I have been taking pictures since I was 5 years old, an interest that I inherited from my father. In those years, I've shot with a reasonably wide variety of cameras, starting with a Canon Canonet, Canon A-1 & F-1n, Minolta Maxxum 5000, Olympus OM-1 & OM-4Ti, Canon EOS-3, Horizont H202, Mamiya 7II & EOS-1Ds. At one stage, between my father & I, we owned something like 13 cameras. I've also used various film formats such as the old 110, 126, 6x7, and naturally 135.
Like many others, I did photography for fun...just to take snapshots here and there. Later in my teens I became very interested in Astrophotography, where I learnt the technicalities to photography, but I was never good at it. Now, I just like candid street photography, dabble with nature/landscape every now and then, and still take lots of snapshots.
Photography is about capturing the moment...telling the story. If the viewer is able to interpret the photo "correctly" from the photographer's point of view, then the photographer has achieved his or her goal.
Camera Systems...Any camera will do. Why get into brand wars? It's merely a tool. In the end it's merely a matter of taste and personal preference. If you had a cache of this page, I used to say "For me, Canon's fine, but put a Nikon in my hands and in a short time I can get used to it too." and now I have prove my statement as I've just switched from the Canon EOS-1Ds to a Nikon D3.
My current choice is :-
2) Leica M7 (Japan) - quiet and inconspicuous