#1 - the cellphone ( ~'06-'07)
#2 - the glorified point and shoot ( ~'07-'08)
ah, the point and shoot. i used to get particularly annoyed because this camera (the sony dsc v3, made in 2004) wasn't quite small enough to fit in my pocket. but it definitely helped me transition to dSLR's. i shot quite a few photos on this but i never really liked it much- i think it was that i couldn't switch between various apertures.....yeah. you could understand, right?
#3 - the entry level dSLR ( ~'08)
oh boy. i remember this one- i shot my first 'photoshoot' on the nikon d70. my dad was into nikons then (and still is) so i just used his cameras for practice. i was a little happier about being able to play with the various settings (i rarely ventured into manual though) and this is when i actively started asking my friends to model for me. i guess you could say i was in the makes of building a 'portfolio' now.
i used the nikon d70 with the only lens available, the kit 18-55mm f/3.5
#4 - the dad's really cool dSLR (~'09-'10)
#5 - my current dSLR ( ~06/'10-present)
and we have reached the final part of the long line of cameras i've been through. i saved up for the canon 5d mark ii - yes, all of it- for a few years before deciding this was the camera i wanted. i've named mine 'remi' for the character in ratatouille (a delightful movie that you should watch if you haven't already!) i bought remi with the most inexpensive canon lens out there- the 50mm f/1.8.
but after a year- i kid you not, a year...i decided it was time to upgrade. so i sold the 50mm f/1.8 and bought the 50mm f/1.4.
a few months later, i got the 24-70mm L f/2.8 because i was dying for a lens that had some wide-angle potential.
and then, after doing extensive research. and lots of wishful thinking, i got the 85mm L f/1.2 II.
if you want to improve, study your own work. become your own worst critic. so when you finally splurge on that dream camera of yours, you know that you have your own vision in mind, ready to channel it to the world.