Before my 2nd grade year (1951), our family traveled from Iowa to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone Park, Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and Estes Park. Before leaving, my parents gave me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie (b/w prints), which awakened my photography interest. A Kodak Instamatic (color prints) provided occasional photo exploits through high school, college, and graduate school.
For graduate school graduation (1971), my parents presented me a 35 mm SRL Mamiya Sekor camera (color slides). Later, as a 2-year (1978-80) Exchange Scientist to a southwestern German research institute, my wife, Marilyn, gave me a 35 mm SRL Canon AE-1 camera (color slides) to document life in our small, agrarian German village (pop. 1200 and founded in 778 AD), where with two young daughters, we were the first American family to reside. I also photographed our trips around that part of Europe.
This camera lasted the next 30 years, and included a community college photography course (color slides) and a 3-year residence near London, England (1984-87) with trips throughout Western Europe and Israel. Marilyn pushed me "kicking and screaming" into the digital age by presenting me a 3.4 MB Sony digital camera the night before a large family Thanksgiving celebration (2000) with orders to use it tomorrow. In 2003, she surprised me with the 6.1 MP Nikon D-40 SRL digital camera and in 2014 a 24.7 MP Nikon D-3200. I also received an awesome PowerSlide 5000 color slide-to-digital photo converter from her which does an excellent job.