Well guys I finally decided I will settle on a rangefinder, mainly because of size. An SLR is just too big and bulky to fit into my little backpack to take to school. I really need a camera that will last me a while and that I can take everyday out to do street photography on my way to school and back and wherever I go really just carry it in my backpack. I have decided I need a high magnification because I will be doing a lot of night shooting either with an f1.4 or f1.2 lens and in the future I wish to buy a Noctilux once I can afford it. I therefore really need super accuracy in focusing and thinkg that maybe a higher magnification finder will help me, especially since I am a beginner. I know the Leica M3 has a 0.92x finder and that the Voigtlander Bessa R3A has a 1:1 finder. The Bessa new is $560. I am sure the finder in the Bessa will be brighter and maybe more contrasty since it's new but I have used a Bessa R1 before and it seemed a bit cheaply made. I dont know which to chose between the two? As far as wide-angle lenses I will only use something wider than 28mm anyways so I will need a seperate finder with any camera I buy. The Leica seems like it will last longer and is more sturdy? But the fact that the Voigtlander is new and has a 1:1 finder and will be easier to load film into and has a built in meter, those are all pluses. The problem is that the Voigtlander has an electronic shutter which would be a problem if my battery died, and I doubt it would last as long as an M3. M3s have stood the test of time but Voigtlanders, especially the R3A are extremely recent. Also the M3 I am sure will go up in price over time because of being the first Leica M.