My first camera (a Zeiss Contaflex III system) didn't have a light meter; so, my Dad gave me a Gossen Sixtomat Color Finder (I was 11). I still love shooting with that camera! Dad had a professional darkroom in our house and I spent hours playing, and learning.
I slid away from shooting during the 2000s as the age of film was dead and I was pulled to the written word. Times have changed and now digital is every bit as powerful as film ever was--and Lightroom is the new Darkroom (though, I do miss the assorted darkroom aromas).
I also make pedals for Guitar and Bass! Check out the Crunch Transparent Overdrive at McGregor Pedals Inc or on Facebook!