The first good camera I bought was a Minolta XG7. It was so long ago I can't really remember why. It probably had something to do with Nikon being more expensive to get the same features. (I don't think Canon was even a minor contender back then. I don't remember looking at them in any case.)
I have stayed with Minolta since then. I am now using the Minolta 7D. I did not think I would like digital. I would not be able to choose different films to get different colors. Boy was I wrong. I have not shot my film camera since I got the digital one.
Online I buy equipment from 2 companies. These are also the companies that get the most recommendations in the photo newsgroups.
I am on my third Gateway Computer. I find they are usually the lowest price for the most computer/software package. Although Dell was a very close contender in the last round of buying.
With the exception of the computer itself I get 90% of my computer equipment and software from Buy.com.
I use Photoshop CS 2 for my photo editing. It is a great program but rather expensive. I got a lite edition with a flatbed scanner and upgraded from there. I would recommend Photoshop Elements for those who can't afford Photoshop.
I use FrontPage 2003 to create my web pages. I downloaded a multitude of demo programs to try and FrontPage fitted my needs the best. (You don't know how much it pains me to say that. In general I am not a fan of Microsoft. I hate Windows with a passion and would go back to DOS in a heartbeat if I could get the selection of software that is available for Windows. No I haven't tried any of the other operating systems out there. There just isn't enough software written for them, especially games.)
I am using the Epson Stylus Photo R1800 printer and it is fabulous.
I currently use a Minolta Scan Multi with a slide feeder to scan my slides. I started out with a Scan Dual (or is it Dual Scan, I can never remember). The Scan Dual is great if you are not scanning in a multitude of slides.
Animals of Montana
Gifts made with my photos
Books from Amazon.com