I started out with a Kodak X-15 126 camera that I borrowed from my cousin. After shooting a few roles I convinced my parents to buy me a Kodak Handle. Oddly, I still have the camera. It wasn't long before I realized that the instant film was too expensive for a 12 year old, so I saved my lunch money (I was much thinner then) and bought a Yashica 44 TLR (which I still have) from a pal at school. I had a hard time getting film at the local small town pharmacy so I saved my lunch money again (honest, I was much thinner then), went to K-Mart and bought a Minolta SRT-201. Since then I was always a 35mm guy until I switched to a Digital Rebel last year. Once I realized that I couldn't capture the black and white dynamic range I wanted with digital I dumped everything on ebay and switched to 5 X 7. It's proving to be my most fun camera of all.