Thanks for your replies, I don't think I will need higher than 1/1000th, like you both I've never needed anything higher and rarely even use 1/1000th. Chan Tran, the problem with my MX is that it is badly damaged, it's usable, but large dents don't look good, and I'm worried about the light seals and mirror buffer (hopefully I will be able to replace them soon). But the camera also has a rather important issue where the light meter sometimes shows that the picture will be over-exposed, but when I check the same settings with my DSLR they are spot on, meaning I sometimes under expose shots, luckily however this seems to only happen with one particular lens which I am now trying to replace. Personally I love my K1000, I find it really useful and prefer it's larger size as I have big hands, but then the self timer and depth of field preview on the MX are very useful too. I suppose my K1000 also has sentimental value, it was given to me by my grandfather who really looked after it, so it's almost in perfect condition (apart from a deteriorating mirror buffer and maybe light seals)
Maderik: Thanks again for your help, if that's the case I will concentrate on getting the two new pentax lenses, however I will consider a Nikon if I find an FE, FM, or FM2n going cheap Also, since most of my course will be during the winter I don't think there will be many sunny days where I need a faster shutter speed, so that shouldn't cause any problems.
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