My cheap cameras includes the Minolta X-700, Canon AE-1 and Nikon FE2.
People used to say that simple is better. I like to think the same thing. I love that the cheap SLR cameras makes me think more about photography than the camera itself. Load it with a film, drag, shoot, develop. Then that's it! Voila!
The time when I started doing photography was after my father gave me a digital camera as a gift for my birthday. I guess that's how everything started for me.
Tools and equipment says nothing about photography as a whole. Mainly focus yourself on what kind of images you wanted to create before concerning about the tools and stuff.