My cheapest camera is a Canon AV-1 and I usually load it with Kodak Pro Image 100. It's a joy working with such minimal equipment/tool because it makes the experience a lot simpler in nature. All I need is to use my imagination to explore the world of images.
I decided to do photography when my father gave me his camera as a gift.
Nowadays, not only I take pictures but I'm also manually developing them at home (both C-41 process and black & white). I also teach photography during workshops. Teaching about photography as a whole and developing as well.
I'm actually a public accountant and I also studied business administration. I basically belongs to the corporate world. Worked for 12 years for multinational companies and it's only earlier this year, 4 months ago, that I discovered a passion for photography. Since then it's almost like a beautiful therapy.
My advice is to have have fun with your camera, to take it with you to almost every place you go to. This is the best way you can learn and explore photography.