Well, there should be no surprise here. As a Canon shooter, this means my gear is based around the Canon line-up of bodies. My main camera is the Canon EOS 40D. Prior to this, I used a Canon XT as my main camera body. The EOS line is something that I have come to know quite well, so if I do upgrade I will likely stay within the same lineup of gear.
For my “take-everywhere” camera, I had been “borrowing” several P&S cameras. My wife is happy with her many years old Powershot A590IS, and even for me that works in a pinch. At various times I’ve had everything from the G series in Canon’s lineup (G9, G10, G11, and the G12) to the Nikon (J1), to some Olympus, and Sony cameras in my hot little mitts. The parade never ends, but as of right now, the G15 is the next generation of this camera to be released and is what I have my eye on for my “take-everywhere” camera.
For those interested in engaging in debates such as “Canon this versus Nikon that vs Pentax other thing” I am simply going to say that while it is important to know your gear if you want to consistently get good shots, the source of your gear preferences doesn’t matter a whole lot anymore. When looking at the gear of today versus the gear of 20 years ago, we have some of the most amazing equipment that money can buy. So, remember, while the gear can help, ultimately, it’s about who’s behind the camera, not what’s in front of the photographer…
With that in mind, my current DSLR camera is the now somewhat dated 40D. Canon just stopped making it so they can encourage folks to upgrade to the more video-friendly crowd in the 60D and 7D, depending on your budget. You can still get the 40D in the used and after markets. It’s a great camera, and if taken care of, and with low actuations, I might consider another 40D for a backup camera. For me though, my next camera will likely be either of the two mentioned:
The Canon 60D ($1000)
The Canon 7D