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@Alex would you mind sharing which six lenses that you consider are essential are. I have a new Canon T4i and three lenses but I am always interested in what other photographers use. I take pictures but don't consider myself a true "photographer" - that is one of my next things to hone my skills at since retirement. I am concentrating on Photoshop first-recently got PS CS6 and am trying to really learn and understand that!

I use a Canon Rebel T3i, and I love it. It is big, but I have a big purse and typically have it wherever I go. My hubby surprised me with it two years ago for Christmas, and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

I have a Canon Xsi, which I love, but I would eventually like to upgrade. I really think this camera here though- so nice and small and the pictures are amazing!

I have a Canon EOS 500D (plus a large zoom lense and a macro lense) as my "big" camera. I also have the Canon D10 small camera which does really well - you can take underwater pictures (which is what we bought it for - snorkeling) and it takes surprisingly good photos though glass on its "aquarium" setting. There's also an Olympus film camera knocking around somewhere but I've just about given that up.

I have a brand new Canon 600D. Hoping I learn to use it soon because at the moment, it's just a big paperweight!

I have not exactly mastered my 500D but you can do heaps with just the automatic settings.

I have a Canon Rebel T2i, recently upgraded from a Nikon D5000. I bought the Nikon with my graduation money 3 years ago, and the change in clarity between the two (6 megapixel difference) is awesome. I'm still learning all the setting differences switching from Nikon to Canon (I actually preferred the Nikon in the control aspect), and I now have more than just a kit lens which is new to me too. When I first bought my SLR, I always had the intention of buying at least one more lens, but, being a poor college student, I never had enough set aside at one time. I've been looking for a point and shoot though, so I'll have to look up the S90. No matter how hard you try, it's almost impossible to take a picture of yourself while holding an SLR camera, so I've missed out on a lot of shots of myself with friends at parties and things when I didn't want to lug my camera with me or didn't trust someone else to hold the camera and take our picture for fear of it being stolen or dropped. And an iPhone camera just doesn't cut it.

I have a Nikon D7000 but I don't have to time to go and take photographs. My husband gave it to me as an anniversary gift and when I learned to take picture with an SLR camera I was pregnant almost 6 months. And I have a little baby boy and I use camera to take my little's photos generally. And we travels to much and it's really hard to carry my Nikon beside of my baby's gigantic bags. SO I use outside my phone's camera. I have a pocket size Olympus but I don't like to take pictures with it because of its settings. It's not user friendly. smiley

I hope I can find some time to take picture outside. But I always feel I'm tired smiley

I haven't been able to upgrade to a DSLR yet. I am currently using my fujifilm advanced point and shoot. It has a similar body but smaller than a SLR and I can't change the lens. But it does have some great settings and I can go into manual mode with it

I have just bought a Canon Powershot SX 50 HS, the battery has now charged up and I am ready and raring to go!

First off let me say that if my camera would take photos as good as yours Marisa, I wouldn't want any other camera. I was surprised that it was a point and shoot but when I saw the cost I can see why it takes good pics. I honestly didn't think that they made point & shoot cameras that cost that much. What I would like to know is if you use the manual settings or basically just on automatic?

My sister and I thought we could step-it-up-a-notch when we bought our last camera a couple of years ago and it is totally a love/hate relationship. Truthfully I think the biggest problem is that I just don't really know how to use it! It is a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, which was in the "expensive" range for what we financially could afford. We took a 30 minute crash course with a guy from a camera shop which helped a little but not nearly enough. He kept on saying the "program mode" was our friend and basically that is what I use. The "M" mode is totally over my head and believe me I have tried to learn, it just doesn't soak in!

I can take half-way decent photos outside but inside they are usually horrible!! My outside pics can instantly go from good to bad just with the sun going in and out of the clouds. In the end I guess I have found that sites like PicMonkey is my better friend because that is usually where I end up..trying to hide my imperfections!

@Lana: Our camera isn't really a point and shoot. It's small and you can put it in automatic mode, so it resembles a point and shoot in that respect, but it has full manual control. Most of the photos we take are using manual.

What really helps me to properly set up a shot is to have the histogram showing on the camera screen. This way I know if I've balanced the light right and I don't have to worry too much about details. I know some about different camera terms (ISO, F-stop, shutter speed), but mostly I just watch the histogram to make sure I'm properly exposed.

I got my 1st SLR for my college graduation from my hubs :: a Minolta that I LOVED! Went digital a few years later and converted to Nikon- I have a D90 and it's my work horse! I've toyed around with upgrading to a full frame with a higher frames-per-second, as my passion comes in the form of sports and action photography! But for now, my D90 paired with a 24-70 or my 70-300 is doing to trick nicely!

I have an older Canon Rebel XT (from like 2005, can't beat $65 off Craigslist!) and a Kodak Easyshare C1550. I absolutely love them both. I started getting into photography last year when I moved to North Carolina and I got really good pictures with my Kodak EasyShare. It was until a few months ago, around like February, when I started getting more serious about it and found a Canon DSLR on Craiglist and bought it that day. It's not the newest, most expensive equipment but it's great since I'm a beginner and I still get great results. Hooray for Craigslist! (:

I have a older Canon, a G3. Looking at possibly a Canon 3Ti with a good prime lens for that wonderful bokeh. Wish I had a good camera like that when my girls were little. To all the young moms out there, your kids grow faster than we wish, so cherish the moments and memories, whether you have a picture or not!

I just went and purchased the Sony DSC-WX300. So far so good, but the biggest downfall is that it doesn't have manual settings at all. There are 12 different settings, so I think it will be okay for me, since I don't know about photography anyway and don't have time to learn right now. We compared it to the Canon PowerShot SX280 and settled on this one.