I started at age 14 with a Zenit E (and the magnificent Hellios 44 58mmm/f2), and I continued with a Nikkormat Ft 2 mounted with a 35mm f2,8. Then I joined the legendary Nikon F Photomic (equipped with the AI 50mm f2 and 135mm f2, 8).
As soon as I could afford it, in the mid-80s I bought, used, AIs 300mm f4, 5.
For mountain strips even now I use the irreplaceable Minox 35GT or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37.
I made the big leap to digital when it came on the market a worthy heir to take the place of my beloved Nikon F, and I can say that the D800 is making me a happy man.
I am NOT a professional photographer, I only do it for PASSION, especially during my trips or family outings.