I'm currently shooting with a Canon 1D and a 20D. My lense collection contains a Canon 20-35 L, 28-135 USM IS, the original 75-300 USM IS, and the 50 1.8 MkI. I've also got a Canon Flash, a Canon Remote Timer and a really nice Bogen tripod and head.

I've been shooting with the 1D since 2004. It's Canon's first professional digital SLR. It's "only" a 4 megapixel camera. The newest version of the 1D is the MkIII which is 10 megapixels. Even so, my old MkI holds it's own in most situations. Using good lenses and some good shooting skills it's still an awesome camera easily capable of producing images that can be blown up to poster size prints. I've sold many 20"x30" prints that look great. The relatively small file size makes the images easy to work with compared to some of the newer, much larger megapixel images. The smaller image size also forces me to think "full frame" when shooting. The images don't enlarge well if they've been cropped. It's biggest downfall in my opinion is that it doesn't do well in low-light situations. Not to say that it can't, but the new cameras low-light capabilities have improved tremendously over the last few years. The 1D series is also noted for having a 1.3 crop factor.

When it comes to shooting in low-light or just shooting for the fun of it, I usually grab the 20D. It's not part of the professional line and is much lighter to carry around. Even so, it shoots gorgeous images if handled correctly. It's an 8 megapixel camera so the RAW file size is quite a bit larger than the 1D. Compared to the 1D it doesn't seem to be as accurate when focusing or as fast to focus or shoot. Which isn't surprising considering the 1D's pro status. One of the things I don't like about it is the 1.6 crop factor. It's hard to shoot wide angle shots without an expensive wide-angle lense.

Most of my lenses are good consumer quality lenses. With Canon lenses, the L lenses are the most desirable. They are designed for professional use, have the best builds, the best lenses with the best coatings and are generally very, very good lenses. I only have one, the 20-35 L, which is an older lense but still works perfectly fine. I use it for the wide angle shots, mostly with the 1D because of the crop factor. My 50mm MkI is the least expensive in my lineup but probably has the sharpest image. It's highly popular because of that combination of taking very nice photos and being very inexpensive. I use the 75-300 USM IS primarily at airshows. It's definitely got some drawbacks, the images really tend to be soft at 300mm most of the time. The IS (image stabilization) is a first generation and I rarely use it. I have learned to work with it's shortcomings and can usually manage to get some keepers. I have been told that it's impossible to get good panning shots at 300mm with this lense yet I have a relatively large selection of shots that say otherwise. The lense I use the most is the 28-135 USM IS. It's a great walk around lense. Especially on the 1D with the smaller crop factor. It's reasonably wide and reasonably long, with makes it handy when shooting carshows or the static line at an airshow. The IS is ok and it's reasonably sharp for a consumer grade lense. I would highly recommend it anytime.

The tripod and remote timer have been very useful for night shots and some portrait work. The flash has been super for indoor event photography and portraits.

I have several lenses that I would love to get. Most of them are Canon L lenses. Most run close to or over $1000 each, which is why I don't have them yet. I will probably upgrade lenses before I upgrade cameras. Even though my cameras are older, they still take great images. The lenses would improve my images more than new cameras. It's been said that a good photographer can take a good image with any camera. A good camera with a poor photographer will not take consistently good images. I agree with that whole heartedly.

Just one last note. You may wonder why I shoot with Canon equipment and not Nikon. It's not that Canon is better than Nikon. It's simply personal preference. I was shooting with a Canon film camera and at the time I wanted to "go digital" the Canon 1D was the perfect camera when I put my wants down on paper. I have shot with Nikon's and they're great camera but I, personally, don't like how they feel in my hands. If you're considering getting a digital slr camera, and don't already have a bunch of lenses from one manufacturer or the other I highly recommend going to a camera shop and physically handling the cameras being considered. Look for the cameras with the features you want and hold them, play with them and put them to a quick test. Most likely, one will feel right in your hands. That's the one to buy. That's my 2 cents worth anyway.

Now, why don't you stop reading this and go out and shoot some pictures?