The one thing you never see any more is a good old fashion photo album. I never even get pictures on a CD, but I give them to my family. They are really interested when I bring my photo album out and they have time to look at real pictures that are not on a computer screen. Some day I want to take the slide projector and show them what 3 by 4 pictures look like, not 3X4 inches, but feet.
I have a Nikkormat FT3, still performing faultlessly, they are built like tanks and will easily outlast the digital "plastic puddings" of today.
"not interested in their materials on a technical level. It's something I admire and wish I could do sometimes."
Oh yes... i wish a rewind in time.. and then : one camera/one lens and just push that button and no bloody GAS ;-)
Actually, that simplicity is one of the things I find myself seeking through gear---not necessarily the "one-button" level of simplicity, which in my experience means either a really limited camera (old fixed-focus folders or Instamatics) or one that does too much thinking for you (recent auto-everything SLRs), but a device that gets the bells and whistles and complexity out of the way and concentrates on getting the light to the film. And the 17-year-old's Nikkormat is a great example of that style of camera design; that's the beauty of that era in SLR design, that she doesn't *have* to know much about it on a technical level to use it effectively, but it's a tool that can cover just about all of the technical knowledge she might ever need to apply.