I'm still lacking motivation, inspiration, imagination and probably many more words ending in "shun" when it comes to taking photographs - but I've still managed to buy another camera. Just now, I honestly feel more like a home for strays and waifs than a photographer. I can't seem to see an old film camera in a vulnerable position without wanting to give it shelter and some TLC.
This Minolta SRT101 and 58mm f1.4 MC Rokkor-PF cost me the grand total of £15 in a local charity shop. The previous owner had glued a hot shoe on top of the camera's cold shoe but I managed to remove it by squirting some solvent between the two using a syringe. The camera and lens were fairly grubby but have cleaned up nicely. The lens is in very good condition and the body works perfectly from what I can tell apart from the usual rotten seals. I've cleaned them up and will put new ones in as soon as I locate them - they're still in one of many boxes we've yet to unpack since moving.
I don't have a clue what I'm going to use the Minolta for but It's a good camera with a fine lens that deserves to be appreciated. It might make a good "night photography in dodgy areas of the city" camera. I could use it to beat off would-be attackers or, if they're bigger than me, let them run off with it. It came with a Hoya HMC skylight filter, lens hood, half case and a Super Paragon 28mm lens.
I can remember when the SRT101 with f1.4 lens would have cost around £200 - quite a substantial price for a very substantial camera. The 58mm lens is the least sharp of the fast Rokkor standards but it's still an excellent piece of glass. If I remember correctly, it has about the same depth of field wide open as a 50mm f1.2 lens so can be useful for throwing backgrounds out of focus. The bokeh is reputed to be nice as well.
Once the seals are good, I'll run a film through it and even if it doesn't see much use at least it won't take up much space sitting on a shelf in my camera cupboard.