90 as a back up camera because it's really neat.

  • Simon May 10, 2010 06:50 am

    I used to have a 2nd hand Canon EOS 5 35mm SLR, then on my 40th I was given a Canon EOS 450D, a lovely camera and I would recommend a DSLR to any serious amateur or amateur that wants to get serious

  • Canonbal May 10, 2010 06:49 am

    I got my Canon 7D couple of weeks ago from the employee shop :-))

  • Kerri May 10, 2010 06:48 am

    My first dSLR was purchased early 2009; the second followed about six months later. (I wanted to make sure I had a backup in case one failed.)

    I also recently added an Olympus E-P1 (m4/3rds) to my kit probably three months ago.

    As to whether or not I'm happy with them? Absolutely. I adore each one to pieces (figuratively, not literally!)

  • Nestor May 10, 2010 06:44 am

    I have an ultazoom bridge camera (Panasonic FZ-18) and I got it from amazon like a year ago. I wish I could buy myself a DSLR but my budget right now doesn't allow me to. I'm happy with my actual camera though, but I'd like to experiment with a higher level camera.

  • Jen at Cabin Fever May 10, 2010 06:43 am

    My primary camera is a Canon 50D that I bought recently. Prior to that for years I used a Rebel XT, which is a wonderful camera itself! I couldn't be happier with the upgrade, though...

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  • Techpriester May 10, 2010 06:42 am

    Started out with an analog Practica BC1 a long time ago and made a few hundred exposures with it.

    Switched to digital with a Nikon D40 in April 2009 and made 15.000 exposures since then :)

  • Wendy McLaughlin May 10, 2010 06:39 am

    If you have a DSLR – when did you get it?

    August 2009, I have a Nikon D5000

    Are you happy to got one?

    I am thrilled to pieces and I'm glad I went three years with my point and shoot untill I bought the DSLR. I am so in love with my camera!

  • Ian May 10, 2010 06:38 am

    I picked up a Nikon D5000 and now using a Tamron 18-270mm lens and love the combo. There are some things I would like different with the D5000 but over all for the price and performance I really love it! one of the nice things I like is you can shoot in a very high ISO without too much noise

  • Jack Foster Mancilla May 10, 2010 06:37 am

    I bought my first DSLR, Canon 20D, in 2004, and have upgraded to new bodies twice.

    Currently, I own and use both my 5D, and the 5D Mark II.

    BUT! When I bought the 20D, I started adding Canon L Glass lenses. … I still have all my glass and use it on both cameras.

  • David May 10, 2010 06:36 am

    Once you go DSLR, you can't go back. It's an addiction.

  • Scotian May 10, 2010 06:36 am

    Well, I got a Cannon G10, which is by far good enough for me, as I don't shoot that much in low light. But, I'd be interested in a DSLR for the wrongest of all reasons : I'm a geek and I just love to play and learn with intricate advanced keys and functions ...

  • Dan Wagner May 10, 2010 06:36 am

    I purchased my Canon Xsi with money I saved from Christmas and Birthday money and have not regretted it. I have learned so much with this site and always bring my camera with me wherever I go.

  • Christoph Spiegl May 10, 2010 06:35 am

    I started with Photography seriously in 2008. That was when I bought a Canon EOS 30D.
    Now just a few weeks ago I got my self a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

    So for now I vote DSLR and am not going anywhere else than that!

  • Jim Denham May 10, 2010 06:35 am

    I bought my Canon EOS Rebel XSi in late February and I am tickled with it. Only thing I wish I had that I don't is video, but I've got so much to learn about photography that I won't miss the video for a while!

  • Thomas Dral May 10, 2010 06:31 am

    I have a DSLR as my primary camera. Got it as a birthday present from my parents. I'm realy pleased with my Canon EOS 40D. In the last 2 years i've made more than 15 000 shots with my EOS 40D and bought a EOS 5D MK I as my backup camera.

  • Memoria May 10, 2010 06:28 am

    I obtained my DSLR (Canon XSi) from Amazon.com, and I love it. I need to practice with it a lot more, but I've been satisfied with my photos. I would love to upgrade cameras and get more lenses, but I can wait until I graduate for that.