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    I handle my equipment carefully, and tend to buy excellent or near-mint condition gear. I think old cameras have character, but I am not a collector in the true sense of the term--perhaps I am a "user" with a "collector" tendency.

    I, too, do not understand why or how folks abuse or mistreat their cameras. Being careful is not that challenging, at least for me. I would not want to purchase a piece of equipment that has been dropped or banged around.

    Contemporary cameras are so ugly that all of us film fans should baby our cameras. I suppose I could buy a digital camera, but, aside from the fact that I believe film to be superior, those plastic blobs called DSLRs lack design aesthetics.

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    My Nikon F5 looks digital! But it is made of metal.
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    While most of my camera bodies are in excellent+ condition, I recently purchased a somewhat beat up Pentax LX with good mechanics and sent it for CLA. Why? Decent price point and a "theft resistant" finish. I may rough up the leatherette as it looks too new.

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    thanks--now wheres my present LOL
    Keep shooting!!!!!

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    My cameras are my friends. I neither abuse them, but nor do I protect them from experiencing life. They are aging slowly and gracefully.

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    I don't thrown them down or treat them rough, but I don't baby them either. I don't put them up in dust proof cases and just look at them. Cameras are meant to be used. A little wear is OK, but if I abuse them too much then they don't take good pictures.

    Now, I do have a few "junk store" cameras that I'm not too careful with. One was converted into a pinhole camera, and the others are great for when I just want a few quick snaps. Now my digital cameras are a different story. Those stinking LCDs are too fragile and too expensive to replace (I just got through replacing them on two cameras) not to take care of.

    So I guess it all depends.

    Michael

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    Michael, you just need cameras that you can abuse a lot, and still have them take good pictures :P
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    My Rolleiflex is very ugly and shoots very well.

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    there machines, tools like typewriters or paint brushes, it always bothers me when cameras look to mint, it is like they are not being used and are show pieces, a few scratches and scrapes is good for a camera, it shows it's loved!

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    Like Jason says, my cameras are my friends. They get used a lot, but never abused. They have a few dings and scratches, mostly from previous owners. My 1929 speed graphic looks like it was made 90 years ago and performs flawlessly.

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