I used a HP PhotoSmart
camera from 2000-2006. Most images from this period are only useful at
web resolutions and in retrospect I wish I had continued using film
(35-80mm Olympus) until higher digital resolutions were available.
In 2007 I began borrowing a friend's Canon PowerShot A610 until I
acquired my Olympus SP-560UZ. This Olympus ultrazoom was my
"transitional camera" from 2007-2011 and most of my digital work comes
from this era.
This summer I purchased my first DSLR, a Canon EOS Rebel T2i. I have
been positively thrilled so far this summer with this camera. I
sometimes wish I'd saved further for the T3i, but the savings on the
base model allowed me filters and extras which would otherwise be
unavailable to me for the foreseeable future. And waiting any longer
would have meant my photos this summer season would have been missed.
I'm happy with 99% of my current equipment and would recommend any/all
of the above with one exception. The one issue I've repeatedly faced is
with the bayonet lens hood on the telephoto lens. Although I initially
thought a dedicated lens hood would last longer and be easier to use
with less fuss, I find that I must remove it to effectively use certain
key filters, ie to vary the degree of polarization with the CPL.