The last film camera I remember was a Canon Prima 105, fully automatic with a 3x zoom.
I discovered digital photography in 2000 with a Canon S10 featuring 2 M pixels. Price tag: 800€, but it was something big and promising. I updated to a Canon A70 in 2003, enjoying some of the manual controls.
Actually, I went back to true photography when I bought a Pentax *ist DL in 2006. I eventually had to re-learn the depth of field...
The Pentax *ist DL was a great camera, despite somehow over-processed colours in automatic mode. But the main point was, I was using the manual controls more and more, enjoying the freedom of taking my picture and pushing the limits.
So the Pentax K10D offered the big jump in 2007, also with the re-use of the classic Pentax DA zooms 18-55 and 50-200 mm I already owned. The quality of the K10D's sensor asked for better lenses. So I got the DA* lenses 50-135mm in 2007, the 16-50mm in 2008 and the 60-250mm in 2009.
The K10D was an excellent camera, but the AF was somehow slow, continuous shooting limited at 3.5 fps, and the industry keeps delivering exiting new features, as live view, horizon adjustment, enhanced dynamic range and so on. With a Pentax K-7 under the €1,000 frontier, I went for a K-7, keeping my precious DA star lenses.
Last change was for a Pentax K-5, looking for better sensitivity, lower noise and other nice improvements. With the same body and commands, the learning curve was immediate.
Main subjects are family, landscapes, wild life and architecture.