The first camera I owned, given to me in my youth, was a Kodak Instamatic of some sort. I showed enough of an interest that my father started letting me use his Zeiss Contessa.
The first camera I bought, and one that I still have (and will probably never part with) was a Nikon FE2. It think they'd been on the market for two months when I bought mine. Great camera. I don't know how many thousands of rolls of film I've put through it, but it still operates like new. I don't shoot much 35mm any more, but just picking up the Nikon and handling it takes me back.