After using my new/old FTBn for the first few times I went back to the A-1 and it wasn't fun anymore. The A-1 practically did all of the work. The FTBn gave more feedback and control. Exposure compensation was a breeze.You can do the same things with the A-1 but it doesn't show you analog trends when changing aperture and shutter speed. Even the AE-1 and my new/old Pentax Spotmatic SP were boring. Now I can actually appreciate the big fuss that folks have had over the F-1 all these years. You really can teach an old dog new tricks.