I started photography as a hobby at the the end of high-school. I began with an "AGFA Selectronic 3" which my father had used before. As I got into the topic and took more and more photos, I moved away from paper to slides. The Selectronic 3 had a time automatic, but after a while, I moved to a more manual "Pentax MX" for its simplicity and sturdiness. I used these bodies for over 5 years in combination with three fixed lenses (28/2.8, 50/1.4, 135/2.8), even while backpacking in Australie, New Zealand and the USA.
In 2005, after the backpacking trip, I decided to go fully digital (before I was scanning many slides) and bought a bridge camera, the "Sony DSC-H1", which worked very nice for me for another 5 years.
Because of the lack of sensitivity and the missing background blur (small sensor), I was waiting for a compact system camera with these properties for a long time. As such systems started to appear in the recent year, I now moved to an "Olympus E-PL1" with a Panasonic m4/3 lens 20/1.7. So far this combination really makes me happy! Almost the same feeling as the old Pentax MX! The best thing is, that because of its compact size and simple looks, the E-PL1 does not attract much attention.
Now I'm just waiting for a similar compact and robust digital system camera with full-frame! ;-) Let's see how long I have to wait.
As I prefer to be a "gonzo" (embedded) photographer, I really appreciate simple and compact cameras, which are still big and heavy enough for good handling. I don't have much experience regarding studio or lightning set ups and so far don't feel much interested regarding that style of photography.
As I have always been a computer geek, I am very interested in the whole post-processing workflow. Especially regarding panoramic shots and increasing the dynamic range (still hard to beat slides or B&W).
I hope this gives a rough outline of my photographic background.