Stumbling down a different path
A few weeks ago there was a thread about undervalued cameras and one mentioned often were the Nikkormat's. Having been a happy and exclusive Leica M user for the last dozen years or so, the idea of a bargain SLR for knocking around had a certain appeal. Started looking around and found a very nice (looks barely used) Nikkormat FT2 for about a hundred bucks. It came with a perfectly fine 50 2.0, correct hood and a couple of filters. Could or would I stop there? Oh no, if it's made for interchangeable lenses, gotta have some lenses. Non AI glass is relatively cheap and available, forty bucks for a 28 3.5 but then finding the right hood almost doubles the price. Passed up a 43-86 for twelve dollars but did splurge on a 135 2.8, which weighs a ton. The original 50 2.0 was traded in on a 1.4 mostly because in an earlier time when all of my cameras were Nikons, there was always a 50 1.4. Part of it is nostalgia but I have assembled a nice set for less than the price of my 13356 swing out polarizer. Not having used an SLR in over twenty years, it's actually taking some getting use to and hopefully I'm stumbling in a good direction.