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    Quote Originally Posted by ToomuchStuff View Post
    Years ago, I had an Olympus OM1. I gave it to a friend of mine that was a newspaper man, when I upgraded to a Minolta (x370 if I remember correctly), because I could get a motor drive/power winder for it.
    The Pentax K1000 was a/the school model, and while many would go for it or Minolta or Olympus, the Nikon and Cannon were the high end that pro's and those with serious interest used in 35mm.
    When I bought my home, I used the money that I had saved up, to buy a Nikon F4S.
    Since that time, and for as little as I do I also use a couple Panasonic Lumix's.
    I wonder if your getting into the developing side of things, or do you have someplace local to do that.
    I don't have the space or resources to develop my own film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    What about access to the film itself and the processing of the film?
    As far as I know, and I haven't researched this locally.....B/W 35 mm film is available and there are services for development out there. It is becoming more popular...a return to the film as opposed to digital that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToomuchStuff View Post
    The Pentax K1000 was a/the school model, and while many would go for it or Minolta or Olympus, the Nikon and Cannon were the high end that pro's and those with serious interest used in 35mm.
    Nikon and Canon hold the high end both because they're actually making money selling cameras (well, Nikon not so much but certainly more than Olympus and Pentax; Minolta went broke and got folded into Sony's lineup and has been pretty much subsumed by Sony's own lens mount). What makes CaNikon the professional choice, though, beyond things like weatherproofed bodies and lenses and a wide lineup of lenses and accessories, is professional service -- loaner lenses, fast turnaround for repairs, etc. -- for people who are buying professional-level cameras and who can't have them down for too long. Not every CaNikon buyer qualifies for professional service, either. But Sony barely offers it and the others? Not at all.


    Unless that AE-1 already had a CLA by someone who was a Canon tech (at one time or another), $80 even for the kit is too much money. If you're willing to wait until you find a deal at some thrift store or yard sale, keep looking, assuming the price of a look-over by a tech is part of the purchase cost.

    Another option might be to buy from either a local camera store (if your area still has any; they'll weed out the troublesome ones or at least warrant them for a while) or from an outfilt called KEH (obvious URL). KEH prices by the condition of the item, but even their "BGN" (Bargain) level is trusty, even if it looks like it's been through a war. I've bought BGN lenses from them and been very happy with them.

    bae, anything with the red Leica dot on it is $$$$. It's wonderful gear to use, but it does not take a better picture than a properly-operating AE-1. That's up to the person pushing the button. On the other hand, the Leica gear will forever be worth far more than the AE-1 (unless it was Canon's "Job 1" AE-1, I suppose).

    And, yes, B&W film is out there. So is processing, though most places don't do B&W locally anymore because of the lack of demand.

    Have fun hunting, Williamsmith!
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    Canon AE-1 is what I used, although I haven't used it in a while. When the original one I had died, I got a replacement off of Ebay and that worked fine - but definitely buyer beware on older cameras on Ebay.

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