Posted: 12/05/2016 at 09:43
Ah, happy memories for you, pp. I too used to develop & print my own roll film and like you spent many a happy hour in my (improvised) dark room with it's ickle red bulb.
This was when I was in my early teens, during a austere period, so expensive cameras were never an option. Probably a Zenith (Russian) camera was the nearest I ever came to being posh. A Leica was my unfulfilled ambition.
Alas, I did okay and am now enjoying the new-fangled stuff that is out of date before you've handed your money over.