With that said though, this IS a 50+ year old camera. I would hesitate to put it in active use without a good CLA. (that was part of my plan from the beginning). If your son NEEDS a MF camera - meaning it will have to work reliably for his assignments, I would hesitate to recommend one without a CLA. It may be better to get something like Mamiya M645 or Bronica. They may cost a little more but they are relatively modern, plentiful, and if/when something goes wrong, you can just as easily replace parts as they are modular in construction.