Hi I'm Sean,
i live in cold old England, i started out with a 35mm black and white camera back in the late 70's when i was 9ish i guess.
Had another stabe at it back in the late 80's early 90's with a Canon T80. Mainly cars and Drag racing.
The T80 died on me and i tried my first digital a nikon coolpix compact borrowed from work.
I later bought a Minolta z1 which although a good camera wasn't really what i expected (more research needed) i used that cameras limited manual functions in to the 00's.
Trying a Canon eos 10 (35mm) this brought home to me 1 fact film was too slow for me' it also highlighted the cost of getting it wrong.
I did a few hoildays,birthdays and car events with a Canon eos 400d over about 2 years.
I liked the camera, missed the zoom of the minolta but started to use the AV and Tv modes a bit more with mixed results. Now if i could master DOF,EXPOSURE,F STOPS,SHUTTER SPEED and HOW they all go together, i might even be quite good at this!
The only thing with the 400, was it felt a bit light weight and i was a little disappointed with the noise on some shots. I put this down to pilot error but i'm not completely sure it was me.
For a brief moment i was paused ready buy the most expensive camera i could afford but thankfully i didn't. i chose a Canon 20d in the end apart from the silly little rear screen it has be good. Plus i can still borrow lenses from my dads 400.
OK it's old, it's only 8mp, has a silly screen but it is built like a tank, picture quality is as good or better than the 400 and appear not to be far different to the 30 or 40d's.
Now if only i can teach it to capture what i see, and not what it see's.