Please note: Copyright Jon Ellis - These photos are not to be used with out permission. They are NOT in the Public Domain.
The long history:
In the spring of '99 I backpacked around Egypt for a couple of weeks. I wanted to record the event so I bought my first camera. This was an APS camera where you could change the aspect ratio of the shot. I could quickly switch from a normal shot to a panoramic shot, which I thought was a fantastic feature. This allowed me to take a shot of the Pyramids of Giza in one hit.
In recent years I was bought a Casio Exilim EX-Z850 as a present and this fired the interest in photography again. After a number of months of using this camera I decided I would need something bigger. I wasn't ready for a full size DSLR so I upgraded to a Panasonic Lumix FZ45 to see if I would like the hobby of photography. This was a major step up and this opened up more possibilities for creative work. It had an zoom range of 25-600mm. I bought this with a 1.7 magnifier for an overall focal length of 1020mm. It helped me capture the full moon at 3am at high resolution and detail. I could not believe I could get this close with so much detail.
After six months of using the Panasonic I found it limited by having a maximum aperture of f8.0. The YouTube videos I was watching were instructing me to set my aperture to f22 and it wasn't possible.
I borrowed a Canon 550d from a friend and it came with the 18-55mm and 55-250mm kit lenses. I was stunned by the difference in quality with the optical viewfinder over the digital one of the FZ45. I was initially disappointed with the range of the 55-250 over what I had of the 24-600 but the quality of the shots were so much better. This did it for me... time to upgrade again.
I decided to purchase a Canon 550d with the standard 18-55mm kit lens along with a Canon 50mm f1.8 Mark II. Soon after I bought the Canon 55-250mm zoom. All three have taught me a lot and since then I have upgraded to a couple of Sigma lenses, notably the 70-200mm f2.8 and the 10-20mm f3.5.
Recent additions have been a Canon 70d and Canon 24-105mm f4 L lens which is now my main go to set up.