I have 3 versions of this Minolta and I think the 9 is a fantastic camera and I still use then for 35mm Fujicrome Velvia 50/40. Shutter's seems to drift about one third beyond 200k cycles. Prolly cause its extreme shutter speed at 1/12K. In my personal experience with film cameras, its one of the better robust film bodies. It's almost unfortunate that I would admit it, but as a nature photographer, I use a camera like one would use a shovel. The 9 holds its own and would be a good investment in a film camera if that is what your looking for.