The camera that I'm using is the legendary LOMO LC-A which was made in CCCP. Bought it for a few tens of euros on a flea market in Porto. The films that I'm using with are as follows: Kodak Portra 160, Ilford HP5+ and Fuji Provia 100F.
Using a cheap camera allowed me to really focus my attention on framing a particular moment in time.
A lightweight, handy, discreet camera is very suitable for street photography which I really I like! My camera offers everything I need to learn photography and having fun all at the same time.
Just taking my camera out of the house, and it's all good... I have everything I need! It's very convenient: no battery needed (using a battery that can last for several years). It's a big advantage: almost an unlimited autonomy with time.
What made me interested in taking photos with this camera I'm currently using is because it changes the look of a place. Even people! Since taking photography, I've seen so many things I couldn't see before as the process itself changed me as well. I am shy, I did not like walking out before but now as I take pictures I see myself walking kilometers which I never did before.
I remember a teacher once told me while I was presenting a series of photographs to the class he said, "Photographers are often disabled for words." I tend to agree as I do not find words, I find images!
One key is to let photography remains a passion! Continue to take pleasure in participating in its own challenges and enjoy the photos/works of others as well. The price of the camera is not important: shoot with a cheap camera as it comes with real serenity, this is a way to express feelings without imposing anything on others. A true lifestyle!