If you are, like me, still a fan of analog film in photography, you have a very good chance to buy extremly high-quality cameras and lenses at very low prices. Try your local reseller or eBay. In addition to my Canon EOS equipment, which I use for most of my professional work, last summer I was offered a Canon New F1 in very good condition for a very reasonable price.
That was my starting point for a great set of Canon FD equipment I bought in the meantime. I actually decided to only look for the best parts from that manufactorer and finally now have stuff like the 2.8/20mm, the 3.5/35-105mm, a 4.5/85-300mm, accompanied by a 1.8/50mm lens, the 2XA-Extender, a 199A speedlite and – of course – the New F1 with AE-Hood, several focussing screens and the Motor Drive FN.
Personally, I think this camera is a great deal & you’ll get very robust & sharp lenses. The only thing is, you’ll have to manually focus your scene. I came along this thoughts while writing my post about „New pictures from Rome“ and adding details about the tech-specs at the bottom line. Not only these photographs were taken with my 1981-built F1, but also the ones from Teneriffe and a couple of those from Switzerland.
During my process of buying this equipment, the information and details provided on the „Canon FD Page“ helped me a lot. Thanks to those guys over at mir.com!
Oh – and not to forget: Thanks also to Dennis, a friend of mine who brought some of this cool things over from the U.S., where I found the lenses cheaper and in better state.