Photograph above taken at the Waterford Tugboat parade with a Leica MP240
Even though I rarely talk about camera gear, it's important to briefly discuss the topic for those that are just starting out in photography. As I have previously mentioned on this website and in many articles, the best camera in the world won't make you an artist, nor will it determine whether or not the photographs you take will be considered art.
Over the past 30 years, I've spent thousands of dollars on some of the best cameras and lenses ever made. And of course, like most other photographers, I can appreciate the interest in purchasing a beautiful piece of camera gear. But the reality is, mastering the art of composition is the most crucial aspect of becoming a respectable artist and any photographer that is willing to invest time in practicing the design techniques mentioned throughout this site will far exceed those that put too much emphasis on camera gear and image processing software.
With that said, if you're a photographer looking to purchase a new or used camera, I highly recommend Leica. Not only for the excellent craftsmanship but because the Leica lenses are superior to any other make or model of camera lens on the market. While I'm sure this statement might upset some Canon and Nikon user's, by no means is it meant to be derogatory. In the past, I've used Minolta, Canon, and Nikon cameras on many occasions. In fact, the first camera I ever owned was a Nikon FG-20. And while I think all of these cameras are excellent, there is no denying the quality of the Leica brand.
Currently, for all of my photography (personal and professional), I use the Leica M6 and M7 for film, and the Leica MP240 and M240 for digital. Photographers that have an interest in purchasing a Leica camera, I recommend KEH.com. I have been buying used camera gear from them for over 24 years, and have never been disappointed.