Up until a couple of years ago, I was an active photographer. I have done everything from fashion, modelling and wedding photography to concerts, shows and events. I carried my camera pretty much everywhere and have taken tens of thousands of shots in my lifetime. But then I kind of lost interest. I don't really know why, maybe it was because I found a new hobby (model airplanes), maybe it was because I got busy with other stuff. But photography slowly drifted into the background and my beloved EOS 10D sat in the corner of my office, gathering dust.
This wonderful hobby had a brief-ish revival when I got an EOS 450D with a kit lens (it was kind of a present, and who can say no when practically given a camera?). I played around with it and enjoyed things like the speed, the impressive high-iso noise performance (remember, I came from a 7-8 year old EOS 10D) and the huge display. But again, I didn't really find the inspiration or drive in photography that I used to have.
Now fast forward to a couple of months ago. I was unfortunate enough to have my entire camera bag stolen from my flat. The thieves made off with my camera, a laptop, my video camera and a few other items. Now, I suddenly saw an opportunity. The idea of trying to take up photography had crossed my mind a few times in the past few months, but now I didn't have any equipment.
After my insurance company cashed out for my lost camera gear, I set off to a local annual photography fair. I already had an idea about what sort of kit I wanted, but came over with an open mind. I ended up overspending a bit, but I must say I'm really pleased with this new kit.
I bought an EOS 7D housing with a couple of higher-end lenses to go with it. My primary walkaround lens is a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and besides that I also got a "nifty fifty" f/1.4. My little brother is the awesome owner (awesome because he lets me borrow it!) of a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens which also borrows a corner of my new kit bag.
After taking a few thousand shots with this camera during the past 2 months, I must say it has grown on me. The autofocus system (once you get the hang of it) is absolutely amazing. The build quality of this camera reminds me of my beloved 10D, and the fact that all controls, buttons and knobs are user-customizable means I can tweak this camera to work exactly the way I want it to.
So all in all, if you follow me on Flickr or are friends with me on Facebook, you'll probably start seeing a lot more images coming from me.