I have a friend from my hometown that asked me this:
I just found your blog and found that you are using a very expensive canon.Way out of my price for some studio and weddings.I am just starting toget back into this and I am starting my research.
Cool. You don’t have to worry about megapixels. They’ll all be fine. Any camera with the bigger body and interchangeable lenses will give you decent quality to start.
In the $800 area, you can get a decent Canon or Nikon and one OK lens… add a flash for maybe $150… or get a bit better one, since that’s so important if you want get pro looking shots.
If you can land a few good shoots and want to start right, the next step up cameras are built more solid, focus faster, etc… Like the Canon 5D Mark2, or the Nikon D300 I think it is… anyway… if it’s to make money often, that’s a nice entry camera and you’d never regret it.
Depending on what you want to shoot, you might need to save up for a decent long lens (Sports, etc) or a good light and umbrella (portraits).
But, you know… it’s not the equipment, it’s the shooter. I started in digital with a little Kodak camera, then a Nikon (and they were still about $1000 at the time!)… but I used really nice add-on flash, and that made all the difference to them not looking like snap shots.
And all you folks hurry up and get to be great shooters… I need the help!