I started off my photography addiction way back in 1970 when My dad got back from Viet Nam for the third and next to last tour. He left his Yashica 35mm camera with a 50mm lens on it at home, and I taught myself how to use it using a book I got from the library. I was 12. I wish I still had that camera, It did three tours in Viet Nam with my Dad, and we had countless Kodachrome slides from all those tours. I also wish at least I knew what model it and the lens were so I could replace it. I can;'t remember what happened to that camera, but I was given a new AE1 with a 50mm 1.4 lens sometime in the year 1976. I got the bug badly, especially for the Canon brand. I got a new A1 in about late 1978, and then a F1 in about 1979 right after I had been in the Army myself for about two years. I was stationed at Fort Sam Houston a beautiful duty station at the time. My barracks mate was the editor of the Ft. Sam Houston Times and after a day out shooting at the local Zoo, he asked me to be a contributing photographer for the paper. I loved that job. Took many pics for the paper and loved seeing my work in print. I had the F1, and quite a few nice primes and a few zooms I had accrued over the years. Still had, and have my original A1. I regret selling the F1 and all the higher end pro primes back when I bought my first two A2e bodies when I started shooting Field Football for the UNM Lobos. I had made some fairly good money on the side with the F1 shooting every year at the International Balloon Fiesta here in Albuquerque after coming back here from Monterey California. I am back into trying to not only replacing all the nicer lenses I sold but the F1, and the motordrive for it and getting one for the A1. I am happy that most everything for the old FD mount cameras is so cheap and seemingly in excellent condition! I picked up a replacement for my AE1 and the lens I had on it yesterday for 20 dollars and it looks brand new save for the UNM sticker on the base. I am going to go ahead and replace all the light seals, and do a CLA on it next week. I am also picking up a Motordrive MA for it and the A1 tomorrow, as well as a lens I have wanted back since I originally had one the Tokina ATX 24-40 2.8. That thing was SWEET!