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    I love analog photography and I love Nikon SLR's (I have an FM3A) but if you have one FM3A, purchasing another is like buying a boat anchor because in a few years that's all it will be useful for as film disappears.
    Use the FM3A you have, while you can and spend the money for another FM3A on film while you can.-Dick

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    Film is a funny thing, the more we use the more they make.

    Better buy more cameras and use them all. Don't let them sit.

    Burn that film and more will magically appear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wblynch View Post
    Film is a funny thing, the more we use the more they make.

    Better buy more cameras and use them all. Don't let them sit.

    Burn that film and more will magically appear.
    At the risk of diverting the thread, you make an interesting point. I tend to buy film in bulk and freeze it until needed. How do manufacturers and retailers cope with such buying patterns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockend View Post
    At the risk of diverting the thread, you make an interesting point. I tend to buy film in bulk and freeze it until needed. How do manufacturers and retailers cope with such buying patterns?
    the way the ocean copes with the rain

    Quote Originally Posted by wblynch View Post
    Film is a funny thing, the more we use the more they make.
    Better buy more cameras and use them all. Don't let them sit.
    Burn that film and more will magically appear.
    good one. i'm gonna give this little haiku (or is it a verbose translation of one?) some... exposure, if you don't mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockend View Post
    At the risk of diverting the thread, you make an interesting point. I tend to buy film in bulk and freeze it until needed. How do manufacturers and retailers cope with such buying patterns?
    If you went down to the auto dealer and bought 4 cars at once with the idea of driving one now and keeping the rest in storage to use later instead of buying one car now and maybe more in the future guess which he'd prefer you do?

    He'd cut you a great deal too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by budrichard View Post
    I love analog photography and I love Nikon SLR's (I have an FM3A) but if you have one FM3A, purchasing another is like buying a boat anchor because in a few years that's all it will be useful for as film disappears.
    Use the FM3A you have, while you can and spend the money for another FM3A on film while you can.-Dick
    I was thinking of that too, or just use the money for a nice vacation

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    My FE is a perfect inexpensive backup.
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    Absolutely buy another FM3a - they are wonderful cameras with good features. My black FM3a was bought new and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a chrome one, provided it was in mint condition. Although I use all my cameras, I do keep them in top condition.

    The reasons to buy:

    - Nikon's last real manual camera (FM10 doesn't count)
    - Both aperture priority and manual
    - Can use it manually without batteries
    - High build quality
    - Nice viewfinder display
    - They're just fun to use
    - Somewhat rare and collectible - they seem special

    Yes, an F2 is more of a professional's camera and has two or three more valuable features, but by now they've become common and boring. Can't say F2's are really fun. :-)
    Nikon: F, F2, F2, F2, F2S, F2S, F3/T, F3/T, F4S, F4S, FM, FM3a, D700
    Canon: EF, AE-1P, RebelG, RebelG, RebelG, Elan 7NE, QL17GIII, Canonet 28
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    Only one right answer. Hell yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by budrichard View Post
    I love analog photography and I love Nikon SLR's (I have an FM3A) but if you have one FM3A, purchasing another is like buying a boat anchor because in a few years that's all it will be useful for as film disappears.
    Use the FM3A you have, while you can and spend the money for another FM3A on film while you can.-Dick
    Film disappearing? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

    Thanks for the laugh. That was a riot.


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