FRANKLY, the camera body, assuming everything works and lesser name bodies tend to get used less and therefore tend to be cleaner and working, is not really as important for quality photos as is the quality of the lenses. So, I suggest you buy a lesser known body in good shape and put your money into quality lenses. Here's the problem: the generic lenses from more than 15 years ago which cost little were not terribly good. Since then the Sigmas, Tokinas, Tamrons, etc have improved, along with their prices. Currently, some of these generics are quite good and comparable to the bigtime brand name (Nikon, Canon, Pentax, etc) camera body manufacturers. You may be able to find Minolta 35mm bodies with Minolta lenses at very attractive prices and these are near top quality, but understand that the older Minoltas with manual focusing have different lens mounts from the later AF models. As luck would have it, those later Minolta AF lenses will function quite well on the current Sony DSLRs (heresy!). Whoever suggested Nikon FE/FA bodies should know that they are not all that cheap and too good to sacrifice, along with their Nikon lenses. Cheap Nikons (the EM, and their ilk) were poorly made, particularly for self defense purposes, and the F100 too nice for sacrificial use.
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