[QUOTE=blockend;1224398]Many people say get a CLA as a matter of course but I beg to differ. I have 20 + old SLRs of various makes, manual through matrix and have only had one CLA'd and that was while fixing a separate problem.
The reality is cameras of your Nikon's era are mechanically sound but have ancient metering technology which is a specialist fix and spare parts are from donor bodies. I'm not saying don't have the repair done but it takes your $30 camera into a different league of expense.
My first response to receiving any camera is to check cosmetic condition, that knobs and dials all work correctly and put a film through, then process it in a familiar developer.
If negative density is as expected and nothing squeaks or falls off the camera is fit for purpose. There is no other criterion of accuracy than a good negative. I had five Nikkormats at the last count (I had more but gave some to friends) the forerunner of the FE/FM and the metering works correctly in one, is dubious in another and the rest don't work at all. To fix them all would mean a considerable financial outlay but I use Sunny 16, carry a hand meter or confirm with a second camera body I trust the metering in.
They cost between £20 and £40 with a mint example at £50, a great price for a fine camera and I'm happy to ignore their antique circuitry and appreciate the excellent engineering that delivers the shots.[/QUOTE
This philosophy is like having several second hand cars that the syncro has gone on the gearboxes you have to double de clutch on every time you need to change gear and you have to start every time with a crank handle, and although I always carry a hand held meter one of the joys of 35mm SLR photography is the spontaneity which for some types of shots is essential.
I know it's "different strokes for different folks", but early in my working life I was trained as an engineer, and I would rather have a lot fewer cameras that have been properly maintained that are reliable than many that have faults
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