Someone, on either here, facebook or instagram (I've forgotten and can't for the life of me find the comment), asked me for camera recommendations. They told me they wanted a good quality DSLR that didn't cost a fortune.
I currently use a Canon 5D mkiii which is one of the best cameras on the market. But, it's worth a significant amount of money, it's big and it's heavy; I'm reluctant to throw it in my bag and take it with me wherever we go, hence I take a lot less photos than I used to. I purchased it for professional work and for Daniel's film requirements but honestly, it's not my favourite camera of all time.
Before I invested in the Canon I shot on a Panasonic GF1 with a 20mm 1.7 (pancake) lens. I have such a fondness for this camera - it weighs a mere 500grams, was very affordable (you can't buy them new anymore but they are often listed on gumtree and ebay for under $500) and takes great photos. In fact, most of the photos that feature in my book were shot on this little camera - proof that you don't need to spend thousands to get good results. The best thing about this camera? It's sturdy and family friendly; I can easily snap photos whilst carrying a bag and holding a hand. It was also the ideal travel camera when we were in Bali. I wrote an entire post dedicated to the GF1 here.