For what seems like many years now, I've been looking for something. No, not my marbes, gave up on them years ago. No, my quest is for The Perfect Camera. Not THE Perfect Camera, of course, because clearly, such a beast doesn't - and can't - exist. But a camera that fits a certain spec that I enjoy using, and want to continue to enjoy using for years to come. So what's the magic spec? What I'm after is a manual-focus, manual exposure, mechanical SLR. So far so good. It should have a readily-available battery for the meter. Ideally a metal focal plane shutter. A depth of field preview. A shutter sound I like. Ideally, mirror lock-up. A nice viewfinder, with ideally interchangeable focus screens. It should focus and mount lenses in the "right" direction, have access to decent lenses (idealy ones I already own, but...), be compact, and reliable, and not too expensive. Lenses I would want - a 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and something in the 80-135 range. Primes only. So on the face of it, sounds a lot like a Nikon FM2 - but the lenses mount in the wrong direction, focus in the wrong direction, and above all, I just don't like it. So not the FM2. Cameras I own that are possibilities: Pentax MX: A camera I like a lot. Focus direction is wrong, it has a cloth shutter, but pretty much everything else is right - I would just need a few more SMC-M lenses. Canon F-1/F-1n: Wrong battery, too heavy. Canon FTb: Wrong battery Rollei SL35: battery Praktica VLC series: Was really wanting something that feels a bit better built, but otherwise, a great option Pentax Spotmatic (various models): battery Nikon F2: Don't really like this one, either, and mine has a dodgy meter head Cosina CSR: Shutter, reliability concerns. Otherwise, rather a nice little camera. Praktina IIa: No meter Olympus OM1N: battery, and ultimately control layout Cameras I'm considering: Contax S2: I've got the Zeiss lenses, but the camera is too expensive, and too loud Yashica FX3 2000 Superduper: Well, something like that... No DOF preview, but cheap Olympus OM3Ti: Just silly money, sadly - otherwise close to perfect Leica R6: Lens cost is the issue here. Bessaflex TM: Cost Any other suggestions?