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New film body... ?

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Ok so, I've reentered college. One of the classes I'm taking is a b/w film photography class. My old Maxxum 5 was broken when my son decided to lift up the mirror and poke the shutter curtain. So, I need a new film body. I was initially thinking of just another Maxxum 5, but I considered also a Maxxum 70 and I am especially fond of the Maxxum 7. The 7, of course, costs 3 times as much - I found one for $120, and the thing usually goes for ~ $200, but the 5 is going for only ~ $40. As you may know, the 5 has all of its manual controls buried in a few button system and is a cumbersome camera to manually control. Buuut, I am thinking that this semesters class may be the end of my use in film anyway, so, I just don't know what I should do. If theres a purpose for having a film body beyond this class, then I would be much happier with the Maxxum 7, which has an interface very much like the A700. Or, if this class is the very end of my film use, save the ~$80 and get a maxxum 5, which isn't bad it just has annoying manual controls.

I dont know much about the Maxxum 70, it looks to have better manual controls than the 5, anybody here ever work with the maxxum 70?

Ah, and almost forgot, I'm also taking the opportunity to (finally) use my Leica rangefinder, so the maxxum wont be the only film body I'm using there. Believe it or not, I think the manual controls on the leica are easier to use than on the Maxxum 5.

anyway, I know its kind of a silly question but I'm wondering to myself and thought you guys might have some good input or thoughts on the matter.

Thanks in advance


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