Sometimes, acquisition of equipment is both accidental and unintended.
On Monday, I dug out an old Zenit TTL I'd been given so that I could try 35mm pinhole photography. Unfortunately the shutter was jammed solid, and as I have insufficient mechanical skills to try and fix it, I dumped it and placed another Freecycle ad for a "beater" to play with.
Within half an hour, I received an offer, which turned out to be this:
my new free camera ...
Now, I've never hankered after a F2, or indeed any Nikon, and I don't need or want another "good" 35mm camera, and I have very low funds and no income at the moment. I've also managed to let go of nearly all urges to buy cameras for the sake of buying cameras. I really only wanted another crappy old Zenith or Praktica to mess with.
This camera has an intermittently jammed film advance/shutter release, the lens is slippy and full of fungus and the head only works sometimes.
Nevertheless, once "in the hand", I can't bring myself to give it away, sell it (which is against the Freecycle ethos anyway) or dump it. It is a fantastically well made, classic, rather beautiful photographic tool. And so I'm going to get it restored by Sover Wong and take photographs with it.
(I'm now going to get the Zenith out of the bin and cut the shutter curtain out, which is what I should have done in the first place and wouldn't have cost me what servicing the F2 will cost ... plus the cost of any lenses I'll end up buying. Sigh.)