Robert, I mentioned I had an AE-1, but I lied... well, I didn't mean too, I was mistaken. I have an A-1, Ryan jogged my memory.
The best camera is... the one you own! (no not you per se, but anyone).
Seriosly, I can lust after cameras all I want, but I can't afford the shiny new toy each year. I make do with what I got! I shot with a cheap Olympus for a few years, made some mighty fine pictures and some happy brides. I have a shot on my wedding website that was taken with a Sony point and shoot, I get so many compliments on it. I am not saying I am a great photographer, I have a lot to learn. However, I do the best I can with the camera I have because I have to be profitable.
Right now I shoot with a Nikon D80 and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's contrasty and I can never get the colors right in camera. I will be buying a D90 as soon as I earn enough. I am putting a bit away from each photo session. I put food on the table and pay the mortgage with my photography, it's not just a hobby.