My Nikkormat EL-W and AW-1 arrived today. What a beautiful camera this is. I have never owned or used one before. It is astonishingly well-made--a real heavyweight. I have used and owned many cameras from various manufacturers, and the EL-W is easily among my favorites (perhaps the best?). One unfortunate note: the meter is as dead as a doornail. I gather it uses CdS cells, and may be repairable. Any suggestions out there? I use a hand-held light meter, and so the non-functioning meter is a not a huge issue (but a disappointment nonetheless). A functioning in-camera meter is handy for comparison purposes. I bought the camera from KEH, and it is truly in LN- condition. I am surprised they missed the meter issue. I have purchased numerous photographic items from them over the years, and I have never encountered this type of problem. I have taken about 15 or 16 shots, and the camera handles very well. The shutter is fairly quiet, and the supposedly "noisy" AW-1 is actually quieter than either the Pentax MA Motor or Minolta Autowinder G I once owned (both of which are of a later vintage than the AW-1). The all-metal construction of the AW-1 is simply staggering. The camera's shutter release is also quite nice (i.e. soft). Releasing the shutter does not seem to shake the camera as it did with my AE-1 Program. The EL-W and AW-1 provide a stable, steady foundation for shooting. Too bad the days of real cameras are long gone.