Yeah, the 1V is heavy. Perhaps the grip size will not fit you correctly. It certainly was built to be "thumped, banged, drenched, frozen, roasted..., ;" as well as other type of abuse, not just a camera to be taken out for the occasional "toddle". You are absolutely right. It was built to be used hard by professional photographers. But I am uncertain what is "bad" about that. Face it, I don't own many cameras that can survive being tossed in a backpack for a hike through the mountains, bounced along dusty desert trails on the back of a dirt bike, and still capture amazing shots from the sidelines during my grandson's football game. Far from being reserved for "gear freaks and film burners", this is a film camera that is built to take it, and can still be bought brand new. You won't have to worry about those unknown faults in "drives, motors, mirrors, battery chambers, electronic lens coupling contacts, LCD displays, shutter buttons, back cover hinges..." Instead you can have all those things covered by a manufacturer's warranty. All of this for about the same money you would pay on a well built digital camera.
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
So, I agree. Shop wisely. You can either buy new from BHPhoto or play the E-Bay Lottery.