Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
It's usually the owner that's "failed" to have the camera properly maintained, if you buy a 25+ year old camera of unknown history from an auction site and you expect it to work reliably for another 25 years without any cleaning lubrication and adjustment is I.M.O. foolish. If I buy a new old camera that want to shoot seriously with I factor into the price I pay the cost of a C.L.A. by my local camera repairer, if I can't afford it I don't buy it, because I'm a user not a collector, my cameras are just a means to an end, not an end in themselves, and I don't want a house full of unusable cameras.