As best I remember during the '80s I was using a Praktica LTL with 28, 50, 135 and 200mm lenses. At some point my then father-in-law gave me a Pentax k1000 he'd found in the trunk of a rental car; he had been unable to determine the owner. I liked the camera, and bought a used Pentax MX, then at some point a used Pentax LX ... and the rest is history.
Most of my shooting was on C41 stuff, with occasional slide shooting. No darkroom work at that time.