My only really cheap camera is a Pentax K1000, that I bought from a friend for 40 dollars which comes with a 50mm lens. I’m so used to working with cheap film in comparison with what's available on other cities/countries. Basically using 100 ASA (Konica Minolta). For black and white work I use 400 ASA (Monochrome vx400).
What I love most about my partner, my camera, is how easy it is working with it. I just need to have a film; no battery, no meter. All you need is to observe, to become one, analyse and think a little bit about what you want, as you want to paint with every shred of light passing through your lens, every detail of composition, and set of order that you give each frames.
The decision to do photography has been there throughout my life. To observe and to remember things, people, places and moments. I was maybe around seven or eight years old when I asked my mother for a camera but it cost a lot of money at that time. Over the years I became interested with digital photography and the arrival of new technologies but they are becoming more expensive with each passing day. One day I woke up with this crazy idea of wanting to get myself an analog camera. Went to post about it on my Facebook status and immediately received an offer from someone which I accepted/bought the following day.
A tip for those considering to take on photography but are kind of reluctant about it due to that idea of having to spend a lot of money on it is that you really stop making excuses. Go to a thrift store and find yourself a film camera. I'm sure you'll find something cheap and in a good working condition as well.
Do photography (or anything really) with love and passion. Tell a story to the world, show the the beauty that you see everyday on your reality, play around and draw with light. That easy! It's really an amazing, magical and a surreal experience. I also wanted to add that the new wave of photographers must honor the art of film/analog photography because it's the mother of all modern cameras.