I started with one of my father's Mirandas--a mechanical RE. It had an incredibly sharp 50mm 1.4. When the meter died, I was forced to make exposure decisions on my own and did so for years. I'm a better photographer now because of that experience. That poor Miranda is now in dire need of an overhaul and I can't bring myself to spend the money on it, so I keep it around for sentimental reasons. While I do own an autofocus Pentax zx-5n system, I still prefer older bodies and I still often make my own exposure decisions.

Sean