The cheapest camera I use is the Praktica MTL3, produced between 1978 and 1984, which I bought as second hand back in 1987. I only use 2 cameras, the other one is the Leica M7 from 2002. Although I prefer to use the rangefinder camera, the Praktica SLR serves as my backup.
I love manual focusing and the sound of the aperture ring clicking, the quick wind lever, cocking the shutter and the shutter release button. Working with these tools/functions inspires me. They limit me on one hand and challenges me on the other. It's the same thing with the film itself as I'm limited to 36 exposures yet its what I like about it. Working with a digital camera completely lost my interest, analogue for me is the way to know the inner working of photography.
I started with photography back in 1987 because I was intrigued by the camera with its form and function which was all about simplicity. I think if someone wants to pursue photography, he don't need to buy an expensive gear. J.W. von Goethe said, "In der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister." or 'It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.' in English translation. It's really all about that!
You honestly don't need an expensive or modern camera! Here's another quote related to that idea of how unimportant it is whether you're using an expensive equipment, "Some people play a Steinway, others play an electric keyboard. Both have 88 keys, 56 white, 32 black. One isn’t right and the other wrong, they are just different, different ways of recording what you are feeling and seeing." (David Spielman, New York).
I have a passion for street and social photography. When I'm not doing photography you'll find me reading books, browsing the internet and doing my own analogue darkroom printing. It's all about creating things that are inspiring to me.
The last thing I want to share is that black & white photography is all about contrast, light, line, texture, form and shape. If the photographer emphasize on these elements, there would be beauty!