I actually avoided the FA and FE like the plague when they were new, I owned one used several years back but never had the love affair with them that I did with my FM2 when I owned it. They just seemed like cheap versions of the F3 and by cheap I mean not as good. But then I always felt the F3 was not as good as the F2. I generally did not have the love affair with Nikon's early electronic cameras that I do with their manual cameras. The F3 though was and is solid kit. A good friend of mine has an FA with a MD attached which is still running strong and he bought his new so they cannot all be bad IMO.