I travel widely and take thousands of photos every year, but I know from my training and a natural 'eye' for a good photo, that only a fraction of photos taken have that certain magic that make them special.
Canon PowerShot S3 IS current favourite.
masses of electronic equipment, scanners and addicted to software such as PhotoShop CS2.
Animals. Abstracts - everydays things taken from an unusual view. Repetitve items such as railings, rows of hay bales etc. I am a museum curator so I able to take photos of artifacts outside of their usual display casings.