My first camera was an Argus C2 (a C3 without flash capability). I bought it used. Must have cost $10. Back in the 1950's when I was a teenager, my parents built a darkroom for me in the cellar of our apartment house in Brooklyn where I did black and white processing. In those days, I felt that I did well if I successfully made one reasonably good 8x10 enlargement a night. Hurray for digital cameras and Photoshop!
I'm now retired. I was a Professor of Genetics at Rutgers University. Besides photography, my interests include writing, computer programming, teaching molecular genetics (to "old folks" and high school age kids), and traveling.