My cheap camera is a Canon Snappy LXii. The first one I had was given to me for free, and I started using it while traveling/working in La Paz, Bolivia. When I was leaving Bolivia, I gave the camera as a gift to a friend of mine. I quickly found another one when I returned to the United States. So far the only film I have used in this camera has been Fuji Superia 400 and Kodak Portra 400.
The Snappy LXii is much more portable than my medium format and digital cameras. While it can't really fit in my jeans pocket, it will fit comfortably in my jacket. The camera has a handful of settings: auto, flash, no-flash, and self-timer. This camera lets me be more fluid with my photographs. I don't need to mess with any exposure, shutter, or aperture settings. Just click and go. It is a nice change of pace from my other, slower cameras.
Photography initially piqued my interest as a way to record and document family vacations. I was always excited to see the results of my images after they came back from the film processing lab. It's that anticipation of seeing what was created, and it still is something that excites me.
While I do have bigger, fancier, and more expensive cameras than my Snappy LXii, this camera always reminds me that all these devices are just different tools. They all have their own applications. I have taught children in Bolivia with expired disposable cameras, and they have truly produced some of my favorite images of all time. Different cameras can create a different feeling within the viewer. The more you photograph and become comfortable with any camera, the more you will connect with your viewer.
I am currently a professor of multimedia journalism in Philadelphia. I am mostly photographing with film, whether it is large, medium, or 35mm format. If I could pick my favorite format, it would have to be 6x7.