Firstly a very big thank you to all those who took the time to pass on their creeds and experiences. Before I go on, I should just single out photo.net member .[.Z (is it short for - Nosey?)for extra special recognition - I am now reading extensively all and any material I can find on psychology and can reassuringly convey to you, I am now dealing with my issues and should be, very soon, back in top form for my occasional candid shot - thank you, thank you, thank you! What did I go for? The shop I used was brilliant. I explained I would like to try some cameras, they duely arranged insurance and I went off around the town with a used Leica M P, a FM2n and a F3 all loaded with the same film. Each camera had a 35mm prime attached and my game was to try and shoot the same scenes for an eventual comparison back at the shop. A quick word on how I metered. In the past when using the OM 1, I always metered on an area of a scene I thought would give the best possible exposure, but for the sake of the test I, rightly or wrongly, followed the cameras' information in the viewfinder only altering the shutter speed whilst keeping the same aperture on each of the three cameras for every individual scene. Whilst remaining a reasonably important element of a camera's function, metering, for me, is not the most important. I reckon one can learn and quickly adapt to the "idiosyncracies" of a camera's meter, unless of course it is erratic. Moreover on the other hand, relying on one's own judgement can be fun! More important to me are: How the camera feels (ie balance & weight), Form and Function of Controls & (most recently since owning the Canon)Results. To the test - thankfully I did have an assistant to help carry and hand the cameras to me when required - a bit like a golfer's caddy. To be brief I have below rated in order MY preference, for MY key areas of function as I experienced them. Viewfinder: F3, FM2n, M P Viewfinder Info Layout: FM2n, F3, M P Viewfinder Focussing: M P, F3, FM2n So, I found the F3 the most familiar and comfortable, the M P the brightest but the most odd (do I hear a cacophony of "told you so" from the Nikon touts)and the FM2n's the most awkward. The problem I had with the FM2n was the film advance lever sticking into my right eye. Being a left eyed viewer I found this most uncomfortable. I did however like the metering info of the FM2n and thought the Leica was a close second and hated the F3 (in manual mode). I instantly liked the rangefinder's quick focussing system and preferred it to both of the slower Nikons. Shutter Speed Dial: F3, FM2n, M P A S A Dial: FM2n, M P, F3 Film Loading: FM2n, F3, M P Focus Barrel: M P, Nikons Aperture Dial: M P, Nikons Film Advance Lever: M P, F3, FM2n Film Advancement: M P, F3, FM2n Film Loading: FM2n, F3, M P Fim Rewind: Nikons =, M P So, no clear winner in above fields which I guess was to be expected. One comment on the shutter speed dial on the M P. As others have stated, I found it's position to be a bit ridiculous and given the transition from the M6 to the M7 improved both positioning and size, one would have thought this evolution would have extended to the M P's development. I liked the definate clicks of the F3's shutter speed dial, followed closely by both FM2n and the Leica. I liked the grippy material of the F3's shutter speed dial. The Leica's lens is beautifully built and a clear winner for smoothness of operation, but film loading is a bit of a chore to be mastered! General Feel: F3, M P, FM2n Again the F3 felt the most familiar, although I am not sure why it should have done so more than the FM2n. But there is little doubt to me, when you handle the Leica it seems to intravenously feed it's pedigree and brilliance of engineering straight into the appreciation and respect area of the brain - I reckon nothing else could touch it for this. It's the equivalent of a design and build collaboration between Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Pugin - both brilliant and beautiful. (Any other controls which I have omitted have none or little importance to me). Finally the results: The Leica exposed most scenes accurately although some of the compositions were a bit off. The F3 may have had a shutter fault as most scenes were dramatically underexposed (yes the ASA was set correctly) and the FM2n on the whole generally very slightly overexposed on most occasions. The exposure variations encountered on both the Nikons meant the Leica's images were clearly superior. I had no hesitations and promptly bought the Leica M P and 35mm F2 asph. I know there will be a settling down period for me with it, but thankfully I can cope with change normally with ease, so I don't envisage a protracted period of being out of sorts with the instrument. I am not a professional camera reviewer - that is quite clear. I went out and did this and posted as an update as requested by one contributor to my original initial question. Comments are welcome. PS - Please forgive the British humour/sarcasm at the start of the text.