I have been a serious shooter of black and white 35mm film for two years now and farting around in general with colour for 5 years. I picked up a Canon Ae-1 as my first manual focus SLR and shot a lot of film through it. They are relatively cheap on the market, I paid $250 CDn restored with a 50/1.8 lens. I built up a system with a 28mm wide angle lens my brother scored on Ebay and a 90mm telephoto given as a birthday present. The one complaint I have with the camera is when the battery dies the camera goes along for the ride. Another camera to consider is the Nikkormat FTN, the battery only runs the meter and its built like a tank. The same cannot be said for modern cameras. You will want a nikkor 50/1.4 to go with that.

Bill