I enjoyed the thread on your latest 35mm slr purchase, so I thought this might be interesting. What was your very first 35mm? How old were you? The first 35mm I bought was a Mamiya Sekor 500tl. I think I was about 14. I cut a lot of lawns for that baby. I bought it from the neighbour across the street (who was doing colour at home in the 60's) who probably charged me about 1/4 of what it was worth. He also threw in a bulk loader and a roll of "old" film. He taught me a lot about photography and darkroom work. His name was Tom Barton. I built my first darkroom that year in my parent's basement out of cardboard from refrigerator cartons. It looked like hell, but it was light tight. I'm 52 now and enjoying photography more than I ever have. I just bought (out of nostalgia) a Mamiya Sekor 1000dtl with a 50/1.4 on ebay. Everything works including the meter. I paid a whopping $15. God Bless Digital! Moderator: I did a search for a similar thread to this one and didn't turn up any. If this is a repeat, just delete it. Rick.