In the old days I started my enjoyment of photography with an old Russian built Zorki-4. After a couple of Praktikas came the nikon F301, later moving on to the Nikon F3, (later stolen but not replaced).
Years later I bought a Canon A80 and then I re-kindled my love of SLR photography with a Canon 350D.
Now I have the 30D and am enjoying every frame I take.
I'm not a great photographer at present but hope to improve.