Although I think sticking with KEH is the wisest choice, I have to agree with Mr Gnashings a little. It's only by making my mistakes with buying some cheap junk (which occasionally worked) that I was able to fully appreciate the cameras I use now. Just remember to stick with cheap junk (an Isolette with a pin-holed but repairable bellows) and not expensive junk. But, being an engineer, I've always been a bit of a masochist.