disclaimer: i am open to other suggestions of cameras, but these two seem to be the most likely for me, so far. currently i have the minolta srt-101 and it's great but the pictures aren't exposing correctly. it's not me because i had my dad (it's his camera) test it out and got the same results. nothing looks crisp and the focus is never right. another issue is the mirror would get stuck when taking photos, and not just in the cold. it happened in africa as well. (had a picture of a lion ready to go and it locked up. horrible feeling) i want a few features on my next camera that i had on the srt-101: -long exposure -self timer -ability to take double exposure bonus: -aperture priority -shutter priority -mirror lock up the cameras i had in mind so far are: -canon ae-1 program -minolta xd-11 -nikon fm2 (except they go for around $400 on ebay!) i would love to know your thoughts on the best one to go with, and which other ones to consider. i do have a minolta so perhaps getting another minolta would be a good idea because i have two lenses for it already. i plan on shooting skateboarding from time to time (not my main focus) so if i require a camera that goes past 1000 shutter speed then please let me know. i'm trying to spend no more than $150 on a camera with a lens thank you!