After getting my first paycheck at my new job, I decided to treat myself -- I thought about getting a wheel, but my partner & I have just moved into a (tiny) new flat where floor space is at a premium. So, I opted for something with a smaller footprint -- a new-to-me Nikon D80 DSLR camera.
I've only fiddled with friends' DSLRs before, and I'm so excited to improve my photography skills. I have a lot to learn, but I'm already really pleased with the pictures I'm getting with the D80. It's an older model but it still takes sharp, beautiful pictures. I also got a 50mm f/1.8 lens, which is great in low light and takes lovely shallow depth of field photos.
Here's a few shots I've taken playing around with the camera...
My Eiffel Tower Shawl
My Lazy Katy, blocking.
A bee buzzing around honeysuckle in the garden.
Of course the camera takes great 'normal' pictures too, but I'm having far too much fun playing with the shallow DOF (the blurred-background effect) since it's something I couldn't achieve on my old point-and-shoot camera.