So this is totally different from the typical "Camera Stories" submission, so I hope it's not too out of place.
I got this camera, the Fotron III, for having the best entry in a high school photography scholarship contest at the end of my senior year. I was so thrilled to find out that the bonus prize was a camera! But then... I found out what it was. Apparently it's a crappy camera that was sold door-to-door in the 60's for way too much money. I was disappointed at first, but I came to love the unique little thing. It's become a symbol and trophy for my persistence in beginning my photographic career. I used the camera in an image I created when I started college entitled "The Blind Photographer", which represents the idea that photographers rely on their honed skills and practices more than just expensive gear.