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In either event, is it worth trying to get it repaired or should I look for something newer/better? I've been thinking about a new camera anyway, so this could be my excuse. :) If so, any recommendations for a good camera and lens assortment? I've seen a number of camera packages on eBay which include either a Canon or Nikon body and one or two lenses with a total focal range of 28-300

I looked at going the repair route when my beloved Pentax ME SUper failed. Most places would even touch it without an upfront fee of $150-200 just to take a look at it. I ended up buying a replacement camera from Pentax (ZX-M) for about the same price.

I'm not sure how the repair cost would run you on an AE-1, but I would think you may run into the same problem. One thing you might want to think about is picking up another body on Ebay. You can probably pick up a new body for less than the cost of repairing the old one.

As for a new camera, you are going to get a wide variety of opions on what to buy. While I'll admit that I've bought some used stuff on Ebay, if you are looking at a new camera, I'd recommend you check out a reputable dealer or two as well. I've used in the past and they have been very comperable to ebay auction prices.

I'm not saying that all Ebay sellers are bad, but you do take on more risk on Ebay and many times the price savings is not worth the risk. I'd take a brand new camera in the box with a known warrenty status and all manuals from a dealer for a few extra dollars. I also realize there are some pretty cruddy dealers out there as well.

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