While browsing in my local antique store I spotted her in a locked glass case. I wasn't sure if it was something to get excited about or not. But I keep a running list of vintage cameras that I hear others raving about and using...and this one was on the list!
I asked to see it. To hold it. To inspect it. She was perfect. In perfect condition and all parts working. I have to admit, I did not know too much about this type of camera until I brought her home and read the manual.
This type of camera was made between 1976 and 1984. It was the official camera of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, as well as the first SLR camera to be equipped with a micro-processor. The 'AE' stands for 'automatic exposure' which allowed you to program the camera to set the exposure for you. It was meant to be a straightforward introductory-level camera for SLR beginners, but also has the option to shoot fully manual as well.
This camera is perfect for me. As part of my OLW, I want to expand and exercise my camera skills. I figured that starting back at the basics would be a good idea so that I could learn from the ground up. I also love that this is a film camera. I will have to take it in to be processed. And I will not be able to see my shots and adjust things before taking a more perfected shot.
So I am risking, just a little bit.
And I cannot tell you how excited this makes me...